Torch Feedback RAW REAX #1: "Last night was big, but not as big as it could have been..."
Oct 9, 2012 - 11:19:01 AM
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Mike Booble of Springfield, Ore.: Overall, I thought the show was decent and an upgrade from last week, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. I always enjoy the nostalgic blast when Vinnie Mac returns to Raw, but it shouldn't take that to sustain ratings. On a quick side note, the demotion of head writer Brian Gewirtz was completely unfair, in my opinion. Yes, it's his responsibility to create compelling storylines, but when he's forced to do that with the likes of Tensai and Brodus Clay, he doesn't stand a chance. WWE's inability to find a quality No. 2 behind John Cena shouldn't fall solely on his shoulders. Ultimately, it's Vince's show, and he makes the final call. A lot of the blame falls on him. Having said that, the ending segment was well worth the wait for me. C.M. Punk is phenomenal as a heel, and Vince as a face is a nice change. Although, I feel this feud would've worked better a couple months down the road. With Stone Cold and McMahon, the build-up was slower, so when Austin finally gave Vince the Stunner, it was a HUGE deal. Last night was big, but not as big as it could have been with a slower burn.
Liam McCausland of Scarborough, U.K.: I thought I would write in to show my absolute displeasure with the WWE product. Cena ruins whatever he can, burying Cesaro. A 400 lb. man danced with an invisible child. McMahon stumbled around some lines, then got slapped. Any other boss would have fired Punk - too easy. When there was actual wrestling, it was fantastic. All good matches. Everything else was horrific. Purely horrible. As soon as Ross mentioned Lawler's heart attack, my TV was turned off. It's 3:20 a.m. here. I could be sleeping instead of hearing heartless references to a man who nearly died on the air. I won't watch Raw live any more. I might DVR it, or just look for highlights and watch them on YouTube, but I'm done with watching a full show, as it doesn't deserve it.
Jim H. of Belmont, N.C. (7.0). Best: Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett. Worst: Brodus Clay "versus" R-Truth. The first half-hour of this show was so bad, I was ready to give up. It seemed like they were intentionally trying to drive away viewers. Cena's opening promo was terrible. It was him at his "poopy face" worst. Little did I know it wouldn't even be the worst segment of the night. The Funkasaurus/Truth segment was beyond awful. It made last week's Sheamus-Big Show debate look like Punk's shoot promo from last year by comparison. However, any brave souls still watching after this buffoonery got to see a pretty good show the rest of the way. Punk again was excellent on the mic with Vince. With all the current issues, though, I wish Vince had said something of substance about the State of WWE before Punk interrupted, but the segment was fine. Sheamus vs. Barrett, Cesaro vs. Kidd, and Team Hell No vs. Ziggler/Del Rio were all excellent matches to where I had almost forgotten about the Funkasaurus/Truth segment by the end of the show. Almost. Once it was clear that we were actually getting Punk-McMahon instead of a swerve, the match was more interesting than I expected. I wish Punk wouldn't have looked so weak against McMahon, but oh well. They created a good hook for next week at the end. The live crowd seemed hot all night, which always makes a show come off better. In sum, a good recovery after it looked like the wheels were coming off at the beginning.
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