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WWE RAW REAX #4: Feedback on The Kiss, The Over-run, The Invasion, The Promo, and The Balloons

Nov 21, 2012 - 11:46:19 AM
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-- 11/19 WWE Raw Reax

Sam Weiss of San Diego, Calif. (5.0): Best: Ziggler's reaction to A.J. Worst: Khali squashing a tag team. First and foremost: the kiss. It doesn't bother me and I doubt it will harm Cena's standing with women. For those who have been hoping for a change of story for Cena, well, we got it - it's just not what we expected. Ziggler performed his lines against A.J. in the locker room with such conviction that I have to give him the props for the best performance, even if the material was a bit formulaic and perhaps misogynistic. Big Show is another one who delivered on the mic tonight... Rating this episode of Raw as low as I did was not due to a lack of good matches; the problem is that the show now runs 191 minutes by Caldwell's count, and even if there are two matches totaling almost 30 minutes of high-quality wrestling, that still leaves over two-and-a-half hours of "stuff." ... The burning question coming out of this Raw is not what is going to happen at the TLC PPV, nor whether A.J. will bear Cena's child. No. The most pressing question in my mind is this: When is WWE going to put the "Real Deal" Titus O'Neil on the mic as a regular color commentator?

Richard H. of Wilmington, Ohio: I have reached the point with Raw that it is mere background noise. The plotlines take longer than a soap opera does, the writing is just as re-hashed, and the performers go into phone-in mode way too often. If the entertainers and Creative team aren't going to give it their all, why should I pay complete attention? Especially when they STILL have an over-run even after expanding two hours of content into three. As for Cena's injury, if it is legit, I wish him well and hope that he takes time off to give both him and the fans a break. Come to think of it, I hope the same if the injury is a work.

Gabriel, college student (1.0): I think the three-hour format sucks. I'm already tired of it and the only reason I tuned in was to see C.M. Punk's celebration and/or the NXT guys's involvement in the show, all of which lasted a mere 10 minutes, was in the over-run after three hours, and was the Survivor Series ending all over again! I'm very dissapointed since i thought (a) it would start the show and set up another angle later and (b) the NXT guys would speak, but nothing happened. Does this mean I'm going to have to sit through another three hours of boring matches with mid-card wrestlers for the explanation on next week's Raw? Also, where were the ballons?! I also thought the celebration would have been a great moment for The Rock to show up and start a feud with Punk for the Rumble, but I guess he won't be seen much before the match (or after). It would really suck if all we see of Punk vs. Rock is the match.

Chris Cox, personal bodyguard (5.5): Leading into Raw, WWE sparked my interest with the NXT "Invasion" angle that ended Survivor Series. I was also excited to see how they would celebrate C.M. Punk's 365th day as WWE champion and where this left Cena and Ryback. Then, we got another long Raw that couldn't hold my attention. While I admit seeing C.M. Punk's whole career was a culmination of the hard work he has put in his craft, looking at it from another light, I could easily see why people called this one of the most boring ceremonies to-date. Heyman and Punk calling on old stars and comparing them to Punk's reign was an nice touch, but does nothing for him long-term. Then, as predicted by my friend and I, the NXT attack closed the show. I'm thrilled to finally get a better look at Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, but beating Ryback in the same gang-style tactic is what Evolution, Legacy, Nexus, and Nexus 2.0 did forever, making it stale by now. Having Punk slowly back down and watch the NXT guys was well done and the fact that we still don't know why they attacked Ryback is what WWE does best. But, due to WWE's track record of failing on big angles, I'm cautiously optomistic that this will play out well over the next few weeks or months because fresh blood is what they need on top... Most of the beginning of the show was filler for later that night, which seems to be a trend. I didn't need to see Ryback prove his dominance over Tensai, who has been a non-factor since his return. Putting Ryback in the ring with Tensai, to me, made him look like another mid-carder who had his rotational spot in the main event, which shouldn't happen if you're trying to push him to the moon... Ziggler continues to shine in anything he's put in. Albeit, in a strange anti-woman promo that led to a great physical backstage brawl.


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