Hits & Misses HITS & MISSES - 11/12 WWE Raw: Orton & Kingston vs. Del Rio & Ziggler, Lawler's Return, Cena vs. Punk
Nov 14, 2012 - 2:30:54 PM
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By Jon Mezzera, Torch Specialist
Orton & Kingston vs. Ziggler & Del Rio: This wasn't a great tag match, but it was good enough to get a Hit. It followed the opening match of Randy Orton vs. Dolph Ziggler. I was disappointed that that match was so short at just over three minutes, but it was clearly just a set up for this longer tag match. Plus, there was the distraction from Alberto Del Rio and it only ended in a leverage pin, so the shortness of it didn't bother me that much. This match wasn't very long either, but long enough to give the fans some good wrestling action and tease them of the action they can expect in Team Foley vs. Team Ziggler at Survivor Series.
Sheamus Saves Regal: I like what WWE has done with William Regal over the last few weeks. It isn't really enough time to establish a relationship between him and Sheamus where we would take what Big Show did to Regal later on with the KO Punch as a big enough deal, but it has still been fairly effective. I am giving this segment in particular a Hit as Sheamus' physical domination should help to convince some fans that he does have a chance to once again become the World Champion at the PPV. WWE is doing a good job of making Show look unstoppable, but he can't be so unstoppable that the fans won't buy into his challenger having any chance against him.
Eight-Man Tag: This was a fun 8-Man Tag match featuring plenty of high energy action, particularly from the babyface team of Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara, Justin Gabriel & Tyson Kidd. It was mostly just a short typical tag match before the crazy high flying ending sequence, but it was fun to watch. It had the type of energy that I would like to see more of in WWE matches. I wonder if we will get some type of fatal four way tag match added last minute to the PPV with Sin Cara & Mysterio vs. Gabriel & Kidd vs. Primo & Epico vs. The Prime Time Players, perhaps for the #1 contendership for the Tag Team Championship. I wouldn't mind seeing it.
Kane & Miz vs. Team Rhodes Scholars: This was just a solid tag match made Hit-worthy by the ringside antics of Daniel Bryan. I enjoyed him being annoyed by the fact that Kane was teaming with someone else, despite the fact that they never get along as a team. I also loved his attempts to play a good team mate by shaking Miz's hand before the match and cheering him on during it. The match itself was secondary, but it was fine for what it was. They effectively set up the idea that Bryan will try to be a good team mate at the PPV, but will he be successful?
Punk vs. Cena: C.M. Punk and John Cena have a history of good to excellent matches against each other. Therefore, it is not surprising that they had a good main event match on Raw. They really can sleep walk through a good match against each other considering how well they work with each other in the ring. I really liked the submission work in this match. I am not a fan of the STF as it doesn't look painful at all, but Punk screaming that its killing his knee was an effective way to sell it. Mick Foley's role as the special guest enforcer was kept to a minimum which is good, just having him get Paul Heyman out of the ring. The nearfall after that moment when Punk kicked Cena's head off was very convincing. It isn't surprising to see Ryback get involved to lead to Cena getting the pin. They want us to think Punk is finally going to lose, but they are also doing a nice job of teasing the eventual physical confrontation between Cena and Ryback.
Vickie / Ziggler / A.J. / Cena: I am so tired of this storyline. I am tired of them continuing to replay the silly "evidence" that Vickie Guerrero shows each week. Listening to her and A.J. bickering endlessly "admit it, admit it, admit it!" was not entertaining television. Did Raw really need to go back to the days of the Vickie fat jokes? This segment was too long. Vickie in particular, but A.J. also seemed lost at times trying to drag it out. Considering WWE's track record (who did attack Kaitlyn two months ago?), I have no faith that this mystery will be wrapped up any time soon, if at all. Plus, shouldn't Cena's attention be totally on the WWE Title?
Lawler's Return: First of all, this Miss is not for the fact that Jerry Lawler returned after suffering a heart attack nine weeks ago. It was good to see The King back on Raw and I celebrate his recovery and hope that he continues to take care of himself and stays healthy moving forward. This Miss is for how WWE handled the situation. I didn't like the footage that they showed of the heart attack or of him being put in an ambulance with EMTs trying to revive him. That was uncomfortable to watch and wasn't necessary. His initial return, hugs with Jim Ross and Michael Cole and this addressing the fans was well done. I didn't mind him being interrupted by C.M. Punk at that point. But, Punk was way over the line in threatening to beat Lawler to death. Even if the heart attack weren't real, a wrestler shouldn't be threatening to kill someone. I wasn't offended by Paul Heyman's fake heart attack (maybe I'm just numb to these things at this point), but I fully understand those who were. It just wasn't a good idea because of how likely they were to turn fans off of the total product with that stunt. Also, Punk should be above such cheap tactics as making fun of someone who had a heart attack. He had a few good lines, but not enough to save this whole ordeal. Mick Foley then interrupted and I was glad to see him address being upset over Punk being taken out of their Survivor Series tag match because he wanted to teach Punk a lesson. WWE covered this well by having him say that he realized that all Punk cares about is the WWE Title so he is fine with the lesson he will learn at the hands of Cena and Ryback. But, I was once again uncomfortable with Foley screaming at Punk about how Lawler had died. It was too heavy-handed for my tastes.
Jon Mezzera is PWTorch.com's WWE Hits & Misses Specialist, providing his point of view for Raw and Smackdown each week. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For another view from the original Hitlist author, compare Jason Powell's views to mine by visiting prowrestling.NET's "Hitlist" section here.
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