Last night’s Raw was certainly better than the previous week’s attempt and the build towards the Money in the Bank pay-per-view was continued. Not surprisingly, the lack of a guest host also helped the show, and the lame comedy stuff was kept to a minimum.
The one thing that really hurt the show for me, as it does every week, was John Cena’s mic work. His comedy at this point is so over-the-top that even Nickelodeon viewers would be gagging at its stupidity. Him telling Wade Barrett to shove his handshake “up his Nexus” only could have been funny to those under the age of five. Compared to Wade Barrett, Cena looked like an absolute fool on the microphone.
The 7-on-1 “punishment” match that was booked for next week featuring the Nexus v. Cena had me rolling my eye. You just know SuperCena will somehow beat everyone. I don’t think even Hulk Hogan was ever booked this strong during his heyday in the WWE.
As for the rest of the show:
– I liked the two teases that the anonymous GM is Steve Austin. It’s pretty obvious that it isn’t him, but it’s a nice way to get people intrigued. I wouldn’t be shocked if next weekend the GM asked if we smelled what he was cooking.
– The show was pretty light on wrestling but the main event tag match of Chris Jericho and Edge v. Randy Orton and Evan Bourne went long and was decent. WWE is effectively mixing in all the members of Raw’s Money in the Bank ladder match to create some animosity and anticipation. Orton RKO’ing Bourne after the match was expected, as it keeps Orton as the “Stone Cold”-like character that is a face but doesn’t need to be buddies with anyone.
– Although the match itself was an afterthought, I liked the Ted DiBiase v. John Morrison bout. Maryse has been more compelling in her few appearances with DiBiase than she ever was on her own. This angle reminds me a lot of the old days and Maryse reminds me a lot of Sensational Sherri in this role.
– The Miz’s beatdown of R-Truth was effective in getting Miz over as a dangerous heel. He’s already got main event level talent and this might be the icing on the cake. It was later announced that Truth will not compete in the Money in the Bank ladder match, so I’m curious if the attack was a way to cover for a legit injury or Truth just wanted some time off. It will also be interesting to see who fills in for R-Truth in the match.
– All in all, a decent program. As I said on Twitter last night, I would give it a C+/B-. The progression was good and the show never stalled, which is probably thanks to not having a guest host. The usually lame stuff was kept to a minimum.