WWE delivered an infinitely better episode of Raw this week than last, although the previous show was pretty horrible. Regardless, this Monday’s broadcast went back to the simplest formula: storyline introduction and advancement, intrigue to stay tuned in and look forward to next week, and actual wrestling. (It’s the new craze!)
– CM Punk kicked off the show but was interrupted by Big Show, which led to an interesting back-and-forth between the two. Punk ran down Show for always losing and being an empty giant, while Show told Punk that he’s always overshadowed by John Cena. Good effort by both men here and a nice touch by Show to “drop the pipebomb” after. I’ve always thought Big Show was an underrated talker, whatever your feelings may be about him.
– Rikishi appearing to wrestle Heath Slater was my favorite segment of the night. For one, Rikishi hasn’t been dragged out time and time again like Roddy Piper, Hacksaw Duggan and Dusty Rhodes so it felt special. (Nothing against seeing those guys, just the luster wears off a little bit after each appearance.)
Secondly, Rikishi can still go. Then he does tributes to Umaga and Yokozuna in the same match, which is worth 1000 awesomeness points. The dance with Rikishi’s sons – The Usos – replacing Scotty 2 Hotty and Brian Christopher was the icing on the cake.
Just a perfectly done nostalgia segment.