That’s all I kept thinking after the show went off the air. Full of memorable and storyline-advancing moments, this was easily the best Raw since the night after WrestleMania. I’ve broken down this week’s recap by bullet points of all the important events, of which there were many.
The return of Christian
Christian made his long anticipated return from injury, defeating Wade Barrett in a short match during the first hour. It’s great to have Christian back and I would expect him to be in one of the Money in the Bank matches.
Alberto Del Rio completes his heel turn
Del Rio cut a solidly heel promo to open the show, solidifying his turn coming off his match with Dolph Ziggler at Payback. Del Rio is so much better and more natural as a “bad guy.” Dolph Ziggler attacked Del Rio after his match with CM Punk, so it looks like we also saw the completion of Ziggler’s face turn. The one question I have is what happens with the Ziggler-AJ relationship now?
Antonio Cesaro is now aligned with Zeb Colter
With Jack Swagger still on the shelf and Antonio Cesaro floundering, it makes perfect sense to put him with Zeb Colter. Hopefully this means Cesaro will soon be back in the title picture and perhaps even the main event scene. I would expect, at least, that Cesaro will be in one of the Money in the Bank matches at the upcoming pay-per-view.
Mark Henry fakes his retirement then attacks John Cena
This segment was, as I said on Twitter last night, SO PERFECT. Even the smarmiest of marks had to believe that Mark Henry was really retiring. It was easily the best performance of his career as he had the crowd showing their love and he was even shedding tears. Talk about the ultimate of heel moves. This monster version of Mark Henry has been one of my favorite characters in quite some time and I’m looking forward to his match against Cena at Money in the Bank, even though there’s little chance Henry wins the title. It also likely means that the rumored Daniel Bryan v. Cena title match gets pushed back to SummerSlam.
Brock Lesnar returns and attacks CM Punk
This was pretty predictable, but the IWC doesn’t care about predictability when it’s what we want and seems like the right thing to do. A Paul Heyman v. CM Punk feud with Brock Lesnar as his heavy should really be great. Based on his last few opponents, we sometimes forget how truly good Lesnar is (or was, at least) in the ring and CM Punk will probably bring a great match out of him.
Everything else on Raw was either good or not bad enough to get upset about. WWE delivered a solid three hours of television coming off a solid three hours of pay-per-view programming, which is really an accomplishment.