I’m a few days late this week with my recap of Raw, so I’ll just mash it together with my NXT thoughts. Honestly, there was really nothing at all about this week’s Raw that I was particularly impressed with. It was kind of a letdown show after the cliffhanger from last week involving the NXT group, now known as The Nexus.
That’s partly due to the absence of Wade Barrett, who reportedly has left the country due to work visa issues. Hopefully they’re resolved soon because the group just isn’t the same without him.
The show was especially light on wrestling this week, even though the main event eight-man tag match went longer than expected. I don’t need to see anything more from Vladimir Kozlov or Santino Marella, and especially not the two together. Their match would have been much better suited for Superstars. And does anyone care that Ranjin Singh and The Great Khali are apparently splitting. That’s a total waste of screen time that could be much better used to enhance guys like Zack Ryder, Evan Bourne, The Usos, etc.
The more I think about it, I can’t find anything good at all about this show. Even the ending segment, which was meant to build anticipation for the Money in the Bank match at the PPV, was done poorly simply because it felt like it should have happened on the go-home show, not a program weeks before the event.
As for NXT, there wasn’t much good about it either. We saw the return of the rookie challenges, which this week featured a keg carrying challenge. Yawn. At least the right guy was eliminated, as Titus O’Neil was given the boot.