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WWE RAW July 18, 2011 Results – I Hope The RAW Rating Is A 10.0

John Cena and Vince McMahonWWE Raw, 7/18/11, Green Bay, WI

OPENING SEGMENT: VINCE MCMAHON IS NOT HAPPY
In a rather short opening segment, McMahon brought out Johnny Laryngitis, and the whole roster was backstage watching, thus giving it a special feel. In short, CM Punk is a turd, John Cena let everyone down, and there’s now a tournament to determine a new champion. Crowd doesn’t like that one. I like the idea, because you could create a new champ, and have Punk return to rub it in that he was never beaten. Of course, the internet crowd is going to view this as a screw-you to Punk, but oh well. I think it leads to Punk’s return as a superhero, in any event.
SEGMENT RATING: 6/10. Short and sufficient

ROUND ONE MATCH: THE MIZ VS. ALEX RILEY
Abbreviated from their previous encounters, especially with television time constraints, but still an effective match. Riley’s showing improvement, especially in the “WWE style”, thus making him the most effective NXT rookie outside of Wade Barrett and Daniel Bryan. I do love that Alex Riley worked the leg (that Miz injuried last night), and even showed off a Texas cloverleaf. Ending seemed to come out of nowhere, as awkwardness with the referee led to the Skull Crushing Finale to allow Miz to advance.
WINNER: The Miz via Skull Crushing Finale
RATING: 6/10. Short and sufficient, much like the opening segment. I can deal with “sufficient” as a recurring theme.

John Morrison return video hyped. Let’s hope he’s nicer to legendary divas this time around.

ROUND ONE MATCH: R-TRUTH VS. JACK SWAGGER
Kind of an oddball match, as both men are heels. Swagger took control of most of the match, which isn’t exactly conducive to getting an electric reaction from the crowd. Then again, maybe the fans are still mad at Truth for getting Green Bay and Milwaukee confused once. Swagger works some submissions, and the fans couldn’t really be bothered. In the end, Truth counters Swagger’s ankle lock with a front cradle to advance, and that has a better chance of producing.
WINNER: R-Truth via front cradle
RATING: 4/10. Kind of dull, and I’m getting a bad feeling for the rest of the show, pacing wise.

ROUND ONE MATCH: ALBERTO DEL RIO VS. KOFI KINGSTON
Well, at least Ricardo Rodriguez is alive. The match was spirited, in spite of a dead crowd, and both men seemingly pulled out all the stops to try and wake everyone up. Unfortunately, the fans seem resigned to the fact that there are just 8 guys wrestling tonight, and they know what the matches are pretty much in advance. Del Rio bumped his ass off, including a missed vertical seated senton in the corner. In the end, Kofi reversed a sunset pin into a modified roll-up to advance. I’m gonna bet now that ADR cashes in later, but I’m not going out of my way to wager money.
WINNER: Kofi Kingston via modified roll-up
RATING: 6/10. Wish it was longer, but, again, sufficient. An 8 man tournament needs more than two hours, though.

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Summerslam rewind: British Bulldog vs. Bret Hart, 8/29/92. Maybe the greatest Summerslam match of all time, next to Bret/Owen, Shawn/Razor, and TLC from 2000.

ROUND ONE MATCH: REY MYSTERIO VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER
Finally, the crowd gets into this one, as the kids came alive with “619” chants. Another short match, but they packed a lot of action into a few minutes, as Dolph and Rey have crazy chemistry (as seen 2 years ago at Summerslam). Ziggler busted out a nice alley oop powerbomb, as well as a reverse powerslam, demonstrating a crisp, in flux move set. In the end, the 619 and top rope dive finished, but it definitely woke the crowd up. Rey/Truth and Kofi/Miz both hold promise, so the show’s picking up steam at least.
WINNER: Rey Mysterio via 619/top rope dive
RATING: 7/10. Just because it was frenzied and creative, and woke the fans up.

DIVA SEVENS: KELLY KELLY/AJ/GAIL KIM/BETH PHOENIX/KAITLYN/EVE/NATALYA VS. BELLA TWINS/MELINA/MARYSE/ROSA MENDES/TAMINA/ALICIA FOX
It’s like George Carlin’s “Take Your Son to the Cathouse” Night. Beth pins Rosa with the Glam Slam in about 2 min, so we can hear Beth’s awesome Double Dragon/I’m Your Venus hybrid song.
WINNERS: The faces via Glam Slam
RATING: 2/10. Maryse, Bellas, Kaitlyn, and AJ make me happy

SEMI FINAL: KOFI KINGSTON VS. THE MIZ
Even Cole and Lawler’s energy seems off, and the crowd’s deflated from Rey and Ziggler’s herculean effort. Sure as I type that, Miz and Kofi rattle off some close nearfalls, and Kofi works Miz’s leg (from the ladder fall last night). After some more nearfalls, Kofi managed to avoid one Skull Crushing Finale, but ate a second one to give Miz the win. Those that say Miz doesn’t know how to work, watch him sell a leg injury far better than most of the indy rats you admire.
WINNER: The Miz via Skull Crushing Finale
RATING: 6/10. At least it was energetic. Feeling up on this show.

SEMI FINAL: R-TRUTH VS. REY MYSTERIO
Excellent match that really upped the tempo of the show. Started out formulaic, with Truth as the overpowering heel, but Rey did what he did best, and sprinkled in moments of hope with counters, reversals, and dazzling quickness. Truth is great in this role as the slick bad ass, and he and Rey proved to be great foils. Mysterio won in the end with the 619 and top rope dive, but kudos to Truth for making up for his lackluster performance at Capitol Punishment. In the right setting, where he can be athletic, the man can work.
WINNER: Rey Mysterio via 619/top rope dive
RATING: 8/10. Match of the night so far, undoubtedly.

FINAL: REY MYSTERIO VS. THE MIZ
But WAIT: Vince McMahon postpones the final match until next week (groan) and says “WWF Championship” in a senior moment. Cena comes up to plead his case, threatening to even go to TNA (yes, really), before HHH interrupts, complete with suit. Long story short, there a board meeting and Vince has been ousted for questionable decisions. Cena is not fired, HHH is now in charge, and Hunter tearfully dismisses his father-in-law from his duties. Hunter leaves in tears, and Vince gets a loud ovation as he fight backs tears as the show ends.
SEGMENT RATING: 10/10. Raw’s figured it out: end the show with hot angle continuation, and next week’s show is set up for you!

OVERALL: Like I said in the previous stanza, end the show with a hot angle, or a thread to an angle, and it will build next week’s show. I’m intrigued by Miz/Rey, as well as Hunter being in charge, and seeing where Punk fits in. Add to that Mysterio’s two good matches, and Raw’s an easy thumbs up this week.

Full WWE RAW July 18 results…
WWE Championship Tournament
Rey Mysterio defeated R-Truth
The Miz defeated Kofi Kingston
Rey Mysterio defeated Dolph Zigger
Kofi Kingston defeated Alberto Del Rio
R-Truth defeated Jack Swagger
The Miz defeated Alex Riley
Kelly Kelly, Eve, Beth Phoenix, Natalya, Gail Kim, Kaitlyn & AJ defeated against The Bella Twins, Melina, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, Maryse & Tamina (non-tourny)

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