RAW kicked off with the face of the WWE, John Cena, out to a surprisingly negative reaction. I guess the Liverpool fans are anti Cena unlike the fans back home in the states. Unsurprisingly, Cena discusses the WrestleMania 28 ticket sales and the absence of Survivor Series tag team partner, The Rock. Cena states that Rock will be on RAW live next week in Boston, Massachusetts.
We’re promoting next week’s RAW at the start of this show?
Cena discusses the “importance” of the first RAW in Liverpool and intends on creating some magic. Cena then mentions Awesome Truth and his mystery partner he penned as a future hall of famer. Awesome Truth interrupts with Miz cutting his typical promo. Mizanin mentions Awesome Truth’s recent attacks on Cena and their matchup at WrestleMania 27. Man, was this guy stumbling in this promo.
Miz wants to leave a lasting impression while Truth discusses the Little Jimmies while informing Cena that he’s going to get got at Survivor Series.
They argue with Cena putting over his mystery partner like a million bucks. As Awesome Truth is preparing to attack Cena, Zack Ryder intervenes. A short brawl ensued with Truth getting a Rough Ryder.
Yeah, who’s surprised that it was Ryder? However, it makes sense considering Awesome Truth destroyed Ryder two weeks ago.
[adinserter block=”2″]Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero make their way towards the squared circle in what would undoubtedly be the match of the night. To my surprise, John Morrison is introduced as Ziggler’s opponent.
Dolph Ziggler vs. John Morrison
Initially, Ziggler and Morrison chain, with both competitors using a string of submissions. Ziggler dominates Morrison for the majority of the match while JoMo is showing signs of his ECW wrestling style. Morrison, who has been labeled a spot monkey on occasion, was grounded through its entirety. Ziggler came off as a star as usual but I’m surprised that the crowd was split.
The commentators spent most of this match discussing twitter, Zack Ryder, and Morrison’s losing streak.
Shockingly, Morrison picks up the win after a crucifix.
Winner: John Morrison
I’m surprised Morrison picked up the win with the numerous stories of his departure making waves on the dirt sheets. It’s great that the WWE is digging this guy of the hole they put him in. On the other hand, Dolph came off as a star yet again but I don’t think we can classify his loss as a losing streak yet. I expect Morrison to be inserted into the Ryder/Ziggler match at Survivor Series for the U.S. Championship.
They formally announce Team Barrett vs. Team Orton for Survivor Series. I’m confused as to why it’s Team Barrett instead of Rhodes or Christian. Wasn’t Orton feuding with Rhodes?
Mason Ryan vs. JTG
This was a typical squash match with Mason Ryan decimating JTG with a string of power moves before finishing him off with a full nelson slam.
Winner: Mason Ryan
There isn’t much to say about this matchup. I guess the WWE wanted to make Mason Ryan look strong by defeating someone who hasn’t appeared on RAW since being drafted there earlier this year.
We get a random Zack Ryder/Bella’s segment backstage with Ryder mentioning his main event tag team match with John Cena. The Bella’s join Ryder in a “woo woo woo” before we cut to commercial.
Michael Cole informs the audience that Jim Ross wasn’t allowed to travel with his BBQ sauce and the Michael Cole Challenge will take place next week. Yeah, I’m pretty sure fans care about that.
Alberto Del Rio makes his entrance and is facing Kofi Kingston for the tenth time this year.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Kofi Kingston
Kofi administers a small amount of offense but is eventually weakened by a missed suicide dive. Kofi is selling an arm injury with Del Rio focusing on it throughout the remainder of the matchup. Kofi battles back, utilizing his signature top rope cross body but misses a TIP attempt. Del Rio targets Kofi’s arm again before submitting Kingston with a botched cross arm breaker.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
I can’t say I’m surprised Del Rio squashed Kingston. For one, Kingston is probably in hot water because of Evan Bourne’s wellness violation. Besides that, WWE is doing its best to draw heel heat for Del Rio but its not working.
Unsurprisingly, Del Rio commences his post match beat down, applying the cross arm breaker to Kingston again.
The Voice of the Voiceless, CM Punk, makes his way to the squared circle to a huge pop from the live audience.
Punk gives Del Rio a verbal thrashing with Del Rio complaining about the events of last week. Del Rio asks Punk to cancel the WWE Title match because Johnny Ace and David Otunga said he could. Punk reminds Del Rio that it was Kevin Nash’s actions that cost him the WWE Championship in the first place.
Del Rio commands respect because he’s the WWE Champion before Punk commends Del Rio as a great competitor but tells him that he’s one dimensional on the mic. He mentions Del Rio’s destinies while informing the WWE Champion that no one cares about him or what he says.
Del Rio says he doesn’t care before asking Punk to cancel the match. Berto attacks Punk after he declines but Punk fights him off before he can apply the cross arm breaker. Ricardo Rodriguez intervenes but taste another Go 2 Sleep.
This was a pretty good segment with Punk doing Del Rio on the microphone. You know, Del Rio tries so hard to pass himself off as the WWE Champion but I still feel he’s a glorified mid carder who should’ve spent more time in the mid card before rushed to the main event.
After a commercial break, WWE airs some footage of last week’s RAW. Swagger still has sour grapes due to his loss to lifetime jobber, Santino Marella.
Jack Swagger vs. Santino Marella
This was a joke match with both men administering a decent amount of offense. I guess JoMo wasn’t the only one watching ECW tape as Swagger pulled out his first finisher, the Blue Thunder Bomb. Santino fights back with his signature jabs and split before Swagger sends him flying into the ring post shoulder first.
Swagger applies the Ankle lock and Marella taps.
Winner: Jack Swagger
Why was this match on RAW? Couldn’t Swagger have taken on someone from the opposing Survivor Series team?
Anyway, Kelly Kelly is apparently on her way to the ring as we cut to a commercial.
Jerry Lawler introduces Kelly as the cover girl for the next issue of Maxim. Kelly discusses her time in the WWE and her determination to become a better WWE Diva. The Divas of Doom interrupt Kelly, referring to her as a Barbie doll. Kelly fires back, stating that she wouldn’t interrupt the DOD if they were on the cover on National Geographic.
Beth says that Kelly gives fans a false impression of what a WWE Diva is and informs Kelly that is crying time. The DOD evacuate as Alicia Fox (who apparently has gone through a Mr. Anderson turn) and Eve Torres intervene.
Alicia questions the DOD’s decision to leave as they’ll miss the unveiling. Eve and Alicia unveil the cover as we cut to a commercial.
This segment was unneeded and I felt I could’ve gone without it. This constant bullying of Kelly Kelly is forcing me to question the WWE’s decision to sponsor the Be A Star campaign.
John Laurinaitis introduces his latest signee in Kevin Nash as Big Daddy Cool thanks Funkman for bringing him back. Nash says that he doesn’t own anyone but Triple H an explanation for his actions. He discusses his history with Triple H and felt that he should’ve buried him back then. He says that HBK changed his opinion of Triple H and they allowed him to join the Kliq.
He talks about Hunter’s wedding, his return at the Rumble, and his proposition to bring back the Kliq to Triple H. Nash claims that Triple H ignored and betrayed him before claiming that the Game would be nothing without him.
If the promo wasn’t already a complete disaster, Nash continues his confused tirade. Big Daddy Cool mentions his contract, the attack on Triple H, and the fact that he could be Champion on any given night.
Kevin Nash apparently showed Triple H how to play the game.
I can’t speak for others but I felt this promo was absolutely dreadful. Nash seemed confused and discombobulated for the most part while failing to remain on one clearly subject. I often criticize the WWE for scripted promos but incidents like this call for them.
Finally, it’s time for the debut of Brodus Clay as another vignette airs.
David Otunga and John Laurinaitis are discussing Clay’s debut before Ace informs him that Brodus is special and he refuses to waste him in Liverpool.
CM Punk insults Ace, claiming he was ignorant to what the crowd wants. Punk mentions John’s plan with Alberto to cancel the WWE Title match before turning his attention to Otunga. Otunga tells Punk that the WWE Champion shouldn’t look like a guy that works at a gas station. Punk attacks Otunga but is quickly thwarted by Del Rio.
A brawl ensues with Punk being sent through the catering table. Del Rio hammers Punk until officials pull the Mexican Aristocrat away from the Chicago native.
I don’t have a problem with this segment. It explains the absence of Brodus Clay and gives Alberto a little momentum going in Survivor Series. I’d be lying if I said he didn’t need it as Punk has been dominating him physically and verbally since this feud started. David Otunga appearing backstage and not in the ring, he’s okay in my book.
Honestly, I would’ve rather watched Brodus destroy some random jobber instead of listening to Nash’s promo.
Awesome Truth vs. John Cena and Zack Ryder
This was a typical tag team matchup. Awesome Truth controlled a major portion of this match with Ryder and Cena getting in a significant amount of offense. The finish saw Cena hoist Miz up for the Attitude Adjustment only to have Miz counter it while Truth held Cena’s legs down for the win.
If Awesome Truth can’t beat Cena and Zack Ryder cleanly, what is the point of Survivor Series? The show does revolve around this one match.
[adinserter block=”1″]Overall/Random thoughts: Though better than last week’s RAW, this episode was mediocre. Most of the matches featured were randomly thrown together while only two were produced to further storylines. I know the SD crew was touring elsewhere but the WWE could’ve swapped superstars for this edition. John Morrison vs. Dolph Ziggler was undoubtedly the match of the night. If you’re looking for something positive in terms of match quality, I recommend it (especially Morrison fans). I still feel Jack Swagger could’ve been used better tonight to further the impending 5 on 5 traditional Survivor Series matchup. Kofi Kingston shouldn’t be punished for the actions of his partner. The WWE should also address the tag team title situation as it would be foolish to ignore the division for thirty days. Zack Ryder in the main event is great considering he put himself in the position.
Since next week’s RAW is three hours and the go home show for Survivor Series, they should pull out every asset they have. Remember, this is one of the big four pay per views.