Last night’s Raw was pretty good, anyone watch?
First off, nice calls by WDL, most of his predictions were spot on
Good opening swerve to put Batista in charge and to have 3 mystery stars coming to the show (I didn’t read any spoilers for the trade before hand, so it was cool to be surprised). Also love that the million dollar man is next weeks host! One of my favorite old school heels.
Decent match between trips and MVP. Outcome was obvious, but they still put on a really good match. Nicely sets up Triple H vs. Cena, hopefully something screwy comes out of that that keeps trips out of the title scene for a month or two feuding with john.
Edge and jericho’s promo was awesome. I really hope they keep this team going for awhile and use it to rebuild the tag divisions. The introduction of this tag team was everything I had hoped for, very reasonable reason as to why they would get together, and they put on a heck of a match. I really liked the ending, showing Jericho being really sneaky and using primo to screw carlito over into a spear.
(side note: Edge needs a new finisher, the spear is kind of like a secondary finishing move IMO, a ton of people do it. I’m not saying he needs to ditch it or anything, just add something to his move set like Y2J did with the code breaker. MVP also desperately needs a new finisher. The playmaker looks very soft…it pretty much just rolls the guy over.)
Cena vs Miz was very good, I thought they did a very good job telling the story of this match (hat tip to king and cole) and implying that miz got stomped last night because he was in over his head, and his better showing here was due to being less “deer stuck in the headlights” and learning from his PPV experience. Nicely done WWE, now he can be a mid card heel with some heat from the mini cena fued.
Kofi vs big show was also well done. Good way to plant a seed for a fued going forward without hurting either show’s or kofi’s credibility in the future matchups. I know fans tend to dislike draw’s, but sometimes they are necessary, I felt like this was one of those times.
Main event was excellent, and really cemented this show for me. Evan bourne is a great add to the weak raw mid card. With miz back from the cena fued (one assumes) and kofi as well, Evan can really carve out a good spot in the US title hunt going forward, and bring some excitement to the middle of raw shows as he learns the ropes.
Swagger in essence laying down for Orton was also, I thought, a really good storytelling dynamic. It moves swagger into the upper mid card via the handshake from Orton, and leaves open the fact that Orton owes swagger a favor…they can go a bunch of places from that, alliance, help in a us title match, ect, ect.
Mark henry….full disclosure, I am not a mark henry fan….or I should say im not generally a big guy who can’t really wrestle fan. But I thought this was an interesting move. They changed him to a face with a pretty good pop, and Orton can claim he only lost because he was injured. Good shake up to have henry go over on Orton, did not see that coming.
I thought this was easily the best raw in months, well done WWE. Anyoone else catch it last night and have any thoughts?