Nige’s Raw Review By KF4E
First of all sorry I couldn’t get the Smackdown review up, I was pushed for time. Anyway Raw is looking good. The opening promo worked on all accounts. I loved Triple H coming out and basically letting everyone know that he was the one to take the championship from Orton. I didn’t like the over usage of the word right? Though. It was like everyone kept saying it every other line. Apart from that all three ment were on character and the brawl was a nice touch. I think this was just a way to set up a tag team match either tonight or on a different night.
Kendrick vs. Lance Cade was an average start to the action tonight on Raw. Both men got some good offence and the match seemed to flow. I love having the straps on London and Kendrick, as they are suitably the best team on Raw atm. I can see Cade and Murdoch being the number one contenders, and imo they would put on some pretty decent matches.
I’m still not interested in Layla and the whole Extreme Expose coming to Raw. However it seems like a nice little way to add them to the show now that ECW is gone, and it also seems like a feud is brewing between Kelly, Kelly and Layla. I liked the first part of this segment too with the tag match announced, also the match at Saturday night’s main event is looking good too.
Dreamer vs Burke was only made because of an altercation last week. This is both good and bad. The match however was pulled off quite nice. It was nice to see the younger Burke get the win. Oh Lashley returning is awesome. I have the same thing going on too
The whole segment with Carlito and his brother seemed like a cheap way to introduce his brother. It would have been so much cooler to have him introduce his bro on the cabana. Then the whole Layla and Kelly Kelly thing was predictable but seemed pretty good. I do however think there was too many things going on in this segment.
Adding the video promo here was good. I liked it as it just added a lot of realism to tonight’s show.
Carlito vs. Val Venis was a pretty cool match. I enjoyed reading it from start to finish. The finish was nice and I’m glad you continue to have Carlito win. I can see a push lined up for him especially now that you have introduced his fictional brother.
The little wwe.com exclusive was cool. That was another thing that added more realism to the show. I like the angle you have going too because I have always wanted to read a thread where Santino and Maria break up. I’m looking forward to seeing how this whole thing unfolds.
Santino was gold on the stick as usual. You actually pull his character off really well. I love how you miss spell and miss pronounce words just like he does in real life. I loved the point if the promo too setting up a great match with Hardy. I can see Maria coming down though tbh. It was a nice finish to the match with a DQ finish. I loved the match as it all seemed to flow really well. I’m still not liking the whole CM Punk heel turn. I love the idea of being so creative and turning him because I’ve not seen that before, but I just don’t think it works that much. I guess it will take a while for the whole thing to sink in. However you are booking the intercontinental Championship scene very nicely, and propps for doing it.
I’ve never heard or seen Beth cut an interview so I can’t comment on her character. However you have a nice angle going on and I really like the woman’s division.
I liked the Saturday Night’s Main Event promo, it sounded genuine and it got me excited for the show.
Now onto the main event. The match being the longest was great and it certainly had the best action. I liked the way it flowed, but it just seemed to get a bit boring and repetitive at some parts. Nice ending though with the pedigree on Kennedy. I’m glad he didn’t get the pin over the WWE champion. I actually thought Orton was about to get planted but it was great to have him slide back out of the ring last minute, because that is something I can see Orton doing.
Overall a good show, progressing nicely from the last Raw I read. The feuds you have going are good, and your writing continues to improve week after week. I’m looking forward to the next show man, and especially SNME