Before I get into the good stuff, I just wanted to touch on the commentary throughout the show. I know Michael Cole played an annoying character in real life, but I really wish you’d stop writing that way. In all honesty, bar a handful of people, most bookers commentary (mine included
) is embarrassingly bad as it is, and Cole is making yours really hard to read. It’s just so over whelming, and as a result, your commentary team barely hypes anything, they just bicker. Maybe there are some people that disagree with me and think OHZ COLE IS EPIC… but I thought I’d throw in my two cents.
I was really interested to see how you went with Triple H to open the show, because I was a little worried that you might leave The Undertaker issue unaddressed. I was pleased to see that wasn’t the case and you did a pretty good job. You managed to make it sound as if Trips would get empathy from the fans for his speech about ‘Mania, yet he saved face, by still sounding badass when he turned to The Miz. Once again, I thought everything was spot until right before The Miz came about. Since about 1999, Triple H’s character has been built on one obsession and one obsession only, to win the WWE Championship. You had Hunter call the title the next best thing behind the streak, and that for me is just something that doesn’t fit his mindset, imo. The Miz was pretty nice early on as well, although the nose insult was a little lame, to be honest. Miz sounded very Jericho like when bragging about beating Orton and Cena in the same night, AND calling himself a living legend. I think I may have touched on this in my last bit of feedback in here when I said that this accomplishment can only do wonders for Miz. I’m pleased to see you’re using it straight off the bat. The rest of the promo went along solidly enough with the two bickering, and then predictably (in a good way because it had to happen), here comes Cena. I beg you to never have Cena call HHH Tripper again, that was pretty terrible. The insult of Riley came across a lot better than the others so far throughout the whole promo. Cena was typical Cena really, nothing stood out, but everything was solid. I will point out that the constant playing on the fact that we’re in England is very Cena-esque to. Lawler makes the main event, and this promo did a good job of hyping Extreme Rules and made a huge match for tonight. Despite maybe one or two questionable lines, a pretty good way to open the show.
Being in England I can understand that Regal is going to be cheered, but the whole handshake thing really shocked me. I’m not going to criticize because I’m just completely torn on whether I thought it was a good move or not. Not really much to say about the actual match, it was solid enough, although it makes me crave a match between the two written in full, so you know, book that sometime soon. Anyway, again, not much stood out was just a solid match. Danielson picking up the win was a necessity though considering he’s got the bigger profile out of the two in this thread. I almost forgot to mention how happy I am that you gave them the time they deserved as well.
I was going to mention how I expected Ziggler and Guerrero to show their faces but then you cut to them straight from the match. Ziggler still pissed after last week makes sense. Vickie remaining silent shocked me though; I thought maybe she could have said something after Dolph walked away. I expect something a little later from Ziggler though, after seeing this, it would just be weird if he didn’t at least attempt to retaliate tonight.
DiBiase and Black segment was a little random. I guess it sets up a match for tonight. Not really sure where you are going with this Black agent thing. Whilst at first I thought it was fun, now I feel as if it’s a little lame, and I can’t really see it leading anywhere good. By the way, this losing streak for DiBiase better lead somewhere. He’s too good to waste.
As much as I mark for Melina’s splits entrance, I think it would have been better if she didn’t do it tonight. Don’t get me wrong; through the domination of Tamina and the embarrassment of Marella, you really made her look focused/like a beast. I just thought though, if she’s so focused and in such a seemingly bad mood, why would she bother with the flash entrance? Eve trying to get a piece of Melina made sense, and Melina getting out of the way just makes Eve have to wait another week. Builds the tension between the two rather well, smart booking.
Despite what people say about this time period being so terrible, looking over the Extreme Rules card, and that’s shaping up to be a damn good pay per view. With the likes of Wolfy, Legend, Imac and 619 all close to big events, it’ll be interesting to see how everybody compares… No pressure or anything though.
Very, very smart to have The Miz come up to see Cena. I was waiting for something like this, and if it didn’t happen, I would have made a point to let you know you messed up. But this is clever, builds a nice little one night cliff hanger sort of thing, and perhaps plants some ideas into Cena’s head.
Tyler Blacks promo draws up a positive and a negative for me. It’s a positive because the agent gimmick was REALLY starting to bother me, and I’m hoping him admitting that he’s not really one, means it will stop. On the negative side of things, bringing him in as an agent only to scrap it just seems like you’ve done some typical WWE booking. Tried something, didn’t like it and just randomly scrapped it. I don’t know how serious I am going to be able to take this guy now, especially with a suited up Mark Henry having his back. The next few weeks are very important to how Black is perceived in this thread.
Obviously expected Black to get the win. Another solid match on the show, and whilst it’s a step in the right direction, I still think you’ve got a long way to go to get Black out of this hole. As for DiBiase, as I said earlier, this losing streak better lead somewhere. Also, as long as he’s losing, just keep him at least competitive.
Melina continuing to bug Morrison is something I’m enjoying. She’s clearly getting inside his head, and after being killed by Sheamus, I believe some sort of heel turn could be in his future. Anyway, this is intriguing at the moment. I love these sorts of slow change things, where the character development is portrayed so well.
I had pretty low expectations regarding Orton getting microphone time alone, and I kind of sit on the fence regarding everything he said here. The beginning was alright, although maybe the whole Punk’s not worth the part of his brain he remembers him with was a little over dramatic. It sort of made Orton sound like some sort of idiotic teenager. I really enjoyed the part where he called himself a beast; it’s leaning towards his sadistic role, which is definitely what he plays best. I usually love philosophical promos and what not, but the whole comparing himself to the moon thing didn’t really gel to well. I understand what you were going for, but I just didn’t dig it. Punk’s line about putting people to sleep was epic, perfect way to start, playing on Orton’s words like that. The rest of the promo went along solidly enough, with the bit where Punk mentioned Orton’s daughter, even without insinuating to much, was very interesting. The LMS stipulation is a good one, because Orton is known to be a sadistic guy, and Punk seemed pretty out there on your first show. A better segment than I was expecting, but nothing overly great.
The cheap heat for Sheamus was nice, especially the Liverpool jumper. Basically Sheamus beating the shit out of another sorry individual. You have booked Sheamus incredibly well so far. I love the beast type pushes when they work, and this one is definitely doing that. I’m one hundred percent behind Sheamus in this thread so far. Double champion? I think so.
Morrison making an appearance makes sense, but I found it funny that Sheamus got the better of him. I’m interested to see just how Morrison reacts next week. Definitely a very interesting part of Raw, at the moment.
Daniel Bryan interview was…okay. I wasn’t sold on the whole asking Ziggler if he’s scared thing. One, we know that’s not true already. Two, it kind of comes across as maybe a tad heelish the way he said it. For example, if he just said I think Ziggler’s scared it could have came across a little different to the way he asked the question. He sounded almost heel Edge like, tbh.
VIVA RATED R~!
Once again, and it seems to be a common thing with your matches, the main event was another solid one. There was nothing really stand out that would make somebody say it was a brilliant, but at the same time there was absolutely nothing wrong with it. The constant questioning of Cena’s values was nice, and you booked a pretty nice twist with Cena almost giving in to The Miz’s jedi mind tricks, only to change his mind at the last minute. The aftermath with Cena taking down Hunter was expected, there was no way they were both just going to stand there looking at each other. Nice hype for the Extreme Rules main event again, and an entertaining way to finish the show.
Overall, another good episode of Raw. You continue to be the only booker who can keep me interested with this time period. Everybody seems to have something going on at the moment on Raw and it makes everything that much more fun to read. I don’t like the Black stuff, and no Ziggler appearance seemed wrong to me. After being mad like that, you set up a hook for him to do something vicious later on, and then just left it and had the okay Bryan interview. Also the odd nit picky thing I mentioned throughout some of the promos but nothing major. Good show, don’t take to long with Smackdown.