I've seen a lot of negative responses to this week's edition of RAW from a lot of the users in this community and I've just got to say, I don't agree with a lot of it at all. I see where some of you are coming from but I really didn't think that it was as terrible as you claim.
-For starters, a number one contender's match took place. When was the last time that happened? A staple of standard booking actually got used to determine the number one contender instead of just booking the match off screen for shits and giggles. Plus, dat moonsault.
-Bray Wyatt cut a promo that actually made sense. Wyatt can deliver in the mic but I found that a lot of what he said couldn't take root as a legitimate ideology because he just sounded like an amateur poet, stringing idioms and adjective together to sound convincing. Wisdom has appeal only when perception can acknowledge truth. Wyatt, for months on end, just sounded like he was just trying to go over people's heads just.....because. But his promo on Daniel Bryan was different this time around. It was crystal clear that Wyatt just wanted to help Bryan out by unleashing the monster he sees within him. He wasn't dancing around the subject with fancy, archaic sayings the entire time. He told him straight up what his objective was and why he was doing it. I could actually appreciate and understand his point of view instead of act puzzled by his motives.
-Punk's second promo. I liked how he didn't go with the usual "Well, the odds are against me but somehow, I will prevail." bullshit. He knew he was fucked and he knew he wasn't going to win. A nice change of pace I'd say, addressing odds for what they are and the threat they present.
-Some good matches; Sandow/Ziggler(dat moonsault), 6 man tag team match between The Rhodes's and Big Show vs. The Shield, and ADR vs. Sin Cara. Even Ryback had a decent showing in his match.
-Bad News Barrett. Pretty funny gimmick. I wouldn't mind this continuing for at least six months. I'm just going to hope that he still has the chance to wrestle with this new gimmick.
-Continuing the Xavier Woods and Brodus Clay feud. It's nice to see creative paying attention to the undercard and midcard by giving them consistent feuds to work with.
-The ending promo. Not so much with HHH/Stephanie. The mic work between Cena and Orton was solid. Orton really seemed to be upping his game this time around and I appreciated how HHH and Steph stopped aside and let them go to work. I wish they would have done more towards selling their match but overall, I can't complain though it doesn't mean that I expect their match to be anything special.
There wasn't really much to complain about this week other than the horrid commentary and the Divas match but that's usually the standard anyways, isn't it? Even with that bad match, I liked how the crowd seemed to recognize Brie Bella's improvement as a wrestler by giving her support in the match. Either that or they can't stand her sister.
So do you guys agree? If not, why do you think that way?