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Old 12-03-2013, 12:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default This Week's RAW Was Better Than Last Week's

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?
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It may have been better but it was still pathetic. There are more holes in these storylines than there were in an 80 year old Alzheimer patient's brain. (Caughcaugh).
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:18 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It may have been better but it was still pathetic. There are more holes in these storylines than there were in an 80 year old Alzheimer patient's brain. (Caughcaugh).
Yeah, I admit that the Kofi/Miz feud doesn't really make much sense, for instance. I don't even know if Miz is still a heel or if Kofi is still a face. It's just baffling.
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-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.
It's great that the match happened and that they actually made the title look important. But by making it between two guys who are legitimate contenders for the WHC in the crowd's eyes still, it came across as "let's just give these guys something important". We all know that Langston isn't dropping the title so soon into his push especially since he hasn't done that bad and made the title look good since he got it.

I was able to sit through the entire Raw last week, but I just had to turn it off after watching ADR job to Sin Cara of ALL people. What does that really say about the guy who was in the running for, or WHC for over a year consistently in the main event. What does that say about the worth of John Cena even currently holding the title. It was yet another lazily booked outcome.

And so and so forth.

I usually am a lot more positive about the WWE, but at this point it's become really hard to place my trust in them to tell any kind of coherent and consistent storylines.
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Way better than last week. There was nothing that pissed me off and only one segment that I skipped/didn't enjoy (the Miz/Kofi match). Everything else was entertaining enough and I liked that the midcard was actually featured properly for once. The Wyatt segment was fantastic and the IMO the best they've done since joining the main roster, it was a lot closer to their NXT work.
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I guess on paper it looks ok, but it just didn't come across as being as good as last week. Last week was more entertaining, at least to me.
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It's great that the match happened and that they actually made the title look important. But by making it between two guys who are legitimate contenders for the WHC in the crowd's eyes still, it came across as "let's just give these guys something important". We all know that Langston isn't dropping the title so soon into his push especially since he hasn't done that bad and made the title look good since he got it.

I was able to sit through the entire Raw last week, but I just had to turn it off after watching ADR job to Sin Cara of ALL people. What does that really say about the guy who was in the running for, or WHC for over a year consistently in the main event. What does that say about the worth of John Cena even currently holding the title. It was yet another lazily booked outcome.

And so and so forth.

I usually am a lot more positive about the WWE, but at this point it's become really hard to place my trust in them to tell any kind of coherent and consistent storylines.
Fair point about Ziggler but Sandow? What did he do to impress you that much before he won the briefcase? He had a good match with Cena but that's all the credit I can give him. He's right where he belongs IMO.

As far as Sin Cra beating ADR goes, I don't think the WWE would push him that hard for years only to have him lose a match to Sin Cara just to do it. I think this is the beginning of a storyline whih is why I'm not writing off that win as lazy booking yet.
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Happens all the time OP. I stay away from the Raw thread as much as I can.

There was a bunch of stuff that I liked and I wouldn't call this episode awful by any means.

I liked Bryan vs Rowan. Also, Bray's promo afterwards. I must admit I'm really starting to dig Bray's mic work. Especially this promo and the one he cut a few weeks ago calling Punk and Bryan false heroes who tricked people into thinking that they're being led to the promised land. He's cryptic and he rambles, but his promo always has a connection to the angle at hand and I dig it

Liked The Shield vs Cody/Goldy/Big Show. Honestly, every Shield match or segment is always good so there's that. Punk vs Shield at TLC should be good.

Brodus as an angry heel is actually not bad. Wish more people watch this and give him a chance. Also, hints of a Tons of Funk breakup. Atleast they and Xavier/Truth have a story to work with. For the last few years, the midcard and undercard had no storylines, that's not the case now.

Kinda wish this PTP/Real Americans feud wasn't based on Titus puking but whatever. Cesaro won so that's good.

Didn't care for the divas match but Summer Rae's in it so yeah.

Cena actually cut a good promo, but people here will dismiss it. Not interested for this feud but if it leads to ONE unified champion, I won't complain. As long as they wrap up this feud by the Rumble.
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I thought it was better too. Mostly due to the six man tag and the decent Rowan vs Bryan match.
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Also, Bad News Barrett!!
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