Another episode of Monday Night RAW is in the books, this one fresh off the heels of an extremely well produced and executed Pay-Per-View.
While most of us anticipated this particular showing of RAW to be off the charts as far as action, excitement, and entertainment is concerning, the actual end result was a tad bit…underwhelming. If you read my previous piece, then you’ll know exactly what I mean when I say it was whelm deficient.
I’m sure many fans will disagree with that assessment for various reasons, but in my humble and 8-times-out-ot-10-right opinion, this show was just average; some pretty awesome things happened, but it was a particularly safe show and probably so on purpose.
Most of us here at L.E.W.D. learned long ago that not every show should be expected to be a five star offering; if this were to happen, then what exactly would a five star show be? So habitually a company will offer a less than stellar show in order to bring fans expectations down slightly in order to enhance the potency of the next show or event.
Think of it like this: there was a reasonwhythe Divas match yesterday was placed between the CM Punk/Chris Jericho match and the Brock Lesnar/John Cena match.
Given that WWE Over the Limit is taking place in three weeks, it’s slightly understandable why the show lacked some chutzpah; the build for the WWE’s gimmick-less Pay Per View is potentially building up for the June 17 No Way Out event. If you’ve seen the leaked poster for the Pay Per View, then you’ll too agree that tonight’s sub par showcase was a necessary evil.
With that intro out of the way, let’s look at a few of the things that made the show important:
- The Bellas get “fired;” Ash is partly wrong, and there’s a disturbance in the force.
- CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan at Over the Limit: Don’t blow your wad just yet.
- The Ace Crusher Returneth for John Cena
Leave it to the WWE to throw another wrench in the plans of this idealistic sports entertainment pseudo-analyst…
I crafted quite the post yesterday detailing, in so many words, what I thought the WWE was going to do with the departing Bella twins. My plans were whimsical and involved the missing-in-action WWE anti-Diva Kharma, the one person I was SURE would return tonight during the Bellas’ rematch to destroy the twins in one easy and swift motion.
At least I was right about the rematch…
My boss, a closet casual fan at best (which means he’ll talk about how silly pro wrestling is but will watch it with us for at least fifty minutes), made a very interesting comment after the Bellas’ blink-and-you’ll-miss-it title rematch:
Ash’s Boss -”Clearly there’s something more to the story than this…”
Ironically enough this singular thought from a semi-casual fan would serve as the theme for most of the show. While we’ve yet to see even the slightest clue as to how Kharma will re-debut for the company, the Bellas’ weird departure has to be intertwined with a story line somehow, someway.
Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks were “fired” in a similar fashion and they’ve received little corporate fanfare, noticeably missing the infamous “Best in all your future endeavors” WWE.com announcement that follows a release. Only the WWE knows where they’re going with this, so we’ll just have to wait and see…
In a move that shocked all of three fans in the WWE Universe, Daniel Bryan defeated Jerry Lawler in the Beat the Clock Challenge to become the #1 Contender for CM Punk’s WWE Title. Suffice it to say that hundreds of thousands of WWE fans climaxed at this turn of events.
While this is great news for any fan of Punk and Bryan’s work together, this upcoming match is also something that we’ll have to watch unfold. I’m not so sure we should get our hopes up so soon and mess ourselves over the anticipation of the match as opposed to the execution of the resulting story line and actual match.
CM Punk’s reign thus far can be summarized as five months of wrestling excellence. He’s actually wrestled everyone he’s had to defend his belt against; if we’re being honest with ourselves, Punk is actually one of the few “wrestling champions” out there.
But that’s about it; besides having a very strong showing during the street fight against Chris Jericho at Extreme Rules, Punk is still fighting for the one match/feud that will catapult him into super stardom. He’s hungry for the match that will make his reign more important than John Cena.
With three weeks to go until the Over the Limit Pay Per View, there isn’t enough time for the WWE to craft such a feud between Punk and Bryan. Sure it’s a great thing that we’ll get another classic wrestling match between two professional wrestlers that is guaranteed to get money, but it’s only going to play second fiddle to John Cena’s match against Johnny Ace.
This match is the answer to most fans’ prayers, but it is not and will not be Punk or Bryan’s defining WWE moment; that is still to come and we shouldn’t spooge our shorts until we get a better feel for how they’re going to build up to this match. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see…
Everyone was positive last night that Lord Tensai would be named as John Cena’s opponent at the Over the Limit Pay Per View. I shuddered in my seat at the thought of that match mostly because…well…to me it just didn’t make sense.
But before we get to that point, we must recall that everyone was positive Sunday night that John Cena would be taking some much needed time off. Cena’s cryptic speech at the conclusion of the Pay Per View, plus this tidbit from WWE.com had us all assuming that the Champ was going to gracefully bow out for awhile to heal himself.
Leave it to Mr. Invincible to do right by the fans and risk injuring himself even further for the business that he loves. After defeating Brock Lesnar and summarily embarrassing the People Powered EVP of Talent Relations and the GM of both RAW and Smackdown,Cena had to return last night to reclaim his spot as the face of the company.
Earlier in the night, Johnny Ace attempted to redeem Brock Lesnar by bringing him out for whatever reason. Lesnar’s mic time was spent explaining that his “loss” was really a “victory” seeing as all he intended to do was “bring the pain.” And that is exactly what happened.
At that point, WWE COO Triple H entered the arena and attempted to put a leash on Ace’s monster…
Needless to say that didn’t work out well for the COO, who received a broken arm via the Kimora Lock from Lesnar. Is it just me or does Triple H get beat up each time he comes out and tries to assert his authority as the COO?
Laurinaitis then paints a picture for Cena, a pretty Crayola-drawn portrait of what he envisioned as the way to bring the best out of the superstar. Cena and much of the audience in attendence hated Laurinaitis’ picture but, in a gesture of good will, promised to place in on the refrigerator for everyone to see.
Lord Tensai creeps into the picture and is teased as Cena’s upcoming opponent in one month. As Cena hulked up and prepared for a two-on-one assault, Johnny Ace attacks him from behind and names himself as Cena’s challenger at the Pay Per View.
This interesting turn of events left me feeling enthused and confused at the same time; I was conthused…
While terribly happy that Lord Tensai would be far away from a Pay Per View match against Cena, I was bewildered at the progression of Cena’s story line in the form of one John Laurinaitis. A parking lot conversation with DiZ cleared up a lot of that confusion, but also left me wanting more.
I guess that’s the purpose of a decent show, to leave fans eagerly anticipating the next show by giving them a cliff-hanging ending that reels them deeper into the story. But a match between these two Johns, both of whom tend to excel in providing moments of blandness, kind of reminds me of the match between Vince McMahon and Bret Hart. Who is going to carry who in this match?
Those thoughts aside, the development has intrigued me and much like the rest of the show, we’ll just have to…wait and see…
In the end, those are just my thoughts; the real question is, what do YOU think???