Hello everybody, welcome back. Lately every time I watch Raw I feel like I’m in the movie Groundhogs Day. If you haven’t seen the movie, Bill Murrays character wakes up everyday on Groundhogs Day. He has the same exact day, and he can’t seen to get past it. That’s how I feel watching Monday Night Raw.
Every single week we get the same promo from The Authority, usually to kick off the show. Then the WWE pains us with 3 hours of mid card action, until the Main Event.
I really liked the six man tag team match with The Shield vs. Rey Mysterio, Big E Langston, Kofi Kingston. They had a nice flow to the match, with believable false finishes. At the end Dean Ambrose gets the pin, and the commentators again are talking about possible dissention in the ranks.
The Tag Title match between The New Age Outlaws vs. The Rhodes Bros in a steel cage was a huge disappointment for me. I really like both teams, and they are capable of better than this especially with the cage. You know it’s bad when it’s deadly silent, and then the fans started the CM Punk chants. I hope these guys step it up for their PPV match, which I assume they will have.
This takes us to the Main Event. WWE champ Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan, in a non title match. Those two have great chemistry, and I really enjoyed their previous matches. Orton hurt Bryans right arm early. Wait a minute! Right arm? I know most fans have no idea what I’m talking about, but when you’re trained as a wrestler you always, always work on the left side. I guess Randy must have thought he was working in Mexico. Anyways I digress. When Bryan starts to make a comeback the crowd is with him on everything. I loved the spot where Bryan was hitting Orton from corner to corner, than Orton hit a high drop kick. It was predictable that Bryan would get the win. That’s WWE booking 101. What killed it for me was Kane coming out. It took away from the great match, and finish. I like that the Authority got their heat back. I just wish it was someone other than Kane. It was a crowd killer. I have a ton of respect for Kane, but this gimmick is not working for me.
I waited to publish this report until I got the ratings for Raw. After weeks, and weeks of bad decisions, and bad TV Raw lost over 500,000 viewers from last week. Not a good sign that fans are turning off, so close to the launch of the WWE Network. WWE can’t be too happy with the non ratings impact of the returning Batista. In a way this could be a good thing. The WWE fans are obviously not happy with the direction of the WWE. In my opinion, as a fan, the WWE has been dropping the ball since Summer Slam. I think that this number will put them on notice, and I hope that they come back with a more compelling show.
To switch gears on PWTorch I do a Q&A thing daily. Today a fan asked do they think that any ECW alum could ever get in the WWE HOF. I suggested if anybody deserved it, it should be as a collective. ECW had a number of big stars, but Heyman always concentrated on the brand ECW. ECW was a movement. ECW was more than any one wrestler. That was Heymans vision, and if they ever induct anyone from ECW, I hope it’s a collective unit of the founding fathers of the company. Me included of course.
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