Triple H’s appearance on RAW certainly spiced things up. It definitely made up for John Laurinaitis horribly fumbling through his lines in the opening segment. In the end though, nothing Johnny Ace did could ruin RAW this week.
His segment with Triple H at the end of the show was utterly enjoyable. There was a reason why the crowd was into it. It was good. You felt like “anything” could happen.
Just when you thought Laurinaitis [who got out the chap stick] was about to kiss Triple H’s ass to keep his job, it appeared the former World Champ was going to fire him anyway.
Then Undertaker hit the ring.
Yes, you can mark out a bit.
When it was all said and done, it appears Johnny Ace will keep his job for the time being. But Triple H apparently won’t have his hands full with the Dead Man. For now.
Plain and simple, last night’s RAW stood out as the best so far this year because of the fantastic card.
Every match, aside from the usual Brodus Clay filler was proof that when the WWE wants to, they can let their guys and gals loose.
Great matches send fans home happy and that’s exactly what the WWE did this week on RAW.
But there was more than good matches. Chris Jericho’s interruption in the CM Punk/Daniel Bryan match opens up some interesting storyline options. The announcement of Mike Tyson to the WWE Hall of Fame this year was long overdue. Considering the losers that have been inducted into the celebrity wing over the years, the fact that Tyson actually made an impact in the company makes him an obvious choice for HOF consideration.
It was also announced earlier that R-Truth, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho and Kofi Kingston will battle CM Punk for the WWE title at Elimination Chamber. Could it be that the company is running thin when it comes to competition for Punk? Jericho just came back to the promotion and Kingston has been primarily a tag team guy for the past eight months. Sad to say, the WWE hasn’t been making new stars the way they should be and it’s starting to catch up to them.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Randy Orton: An opening match with plenty of athleticism, as Ziggler and Orton went through a few Irish-whip maneuvers, nearfalls, submission counters and a mammoth Superplex. The crowd seemed to really get into it once Orton hit his signature second rope DDT. He followed that up with the RKO for the victory.
Brodus Clay vs. Tyler Reks: Just a disaster. While Reks was the first guy to land any offense on Clay, the match still lasted less than a minute. The Funkasaurus hit his disgrace jumping cross body finisher for the win.
WWE Champion CM Punk vs. World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan: This was a technical showcase between the company’s two best workers. It should have been the main event, but understandable since Triple H’s encounter with Laurinaitis was teased for a week. The back and forth nature was solid and it was far from predictable. If only more matches could be like this. While there wasn’t a clean finish, as Chris Jericho joined the party and caught Punk with the Codebreaker, it advances a storyline and possibly sets up a Punk/Jericho feud.
Kofi Kingston vs. The Miz: R-Truth’s commentary during the match was also entertaining in a quick match between two of the top young stars in the company. It was full of counters. Miz was on the offensive throughout, but Kingston battled back and caught Miz with his Trouble From Paradise kick for the three-count.
Divas Champion Beth Phoenix vs. Eve Torrez: Squash match as Phoenix hit the Glamslam for a quick win. Kane’s psychological warfare with Torrez continued as he promo-ed on the Titantron before he hit the ring. Of course, John Cena made the save and the two went at it.
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