WWE Raw Coverage: Paul Bearer, Edge and CM Punk’s Scott Hall Impersonation
Well, until Edge comes out.
Edge’s promo on John Cena was classic. Another star comes out of the woodwork and says Cena’s not the same as he used to be. During this promo, tons of hardcore fans were markin’ out. Why? Because it wasn’t a silly PG promo- it was emotional and didn’t waste time.
Too much of this episode was a waste of time.
Lets hope WWE Creative goes through with this attempt to recapture Cena’s former glory. And it has nothing to do with him winning the WWE title either. Just to have him cut out the Boy Scout act would improve the WWE product immensely.
What else could improve the WWE product was if the Randy Orton/Kane angle could step it up a bit. Every week, it feels like the same song and dance. Sure, this will be a good match at Extreme Rules, but on RAW, it feels like filler.
At least the CM Punk/Chris Jericho tries different things.
Calm down, we didn’t say they were exactly captivating.
A make-believe drunk Punk was funny though.
At any rate, it was better than the Cena/Brock Lesnar feud. Aside from a boring contract signing, where Lesnar was doing his best Ultimate Warrior impersonation, all the WWE did was repeat the same promo a few times.
Chris Jericho vs. Kofi Kingston: A good opener with a solid pace. Kingston was the aggressor early on, hitting a drop toe hold and slapping on a submission hold. Jericho fired back with chops and a turnbuckle clothesline. While Kingston got back on track with a flip to the outside, Jericho was never completely out of the game. After he missed a Lionsault, Jericho played possum and nailed Kingston with a massive clothesline and more chops. Kingston continued to fight, as he hit his SOS, but Jericho kicked out. After the Boom Drop, Kingston went for the Trouble in Paradise and missed and then got caught in the Code Breaker after he missed a top rope splash. A Walls of Jericho later and Y2J got the submission win.
Lord Tensai w/ Sakamoto vs. R-Truth: Choke Bomb, Mist into Von Erich Claw Hold Drop= another huge win for Lord Tensai.
The Great Khali and The Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes and Alberto Del Rio: What a snorefest. This match had no psychology and featured a snail-like pace. After Del Rio left the match, Rhodes got chokeslammed by The Big Show for the loss.
Lumber Jill match: Nikki Bella w/Brie Bella vs. WWE Divas Champion vs. Beth Phoenix: The Divas champ diva-handled Bella throughout the match. But who was the face here? The fans cheered for Nikki, while Phoenix pummeled her. Then weirdly, Phoenix jumped on the outside and it appeared as if she legitimately hurt her ankle. Nikki rolled her up soon after to win the title. The more important question is if Phoenix is really injured. You never know what anything is anymore in the WWE.
World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus vs. Mark Henry, Daniel Bryan guest referee: Bryan counted to three like he had a few Red Bulls. After a routine clothesline, Henry earned the win a few minutes in. Things fell apart after the match, as Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on Henry and Bryan slapped on the Yes lock on Sheamus.
WWE Tag Team Champions Primo and Epico w/Rosa Mendes vs. Zack Ryder and U.S. Champion Santino Marella [Non-Title]: Ryder hit the Broski Boot early, but between Mendes and smart tag team work, the champs were safe. Santino was a step ahead of the duo though. All it took was a few splits and a cobra for his team to win the match.
Brodus Clay and Hornswaggle vs. Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler w/ Vikki Guerrero: A silly no contest. A waste of good workers in Swagger and Ziggler.
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