The Best and the Worst on Last Raw of 2010

Seeing CM Punk as the new leader of the Nexus was quite possibly the coolest storyline development of 2010. It didn’t matter either if Raw commentator Michael Cole accidentally spilled the beans, [saying Punk was directing traffic in the ring, while David Otunga was the one rallying his teammates against John Cena] nearly a minute of so before Punk came out to make the news official.

With his arm raised high in the center of the ring, Punk has essentially pledged to make Cena’s life a living hell for the foreseeable future.

Overall, with Punk in a bitter feud against Cena and the Nexus now behind him, Raw may have a great battle in the ring and on the microphone for the first time in quite a while. Nothing against the battle developing between John Morrison and The Miz and the other between Sheamus and Randy Orton, but neither of these two situations have the type of appeal that Cena and Punk can have if done properly.

However, that might have been the only real positive element of the show, considering all the negative aspects that occurred over the 120-minute program.

For one, why is the WWE champion in a feud with the color commentator? Who cares that the color-man is a legend, he’s over 60-years-old and in spite of his charisma, can’t get it done in the ring the way anyone who is taking on a heavyweight champion should. Anyone who had questions as to the direction The Miz’s title reign would take the company now has their answer: nowhere fast.

It wasn’t bad enough that The Miz wasn’t ready yet for a title run, the company had to make him seem even more incapable by having him not only involve himself in a few matches with Jerry Lawler, but appear to be a lesser athlete and be pinned by him as well.

In the words of Robert De Niro: Not good, not good.

Another head scratcher is why the company has Santino Marella continually wrestle in singles matches when he is one half of the tag team champions. The current shape of the tag team division in the company is atrocious and rather than develop teams or put two guys who are a proven commodity in the ring to hold the titles, the WWE continues to tinker and play games with the belts. At one time, being tag team champions in the WWE was a dream for many young wrestlers. Now, it’s a joke and doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.

With problems pertaining to two of the most important titles in the business, it’s hard to be positive about the staying power of either of the current titleholders’ immediate futures and the quality of the WWE’s flagship program.

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