The last RAW before this Sunday’s Hell in a Cell was an absolute stinker. Meaningless matches and lazy mic worked fueled a show that was supposed to set up what actually appears to be a decent pay-per-view card. For the most part, it didn’t. While Hell in a Cell might turn out OK, this RAW did nothing to ensure a higher buy rate.
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Honorable Mention: Paul Heyman: His promo work this week was the best on the show. It was one of the few instances where someone did a decent job of selling their match at the pay-per-view.
5:The Big Show: His interruption of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon’s opening segment was an emotional one. Despite not being in a match in a while, Big Show’s stock continues to grow. At this point, Show needs a match with Triple H. That’s the only thing that’s going to delegitimize his character. Regardless, his journey the last few months has been one of the most interesting elements of RAW.
4: Shawn Michaels: “The Showstopper” added some much-needed comedy and common sense to this week’s show. His comments that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have “grown up” and don’t take Daniel Bryan seriously the same way the WWE didn’t take them seriously, those were well-crafted. Make no mistake, HBK will play a role in Hell in a Cell.
3: Randy Orton: Much like Bryan, WWE Creative wasted Orton in a meaningless, but solid match with Dolph Ziggler. How this builds hype for Hell in a Cell is a mystery. Orton needed more time on the microphone over the last few weeks and despite the fact that he’s been dominant in the ring, he needed to make a bigger statement.
2: CM Punk: “The plan is to put Ryback to sleep.” It’s wasn’t Punk’s best promo ever, especially when he said that his legacy would be carved by what occurs at Hell in the Cell (A bit ridiculous, eh?), but he was full of energy and proves “The Best in the World” wants to destroy Paul Heyman at this weekend’s pay per view. The only question is , where does Punk go after this? His tag match with Big E. Langston points to bigger things for the rookie, while Punk’s future remains cloudy as a London morning.
1: Daniel Bryan: A solid opening match between Bryan and Dean Ambrose killed about 20 minutes of the show, but you can’t blame Bryan for it. It’s sad that WWE Creative put him in a match that meant nothing and chose later to waste him in a silly contract signing segment later in the show.