While the antics of Dean Ambrose, John Cena and Seth Rollins have provided the last few episodes of RAW with some decent moments, the rest of the shows have been vapid, a sorry excuse for wrestling, lower-mid-card matches with sloppy finishes, bad gimmicks and boring promo.
Dolph Ziggler, Cesaro, Sheamus and other secondary stars have held their weight well, but with WWE World Heavyweight Champion’s limited role and no CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and smaller roles for The Wyatt Family, RAW has lacked punch the last few weeks.
While a new Luke Harper promo and a new Rusev/Big Show angle are promising, RAW needs more suspense, a surprise return or an unexpected shakeup.
A Bo Dallas win over Mark Henry and a meaningless Hulk Hogan appearance just isn’t going to cut it.
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler vs. Cesaro vs. The Miz w/Damien Sandow: Poor Cesaro. Screwed once again after he knocked out Miz with a massive European Uppercut, Ziggler hit a well-placed Superkick on the Swiss Superman to eliminate Cesaro and pin the disabled MIz.
Rosa Mendez w/Natalya Neidhart and Tyson Kidd vs. Layla w/Summer Rae: Kidd was too busy on his iPhone to care about the match, while all four women fought on the outside before Layla got the win with the LayOut.
Bo Dallas vs. Mark Henry: The World’s Strongest Man was in control for most of the match until Dallas dodged a Splash from the second rope and countered with the Bo-Dog for the win. After the match, Henry tracked down Dallas in the back and decimated the young star.
Brie Bella vs. Eva Marie and Cameron: A disaster. With her sister watching on the ramp, Brie got the win with the Rollup after Cameron and Eve got their lines crossed up.
Heath Slater and Titus O’Neil w/Hornswoggle vs. Los Matadores w/El Torito: Another joke that saw Slater get the win after he countered a top tope maneuver from Diego. After the match, O’Neil and Hornswoggle beat on El Torito before Adam Rose and Bunny evened the odds.
Divas Champion AJ Lee vs. Alicia Fox w/Paige: A distraction from Paige allowed Fox to get the win. After the bell, Paige nailed Lee with the Rampage.
Damien Sandow w/The Miz vs. United States Champion Sheamus: This match took entirely too long for filler. Sheamus got the win with the Brogue Kick, but getting to that point was enough to put you to sleep.
John Cena and Dean Ambrose vs. Kane and Randy Orton: An enjoyable match, especially with Ambrose taking out everyone and nearly winning with the Dirty Deeds on Orton. However, more interference from Rollins got the match thrown out, before Cena and Ambrose took turns beating on him until they began to beat on each other. The lack of trust allowed Kane and Orton another opportunity to attack. Soon enough the Authority responded with an RKO and a Chokelsam on the Lunatic Fringe, before Rollins hit the Curb Stomp to put the exclamation point on it. Just when you thought it was all over, the three repeated the slew of finishers on Cena.