What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today, we take a look at WWE Raw 9/3/12. Wow, I can't believe I've been doing this for almost two years (Sept. 6 2010). I must really have no life if I'm still doing this…..let's begin.
We open up the show with CM Punk and Jerry Lawler brawling backstage. Yeah, beat up that old man, Punk. WWE is really trying hard to make people boo Punk, but it's kinda hard to do it since Punk got over in a different style. The guy got big for being edgy and controversial, so attacking a commentator (WWE's previous formula to get heel heat) isn't gonna work for Punk. Especially considering that we are in Chicago tonight. Yeah, best of luck trying to get that negativity on the Straight Edge guy, you will need it…..or will they? Sheamus comes out and says mumbo jumbo, while Punk comes out and gets cheered. Yeah, I told you that plan wouldn't work. Punk talks about the Lawler attack and John Cena. Yeah, the man who has anti-kryptonite up his ass, but I need to stop before I poke the bear. Sheamus tries to counter Punk's argument, but was stuttering like a mad-man. Our WHC, ladies and gentlemen!!! Anyway, Sheamus wants a match against Punk, but Sheamus is only second best with the WHC. Unfortunately, the pecking order goes WHC, WWE Title, and……Cena's hat. AJ comes out and makes two matches, Cena vs Alberto Del Rio and Punk vs Sheamus. I say we are off to a good start.
Match #1: Randy Orton vs Dolph Ziggler
To prove nobody watches Smackdown, we get the match that occurred last week. Well, at least this one was better than the match on SD. A good match to get the action portion of the show rolling. The finish comes when Dolph steals this match with a handful of tights. I'm glad to see they will continue with Dolph/Randy. I think it can be a lot of fun.
Winner via tights: Dolph Ziggler
More anger management classes. YEA!!! Daniel Bryan's anger collage is Yes and No, while Kane has burning desire. This is the worst anger management counselor ever, but I could care less. Later on in the evening, Bryan and Kane catch each other, while Harold falls to his concussion. Hmmm, it appears that Kane and Bryan are beginning to gain a trust for one another. A new bromance? The two had a slight relapse, but now it's time for people to vote. Hey, at least this Raw Active poll was better than some of the previous. Since you can only take in so much Michael Cole in a week, Miz comes out to do commentary. IC Champion? What's that? Miz's commentary was okay, but a hell of an improvement over Lawler.
Match #2: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara vs Tensai and Cody Rhodes
Oh yeah, Tensai is still on this show. I guess Sakamoto has to get his weekly beatings somehow. The finish comes when Rey hits the 619 on Cody, followed up by a Senton Bomb by Sin for the victory. Possible new tag team? I personally wouldn't mind.
Winner via pinfall: Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara
Match #3: Sheamus vs Jack Swagger
Punk decides to take a personal day. It gained a little more heat, but Punk still gets cheered by his hometown people. Yeah, WWE is pulling out all the cliches at full force, but it isn't quite working. If only they would think of…..something different. Hmmm…..what? Since Swagger has nothing to do, time for him to fall victim to Super Irishman. After the match, Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez attack Sheamus. Harness your inner Fruity Pebble and you can defy the odds any day of the week. If you also do this, you can also kill Ricardo in the process. Awww, that makes me sad.
Winner via pinfall: Sheamus
Match #4: Eve vs Kaitlyn
How do you wash out Ricardo getting murdered? With boobies, of course. Layla was on commentary for this match. That English accent is in full force tonight. It's easy to forget about this match with all the arguing between Layla, Cole, and Miz. Diva Division is a figment of your imagination, never forget that. Eve wins with a Neckbreaker. I think they are trying something to make Eve's character more deceiving. This makes the #1 Contender look weak, but that was the idea. Then again, do you really care?
Winner via pinfall: Eve
Swagger leaves Raw to think about his well-being. Either that, or he's moving to NXT. Some time off can be a good thing for the guy. I love how AJ freaks out over people leaving her, while the kayfabe shows it was her fault for Chris Jericho getting the axe. Del Rio is speechless over the loss of Ricardo, but at least he has a new lawyer in David Otunga. Ricardo NOOOOOOO!!!
Match #5: Ryback vs Jinder Mahal
Cut and paste the match that occurred on SD a few weeks back, and there you go. This also proves that WWE isn't sure what to do with Ryback again. How hard can it be to go from one rivalry to another? Shell Shock for the kill.
Winner via pinfall: Ryback
Time to find out what Bryan and Kane will end up doing. Well, they will have to hug it out. Even though I wanted the tag team, this moment is so ridiculous that it's funny. Bryan and Kane are struggling to show their emotions, but you need to hug it out, man. I'm here for you man. I will never let you go…..I'll never let you go. I will always love you!!! To my shock, they actually did hug, but not even a hug can fix this train wreck of a relationship. Kane and Bryan continue to beat the hell out of each other. Guns don't kill people, WWE Hugs do. Might as well pencil in the rematch.
Match #6: Antonio Cesaro vs Santino; US Championship
Is that a snake in your pocket, or are you just happy to be here? Yeah, I can keep going, but I need to wrap this up. Antonio keeps his title with the Neutralizer. I think Santino and Cobra need a WWE Hug.
Winner via pinfall and still US Champion: Antonio Cesaro
Match #7: Zack Ryder vs Heath Slater
I think Vickie's gimmick is to interrupt unimportant matches. Oh, did I just say that out-loud? Zack hits the Rough Ryder, but Vickie stages a sit-in and wants AJ in the ring. We find out that AJ overstepped her boundaries by slapping Vickie, she has to issue a public apology. Vickie is gonna milk this for all she can. She gloats about it and decides to slap AJ. AJ wants to attack, but isn't allowed to do anything to Vickie. After another Vickie slap, Vickie leaves skipping out of the ring. Vickie skipping should be outlawed. That was creepy. AJ freaks out in the middle of the ring. AJ's acting isn't one of her strong suits, but her acting isn't what got her this far. So, a Vickie/AJ rivalry? Not sure what to think of this. It makes me think they are running out if ideas. Maybe they can prove me wrong….
Winner via Ryder: Vickie Guerrero
Match #8: John Cena vs Alberto Del Rio; Falls Count Anywhere
Punk got his main event last week, but we need to make sure the Cena fanboys get to see their hero in the main event. No wonder Punk wanted a day off…..or did he? Despite my interest for this match being very low, I was entertained by it. I was impressed that WWE made Del Rio look tough. I was sure he was gonna end up like any other Cena bait, but they really showed off his cunning. The finish comes when they fight in the backstage area. Both guys are down, but Punk comes back into the arena and hits a round kick on Cena. He puts Del Rio on top of Cena, thus Del Rio steals the match. After the match, Punk continues to send Cena a message. That's when we finally get an interesting subplot, as Punk ends up driving away with mastermind, Paul Heyman. I already enjoyed the match, but that ending was great. It adds a lot of interesting scenarios for this show. It also shows WWE finding another way to utilize Heyman. Hell, this might effect Brock Lesnar, depending on what they decide to do. This is a great ending. I was hoping they wouldn't throw Punk's heel turn under the bus, but with this partnership with Heyman, it definitely looks like Punk is gonna be getting some mainstream attention. It seems like a match made in heaven, considering Punk is a Paul Heyman guy.
Winner via Team Heyman: Alberto Del Rio
This was one of the better episodes of Raw I've seen as of late. Not only did they have decent matches and silly/over-the-top segments, but the ending was awesome. See, now THAT'S how you get people to tune into the next episode. It opens up so many possibilities that it's hard to NOT check it out. I also wasn't expecting that, considering that it was Labor Day in the United States. I definitely advise checking this episode out. It was silly, exciting, funny, stupid, and awesome all rolled into one show. I definitely have to give WWE some credit for thinking outside the box. Well, that's gonna do it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. As always, tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls on the next WrestlingNerd show. See you next time.
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