What up wrestling fans, I'm the WrestlingNerd bringing you another written review. Today we take a look at WWE Raw 6/10/13. With Payback set for this week, how can WWE prepare you for this Pay-Per-View? Let's find out and start the review.
Back to the '90s
We open up the show with Triple H vs Curtis Axel. The match doesn't last long as Vince McMahon comes out and tells Justin Roberts to choke himself out with a tie. He dies and everybody goes home with a million dollars….
Okay, that's NOT what happened. Vince declares Curtis the victor via DQ. Trips decides to restart the match--wait, can he do that? I know you can argue he's the Chief Operating Officer, but can he overrule the Chairman of the company? Oh wait, he's not the chairman anymore…..
The match gets restarted only for Vince to give another victory to Curtis. Trips declares a 5-Second Iron Man match and this once again goes nowhere. Vince decides to make sure Trips can't make any matches by taking away the ring bell. Oh no, not the ring bell? It only had two more days until retirement. So, Vince is going through extreme measures to not allow Triple H to compete….or trollin' his ass off. It can go either way at this point. Trips and Stephanie would have a scene where they talk about how things between Trips and Vince are getting out of hand. Apparently, Vince was spraying his grandchildren with a hose. Yeah, cuz putting this guy…
…near your children is totally a good idea, but I digress. The main idea is Vince and Trips having two different agendas because they both have egos. Not really sure what to make out of this, but there's more insanity that would unfold later in the evening.
Team Snake No?
During the Kane/Ambrose match, one of the officials brought back the ring bell Vince stole. Multi-million dollar company can only afford one bell? Hey, that thing still has two more payments on it. We're learning a lot about this bell today. I love how Kane knows about the results from the WWE App seconds after the announcement. I think I figured it out. Kane had the WWE App downloaded into his skull. This makes way too much sense! Due to Kane/Ambrose getting interference, they will have a rematch at Payback for the US Championship. Meanwhile, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton will combine their powers and get a WWE Tag Championship match at Payback. Well, that's certainly an interesting way of dividing things up if you ask me. I'll admit that it's a bit surreal seeing Bryan partner up with somebody other than Kane that involves a championship. Bryan isn't with Kane? This is unacceptable!!! Nooooooo*sob*oooooo!!!
Switch 'em out
We received word that Fandango has been taken out of the Triple Threat match due to a concussion. Wow, seems that's been going around a lot lately. I'm not even making a joke here. It's actually kinda scary if you think about it. Miz has a match with Cody Rhodes where it---honestly, do you care about this match? I honestly don't think you do. After Cody taps out, Miz and Wade Barrett are informed that Curtis Axel will be taking Fandango's spot in the triple threat this Sunday. I think putting Curtis in the match is actually a good idea. He's got momentum (If that's what you want to call it) and getting him in this situation isn't a bad idea. I can see a lot of people arguing that Curtis being the IC Champion is way too soon and shouldn't happen. At the same time, they can write a scenario where Curtis doesn't take the defeat, thus keeping his imaginary win streak, if it even matters. I personally wouldn't mind the idea of Curtis gaining the IC Championship, but would that really help him? This belt is so underplayed that winning a free pizza holds more prestige than having this hunk of metal on your shoulder.
So, what's the purpose of Dolph Ziggler interrupted Chris Jericho? Seriously, Jericho's talking about CM Punk and Ziggler comes out to be a douche? I think WWE really wanted a Jericho/Big E match but didn't want to put effort into creating it. The match was okay to sit through. It wasn't amazing, but it was at least trying. The finish comes when Alberto Del Rio comes out and causes enough of a distraction to allow Jericho to hit the Codebreaker on Big E. While I don't find myself interested in the WHC match, it isn't WWE's fault. Dolph has been out dealing with a concussion, so I can't really blame them for practically no storyline between these two. At this point, Del Rio/Big E have more of a storyline than Del Rio/Ziggler. I bet they could write a book on Del Rio/Big E at this point. As for Jericho/Punk, there's something I've been thinking about for a while but haven't really brought up since I keep forgetting to mention it. It has been mentioned in the comments how the projected guess is for Punk to no-show the event. It didn't occur to me to think that when the match was first announced, but it truly felt like this was the plan after Pauly was negotiating for a different time/place with Jericho. I think Punk no-shows the event and we get a match between Jericho and Curtis. That idea is up in the air now that Curtis is in the IC title match, but Curtis can work double duty that night. I guess the only thing left to do is wait until Sunday to see if Punk arrives or decides to drink a Pepsi at home.
Zeb Colter was supporting Antonio Cesaro on commentary? You know, the guy that seems to hate all immigrants is impressed with Antonio? Although, he did go on and on about how Sin Cara can't speak English…
Zeb is racist against mimes since Sin doesn't talk. I guess it could be a Swagger/Antonio pairing or Zeb ditching Swagger for Antonio? That's all I can gather from this for the time being. Antonio squashes Sin in minutes. Sin Cara has to wonder if he read the contract properly before signing it.
Team Daniel Bryan
It's time for Randy Orton vs Roman Reigns, but time for a commercial break….
………Well, it makes more sense than Vickie Guerrero chomping down on a burger. Randy and Reigns put on a fair match. The match ends in a no contest when Bryan and Seth Rollins get involved in the match. We immediately jump into the Bryan/Seth match that was brought to you by the WWE App….
Bryan/Rollins was really an entertaining match. It was definitely the match that stood out from the evening and it was very well done. Bryan picks up a rollup victory. The crowd was loud for this spot. I know I've said it before, but Bryan really is one of the most interesting characters to watch right now. Not only is he putting on amazing matches, but his split personality is what really makes him intriguing to watch. I just hope that Bryan continues to excel like this to bigger and better things.
Talking about a diva segment? Waaaaaaaa
At this rate, I think the Wyatt family is gonna start giving me nightmares with these videos. Still, there's something very riveting about these videos. You think the main headline of the week would be the world of politics, the NBA Finals, or the coverage of E3, but none of those even come close to the topic of the week…..who's Kaitlyn's crush? Well, it turns out to be Big E. So, a black guy and a white girl? I'm not even gonna go there. Big E claims he's sincere and has always had a crush on Kaitlyn. Big E was so awkward in his delivery that I'm not even sure if this was good or bad acting. Reckon a guy coming forward to his 'crush' would be nerve-wracking, but I wonder if that's giving Big E too much credit. This is what happens when you haven't seen a guy talk very much. You just don't have a whole lot to go from. Sure enough, Big E was just faking it as it's revealed AJ set this whole thing up to make Kaitlyn an easy target. AJ does play her part well if you think about it. She really does come off as somebody who's completely insane. It's her character that even makes this rivalry worth looking at. Expect a new divas champ this Sunday.
Perfect Strangers: Starring Triple H and Vince McMahon
Wait, wasn't there a match between R-Truth and Damien Sandow?
That's what I thought. So, Stephanie McMahon basically tells Trips and Vince to stop acting like idiots and sort this crap out. Vince claimed he wanted Trips to think about his future as a businessman and he doesn't need to prove anything against Curtis while Trips understands. This moment calls for a hug and the ending credits…
Yeah, so that was a bit disappointing to say the least. I think they just wanted an evening where the McMahons would go around bitching about things. Can you feel the nostalgia yet? You can't? Well, too bad. This is all you get.
Watching Ryback heel out is so bad that it's funny to see what ridiculousness he's gonna say this week. They should literally run these videos to up-and-comers so they gain the proper knowledge on how to not portray a heel. Like I said, he looks more like a bully in an '80s movie than a heel. While the wrestling world is known for being over-the-top, this isn't quite what I had in mind. Unathletic body? What the hell does that mean? Ryback is complaining about not being champion, Cena not helping him out, Shield attacking him, losing the Royal Rumble, Cena eating his dog, Cena not giving him a quarter for a soda, Cena eating his turkey sandwich, Cena stealing his turn on the swing, Cena making him repeat the 3rd Grade, Cena killing his Chia-Pet….
Yeah, no kidding. All Ryback's doing is bitching and moaning. Is this a wrestling rivalry or the IWC? Anyway, Cena goes into a speech that you've heard about a million times. I'm John Cena and I'm here to fight. I don't complain about my spot since I did it all through hard work. I don't care if the fans hate me or love me, but as long as I---Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. You know, it's really bad when the diva rivalry seems more like a genuine feud than the WWE Championship feud. The two got into a bit of a scuffle to end the show. By the way, gotta love how 30 guys have a problem stopping two guys from fighting. It's because of dramatic effect!
There were a few moments out of tonight's show that I enjoyed, but there was some strange moments to say the least. The Vince/Trips build started off good, but that ending just seemed so phoned in and lazy. While it's hard to say if things are over between these two, I have to argue why even go forward with this if that's how you're gonna end things? Trips/Vince/Steph was literally like watching a sitcom from TGIF. They had an issue and managed to get it solved by the end of the show. If you add up all the scenes that included them, it probably added up to about 22 minutes. It was a freakin' sitcom! Outside of the Bryan/Rollins match, there wasn't much that really stood out, but I can't fault them for that since they generally want to have their guys healthy going into the PPVs. The Kaitlyn/AJ segment was also pretty funny to watch. While not a whole lot stands out from the show, there was at least something there to hold you over. Tonight's show was to set up WWE Payback. Did they do that? Well, yes and no. While they did hype up every match for the event, you do take away from the show when you have the McMahons play out their family drama on television. This is one of the lesser-end PPVs, so I guess you can get away with it? Ummmmmm, I'll let you be the judge of that. That does it for the review and I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me what you thought of my review or tonight's show. I will see you guys and girls in the next one.