So we’re finally at the go home show for SummerSlam, so I expect the final push to buy the pay per view in this show and on SmackDown. It most likely won’t be about the wrestling here, which is fine as long as the storytelling and drama hold out. Expect Lesnar to actually show up here, most likely to confront HBK again to piss Triple H off even more. As for Punk/Cena/Show (why is Show even in this match?), I just can’t wait for this match to end this Sunday. Long time since I have said that for a Punk match isn’t it? Let’s begin.
Segment 1: CM Punk defeats Big Show (via DQ)
I would be surprised that a match is kicking off RAW tonight, but this was announced on WWE.com over the weekend, so I’m not surprised. Needless to say this was a domination for Show (what else was you expecting?), minus a few kicks from Punk.
Tell me, why is Bryan out here now? Oh he wants to be in the WWE title match at SummerSlam but the match went on, until Bryan put Punk into the NO Lock. Jeez that was a touch overbooked but that has to be a surprising start to RAW. Match was watchable to be fair, which says everything for a Big Show match these days. Rating: C
Cena makes the save, before AJ Lee (RAW GM in case you didn’t know) makes the tag team main event of Show/Bryan versus Punk/Cena. How predictable.
JTG complained about how “crazy” it is he isn’t on RAW backstage. AJ Lee heard this and said for JTG to get to the ring for a match. This isn’t going to end well for him.
Segment 2: Ryback defeats JTG
See what I mean? Ryback, with a new theme song, destroys JTG before Musclebuster ends this in short fashion. Those “Goldberg” chants to Ryback are starting to get annoying. “FEED ME MORE” is becoming a bit popular I think.
Jericho, Miz or Dolph Ziggler on Piper’s Pit tonight? You decide as part of RAW active!
Santino Marella v Antonio Cesaro for the US Title is announced for the pre-show this Sunday. Why is this not on the main PPV show?
Segment 3: R-Truth defeats Heath Slater
Is Slater still on RAW? Where’s Kofi Kingston tonight? This was just to let R-Truth get some intensity going before Sunday I assume, when the Tag Team Titles go up for grabs against the Prime Time Players. Lie Detector get’s the win for Truth. Too short too rate but not much of a match to be honest.
PTP, minus a released A.W, come down after the match and attack R-Truth, minus his tag team partner Kofi Kingston for some reason. At least this makes the PTP look strong for Sunday, even if it was two on one.
Pauly D (??) is the social media ambassador tonight on RAW. I can hear the crowd booing in the background. Any more time wasters?
Here’s some more then. Recap of the main event of SmackDown and the beat down by Del Rio and the “police” on Sheamus. Problem is, Booker T cancelled the World Title match at SummerSlam as Del Rio’s punishment. Yeah does anyone believe this will ever stick beyond this week on SmackDown?
Segment 4: Sin Cara defeats Tensai
This was way too short of a match but why is it an upset to beat Albe…. I mean Tensai so much? It’s not like Tensai means a lot anyway. Spinning DDT looked good by Cara though. Another beat down of Sakamoto by Tensai after the match means nothing. Get some anger management lessons dude! Rating: D
Michaels wants to know when HHH get’s to the arena.
Segment 5: Piper’s Pit
And the guest is…. Y2J Chris Jericho! Pretty obvious when you think about it. This whole segment pretty much covered what we have heard between Jericho and Ziggler lately, but there is more intensity to Jericho here, which is good with SummerSlam around the corner. The crowd was HOT for this segment, cheering Y2J loudly and booing the hell out of Guerrero/Ziggler. I don’t know why Miz got involved here or what Piper rambled about most of the time (was he drunk in all seriousness??), but I enjoyed this promo time. It reinforces my belief this match will be match of the night at SummerSlam, hands down. Rating: B
Segment 6: Triple Threat match: Dolph Ziggler defeats Chris Jericho and The Miz
Well this is a surprise: triple threat non-title match (Miz is the IC champion). You see, when a match get’s time to flourish between three talented guys, this usually results in a great match. There were so many near falls and false finishes between these three, it was amazing to watch. Certainly a great TV match and the fact Ziggler got the pin on Jericho (with Guerrero’s help) makes me and all the other fans believe Ziggler can finish the job against Jericho on Sunday. Great TV match here. Rating: B+
Contract signing tonight between Lesnar and Triple H. Yet Triple H isn’t here yet. Whatever, this rivalry has not been worth the hassle but that’s a different topic for later.
Punk tells Cena he won’t stab anyone in the back tonight, until SummerSlam. He want’s it to be all about him. I say watch those words this Sunday.
Segment 7: Layla/Kaitlyn defeats Eve Torres/ Beth Pheonix
When was the last time Beth Pheonix was on RAW? Month’s ago? No offence to the ladies here, but I could not care less about the Diva’s division at the moment. There is no storyline in this division I care about and until that is sorted out by the creative team, I shall not bother to care. Beth is beaten by a roll up by Kaitlyn.
Recap between Lesnar and Triple H over the last few months. This storyline has been badly botched to me, seriously.
Segment 8: John Cena/CM Punk defeats Big Show/Daniel Bryan
This match is about a tale of two teams who cannot get along. Punk and Show eventually walk out on their partners to ringside, while Cena finished off Bryan with the AA. A preview of Sunday really with Bryan mixed in tonight, but Cena and Punk could not trust each other enough, except to win this match. Saying that, it’s funny seeing Punk steal Cena’s Five Moves of Doom, until Cena tagged himself in. Decent match which wasted a good fifteen to twenty minutes, so I’m happy with that. Rating: C+
Cena refuses to shake CM Punk’s hand. Classy.
Segment 9: Damien Sandow defeats Christian
First Cesaro, now Sandow for Christian. Can’t say there is no variety in WWE at the moment in certain matches. Brodus Clay returned to look on, as Sandow ended this match with the cross arm neckbreaker, known as the Illumination. Shock win for me, but it builds Sandow up as more of a threat in his feud with Clay. Right about now, I wouldn’t mind seeing a SummerSlam match between these two, seeing as they have something to do. Rating: C
Segment 10: Contract signing between Lesnar and Triple H (??)
Apparently, Triple H is still not here for the contract signing. More to the point, why are contract signings left to the episode BEFORE the pay per view? It seems stupid really. After Heyman insulted the entirety of Texas to huge boos, HBK and Triple H (who finally made it) come to the ring and sign the contract. Brock signs and leaves. No, seriously that’s it. What a waste of ten minutes! I think that’s the first contract signing I have seen without a punch up at the end! Rating: D
The next five minutes are recaps of the episode; interviews and twitter, which I have no interest in. What a waste of time.
Actually, that last interview cuts away to Brock grabbing Michaels from his car and beating him down, while the camera is knocked out. Wait, so no-one saw a damn thing? What about Matt Striker, who was SEEN RUNNING TO THE SCENE OF THE ATTACK?? This company does my head in at times! With Lesnar breaking Michael’s arm with the Kimura Lock, this is pretty smart to be honest, considering this is in Michael’s home state of Texas, Lesnar and Heyman drew MAJOR heat for their actions here. Good final build to HHH/Lesnar on Sunday, but is it too late? Rating: B-
Overall: C Like I said, it was supposed to be about the storylines and the final build to SummerSlam tonight, which it was. Aside from the triple threat match earlier on, all the matches were short but most of them served a purpose. The big main events for this Sunday got pushed pretty well, while I am looking forward to Jericho/Ziggler the most. Despite this, three hours of RAW every week is still a chore to sit through. There is not enough here to keep the viewers interested for that length of time. Sure, there are snippets of interest but aside from that, fans will struggle for the entire show at times.