Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Raw Review 6/18/2012

1. Mick Foley back on Raw as the "GM of the week".

Since John Laurinaitis is now fired, we will now have a different former GM in charge of Raw and Smackdown each week. And right out the gate we get Mick Foley.

Anytime that we get Foley on WWE  TV it's a good thing. Even if they have decided to pull the plug on the Foley/Dean Ambrose feud, just having a guy who is so respected by the fans on WWE programing is awesome. That being said, I am still hoping for an Ambrose debut on Smackdown this week.

So what if Triple H doesn't like him, I could give two shits about that. He doesn't like Bret Hart either so what does he know? Mick Foley has done so much for the WWE. He literally put his life on the line to help WWE turn the tide against WCW during the Monday Night Wars. So this is a big win in my book.

Too bad it wont be Mick every week.
We certainly wont be getting my favorite former General Manager, Eric Bischoff. So who will be next? Stephanie McMahon, Paul Heyman (If they decide to do that, they need to hold him off until right before Summerslam), Teddy Long, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ric Flair (That would make a nice return for the Nature Boy), Vince McMahon himself? At least this will keep things fresh for a little while.

2. CM Punk & Sheamus vs Kane & Daniel Bryan

When was the last time you saw two teams this evenly matched? And it made for a great opening match. I can bitch all day about how both World Champions are in a match together basically jerking the curtain, while Cena is firmly in the main event. But all four of these guys went out there with a "We will show them attitude" and put on one hell of a match.

Finish: Just when Punk and Bryan are in the middle of proving why they are the WWE's best two wrestlers, out comes AJ dressed kind of like Harley Quinn from Batman and wearing a Kane mask. This takes Kane out of the match and causes Bryan to eat a GTS/Brogue Kick combo.

Winners: CM Punk & Sheamus

3.  Dolph Ziggler vs Jack Swagger

Vicki Guerrero sets up this match to determine who will be managed by Guerrero, and who will be left on the curb. I cant believe it. I am actually pulling for Swagger, because we all know that Ziggler doesn't need Vicki anymore. At the risk of sounding like a skinny jeans wearing hipster, I have always been a Dolph Ziggler fan and I have known for years that he had "It". It's about time that the WWE Universe sees it too. And judging by the HUGE reaction Dolph got tonight, and last night at the PPV, they do.

This was a good match, but I think they could have held off till Money in the Bank and built on it more. Then again, I kind of expect Ziggler to walk out with a briefcase at the PPV so I can see why they wouldn't do that. Ziggler played the part of the face during the match, and the crowd was behind him 100%.

Finish: Ziggler escapes the Ankle Lock and is able to hit the Zig Zag for the three.

Winner: Dolph Ziggler

Post Match: Vicki Guererro enters the ring to celebrate with Dolph. She then kisses him and they leave together. Does this mean they are going to make them a couple again? I sure hope not. I don't have enough barf bags to catch all the vomit that will spew forth if I have to watch them make out every week.

4. Paul Heyman returns to address Triple H's challenge from last night.

Heyman gives Hunter a resounding "NO" to his challenge. This brings out Triple H himself. They go back and forth with nothing really being advanced storyline wise. Triple H bullies Heyman (Be a Star, Hunter) before punching him in the face.

As much as I love Paul Heyman it's not enough to keep my attention. I want at least some interaction between Lesnar and Helmsley, and I want it soon.

5. Alberto Del Rio vs Santino

So Del Rio's  concussion kept him out of No Way Out, but he is able to compete one day later? What sense does this make? And he went from challenging for the World Heavyweight Title to facing the US Champion Santino in a Non-Title match. What a huge step down.

Finish: Del Rio with the Cross Armbreaker for the submission.

Winner: Alberto Del Rio

6. The return of Cyndi Lauper and Wendi Richter.

Heath Slater crashes the party to "sing" if you can call that. This brings out Roddy Piper!! Piper gives Lauper a gold record to replace the one he smashed over Capt. Lou Albano's head in the 80's. Before long it too is broken over the head of Heath Slater who was being obnoxious as always.

Normally I would shit all over this segment, but it was a nice little piece of nostalgia that any fan of 1980's WWE can appreciate. Cyndi Lauper's  involvement during the "Rock 'n Wrestling Era" is what made WWE a phenomenon during that time period. She helped get WWE noticed on a new network called MTV and everything else is history.

7. Primo & Epico vs The Prime Time Players

Not a fuck given.

Finish: The Prime Time Players get themselves counted out.

Winners: Epico & Primo

8. John Cena vs Big Show, Big Johnny, and David Otunga

Before the match Big Show bails out on the match, leaving Laurinaitis and Otunga. Now this could be entertaining...Wait we still have Cena and Otunga in the main event... never mind.

Finish: Big Johnny reveals that he isn't really hurt, and Otunga bails on him. This allows Cena to take apart Laurinaitis with three Attitude Adjustments and an STF that makes the former GM tap out immediately.

Winner: John Cena

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