Wrestling’s 4Rs 1.03.14: WWE Monday Night Raw Reviewed
Posted by Jack Stevenson on 01.03.2014
CM Punk battled Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan joined the Wyatt family and more! Wrestling's 4Rs breaks down the Right, the wRong & the Ridiculous of WWE Monday Night Raw!
How the 4Rs of wRestling Work! Here is a quick explanation of the 4R's. The column will run TWO times a week. We will group our feelings on the shows in various categories: The Right, the wRong and the Ridiculous. The Right is stuff that worked very well: a great promo, a great match and so on. PuRgatoRy is a section between the right and wrong. It shows equal traits from both sides that cannot be ignored and need discussed. It is not a bad place per say, as things can get remedied or go the wrong way the very next week. The wRong is what it sounds like: bad matches, bad or boring promos and so on. The Ridiculous is stuff that had no right on TV: Stupid angles and so on. And there is always a possibility of a 5th R, which is as bad as they come. This column is supposed to be analytical, and at the right time very critical of the shows, it was the whole reason it was created. This is not a "mark" column, nor a "smark" column, our goal is to analyze the show from many different fronts, reward the good and call out the bad. We will not apologize for our opinions, they are as they are, whether positive or negative.
By: Jack Stevenson
Raw 12.30.13: QUICK MATCH RESULTS:
CM Punk d. Seth Rollins
Dolph Ziggler d. Curtis Axel
Big E. Langston d. Fandango
Damian Sandow d. The Great Khali
R-Truth d. Brodus Clay
Incomplete Divas d. Total Divas
Daniel Bryan d. Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, and Bray Wyatt in a Gauntlet Match
THE RIGHT: CM Punk has brains and also brawn: This week, Raw began with CM Punk demanding to face the best wrestler in the Shield, which predictably caused them all to fall out with each other in trying to decide who he was referring to. Eventually Seth Rollins was nominated because Punk decided Ambrose definitely wasn't the best, and Roman Reigns is too cool to be too concerned by these things, he just watches on with a smug look on his face and then spears people. I hear that CM Punk wasn't happy with how this turned out, but I thought it was a very good outing and probably the best match of the show, with some sexy moves and exciting near-falls. The preceding promo was pretty great as well. A fine start to the show.
Big E. Langston vs. Fandango: Last week, Fandango beat Dolph Ziggler to win a shot at the Intercontinental Title, and I lamented (possibly in this column, or maybe just in my head) about how uninteresting that sounded. I should have put my faith in two of the undercard's brighter talents, because it turned out to be a cracking match, with Fandango's sneaky, cowardly offense meshing well with Langston's raw power. They got a decent amount of time and put on a great outing. I hope they both have great 2014s.
DUN, DUN DUN DUN DUN, DUN DUN DUN: ell then. Brock Lesnar is back and he's F5ing Mark Henry and making weirdly high-pitched shrieks that are still utterly terrifying. Paul Heyman's with him as well which is excellent, and even if it's infrequent their presence should light up WWE. There's still tons of tantalizing bouts for Brock to have- a rematch with Cena would be fascinating, as would one with Punk, a Mania match with Taker would probably be lots of fun despite it not being my first choice for the Deadman (Cena for me this year,) Lesnar-Orton could be good, Lesnar-Bryan, while unlikely, would be superb... there's lots of good things on the horizon.
puRgatoRy: Dolph Ziggler vs. Curtis Axel: This was a pretty good match between two totally directionless people who I struggle to care about. In 2014, I hope Axel gets put in a tag team with someone a little better than Ryback, and Ziggler gets something interesting to do that will establish him in the upper echelons of the card. This
I'VE GOT SOME BAD NEWS: I myself have some BAD NEWS: I'm quite close to liking BAD NEWS Barrett. I've not seen much appreciation for him but after a dull first couple of weeks his tirades are becoming more entertaining and the crowd are starting to respond a little better. It's still not a gimmick that's going to take him all the way to the top, but it's better than losing to Dolph Ziggler.
The Great Khali vs. Damian Sandow: Damian Sandow isn't retiring so hey that's a good thing.
R-Truth vs. Brodus Clay: I don't really care about this and I can't understand why I did at one point. Daniel Wyatt: I can't say I saw this coming. Daniel Bryan joined the Wyatt Family after just about surviving an exhaustive Gauntlet with them. In terms of match quality it was pretty good but not on the level of the Cesaro one from July, and Bryan kicking out of a top rope powerbomb from Harper was pretty dumb, that move looked like absolute death. As for the turn... it was horribly melodramatic and a bit out of nowhere, but if it leads to an angle where Bryan outsmarts Bray and takes out the group from the inside, it's a fantastic, logical conclusion to the angle, and perhaps the only really satisfying one. If it leads to Bryan staying in the Wyatts for real... they really don't like Bryan much, do they?
THE WRONG: John Cena! Randy Orton! Again! Rumble! THE ELECTRICITY IN THIS ARENA: It is impossible to keep track of all the Cena-Orton matches, but your best chance is with WWE. Thousands and thousands of hours of Cena-Orton, each more climactic than the last! Constant, dizzying, endless, 24-hour Cena-Orton matches, every punch and kick of it massively mattering to someone presumably! Watch it all, all the time, forever, it will never stop. Cena-Orton is officially going on forever! It will never officially be decided who has won the Cena-Orton feud!
Divas a-plenty: Nothing ever happens in this stupid fucking division.
THE RIDICULOUS: NOTHING
Hey, no complaints about this episode. Two good matches, and more importantly things are actually happening; Lesnar and Heyman are back, the Shield are splintering, the Wyatts might be joining them... the Road to WrestleMania is traditionally the most, wonderful time of the yeeeeeeaaaaaarrrr for WWE, and I'm especially excited for it this time around. After three months of three hours yawns it's good to see meaningful advancement.
Show Rating: 7.5
As a reminder, I will be going by the 411 scale…
0 - 0.9: Torture 1 - 1.9: Extremely Horrendous 2 - 2.9: Very Bad 3 - 3.9: Bad 4 - 4.9: Poor 5 - 5.9: Not So Good 6 - 6.9: Average 7 - 7.9: Good 8 - 8.9:Very Good 9 - 9.9: Amazing 10: Virtually Perfect
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