Tremendous Tirades 9.30.13: WWE Monday Night Raw
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.30.2013
So that was a Raw…
As a reminder, this will not be another traditional recap, but instead it will be a mash up of the Rs, Instant Analysis and my usual Twitter ramblings I would do during the shows; completely uncensored and as the ideas flow unfiltered to the old keyboard. Remember, this is a review; and I am here to review the show. As always, I encourage discussion and even disagreement, just do so in a respectful manner. I will be doing the review for Raw and most PPVs and iPPVs going forward.
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW – THE PRELUDE FOR BATTLEGROUND
CM PUNK TALKS – THEN WRESTLES BIG E LANGSTON: The bad news is that once again, the show starts off with the big talking segment. The good news is that it was not Triple H, but CM Punk that got to kick off the show. Punk spoke about the main thing he has been discussing, and that is finally getting his hands on Heyman and getting his revenge. He then decided he was in a fighting mood, and didn't care who it was. This led to the appearance of Brad Maddox; no fucks were given. Maddox rattled on, I wish I cared about him but despite people thinking he is very talented, Maddox is not good at all, and needs to be off my TV. Big E. Langston appeared and attacked Punk. Good to see that they have been doing stuff with Langston after he got to beat Dolph.
Punk's promo was fine, but lacked any real emotion, especially as compared to last week. The match was pretty good, and Langston continues to show he has something, they just do not know what to do with him right now. I will say that WWE did ONE thing right here, something in the past I have complained about, and that was the opponent choice for Punk. In past PPV builds, WWE would have selected someone in a PPV match and jobbed them to Punk. Langston has NOTHING going on, hasn't been on TV, and was perfectly fine to sacrifice in the match. Although I will add that considering the level that Punk is at, I think Langston got a little too much in the match; but judging from what I've heard, that was likely Punk's idea. The other thing was that this was a match designed to make you think that Punk can contend and overcome the power of a guy like Ryback, by having him face and defeat a man of similar size. Overall this was good start to the show, even if I could have done without Maddox.
Rating (1-10): 7.0
Highlights of the Rhodes family drama.
Fandango vs. Kofi Kingston: In a match of guys that once had direction and are now floundering in the low card. No, not mid-card, the low card. They had a match; the fans chanted of Summer Rae a bit, no one really cared and Kofi won with Trouble in Paradise in an uninspired match. The Wyatt Family appeared, with Bray cutting a promo on Kofi who stood ready for battle with a chair in the ring. It was basically done to remind fans that the Wyatt Family is a thing.
Rating (1-10): 5.0
Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow is the Youtube kickoff match before the Battleground PPV.
Brie and Nikki discussed Brie's shot at the Divas Title, and then Randy Orton appeared and was a creepy asshole.
Rene Young interviewed Paul Heyman, who said Punk will never touch him again. Heyman was great, and when Young noted that Ryback and Axel were hiding in the wings, Heyman admitted that his life is a trap for CM Punk. He then challenged Punk to have the manhood to make a move tonight.
Los Matadores are coming up next!
Los Matadores (Fernando and Diego) vs. 3MB (Slater and Mahal): Yes, they have a little bull mascot (Mascarita Dorada now named El Torrito) that does a wacky acrobatic entrance. I feel like I am watching CMLL, but I prefer KeMonito. Well the good news is that it went better than Sin Cara's WWE run thus far. The crowd was pretty receptive of the debut, and it plays perfectly into the family demographics they are aiming for. At the end of the day it was just a match, it didn't suck, but the first hour has been rather uninspired.
Rating (1-10): 6.0
Highlights of the Rhodes family drama.
RHODES FAMILY SUMMIT: Triple H and Stephanie appeared, and invited the Rhodes family to the ring, ensuring their safety. DUSTY'S MUSIC! Triple H was in supreme dick mode, making it seem like they gave the family so many chances, and then ran down each of the Rhodes for their "failures." Stephanie said they would give Goldust and Cody a chance to win their jobs, in a match with Rollins and Reigns at Battleground. But, if they lose, they will never work for WWE again and Dusty will also lose his job. Dusty agreed to the match I he could be in their corner after getting into Triple H's face, and after a threat by Stephanie, The Shield hit the ring and attacked the Rhodes family. Cody ate the Shield bomb, and the Shield stood tall. The segment was fine and set the stage for the PPV match, but felt rushed and lacked emotion as I would have liked the Rhodes Family to get some more mic time. Up and to this point I have loved the angle because they have given you a reason to get attached emotionally, and while this was far from bad, this segment just didn't capture that for me.
The Bellas walk. No confirmation if they are chewing gum at the same time.
Trish Stratus gave birth to a baby boy, named Maximus.
We get footage of Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella's relationship and the news that they got engaged.
Brie Bella w/Nikki vs. Alicia Fox: AJ Lee and her new enforcer Tamina watched in from backstage during the match. They had an acceptable back and forth match, which Brie won. This was the right result since she is challenging for the title, but the audience still has issues connecting/caring about the diva matches.
Rating (1-10): 6.0
Axel paced around, pissed off that he lost his match. Heyman said Punk is playing into their plans. Ryback arrived and said if Punk wants them, they should give him what he wants. Heyman called him beautiful and told him to grab a snack, and says that Ryback makes everything better in his life. He then says he will go to the ring and propose to Ryback. No, you didn't read that wrong…
Highlights of Big Show knocking out The Miz.
Rene Young interviews Big Show about his rough last few weeks, including video of Triple H making him look like a pussy. Show says he has been forced to choose the lesser of two evils, due to his financial situation. He is a good person, and is doing right by his family. I dislike a lot of the Show angle, but he has been spectacular in his delivery. He came off well as a guy that is about to snap, vowing to show Triple H how he feels. He also dropped a Sword of Damocles reference, +9 for that.
After the commercial, Truth lobbies for an IC Title match and then Show arrives, searching for Triple H. He nearly killed Maddox.
Paul Heyman Proposes to Ryback: Words I thought I would never type. They discussed their feelings and Ryback tenderly touched Heyman's face, as Heyman discussed 2013 being a progressive year. Heyman they said he felt like a man, with a spring in his step due to Ryback. Heyman wanted to make this an official commitment, and he even ran this by his children, and says he wants to commit to Ryback. He wants to make an honest man out of Ryback, and then got down on a knee and requested that Ryback become a Paul Heyman guy. Punk then made an appearance, but as he came through the crowd crumbled to the mats and clutched his knee. He tried to get into the ring but fell and the trainer checked on him. Once Heyman showed concern, Punk attacked he and Ryback with a kendo stick. He ran off Heyman and Ryback and then beat the shit our of Axel, once again making him his bitch. Heyman made this awkward segment work, due to the fact that he is great, and Punk got some revenge prior to the PPV. I know that this is all about the bigger picture (Punk vs. Heyman) but seriously, could we make the IC Champion anymore of a bitch? Zack Ryder thinks that Axel looks bad out there. Again, I get the bigger picture, but there is also a point when you're robbing Peter to pay Paul; but I shouldn't be surprised, because lets be honest, when was the last time that the IC Title or IC Champion meant anything at all? It is just becoming completely frustrating. It's hard to get excited for one thing that is being done well when another thing is being constantly damaged.
Rating (1-10): 5.0
The Big Show waits on Triple H.
The Usos and Dolph Ziggler vs. The Shield: I really liked the match being made, because it plays well off of recent booking and the fact that Ziggler and the Usos stood tall with Bryan last week as they defeated the Shield in the 11 on 3 match. This was a good match with good work from all involved, they had the crowd interested, a great hot tag to Ziggler and a fun finishing stretch with Reigns killing Ziggler with the spear. This was the best in ring thing on the show, with the only complaint being that I think an Uso should have taken the fall, due to Ziggler having a pre-PPV match. I know it's only the pre-show, but there needs to be some level of protection for guys on the PPV in some form. Still, I really enjoyed this and it reinforced the Shield's dominance heading into the PPV match with Goldust and Cody.
Rating (1-10): 7.5
The police try to arrest Big Show because he threatened Triple H. Stephanie came in to stop the arrest, she vouches for Show, because he has a big mortgage payment due. She then says Show's wife told her he wasn't measuring up at home. Show gets sad as everyone leaves, and then punches a hole through a Triple H DVD poster on the wall.
Rene Young talks with RVD. We see a WWE Top 10 on RVD's top extreme moments. He then says Del Rio has no idea what hardcore rules means. On Sunday, they go hardcore, and hardcore is the same in every language, Rob Van Dam.
Big Show faces the Shield on Smackdown.
Santino w/Hornswoggle and Khali vs. Antonio Cesaro w/Colter and Swagger: Colter did his usual promo, running down the state. We the people. I don't know if you guys know this, but there is a PPV on Sunday. What this has to do with building to that show I cannot tell you, because it was a waste of valuable TV time. But hey, Khali and Hornswoggle need some TV time. This was only here for Cesaro to do the big swing, Santino won when Cesaro slipped on a banana peel in a match that was basically the same as the one they had a few weeks back. This was useless and a complete waste of time on a show when you're supposed to be hyping a PPV.
Rating (1-10): 1.0
ORTON AND BRYAN: FACE TO FACE: Orton and Bryan came out and said the safe stuff they have been saying for weeks now. Orton is for real now, Bryan is a B+ player, goat face, blah, blah, blah. Orton brought up Brie Bella, and the fact that she was "settling" for Brie, and that she will realize she is with an animal, and not a viral champion like Orton. They brawled around ringside, with Orton posting Bryan several times. As Orton was looking to hit the hangman's DDT, Brie came out to beg Orton to stop. Didn't work, Orton hit the move and Brie tried to attend to Bryan. Orton then cleared the announcer's table, and hit the RKO as Brie had to watch. Not to be that guy, but why does she care NOW and not the other 25 times Bryan has been left laying? Brie attended to Bryan as Orton did an odd leg stretching routine on the apron. It was the predicted beat down angle before the PPV, with solid crowd reaction, but felt as if it was lacking. Likely because the WWE Title doesn't feel as if it is the main focus to me.
Rating (1-10): 7.0
This show was a chore to watch. Combine the long three-hour format with lack luster PPV build and nothing really all that good or special happening and that is what happened. There seemed to be no sense of urgency to really sell Sunday's PPV, and considering that there are TWO PPV events in October, you think that they would be busting their asses to make this PPV feel as if it was a must see show. Again, they did PPV build, but none of it felt like that go home show final big build for matches. This show was simply uninspired, below average and a poor way to sell the PPV.
Show Rating: 5.75
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
The final rating is not simply an average of the rated segments above. The rating takes them into account as well as the segments that are small but not scored, the flow of the show, the overall booking, build to PPV, crowd reactions, and so on and so forth.
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