Tuesday, 23 August 2011

WWE Raw 08/22/2011 Review - Punk vs. Cena; Night of Champions

WWE Raw Review

RAW kicks off in style with the WWE Undisputed Champion, Alberto Del Rio, making his way to the ring. Alberto is receiving classic heat from the Canadian fans as Cole still goes on about how good Del Rio is. Before Del Rio can begin saying his name, John Cena cut's him off by making his own way to the ring to a mixed reaction from the crowd.

Cena says everyone knows him, and he is the man of destiny, but Cena wants to reintroduce himself to Alberto. Cena says there is one guy that can go toe to toe with him, and Alberto is not CM Punk so he is going to whip his ass. Cue in CM Punk. Punk makes his way to the ring to a big reaction as the crowd chat his name. Punk gets on the microphone and reminds Cena that he beat him 2 times in high pressure matches, and that he's next in line for a rematch clause. Alberto tells both men he's officially withdrawing both matches as Triple H comes out to straight things out.

Triple H reminds Del Rio he isn't out here to save his ass, and that he has a match next. Hunter announces the main event being CM Punk vs. John Cena to determine the challenger for the title at Night of Chamoions.

Alberto Del Rio vs. John Morrison
A vastly good opener to show with a lot of near falls and the usual high risk moves done by Morrison. Del Rio picks up the win with a arm-breaker after he moves away during the Starship Pain and throws Morrison into the ring post.


Match Rating: 2 and a half out of 5
After the match, Del Rio applies the armbreaker again on the outside to Morrison while Ricardo declares Del Rio the WWE Champion. Typical Heel Champion.

Nikki Bella vs. Eve Torres
One of my favorite diva's, Nikki Bella, comes out for her match with Eve Torres. A usual divas match with a very quick win with Eve hitting the neckbreaker to Nikki.


Match Rating: 1 and a half out of 5
Kelly Kelly enters the ring and lays out Brie Bella after the match which yet again, both Beth Phoenix and Natalya come out to congratulate Eve and Kelly Kelly.
(Personal Opinion: The Divas division seems to have it's ups and downs as of late. Not too sure why the company has heel divas always loosing so quickly, but lets hope they dont bury anymore.)

Kevin Nash is seen walking around in the backstage area, ready for his in ring confrontation with Triple H.

Jack Swagger vs. Alex Reily
Back from the break and Vickie Guerrero makes her way out to the stage to introduce her potential new client, Jack Swagger. Swagger comes out and walks to the ring with Vickie on his arm. The announcers note that Alex Riley, who is waiting in the ring, has requested this rematch.

Before the match could even get much further, Dolph Ziggler comes out and starts to argue with Vickie about managing Swagger. This distracts Swagger for Reily to pick up the quick win.


Match Rating: 1 out of 5.
Personal Opinion: Should have been longer.

Kevin Nash & Triple H Ring Segment

I'm going to take a transcript from WWE.com as follows:

For Triple H, it was high time to clear the air. During his first pay-per-view as WWE COO, The Game’s good friend, Kevin Nash, had attacked newly-crowned WWE Champion CM Punk, allowing Alberto Del Rio to coast to a WWE Title reign after cashing in his Money in the Bank contract.

In the wake of the scandal, Nash explained that he’d received a text from Triple H’s phone instructing him to “stick” the winner of the WWE Title Match. WWE’s COO confirmed that the text did, in fact, come from his phone, but he insisted he was not the sender before vowing to uncover the identity of the real culprit.

Before The Game could finish his pronouncement, though, CM Punk emerged to challenge his version of the truth. When hostilities between Triple H and Punk became heated, Nash intervened with a cheap shot across Punk’s jaw. The blow crumpled The Second City Savior and ticked off The Cerebral Assassin, who left the ring in a huff – followed by Big Daddy Cool.

My Personal Opinion on the segment: To me, this was quite a good back and forth segment between Nash and HHH. Nash proclaims someone texted him while HHH makes it clear it wasn't him who sent for Nash to take out Punk at SummerSlam. While I still think it will end up being HHH the one who wanted Punk out, I am now thinking it's more along the lines of either Johnny Ace or Stephanie McMahon, in honor of her father that doesn't want the company being represented by Punk as WWE Champion.

I can surely see a match between Punk and Nash sometime soon, that's if, Nash can hold up to the style and ways of CM Punk.

WWE Tag Team Championship
David Otunga & Michael McGillicutty vs. Evan Borune & Kofi Kingston

As of late I was really enjoying the work of the former Nexus members Otunga and Henning, but it seems it's time for the company to usually pin together two guys (Kofi & Evan) to go after titles when the creative has nothing for them aka like Big Show & Undertaker/Kane & Big Show title reigns.

The match itself was quite good, lots of high risk moves performed by both Kofi and Evan, with the powerhouse of both Otunga and McGillicutty. Match ending saw Bourne hit the Air Bourne to Otunga for the win.

Winners and NEW Tag Team Champions, Kofi Kingston & Evan Bourne.

Match Rating: 2 and a half out of 5.
Personal Opinion: I do wish now both Kingston and Bourne do something with the titles, but sadly I dont see them facing many 'it' factor teams, as there is pretty much none on RAW. The Uso's could make a comeback, Santino could partner with someone else possibly, but hopefully it turns out good.

Santino/Miz/Truth Segment

Santino comes out to the ring to only be attacked by The Miz and R-Truth. It seems the creative is going the way of teaming Miz and Truth up (Tag Titles?) Both Miz and Truth deliver heel promos in regards to the current product, Cena, Punk, Nash and HHH as well. Truth has really shown he can work as a heel after this segment while Miz, IMO, always delivers and should be highly regarded on the show.

No 1 Contender Match for the WWE Championship
CM Punk vs. John Cena

The main event of the night finally graces us with a rematch from SummerSlam, pinning both former WWE Champions against each other for a title shot at Night of Champions against Alberto Del Rio. This match probably didn't live up to their matches at MITB or SummerSlam, but it did deliver as both men showed they can work there backs off with each other in the ring. Not too many finisher counters like at SummerSlam, but the near falls were there.

Ending saw Punk pick up Cena for the GTS, but suddenly gets interrupted by Nash, who Ace told HHH earlier in the night that he was involved in a car accident, which we realize was a lie. Nash walks down to the ring and distracts Punk, who turns around to receive the AA from Cena for the win.

Winner: John Cena

Match Rating: 3 out of 5
Personal Opinion: The match could not match up to the previous encounters, but was a good TV match for the fans. I'd put MITB-SS-RAW in order of the matches between both Punk and Cena since June. I would have liked to see Punk possibly kick out of the AA, like he has in the past to add that more excitement during the ending, both sadly Punk was finished off with the AA without no kick out.

As soon as the match is over, Del Rio rushes the ring and attacks Cena. The WWE Champion beats Cena down and hits a big kick to the head in the corner. Del Rio mounts Cena with right hands when John Laurinaitis comes in the ring and pulls him off. Laurinaitis and a referee back Del Rio up in the corner. Del Rio rushes out and attacks Cena again. They push him back into the corner again as Cena lays on the mat. Del Rio attacks Cena again, hits him with the WWE Title and stomps away. Del Rio takes Cena to the floor and throws him into the fan barrier. Laurinaitis and the referee once again push Del Rio back as RAW goes off the air.

Overall Opinion on RAW: 3 out of 5 Stars.

- More of the Nash/Punk/HHH Story line progresses
- Cena vs. Punk
- Truth/Miz Heel Segments

- Main event should have been longer
- Natyala/Phoenix/Kelly story line needs to improve

Sorry for the delay of the review, work has been a pain as of late.
- Darkside

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