Live Notes From WWE Raw, What You Didn't See

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Wrestling News World reader Justin O'Riley was at this week's WWE Raw from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. He sent in the following live report:

The show was indeed sold out, which bodes well for future appearances in Columbus. Speaking of which, to add to my tweet about the presale, it's only from now to Friday, May 3rd at 10 PM. There are also two special Meet and Greet appearances scheduled for two different Columbus Clippers home baseball games: Friday, May 24th, 7:15 PM gametime, fans can meet Mick Foley, and Friday, August 23rd, 7:15 PM gametime, fans can meet Jerry "The King" Lawler (who is a hardcore fan of the Cleveland Indians, the MLB affiliate of the Clippers).

The two "competitions" were not well-received by the live crowd. When The Great Khali "won" the dance-off, I swear it sounded like WWE was audibly "pumping" crowd noise into the arena, as the Great Khali was not being cheered during the actual dancing.

I was surprised by the lack of reactions for Alberto Del Rio. The crowd barely popped for him at all, as Ricardo Rodriguez received a much louder pop when he pinned Zeb Colter. I'm not sure how it appeared on live TV, but this can't be a good sign for WWE that one of their top faces is becoming stale.

Another surprise was the crowd reaction to Randy Orton, who very well may've had the loudest pop of the night. The crowd was more into that match than any other the entire night.

Finally, after the cameras when off the air, John Cena told his "haters" that he doesn't care how they feel, he wasn't going to take the night off due to the three Make-A-Wish kids. People can hate on
Cena's in-ring character, but what he did for those kids was truly awesome and admirable.

Biggest pops:
Randy Orton
Daniel Bryan and Kane
John Cena

Biggest heat:
The Shield
Cody Rhodes (no, really)
Dolph Ziggler (though he was getting some nice pops as well)

Alberto Del Rio (even the divas got more reactions)
Jack Swagger (surprising they didn't use Coulter to generate heat on the mic)
The Tug-of-War and Dance-off

  • Chris

    I had no idea what to write Fran article last night until Cena came out with the kids. That sent me right into my defending Cena article.

    • Snap

      I know there will be people who will jump in with the “never satisfied about anything” nonsense, but while it is awesome the kids got to have such an experience, it’s disgusting that WWE exploits such acts in order to make it impossible for people to boo John Cena.

      People like to say he can’t turn heel because of Make-a-Wish and all of the other charities, but I call bullshit on it. Mark Henry and David Otunga, two heels, do a lot of work for the Be a STAR campaign, but WWE doesn’t beat us over the head with it every chance they get like they do with Cena to try and make it him out to be a saint. If WWE put even half the effort into building up somebody else as much as they do Cena, they have someone in place to carry the ball if something ever happened to Cena.

      I honestly have nothing against Cena doing work with charities of Make-a-Wish, that’s all very well and good but if he was truly doing it JUST because it’s a good cause then he wouldn’t let WWE exploit it and cheapen it as a PR stunt. Cena claimed he didn’t let the cameras document his meetings with the kids at first, so he CAN say no to the exploitation so he is, in at least a small part, as guilty as WWE for doing so.

      As for Cena not “taking the night off” because he wanted to be there for the kids, that makes absolutely NO sense because he worked a match! Does Cena really think the audience is so stupid that they wouldn’t realize he was just in a match when he’s going on about not taking a night off because of the Make-a-Wish kids? You see, it’s garbage like THAT which makes me hate Cena and, honestly, there’s nothing WWE can do which will ever make me like or want to watch Cena. That’s why I don’t watch WWE anymore. Simply put, if Cena wasn’t going to be used outside of the kids, he could have just been with them off camera backstage and then WWE could have truly made the segment about the kids.

      • Denise

        You are such a low down jerk. Dissing a guy for helping out kids. you claim you dont watch wwe anymore but still commenting. There’s before the show and after who says he didnt spend time with them then. And he fought because im sure they wanted to watch him perform live you stupid freak. Hate him all you like Cena grant the most wishes and enjoys it.

  • James O.

    I was there last night, that night changed my opinion of John Cena, while i will never like the wrestler, the person is one great dude, the crowd was okay but really the only thing to get excited for was the sheild, overall fun show by the WWE.

  • TomasHunter

    The filler spots were annoying, but I think there was a lot to like about last night’s RAW. Rhodes/ Orton put on a great match, and so did Kingston/Ziggler. It may have made Henry look weak, but I liked the Tug of War match too. I wanted to watch RAW on my big screen TV, but I had to work late at DISH. I didn’t let that stop me from watching Raw! I have DISH Anywhere on my phone; it’s an app that streams live and recorded TV, so I was able to watch Raw from my desk, and I didn’t miss any of the show.