RAW Is Blogged – Punk Pulls An Eddie

Watching the #1 Contender Match on SD and a thought came to mind. Bear with me and please debate it with me, but I see a sort of pattern. Both Dusty Rhodes and Ted DiBiase were huge names in their day, but both of their sons have also struggled to prove themselves on their own. Then you take Orton and Rocky, two third generation wrestlers who worked hard and shot to the top of the WWE, but their fathers and grandfathers were not stars to the level of the Million Dollar Man and the American Dream. I don’t know where I’m going with this, just that I find interesting parallels between these guys.

I am so happy! Just sitting here working on (avoiding) my NaNovel (Sunday) and tweaking about the fact that I have to write about 20,000 words before midnight on Wednesday (I will do it) and noticed on the front page of WNW. I’m thrilled to see that Rowdy Roddy Piper will be starting RAW with Piper’s Pit! I will admit that Piper is on my Retired Hot List (yes, this idea just donned on me). That way I can include Piper and HBK, but don’t look like I a lecherous old lady who can’t watch wrestling without my drool bucket. But I am a huge Piper fan and so excited that he will be on RAW, well, will be on RAW if VKM doesn’t get overly tweaky and somehow decides to keep the creative team in the loop. I just want to know when someone is going to step in and tell VKM that he’s hurting the show, the employees and the company with all of his neurosis and keeping everything so close to the vest. The biggest problem is who might have enough clout for VKM to listen and realize that what he is doing is not in the best interest of all involved.

Show Starts

Pipper’s Pit

B+ > I was so looking forward to this segment. I wanted to see where they were going with this. First off, I have to say that the ring thing reeked of Hogan and Abyss almost two years ago. VKM doesn’t watch TNA/IW? I call shenanigans!

Stacy walked into the room and caught part of this segment and asked me why they were making Piper look the heel for slapping Cena. I told him that I thought they were doing just the opposite. We’re always saying that we’ve seen it all in this industry and we want something different. What’s more different than a face that gets more heat than most of the heels, but still refuses to be a bad guy? Orton almost had to turn face because he was forced by the fans. Orton is our anti-hero in a very different way than when Austin was our anti-hero. He didn’t fight being a bad boy who is really good underneath it all. Cena is the good boy that continues to get more and more heat, but won’t go bad. For so long we’ve watched Cena get boring as a face, but after that segment I’m wondering if VKM and WWE creative is being more creative than we thought. They could do some very interesting things with continually pushing Cena to turn on people, but he holds tight to being the good guy. They could make this a very interesting lead up to Cena’s WM Match with Rocky by adding more and more pressure on Cena to be the bad guy, but no matter what he just won’t do it. It’s an interesting possibility that I just had to throw out to those who agree with me that Cena is boring and the WWE has to do something with the character or there really will be fans rioting!

Miz vs JoMo

B > Since I’m throwing out absurd theories tonight, I have a thought on this whole JoMo thing. Hear me out and if he does go to TNA/IW, then you’re all allowed to point and laugh, but only a little. There’s been so much made online about JoMo’s contract, how Melina has done so much to trash JoMo in the WWE, that Melina isn’t yet in TNA/IW because she’s waiting for JoMo so they can go in together. So JoMo’s contract is up tomorrow. Oops, it’s past midnight, so today! We’ve all heard that he hasn’t signed a new contract, so getting beaten down by his former partner looked like the perfect write off, or is it? Yes, R-Truth was beaten down and out for thirty days, no JoMo’s beaten down and gone. My biggest question is if JoMo is really gone. Are we going to wait 90 days and expect JoMo to show in TNA/IW only to have him show up back on the WWE? There’s just so much out there about JoMo’s issues in the WWE and how they’re mostly Melina’s fault, but I really wonder if JoMo is done with WWE. They like trying to get the better of the IWC and JoMo’s beat down was just too clichéd. I don’t believe it and won’t until I see where JoMo lands.

While what I have written is longer than the actual Match, I have to comment on Miz. I know I say it a lot, but this boy is good! I know compared to Rocky a few weeks ago, I said everyone fell flat, but Miz on his own holds the crowd beautifully. It’s not every week that Rocky is on RAW, not every week that we get to see one of the best entertainers in the business, ever, so the best in the industry now has to carry the show. On mic, Miz is one of the best in the business right now.

Winner > Miz

Bellas vs Kelly & Fox

F- > This just sucked! Sucked as a Match, sucked as entertainment, sucked my brain out of my head where it was left flopping on the floor. That was the worst of the worst. And then worse than all that is the Bellas new ring gear! Everything to do with that Match needs to go away and never return.

Winners > Kelly & Fox – Not that anyone cares!

Backstage Segment

C- > I laughed at Laurinaitis when he said that he was pushing off Brodus to make this monster wait and become so filled that when he actually does arrive he will be ready to explode – my own interpretation, of course. How could I not laugh when we all know what’s going on backstage with VKM and his relationship with creative. Honestly, if I was Brodus I’d be worried about being pushed back so many times that VKM loses interest and he’s released. I doubt it will happen, but we’ve seen things like that happen to others.

A commenter to my RAW Results stated that he had Googled and found different numbers for what Punk said. So I went and checked Google to find 8,430 hits for Laurinaitis and spineless, whereas I got 768,000 hits for Del Rio and boring. Just wondering where they got their numbers for this, but I loved the way Punk delivered the information. It’s more of VKM’s sudden pushing of the social media, but it worked coming from Punk.

So, what is up with Clair Sawyer, future lawyer? That bow tie has got to go! Then again, they did get Hudson’s name snuck in there. They really need to do something with Otunga as he’s beyond a joke at this point. He’s more of a joke than Laurinaitis, and that’s saying something.

Orton vs Dolph

A- > This was a really good Match. Dolph continuously proves that he is a growing star and that he’s going places. He looked great in there with Orton. They made the Match look effortless, something that hasn’t happened much lately. I even like how the end played out. A win for Dolph over Orton is great and Orton’s budding feud with Wade was pushed a little more. This was win win all the way around, except maybe for Orton who lost the Match. One last thing – what’s up with Dolph’s silly head stands? Makes no sense to me.

Winner > Dolph

In Ring Segment

B- > I was really impressed with Bryan. He was strong, forceful and took charge rather than getting verbally trounced by Cole. I’ve been saying for a couple weeks that I’d like to see Big Show win the strap, Bryan turn heel and them face off at WM. Bryan sure looked as though he might be turning that corner to being a heel very soon. My only problem with that is how Cole will treat Bryan when Bryan is also a heel.

Swagger vs Ryder

C > It was nice to see Ryder win this Match, but I was left with a not-so-good feeling after it was all over. There was very little reaction to Ryder or this Match. I don’t know what was supposed to happen when Swagger didn’t splash Ryder the first time and appeared to step on his hand. The end was managed, but that looked like a botch, not as if it was happen that way at all. Ryder basically stole the win after a short Match without the fans caring too much. Feel bad for Ryder after how the fans loved him in MSG.

Winner > Ryder

Stage Segment

B+ > I love Foley and everyone knows that. I thought this segment was great and well delivered, but I also liked it because it wasn’t too long. I can’t wait to see SD hosted by Foley!

Backstage Segment

C+ > I will fully admit that this segment confused me. Why the heck did Punk come back and again tell Laurinaitis to kiss his ass? I mean, I like that Punk’s not being edited to look as sweet and plastic as Cena.

WWE Championship Match > ADR vs Punk

B > I wish I could give this Match a higher grade, but ADR was just boring! So much of the same hold. I like interesting and technical matches, but that was all on the arm and shoulder, but not at all creative. Punk, of course, was fun and sold well, but I wanted it to be a more rounded Match. When Punk was rolled up after the arm stabber, he looked like a turtle on his back. Just the way his legs flailed about looked terribly face and wondrously funny for some reason.

I will give props where they’re due. As if Punk honoring Savage isn’t enough, Punk ‘pulling an Eddie’ made me smile. I actually rewound so Stacy could really get a feel for what Punk did in throwing the chair back at ADR, then flopping to the mat. I have to go find some clips of Eddie doing it to really show him how close Punk was to what Eddie used to do to lie, cheat and steal his way through a Match. * sigh* I miss Eddie!

Winner > Punk

Post Show

I am going to try to write this late night after RAW from now on. I don’t like how late RIB is usually posted, but Tuesdays are my only day with my older daughter and I can’t just ignore her to write this. I can’t guarantee I’ll be able to get it up this early as I tried last week and fell asleep in the middle of writing, but I will try.

KB

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  • H.M.

    "Backstage Segment

    C+ > I will fully admit that this segment confused me. Why the heck did Punk come back and again tell Laurinaitis to kiss his ass? I mean, I like that Punk’s not being edited to look as sweet and plastic as Cena."

    Well when I saw this segment Kendra, I interpreted it this way: Punk was basically giving the finger to PG and wanted to emphasize the fact that he's doesn't hold any punches when he says what he does.

    I thought it was a very interesting Raw, that's left me craving for more. The opening segment was beautifully done. I don't watch IW so I can't make any comparisons there. This story could be amazingly booked. It's clear that last night was the biggest tease of a heel turn for Cena. This will get good. I can already feel the vibes of the road to Wrestlemania rolling in in the WWE. Piper is the man when it comes to shoots, or worked shoots next to Paul Heyman IMO, and he didn't hold back here. This was the beginning of things to come. I'm hoping that WWE doesn't screw this up.

    The Main Event and the Dolph match were excellent TV matches. The crowd honestly took a lot away from the show.

    It felt strange seeing Foley in a Santa suit but he managed to make it work. I hope he really tears Smackdown to shreds in terms of entertainment value.

    I was disappointed that we never saw a Kane promo this time around. Speaking of which we never received your feedback regarding that in the pre-blog.

    The poetic irony of Morrison's defeat. I think Miz ended up being right. Contrary to what most people thought during the Miz/Morrison as a tag team, it was indeed Morrison who may have most likely become the Marty Janetty of this tag team.

    Interesting open ended episode with a plethora or new angles having been developed.

    The itbegins promos are also the cherry on the top in terms of excitement value.

  • http://thebadgersden.co.uk sdunne87

    Forgot to mention Mick Foley as Santa… He impressed me with either his ability read an Autocue or his memory for a guy who's taken so many headshots with a chair.

  • http://thebadgersden.co.uk sdunne87

    Great Blog as always Kendra.

    Some thoughts, not that they are probably wanted.

    Really sick of hearing Cena now. To be honest I was never on the hate Cena bandwagon but since Mick Foley and now Piper trying to get us to love Cena; I can't decide if this is WWE testing the waters for a Hell turn or seriously and desperately trying to get him some love. The fact that you can basically Rock Bottom, run over his Dad, nipple pinch and fart in the guys mouth and he'll still smile and says he loves you and refuses to slap you comes across as Cena being sickingly sweet.

    I believe JoMo is done with WWE now and whilst I understand him going on a loss, to lose like that screams an angle where he will come back after time off to get revenge. Seemed too much of a beating to somone who will not get retribution. Whether this means he has signed at the last minute or that The Miz is now going to get rid of all WWE deadwood is interesting to see. If he's facing Heath Slater next week then The Miz is the new WWE Future Endeavour dish out guy.

    Diva Match…… I would rather have seen Beth and Natalya running on the spot for the 3 minutes that the match lasted. At least that would have kept me watching.

    I said lastnight that Laurinaitis talks as if he's trying hard not to wake a sleeping baby. The Guy bores on a whole new level as his voice is almost a white noise. Otunga as Kendra says is a joke and looks like a kid that got his first suit and I'm sorry but I wouldn't be surprised if next week his Bow Tie spins in a comedy fashion.

    Dolph V Orton was a solid match and Dolph is now clearly ready to move up the card. Orton V Wade is also something new and I can't wait. I just hope Orton's ego backstage doesn't keep Wade from getting the huge push.

    I am now officially a Ryder fan, although he needs to tone down a shade or several with the bronzer on his face. Is it me or has Swagger seemed weaker since joining Vickie?

    Punk is brilliant, I'm sorry to be such a mark but he has made me fall in love with Wrestling all over again. He takes me back to when I used to watch wrestling as a kid as it's fresh and funny and not at all cheesy. Long live the reign of Punk.

    • Patrick_Peralta

      it's not just you Swagger has not been the same since joining Vickie, she adds nothing to being at his side and all she does is scream bloody murder when her guys lose. she's more annoying then anything else. (and no it's not because she is doing a great job )

      Vicke like Cole has that go away heat at least to me they do.

      Ryder does tend to grow on a person.

    • Dreambooker

      you should get that copyrighted – 'WWE Future Endeavour dish out guy'

  • Jaryd

    To me it's pretty obvious that what they were doing with the Piper segment wasn't to make Cena the face and Piper the heel, it was clearly just a reflection of what WWE know the fans are saying about wishing he would turn heel, and just planting the seeds in people's heads that they might possibly be going down that road. I really enjoyed that segment actually, massively.

  • sforester

    Sound the horns, the Blitz is here to layeth the Smackethdown on Raw *was* War! Mind you, I DVR'd Raw to watch it later because I was watching the football game, but I think I caught everything…

    Before I begin my Raw abuse, I want to address you, Kendra. Don't worry if you're a little later with your blog. We love your posts and we fully understand that family comes first. :)

    Opening: If it wasn't for Piper, I would have watched this on mute. Cena is reminding me more and more of Hogan every week in that WWE wouldn't turn Hogan heel. The fans resented Hogan for it, but creative still shoved Hulkamania down our throats to the point where WWF was losing ratings and stars hand over fist (circa 1993-1995). Hogan went to WCW and got his heel turn, and we all know the direct result until WCW rode it too hard. Over a year and a half straight WCW was kicking the WWF's bum in ratings! A Cena heel turn could blast the Raw ratings to 4.0 or higher, something that hasn't been done (as far as I remember) since 2009 and not regularly since the end of the Attitude Era.

    Yes it reeked of Hogan-Abyss, but there was also a slight sniff of Arn Anderson trying to talk sense into Sheamus back when the Nexus was taking out anyone and everyone. That was back when Sheamus was still heel, mind you.

    Miz vs JoMo: Has anyone else noticed Miz's recent trend of taking out former tag team partners? First R-Truth, and now John Morrison. Something just tells me that Miz has his sights set on Big Show after Show is done with Mark Henry or Chris Jericho if and when he returns. Any way you cut it, I'm loving this new vicious streak in Miz and I'm also loving that this is a perfect write-out for Morrison. Speaking of JoMo, there were rumors flying about that Brodus Clay was supposed to take him out rather than Miz, but once again they held off the big debut. More on that later.

    Bellas vs the anti-SOS: Yuck. From the ring work to the Bellas' new gear to the SOS jogging around the ring in whatever they were wearing….Pure blech, but it's still better (if only slightly) than the Knockouts schlock we're being fed from Karen Jarrett. At least WWE's TRYING to make their Divas more than just T and A. It's also not a good sign when a return gets hyped DURING the match.

    Johnny Ace backstage: First, the Blitz would like it said that Brodus being pushed back is no longer doing him any favors. The first time (which was when Raw was in the UK) was fine in that Laurinaitis had a good rationalization for Brodus debuting "next week". Past that has just irked me to no end as he's got potential to be one of the best "fat-big" men since Vader and Bigelow. I've seen his pre-WWE stuff and he's bout 50 pounds lighter and a lot faster now.

    Next on that same segment, Punk did well on the mic once again and Otunga looked…just so wrong. I don't know if they're trying a Clarence Mason angle with Otunga but he's looking (and acting) more and more like Slick instead. The lawyer angle just isn't working anymore now that Barrett and company are done with their boycott of Raw. WWE needs to progress Otunga somehow.

    Dolph vs. Orton: A lot of people made comments about Morrison being the next HBK, but if anyone on the roster deserves that distinction of being the next HBK, it would be Dolph Ziggler. This match with Orton was easily the match of the night. I wouldn't be surprised if Ziggler was near the front of the line to face Punk for the strap once Punk is done with Del Rio. Good decision for Barrett to distract Orton for Dolph to get a good win and for Orton to not look weak.

    Daniel Bryan interview: While I think D-Bry would make a wonderful heel, it just will not happen. Back in the days of Bret Hart, the technical wrestlers were often the heels, but these days, most of your true technical wrestlers are faces due to the shift in what the average fan finds entertaining. Never mind that the IWC (which I don't claim association with though I agree with many of their points) won't boo their internet darling. Do I see D-Bry being hypocritical in trying to cash in? Not so much as I saw a hurt man seeking vengeance a la Big Show.

    Swagger vs. Ryder: Woo woo woo, who gave a ….skit? Once again Swagger loses and Ryder wins. Blah blah blah, change it up!

    Foley: Good job remembering his lines after all the shots to the head he's taken (at least a dozen or so at the hands of the Rock), but I just wasn't buying too much into it. Maybe it's because I miss Foley, the Hardcore legend.

    Punk vs. Del Rio: The "Eddie" stunt with the chair and the use of the turnbuckle was entertaining, but apart from that, this match didn't really give me any interested in keeping this feud going. It's time for a new challenger and it's time to drop Ricardo as he's not doing Alberto any favors.

    All in all, it was a solid episode of Raw, but there wasn't anything to make me regret watching the game during the "live" timeslot. The Blitz has spoken.

    • JakShowtime

      Really? The Blitz? That's what you're going with?

      • sforester

        Ever heard of a gimmick? That's my gimmick. :)

    • diddy

      the Blitz just smells of the Shitz

      • sforester

        I'm sorry, diddy my friend. I think that was an attempt at an insult but it tickled more than anything else. That's the only thing coming close to me dignifying that most immature remark.

        Any case: I have to admit that for the first time in a good while, Raw was far better than Smackdown in overall show quality this week. I'll be the first to admit that I didn't find much to write home about Monday, but I'll take a good solid show over the mostly trash I got Tuesday any day. So to the wonderful Raw is Blogged Queendom, I'll see y'all next week.

  • Dawson557

    Great write-up for a very good Raw.

  • John Whaurinitus

    Show was good but I just wanted to comment that I noticed words like massively and association had a$$ blocked out and it made me laugh.

  • Josh

    I thought this Raw was really good. The wrestling was very solid, and I'm very interested to see where they go with Cena. It doesn't appear he has a clear feud right now heading into TLC.

    On the other hand, what's the deal with HHH/Nash. This is supposed to a main event level feud, yet they don't even get on the card. Makes absolutely no sense, especially if they're planning on pitting the two against each other at TLC with just two Raw's left before it. I'd just leave it for the Rumble at this point.

    One last thing, I really like what they're doing with Miz. He's made to look demonic and psychotic, which for a smaller wrestler like him isn't easy. Props to creative here, hopefully he will be next in line for Punk. Del Rio has gotten stale lately both in the ring and storyline wise.

    • H.M.

      Del Rio honestly has no entertainment value these days. He can go in the ring, but other than that he's as one-dimensional as you can get.

  • kbunyon

    The big question is does anyone get the Clair Sawyer future lawyer comment? Just wondering.

    KB

    • sforester

      In other words, we're going to see Otunga pop up to "remind" everyone of the rules anytimes someone talks about the rules?

  • Of course!

    Ned's Declassified forever!

  • Jbreed

    Finally a serious John Cena segment without Cena making lame jokes and sounding like a total goof. Roddy Piper was great as usually here. He should be brought in more often to teach some of these guys how to cut an in-ring promo. As far as where this whole segment is going, I'd have to see a Cena heel turn to believe it. I see this as just a character enhancement for Cena and nothing more. Does VKM really have the heart to disappoint those cute little Jimmies sitting in the front row? Anyway, great opening segment. Somebody mentioned Cena not having anything to do at TLC which is a really good point. The Miz is out there with nothing to do right now. Cena and The Miz teamed up at one time. They even won the tag team titles together. Maybe Cena's the next former partner on the MIz's hit list.

    A couple of months ago I was wondering what people saw in Dolph Ziggler. Lately he's impressed me more and more each week. Just no more head stands Dolph! Once again I had to pinch myself when Randy Orton lost just to make sure I wasn't dreaming. I feel bad for Wade Barrett though. Start getting your tombstone ready Wade. I just can't help feeling Barrett is going to be nothing more than a stepping stone for Orton to get back in the world title picture. Randy Orton will be champion come WM 28.

    I never knew Daniel Bryan could be so good on the mic. He's made great strides since being inserted in the main event picture. This should prove even more to VKM Smackdown doesn't always have to revolve around Randy Orton. All you have to do is give a guy a chance.

    I hated R-Truth for causing the break-up of Awesome Truth. But last night The Miz proved he may be better off alone. CM Punk/Miz at WM 28 would be AAAAAWESOME.

    As for Punk, well he did say the word "ass" twice and hopefully this means he goes back to being the CM Punk of a couple of moths ago because lately he's been just too "PG". ADR is becoming more and more stale and doesn't belong in the main event scene right now. ADR has all the in-ring talent in the world but his geeky sidekick and boring gimmick are holding him down.

    Jack Swagger continues to be irrelevant but I don't really blame the WWE. He almost botched another gut wrench powerbomb. I'm wondering when Diggler/Zack Rider is gonna happen. How about a ladder match at TLC?

    Well Mick Foley's WWE comeback is off to a hot start. First a Rock Bottom and then walking around dressed up as Santa Clause. Well I'm sure Foley doesn't mind.

    Anyway, there's still plenty of room for improvement but this was a much better Raw than the crap we've seen in recent weeks.