John Cena & Randy Orton Delivered, Why Raw Is Too Long, Turning The Shield, Miz Over Morrison

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Is it just me or was John Cena and Randy Orton's TLC match terrible? I felt it was sloppy and just didn't live up to it's expectations. Then again, when was the last time there was a good TLC match, Hell in a Cell match, or Elimination Chamber match anyway?

I thought John Cena and Randy Orton met expectations at WWE TLC and creative delivered with a clean finish. There are those that do not like gimmick matches and I'm more in that category but sometimes they can be useful when they aren't over utilized. Given the way Cena vs. Orton was hyped as the most epic match in company history, I almost completely forgot about the TLC gimmick. However, the match itself was everything you would expect minus copious amounts of blood despite Orton being busted open the hardway. I discussed my thoughts on WWE TLC in detail here in Richard Reacts.

Why do you think fans watch a 3-hour WWE pay-per-view with no problem but can't keep focus with a 3-hour WWE Raw?

For me it has to do with frequency. Monday Night Raw airs every week and pay-per-views are once a month. The job of free television is to build to the pay-per-view. The pay-per-views are supposed to be a "big deal" and should be longer than weekly programming. With that being said, it's still not easy for me to sit and watch anything for a continuous 3-hour period. This is why it's essential WWE deliver on their pay-per-views to make them worth their hefty price tags. One of the biggest things the permanent 3-hour transition of Raw has taken away is the "big show" feel for a themed episode such as the Slammys. It used to be a big deal when Raw went 3-hours but now since it's the norm it's just another week. I will continue to say 3 hours of Raw each week is excessive to the viewer, the writers and the workers.

Should WWE plan to give tag teams longer runs? For example, why not turn The Shield and let them have a run as babyfaces.

It really just depends on the situation. Some workers are better suited as tag team performers as opposed to singles wrestlers. Drawing off a point I made last week, I do not believe the members of The Shield are career tag team wrestlers. This is why their run as a team should be limited. There's too much of an upside in all three as singles workers to leave them in a faction for too long. Let's also not forgot factions have a shelf life, as do tag teams. As you mentioned, WWE would have to try The Shield as babyfaces if they planned to keep them together longer. However, I think it's more likely they split then stay together due to the aforementioned reasons. As for tag teams, I absolutely love what the company is doing Cody Rhodes and Goldust. It's been a lot of fun to watch although I don't expect it to last forever.

Why do you think The Miz had more success then John Morrison? While I personally enjoy Miz and feel he was better on the mic, I feel Morrison had the look and ring work over Miz.

The only bad thing I ever heard about John Morrison was his relationship with Melina. Melina was a lightning rod for controversy and had a reputation for rubbing people the wrong way. Her heat had a tendency to trickle over to Morrison even though it had nothing to do with him. How much this effected Morrison in WWE, I don't know. A lot of it comes down to situation and The Miz had a better situation a few years ago than his former tag team partner. Both have characteristics that make each stand out.

From the Ask WNW vault…

July 2012: It is known that Goldberg was unhappy with WWE’s storylines being adult oriented and not suitable for a younger audience. So, he left WWE. But, he was part of WWE for a few years and it would’ve been nice to see a wrestler of his popularity to make an appearance on the 1000th episode of Raw. What exactly happened between Goldberg and Vince/WWE? Did they part under unhappy terms? - You are correct. Goldberg left WWE because he was unhappy with the state of the product, specifically referencing the Super Hero In Training storyline (with Rosey), so he departed after Wrestlemania 20 when his contract expired. Goldberg said last year he doesn’t have a positive thing to say about Vince McMahon and didn’t like the way he handled his character. Regarding a possible appearance on next week’s 1000th Raw, Goldberg said he wouldn’t be appearing Monday on Twitter.

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