RAW - 25/06/2012 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
What this show needs to accomplish?
•Money in the Bank hype. As I predicted last week, WWE was unable to multitask promotion of Raw 1000 with Money in the Bank hype. The upcoming pay per view got almost no mention and hopefully that changes this week. This could be a great show based on past show patterns so I really want the company to give this show the respect it has earned
•Chris Jericho returns and just in time to breathe some life into the product. It will be interesting to see where they go with Jericho. The way they did that video package last week, I question whether he will be returning as a babyface
•Vickie Guerrero as Raw GM. This isn’t fresh to me since Vickie is on television every week. I hope the Raw GM doesn’t continue to be one of the focal points of the show, but I fear that isn’t changing. I just hope WWE Creative can resist writing too much for her and I would really love it if her only dealings on the show are with Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger
•John Cena has a “history making” announcement. That’s a big word to use and it better live up to the hype
•Punk-Bryan-Kane-AJ. After the pay per view and last week’s television we have more unanswered questions and with this storyline that’s probably a good thing. I have no idea where it’s going, but I hope WWE has some kind of plan mapped out and the angles from last week isn’t them just stalling to figure it out. On a side note that song “Call me maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen is pretty popular right now with everyone parodying it from Jimmy Fallon to Miami Dolphin cheerleaders and I think it would be a great idea for WWE to jump on board this fifteen minutes of fame song by having AJ parody it as well. It would work perfectly with her storyline as a video package highlighting what she’s done with each individual in recent weeks and then have her lip singing “call me maybe” in between shots. It’s hard to describe, but watch the YouTube video and visualize it, it could be pretty entertaining
What this show accomplished?
•Daniel Bryan-CM Punk announced for MITB. They are going one on one again and Kane appears out of the picture for now.
•Kane’s removal from the program was executed beautifully. No weirdness or Kane stalking AJ. He just said it’s not a good idea and poof, he’s gone!
•Hype for Raw 1000. The flashbacks were great and it was good to see Sid again even if I never want to see him unless he’s fully clothed again. The added touch of Charlie Sheen is very cool
•Raw is AJ. This show seemed like it was all about AJ. She opened the show, she won a battle royal. She had a great reaction to Kane ending things. She seems delusional about her relationship with Punk; meanwhile she’s still doing the Yes gimmick. She’s all over the places and the questions continue. It’s not the most compelling thing, but I dig love triangle storylines and I think most of the audience does too.
•Money in the bank promotion. They managed to fit some hype in for MITB on this show and announced two matches officially.
•Smackdown and Summerslam hype. WWE likes to call themselves a marketing machine and tonight they were, as they also managed to hype this week’s Smackdown and a Summerslam tease with Brock’s “official” response to Hunter’s challenge next week
•Chris Jericho...dude was shooting when Cena was making an ass of himself with that promo
•John Cena. Where to begin? The writers don’t get it, Vince doesn’t get it and John doesn’t get it for sure. I assume John does alot of adlibbing and man he has no awareness of how ridiculous he comes off and this is why he will never be genuinely supported by the entire WWE fan base. The Yoda impersonation was good, but the rest of it was just terrible and all I kept saying to myself is man, Rock would make this crappy material work, but Cena can’t do it and it’s no knock on him, because there’s only one person who can pull it off and Brian Gewirtz and company never seem to have accepted that. I’m not sure who to blame for the PG line and the “most of our audience is nine year olds”. I’ll assume Cena adlibbed those ones, but I’m holding it against the company, because Vince should be scolding John to shut the “fudge” up with stupid lines glorifying PG, mocking your audience for being nine and using stupid words like “fudging”. It’s just a friging asinine strategy when it comes to John’s character and to say it as the franchise player of WWE. Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!
•Raw is Nitro. On the brink of going to three hours Raw showing tons of signs of Nitro near the end with a pole match, a pole match that apparently had no reason to happen since the GM changed her mind and Cena’s let down of a historic announcement
•Brodus has been slotted. Has Brodus joined the ranks of Slotted Rhodes? Should I call him Slotted Clay now? He’s somewhat protected in defeat, but he’s a babyface being used as a Dolph Ziggler like heel and that just makes no sense
•Speaking of Dolph Ziggler, why would he get another title shot after losing four straight matches to the World Champion? There has to be some sports aspect to this sports entertainment company...right?
•Speaking of sports aspect why is the floundering Jack Swagger according to Michael Cole getting a US title shot? You can check out wwe.com to find out how.
•Ending to Raw. What a boring and standard ending to Raw. Shake things up. You have four people announced for that MITB match so perhaps spotlight Jericho and Kane especially Jericho since this was his return it would have been nice to have him standing tall to end the show
•WWE title MITB match. I like the concept, but I hope they add at least two more guys and they have that option with Del Rio, Miz and Rey waiting in the wings as former WWE Champions. I hope they don’t do this on Smackdown, because that would mean Khali could be an entrant!
•No Raw GM announced for next week. If the GM for next week’s show is Sgt. Slaughter, William Regal, Mike Adamle, The anonymous Raw GM or Coach, I’m fine with them not plugging it in advance, but if they are saving it for online buzz and it’s Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels or any other top name that would really irk me
•Unadvertised Punk-Bryan-Kane elimination style. They made people pay for this match on pay per view just over a week ago and here they are giving it away for free to start Raw. This isn’t a great strategy if you are a long term thinker, apparently The Bubble is not and they have no issue setting the precedent that they will deliver matches on pay per view only to give them to you for free within the next two weeks
•Zack Ryder pounds fists with John Cena backstage. Storyline continuity at its best...
•Brock’s official response to Triple H...what was last week then?
• I have alot of stuff in the negative column this week, but I actually didn’t mind this show outside of John Cena’s work
What next week’s Raw needs to accomplish?
•Money in the bank hype and hopefully this includes making the Raw match more about all of the guys involved and not just John Cena and Big Show
•Bryan-Punk. When they did this match at Over the Limit they didn’t give it nearly enough focus and hopefully this time the two contestants get to build their story and it isn’t totally focussed on whose side is AJ on
•Details and predictable television. When was the last time Raw opened with a match? They almost did tonight, but Vickie cut a short promo before the first match. In addition, WWE needs to tighten up their storylines. This has been an ongoing issue for several years now, but tonight it was more evident than ever. Dolph can’t beat Sheamus, you’ve established that yet were getting that match again. Brodus is no match for Big Show, Zack Ryder pounding fists with John Cena? John Cena’s historic announcement is not very historic? AJ talking to the mirror with the camera perfectly panned in on her. Bryan-Kane-Punk in the opening match after being the title match at the pay per view