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TITLE THIS: WWE Raw Reaction
Monday Night Raw airs a recap of the WWE Championship match from Money in the Bank, as well as John Cena winning it a week ago, and the controversary that comes with having “two” champions.
WWE Divas Battle Royal Recap
REACTION: Beth Phoenix is long overdue for a championship run. I feel like she needs to dominate at Summerslam because she is the long term type Diva that the WWE needs to build on. A great physical specimen of a female who can actually wrestle, and hopefully they begin to build up a division that’s overdue for a change. This segment gets a B-, just because they gave a diva who deserves it the win.
Tag team match Miz/Truth vs. Mysterio/Morrison Recap
REACTION: This tag team match was definitely entertaining to watch, but where is the storyline at? Who is feuding with who? The spots were nice, but I just want to see something more than a typical beatdown after the match. There needs to be a progression, something that makes you want to see more of those wrestlers, and I just didn’t feel like it was meaningful with these 4 talented superstars. This segment gets a B because of the entertaining wrestling and seeing Morrison back at 100 percent.
REACTION: I appreciated this segment very much. Ziggler needs a fresh and new feud, and Riley needs something to show his ability aside from the Miz. This could be a long 3-4 month mid card feud that potentially sets Ziggler up for bigger and better things, while solidifying Alex Riley as a talented, but still young, superstar. This segment gets a B. Wish there was an announcement of a match at the end… at Summerslam, as 2 weeks away and there, at this point, isn’t a solidified match from Raw.
WWE Tag Team Champions David Otunga and Michael McGillicuddy vs Santino and Zack Ryder recap
REACTION: This match did nothing for me, because it proved that the Tag Team division is still a joke. I like the tag team champs as a unit, but this quick match proves that they lack competition. I would rather of seen Hawkins and Ryder, who have been a tag team before together and succeeded. It is nice to see a fan favorite Ryder get TV time, so we will see what happens with the champions and Ryder in the next few weeks. This segment gets a C- because it meant nothing in the long run, a sub par in ring performances from all 4 men, and still shows the weaknesses, when they should focus on their strengths.
We get a recap of Triple H and C.M. Punk from earlier tonight. Josh Matthews again with C.M. Punk, who talks about what the decision, and Punk says he tested Hunter earlier, and hopes that it is strictly business in the future. Punk says the champ is himself.
Alberto Del Rio vs Evan Bourne. Del Rio starts off beating on Bourne. He uses submissions and armbars to ground Bourne. A backbreaker by Del Rio gives him a 2 count on Bourne. Bourne finally hits a few kicks to Del Rio, but Del Rio ends up making Bourne tap out. Kofi saves Bourne from further attacks from Del Rio.
REACTION: This match was nothing special, because nobody thought for a split second that Bourne would win. I wish this match got more time because both men are talented between the ropes. Del Rio and Kofi continue their feud as he runs in at the end to preview a possible one on one match at Summerslam. This segment gets a C. Not much to be excited about, as it seems Mr. Money in the Bank will be a mid to lower card wrestler until he cashes in. I would rather see him feud with someone like a face swagger, or a bigger build guy who will have a better chemistry with him in the ring.
In Ring Segment Recap:
REACTION: This ending made sense, and was what everyone knew what was going to happen. It was a nice twist to see Lauranitis entered in the picture and speaking, which again gives another element in the changes the WWE has seen. The fine line continues to be pushed further back from what is real and what is fake. Good mic work from both, and the ending, although somewhat boring, shows the crowd is split with Punk and Cena fans. This segment gets a B-
OVERALL REACTION: Monday Night Raw from Indianapolis receives a B-. The positives were seeing Dolph Ziggler enter a new feud with Alex Riley, whom both young competitors can learn from at the same time. I really cannot wait to see what happens. Also, Punk, Cena and Triple H did enough to keep you watching, as all three show why they are at their positions in the company right now. I also enjoyed seeing Beth Phoenix given a chance to shine again. The Miz/Truth/Mysterio/Morrison match was entertaining, but ended on a sour note because it’s strange to see where they all go from here, less than 2 weeks away from Summerslam. The negatives were the Tag Team Champions beating Santino and Ryder, as the match gave you nothing to be desired for. Also, a few backstage segments were useless throughout the night, and Alberto Del Rio continues to be under utilized in the company, even though he holds the briefcase. I would like to see Swagger and McIntyre over Kofi and Bourne. We have seen the same old song and dance with these two, so fresh faces could help all of these men. Raw Reaction, over. Follow me at JoshIsenberg4 on Twitter.