Title This: WWE Raw Reaction 5-21

Josh Isenberg

Alberto Del RioRandy Orton def. Alberto Del Rio Via Disqualification

What I Liked:

I really enjoy when these two guys get together in the ring. Del Rio gets the early offense in by using his feet as weapons. There was great psychology in the ring when Del Rio is in the ring because he targets previously injured body parts. Orton is so solid at every move in the ring. He rarely misses a spot, and both men combine speed and athleticism. Chemistry was a big thing between the two, which includes great transition for Orton to connect with his patented DDT. The match ended with Jericho attacking Orton. I loved it, especially since we have not been given a reason to invest in Jericho. He continues to lose, but he is a heel who still sticks to his guns and his speech. He needs to become more ruthless and aggressive. When he branches out even more and continues to get physical each week, that will only give him more credibility. Also, pairing him against Orton is a smart call for a guy who desperately needs a big win. Give him it vs. Orton.

What I Disliked:

I felt the match was rushed a bit due to time constraints. They should not have wasted 4 minutes of time with Santino and Ricardo. Was there a point for that? Why would a face introduce a heel? Even though Santino is funny, they need to take the US title off of him. He simply does not need it to get over with the crowd, and more guys are deserving of it.

Grade: B

In Ring Segment

Daniel Bryan comes out and talks about Punk tapping out. He yells "tap" and says it is question and answer time with Daniel Bryan. He says "Did I make CM Punk tap out?" He says "Yes!" he continues with questions he can say yes to. The crowd is split in yes and no chants. Bryan says the referee cost him the title. Bryan says he demands a rematch, and Punks music hits. Punk said it was one of the greatest battles, but Punk said he pinned him 1, 2, 3. Punk said he wants to finish something that happened on Smackdown, when Bryan attacked Kane with a chair. Punk introduces Kane as Bryan's opponent.

Daniel Bryan def. Kane Via Disqualification

What I Liked:

Bryan started off the match hot, with a fantastic dropkick into the corner. Kane looks great these days especially with his speed picking up when fighting guys like Punk and Bryan. The match ends in DQ with Kane seeing Bryan with a chair. Punk outsmarted Bryan here, as he was going to attack Kane with the chair. Bryan would get the treatment Punk did a week ago, and that was getting beaten down by Kane after the match. I really thought this was a smart way to keep Kane relevant and forward the story with Punk and Bryan. It is a different feel and different way to keep both guys from feuding. Lastly, Punk goes into the ring and locks in the Anaconda Vice after checking on Bryan. He makes Daniel Bryan tap out.

What I Disliked:

I wonder what they have planned next.  I am not sure what angle they are going to take, but I want to see a submission match between the two. There needs to be a match that highlights both of their strengths. I really did not dislike anything here, maybe just how another DQ happened in this night. Besides Cena/Otunga, both matches have ended in DQ. Very TNA-esque just to try and protect their stars.

Grade: B

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