Title This: WWE Raw Reaction 10-8

Josh Isenberg

Rey MysterioVince McMahon's State of the WWE:

What I Liked:

First off, Vince talks about all of the weird characters in the WWE, and then gets cut off quickly by CM Punk. Punk, like usual, rips up a great promo about not being respected. He really gets into the face of Vince, and says he has never liked Punk. To the honest and realistic as can be, Vince says he has not been a "CM Punk guy" which all of the internet fans know that is it true, to a certain extent. As the talking continues, Punk begins to rip Vince and says that he should never be compared to anyone else because he is the best in the world. Vince says he does not compare to guys like Andre, Michaels, and Stone Cold. Punk gets offended and says Austin did not work his way to the top. He calls Austin a quitter, and then Vince gets upset. Punk ends up slapping McMahon, who gets up and says he will fire Punk if he does not face him later. This was riveting television, and it was all because of Vince and Punk. The interaction just seems real, seems like they crossed a line, even though we know they did not. As best as they could, Vince and Punk sold it. I also loved the timing of the segment, right when NFL Monday Night Football was about to air. Perfect strategy by Vince.

What I Disliked:

I was just waiting for Paul Heyman to interrupt. Instead, he looked like a coward and tried to stop Punk from doing what he did. I really think Heyman needs to be the harsh critic of Vince from a decade ago. We love him for that, for his ideas, and his edgy words.

Grade: A-

Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara Defeats Prime Time Players

What I Liked:

I can honestly say that this was a really good match on all levels. It took us into a commercial break with the good suicide dive from Cara onto O'Neil. The athletes became athletic, and the strong team really were able to slow the pace down. It is all about timing and pacing when fighting guys like Cara and Rey, so kudos to Darren and Titus to keep up. The ending came when Young hit Cara with a Gut Check, but he was not the legal man. Mysterio hit a 619 and a Senton for the victory. This was a smart way to have PTP lose. They have a gripe with referees, as well as not looking completely buried. It is still a long way for them to get over on a weekly basis, but it never hurts to lose to a popular star like Rey Mysterio. Young gets the loss, too, so O'Neil remains the strength behind the team. Overall, this match was solid.

What I Disliked:

How long do we buy into Cara and Rey? Do they become tag champions? I really do not like the pairing because they are too similar. I would rather have some differences between partners. This is more of a way to throw two guys with nothing to do, now having some sort of angle. In the end, I really do not see them fighting Bryan and Kane, and think Sandow and Rhodes are a much better pairing. They have more in the tank for the long term, instead of a quick fix.

Grade: B+

-Paul Heyman tries to convince CM Punk about later tonight. Heyman says Vince will make their lives a living hell, just like he did with Austin.

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