Randy Orton defeated Brad Maddox. Maddox was punished for what happened last week on Raw. He actually gets a few offensive moves in on the champion before Orton finished him off. I loved when Orton aggressively beat Maddox in the head with the microphone. It sounds so hard and painful. It is all about how both men sell that attack. Both did good jobs. I just wonder why Orton did not have something direct with Big Show? Do they really want to keep them far from one another six days before their match?
Big E Langston defeated Curtis Axel to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship. This was a great move by WWE to make Raw memorable. Langston as IC Champion is much more interesting that Axel, who never really got into a groove. The match itself was planned out perfectly for a title change. Langston got close time and time again and even came close to pinning Axel. After a reversal, Big E hit the Big Ending for the victory. What now?
Who Faces Langston After Axel?
Here are options they could use to face off against Langston…
A. Mark Henry, who needs something interesting to be involved in. He is a main event type guy who could really help a new face like Langston get over even more.
B. Roman Reigns, someone who is strong and athletic and it seems like The Shield could potentially split in the near future.
C. No particular feud. This is the biggest mistake they could make. Tweet me your thoughts @JoshIsenberg4.
Rhinestone Cowboys lose to Xavier Woods and R-Truth. The debut of Woods will be forgotten by this ridiculous pairing. I like him with Truth, but why do they need to just use 3MB as jokes over and over and over again? Does it help a new guy to pick up a win against a team that NEVER wins? Woods has a good look and is extremely gifted. We had a very small sample size and that was the right decision. Him and Truth are similar in some aspects, but their versatility in the ring will be able to keep them interesting as a tag team.