John Cena not being on Raw live was a sound move. Cena is far and away WWE's top star right now and giving one's bell cow a respite from additional TV exposure is a good thing. Cena is a valued commodity in WWE and not over exposing him is good for the Cena TV persona and also provides other stars the opportunity to 'maximize their minutes' and be more impactful.
@WWETheBigShow is a much more compelling TV character as a villain than he is as a jolly, happy, better not make me mad, Giant. Just my two cents.
Seems like Dolph Ziggler is about to embark on his own or so it appears from watching RAW. Whether Ziggler reminds one of Billy Gunn, Curt 'Mr Perfect' Hennig or anyone else from the days of yesteryear, the former college wrestler is main event bound in my view. @HEELZiggler can be a big time player and I would only encourage him to take the ball away from someone and run with it until someone forces him to change course.