The Raw Rerun (3 Weeks Until Money In The Bank)

The Raw RerunThe show as a whole wasn’t as good as it was last week, but the last hour of the show was pretty damn good television.

Daniel Bryan beats Randy Orton!

After last week’s stoppage in which Daniel Bryan was supposedly going over and Friday’s rematch, Bryan got his win over Orton, which was actually pretty important. In a day and age when wins and losses don’t often mean much, this win felt like it meant something.

Bryan’s character as someone who needs to prove his own greatness to himself can be a little awkward because it’s rare that main eventers ever talk about their short comings, but it’s also one of the most over characters in the company. I think most people enjoy an underdog story, which has kind of been his character all along, but it’s a different type of underdog story. You can tell that they’re going to do something with him this time, when we were just hoping before.

I’m very intrigued to see where his character goes. I wouldn’t expect him to beat John Cena anytime soon, but if he continues to get over, a title run may be in his future again.

CM Punk and Paul Heyman…hug.

Heyman came out and basically said that he refused all of Punk’s texts and calls so that he can explain himself on TV (con man alert!). Punk decided to tell the story of how no one but Heyman believed in him, which gave the viewer a reason to believe that Heyman could have an affect on Punk. Heyman tried really hard to convince Punk that his relationship with Punk was more important because they were friends. He would never support another wrestler against him. He just works for Brock Lesnar. It was really amazing work, specifically by Heyman.

In the end, Punk believed him and they hugged. Punk also told Heyman to tell Lesnar that he’s looking for him.

What I liked best here is that it looks like Heyman’s manipulation will last longer, and I’m sure Punk will figure it out much sooner than Heyman thinks. It’s really great work and then we still get to see Brock Lesnar wrestle. Good times.

Mark Henry and John Cena set up their match.

Cena showed up and did a promo about how Mark Henry shouldn’t be cheered at making a mockery of his retirement. He was quite fired up and more so than usual. But because he rarely takes anything seriously, it was empty and did very little to get anyone excited for his match with Henry. In fact, they should’ve kept Henry off TV and just keep replaying the fake retirement angle.

Henry came out and had to deal with a ton of “What!” from the crowd and thus, his promo came off a little stilted. He tried his best, but really, there was nothing he could do to top last week.

And the rest…

  • Sheamus and Christian beat The Rhodes Scholars. It sets up Sheamus’ blow off with Damien Sandow at Smackdown.
  • Kaitlyn beat Aksana even though AJ came out dressed in a cartoony muscle suit and a wig which looked like Kaitlyn’s hair. It was quite funny. It was a little mean, but really funny. They recreated the angle as Big E came out with flowers again. Kaitlyn at least played her character correctly here. Maybe they should just have her be angry instead of trying to also be sad.
  • Alberto Del Rio and Chris Jericho faced off again much like Friday and the finish was the same. Dolph Ziggler hit Del Rio with the Zig Zag and then also hit Jericho with one. Jericho hit the Codebreaker on Ziggler on Smackdown. And you’d think they’d be having a three-way at Money In The Bank, but no, it’s Ziggler and Del Rio one-on-one.
  • They revealed who was going to be on the cover of WWE 2K14, which we covered.
  • Ryback beat the Great Khali with the Shell Shock.
  • The Usos beat Tons of Funk and 3MB in the number one tag title contender match. The Shield stared them down. That was all for the Shield.
  • Stephanie announced who would be in the Money In The Bank match for a shot at the WWE title. They included: Christian, RVD, Punk, Bryan, Orton, Sheamus, and Kane. So, 7 guys?
  • Jericho vs. Ryback which was their original WrestleMania program was set up for the PPV. Looks like this will be Jericho’s send off and Ryback’s recuperating win.

The show wasn’t as good as it was last week. But the main segments were very good.

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2 Comments

  1. I really liked this show again actually. I think I watched more of this episode without needing the fast forward button than any in ages.

    One person I really have to give a lot of credit to is JBL. Remember I used to always say every week how difficult to endure the commentary made the show? Notice how I have stopped saying that lately? It’s only started to dawn on him how much of a turnaround WWE have made with the announcers, and I think a lot of it has to do with Bradshaw’s presence in the three man team.

    He makes it fun. He plays well off the other two and vise-versa. All the commentary pairings I have liked over the years, be it Vince and Jesse, Gorilla and Brain or JR and King, come across as they’re having a good time calling the matches but with a bit of banter thrown in. I I think JBL has brought that dynamic back to this group. I don’t know, it just makes the show feel like it’s fun again and I haven’t felt like that in a while.

  2. I will have to agree with you. Since JR left, I can’t say that I particularly pay attention as closely to the commentary, but I’ll catch a JBL barb here and there. He’s actually taken JR’s role, which is more so that when he says something, I kind of believe him, where I don’t believe the other announcers.

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