Raw Review - December 30th edition
Last Raw of 2013
Raw this past week was okay - it wasn't horrible but wasn't great either. Among the highlights were Brock Lesnar returning and destroying Mark Henry and vying for the WWE Heavyweight Championship, CM Punk facing off against Seth Rollins and Daniel Bryan finally joining the Wyatt Family after being destroyed and basically being forced to do so
There were some ups and downs to the show - and of course some things that always stay constant, and in this week's Raw Review we will go over some of those
that in our opinion stuck out the most
Seth Rollins vs CM Punk -
The Good - What was good about this match was the way it was decided. CM Punk as good as he is in the ring, is even better on the mic and after watching the Shield destroy nearly everybody for the last year, CM Punk finally was able to start stirring the pot and get the guys in the group to start thinking individually rather than collectively
Roman Reigns getting a short but significant chant also made things interesting
The Bad -
The match itself. WE've been seeing a lot of 3 on 1 matches and while a lot of times it had it's purpose, most of the time it just makes things boring and too predictable. Punk also said himself that the match 'was garbage' and of course that may be due to him being just plain burned out.
We do see the resemblance between Seth Rollins and CM Punk but there's a long way to go for Seth Rollins before he can get to that level that CM Punk has gotten to.
When it comes to mic skills, all three bring something good to the table but in our view it's Dean Ambrose who dominates in that area and should continue to be the mouthpiece
But as things were getting good between Roman Reignsn and Seth Rollins discussing who's better, Brad Maddox comes out and basically announces the match but really does a bad job of it
The match had a lot of steam to it but having that tense moment between two members of the Shield really feels like it got ruined by Maddox lack of charisma and just bad mic skills that didn't fit at all
The Indifferent -
The match itself. Although Punk was not happy with it and the pacing wasn't great, it did deliver to some extent what it needed to. The interference and play among the group was more of the highlight of the match than the match itself.
The other 'indifferent' point was the ending - it did not have the most clear ending, and it was made to look like the Shield prevented Rollins from winning but they actually helped Rollins get to the point of almost winning
Brock Lesnar makes his return to WWE:
Brock Lesnar returned surprisingly on Raw alongside Paul Heyman and pretty much repeated what the Rock did a year ago although not as smoothly since he just can't be as good on the mic as the Rock
The Good - The fireworks and hype that needed to be put into his return were there and this was done effectively. Brock Lesnar still looks like a beast and is a very intimidating force that many wrestlers we're sure are afraid to face off
the bad - Mark Henry coming out and basically getting destroyed within minutes
Mark Henry has had some good moments in 2013 and him basically being used as a way to elevate Lesnar isn't the best way in our view to get Lesnar over
Also Lesnar squawking like a bird a few times didn't really work either. There's a reason why Heyman is Lesnar's mouthpiece and one of those key reasons is because while Lesnar can say a few words the odd time - his strength lie in the ring and letting his wrestling do the work
The Indifferent: The part where Lesnar is first in line for the WWE Heavyweight Championship is where it's not clear yet if this is a good thing or a bad thing. The Rock did do it last year and got some beef about it since he had to beat CM Punk to do it, but the Rock's a huge movie star and was considered one of the best parts of the attitude era in the late 90s so he's got a huge fan base and also backs up what he does in the ring with mic skills and vice versa
Brock Lesnar basically stepping over the importance of the Royal Rumble kind of takes away from the match's importance and we feel that while he can make for a good event before Wrestlemania, he should not just be handed a match so quickly without going through guys like Batista, Ryback perhaps, and even Big Show to get to face off the future champion, who we think will remain Randy Orton
So overall Raw in our view was pretty good - it was around a 7/10 and the last one of 2013. There have been better shows but also far worse shows but like always it's important that WWE is consistent and shows continuity into the new year from these events that take place
An honorable mention has to go to Daniel Bryan for finally caving in and going into the Wyatt Family after being hunted down for so long. He's got the beard and to be honest we support Daniel Bryan to the very end but he has gone after the championship, he's won the fans over and this is the smart move that WWE needed to make in order to keep him relevant because that YES chant was not going to go on forever albeit we have not yet seen whether or not fans will stop supporting Bryan since it looked like he 'caved in' due to not having any other choice
Overall we look forward to 2014 being a better year for WWE - a lot of stars were actually established and we look forward to those same stars furthering their careers and elevating themselves even further to becoming main eventers who can carry the WWE into a new era that fans of all ages can enjoy much more as opposed to focusing just on young children.
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