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WWE Monday Night Raw Results and Review October 1, 2012: Who’s in Charge?

Raw as always is here on Monday night. With John Cena officially rules out for the night and weeks before Hell in a Cell, the questions going into the night were numerous with not many likely to be answered.

Still, with a three hour Raw, the one thing to look forward to is WWE constantly pushing things forward. Where the stories will go, only WWE go show us.

Everybody Wants Power

Overview: CM Punk and Paul Heyman came out to explain Punk’s actions from last week, and Heyman noted how AJ should be fired for striking him. Vickie and Dolph came out to stake Vickie’s claim as general manager before AJ came out and said she has only been put on probation.

Daniel Bryan came out to apologize for ruining the mental state of AJ before his tag team partner Kane came out to fight over who was the tag team champions. AJ ended up making a match for the main event between Punk and Ziggler vs. Team Hell No.

Analysis: That segment was crazy but also hilarious. I liked that WWE acknowledged that striking Heyman was something she wasn’t allowed to do which brings by a story that WWE seemed to forget about months earlier.

Overall, every single person in the ring got a few good words in, and no one looked bad. Kane seemed a bit out of place only because he came in just to cause chaos, but it made sense to build up a main event with great potential.

Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara def. Primo and Epico

Overview: In a dominant display, Cara and Mysterio won with a combination tag team finish leading to the 619 and a frog splash by Mysterio.

Analysis: While we have seen these two teams face off already twice, I still don’t feel they have gotten anywhere near their ability together. Still it was a fun match shortened by a badly timed commercial break.

Having the Prime Time Players watch the action from the outside was nice as it continued what seems to be a side feud between PTP and Mysterio/Cara which is cool as it keeps the tag team division dynamic.

Antonio Cesaro def. Brodus Clay

Overview: Cesaro ran through Clay as if he was nothing, hitting the Neutralizer with ease on the 375 pound man.

Analysis: The match was basically a squash, surprisingly since Clay rarely loses. Clay was absolutely crushed by Cesaro who looked very impressive with his strength.

I have seen some of what Cesaro can do before, but his strength has always impressed me.

The Miz def. Zack Ryder

Overview: In a quick, forgettable match, Miz defeated Ryder with the Skull Crushing Finale.

Analysis: This was simply WWE’s way of keeping the Miz on TV. It was a quick and clean victory for Miz to remind us that he is indeed champion. However, if WWE wants to keep the title picture around Miz thriving, they need to give him some legitimate rivals.

I thought at first he was getting that with Ryback, but Ryback is headed in a different direction. That leaves Miz with no one to challenge him even though many options exist. The same can be said for Antonio Cesaro as well.

The Debate of Two Brutes

Overview: Sheamus repeatedly made fun of Big Show during the debate leading to him destroying his booth and then nearly breaking into a fight with Sheamus. Instead he backed off to fight another day.

Analysis: I may be in the minority, but I’m excited for Sheamus vs. Big Show. Sheamus seems like a guy who could really mesh well in the ring. This debate was decent, drawing the lines of the two’s characters. Sheamus will be making more a joke of things which should aggravate Show into an aggressive showing against Sheamus soon.

The idea that it was a debate was a bit off putting as it didn’t really work that way. Would’ve been better as a straight forward promo. Both men seemed slightly off their game on the mic though I credit Show for some subtle jokes at his own expense in comparison to Sheamus’ rather blatant humor.

Can anyone explain to me why Big Show was kept off TV for a few weeks? He could’ve been built much better up to this feud with Sheamus.

Ryback def. Tensai

Overview: In a relatively quick match, Ryback defeated Tensai with a second clothesline after failing to get him on his shoulders twice.

Analysis: The story coming out of this match was that Ryback could not get Tensai up for the Shell Shocked which was seemingly a botch as he was able to do it on Friday Night SmackDown (which was a much better match as well).

Looking back at it, I think this may be on Tensai who seems to deliberately block both attempts rather than help Ryback lift him. The only difference from SmackDown seems to be on Tensai’s side, but I could be wrong.

Eve Torres def. Beth Phoenix

Overview: Before the match, Eve sold herself as a face champion despite undertones still firmly toward her being a heel. Eve then fought off an angry Beth to win with her neckbreaker.

Analysis: Solid storytelling by Eve throughout this short match as she continues to play a two face character. While the division is lacking quite a bit lately, the work by Eve and the story with Beth and Kaitlyn is keeping it alive.

Santino Marella def. Heath Slater by DQ

Overview: Before Santino could decidedly defeat Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre got involved and assaulted Santino. After they destroyed Santino, the new stable, the Encore announced that they were not ready to be ignored.

Analysis: The match was nothing to write home about, but this stable of Slater, McIntyre, and Mahal makes for an interesting if uncredible tag team. I like the tandem and am interested in their future, but they are most likely just a comedy trio of jobbers.

Sheamus def. Damien Sandow

Overview: After a stellar double digit contest between Sandow and Sheamus, Sheamus overcame Rhodes’ interferences and hit a Brogue Kick to Sandow and Rhodes at the same time before getting the three count, handing Sandow his first pinfall loss.

Analysis: Well, bravo, Damien Sandow, that was quite the performance. I have not seen Sandow quite this honed in on a match since he debuted. He is really starting to buck the label he has been given as a poor in ring technician.

He’s not perfect, but he’s putting on quality bouts with main event guys. He also already has the character and mic skills to work with those guys. Overall the upsides shown by Sandow were enormous, and the match was easily the best of the night between Sheamus and Sandow.

JR Appreciation Night Ruined by CM Punk

Overview: Jim Ross had his appreciation night early, the first one they’ve showed on live TV, only to be interrupted by CM Punk who demanded JR call him the “best in the world”. When JR refused, things got dangerously close to physical, but Ryback came in for the save causing Punk to walk away.

Analysis: CM Punk and JR were perfect foils for one another in a similar vein to last week’s Foley/Punk interaction. JR was at his best here over any other time tonight, and it was one of JR’s best times on the mic in the ring I’ve seen.

I like how WWE is having legends try to push Punk to finally agree to a Hell in a Cell match against Cena. It makes the build to that match solid despite a lack of Cena at times.

I haven’t been reviewing Raw lately, so I haven’t been able to say much lately on Ryback. WWE has been doing a great job with his build lately. I have no idea where he fits in against Punk, but the slow, high impact build for him is very interesting and effective. For example, that crowd was completely behind him coming out to defend JR.

Alberto Del Rio def. Kofi Kingston

Overview: In a good but a bit short match, Kofi fought with a head of steam but ended up taking the Cross Armbreaker and having to tap.

Analysis: Kofi here looked good for the time he got, and Del Rio did a solid job as well. Overall, it was a bit of a filler match not going anywhere for either man.

By the way, Ricardo on guest commentary was hilarious. I wouldn’t mind them having him do that during all TV matches that Alberto Del Rio wrestles in.

Team Hell No def. CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler

Overview: With AJ as the special guest referee, Paul Heyman and Vickie Guerrero were ejected from ringside. Vickie’s departure caused Dolph to follow leaving Punk all alone to take a chokeslam and be beaten by the tag team champions.

Analysis: A solid tag team contest here between four solid to great workers, it’s hard to complain. This was simply a match to keep up this dynamic between AJ, Heyman, and Vickie.

The tag team champions ended the show again as they’ve been doing quite a few times lately. It may be time to say WWE has begun to turn the division around in a positive direction.


Final notes: Throughout the night, AJ was working with her probation officer. The segments were somewhat hit and miss.

The one with Kaitlyn was a bit strange though the cameraman should be credited with helping to make sure we all know why this WWE breast cancer awareness is important with the opening shot of Kaitlyn. The one with Wade Barrett was a bit unnecessary, and the final one where AJ got rid of the man was fine.

Overall, this was basically just a way of fueling the questions around AJ as general manager which is fine. The only other thing of note was that JR had some noticeable commentary mistakes throughout the night that show that while he’s good he is not quite comfortable as a long term solution on the table.

Conclusion: Overall, this was a pretty down episode. It had a great match between Sandow and Sheamus and a great segment between JR and Punk, but stories were not really advanced this week. The midcard is back in drift as WWE over-emphasizes the tag team division while leaving Miz and Cesaro squashing competitors.

John Cena being on the show wouldn’t have changed much, but, without him, the show ended on what seemed an unimportant note. What WWE is doing right now is moving on autopilot with Raw. They really need to do something big in the coming weeks; otherwise, despite a promising developing card, Hell in a Cell may not deliver.

I don’t think this was a bad night, but I don’t think it was a good one. Every thing was moving in a straight line rather than advancing at all which made this a bit of a downer.

Grade: C-

About Kevin Berge

Wrestle Enigma's voted Writer Of The Year two years running. I am writing to prove a point. The day I stop writing is the day I realize I have nothing more to say, and I don't believe that day will ever come.
  • Judas Thundersteel

    1.) Holy cow, the segment was about 20 minutes long! Supposedly, this overran for 7 minutes, which is funny because I think those minutes were spent in airing recaps. Whatever the case, overall, it was fine. Picking out the gems in my opinion, Punk’s talking, Bryan’s comedy, Heyman’s talking as well. Vickie and Ziggler? Vickie came for story purposes and of course Ziggler would tail her, but I didn’t feel he stood out amongst a sea of names. As a matter of fact, if going by purpose, Ziggler had very little purpose there, other than being in that great big mess of angry males saying they are this and that, and for AJ to scream for silence. There was a moment where Heyman was talking, AJ’s theme interrupted, but then cut out. I was thinking a production crew botch as Heyman continued his promo, then AJ interrupted at a better time. Did you see Daniel Bryan picking at his beard when talking to AJ? That was sexy, and Vickie’s facial expression in reacting to that was funny. Also, Kane said AJ’s a “phenomenal” kisser. AJ…phenomenal…..AJ Styles?! Seriously, I can’t be the only one who caught that connect the dots thing.

    2.) Primetime Players would come before the break to see the Masked Chicanos (their masks sported half and half of each others signature designs) vs. the Ricans. However, they just sat there, and the tag team match was left alone. To be specific, after the break, the match got really good. Before the break, there was a bit of a hard time, obviously through Sin Cara. Fast paced, a lot of good spots, and Sin Cara even had one of those highlights. A lightning quick counter to Primo’s powerbomb attempt that got Primo on his shoulders. Rey and Cara win, not surprising, and they seem to at least grow as a tag team.

    3.) Antonio Cesaro in a PIP promo. Appreciation, sounded nice. I appreciate Antonio Cesaro. Oh man, talk about redeeming yourself. Cesaro did a springboard Eurocut, but Clay was too far to take it. Redeeming himself, Neutralizer to Brodus Clay! Fans reacted big to that, even though the match was too damn short.

    4.) Miz and Zack Ryder. Miz got a new shirt, looks great. Man, even JR gets off topic. He and Cole just talked about Larry King, #SheamusShow trending number 1 worldwide (I don’t believe that), barely of Miz. They didn’t even call the great powerbomb to the turnbuckle that Miz did to Ryder. So as a result, what about the match? No care. Miz won, pretty much uneventful other than the powerbomb.

    5.) At Hell in a Cell? Not “in” Hell in a Cell? They haven’t really announced if Show and Sheamus will have a Hell in a Cell match. I guess their selling point is mentioning that Sheamus and Show will wrestle one on one for the first time ever. Sheamus was too comical for the most part. Moreso than usual, that it seemed forced. Yeah they claim he was playing head games with Show, but Sheamus being funny funny in a segment that was ridiculous on paper, didn’t sit too well. Only when they got serious, was it decent. Plus that got the most reaction. I would definitely have liked this more if it was a straight up promo. By the way, the Tout video of Rey Mysterio Sullivan, he looked like El Generico! That’s funny, Sheamus in some cheap looking Rey mask.

    5.) The Ryback did a Randall Orton powerslam, and then HAHAHAHA! He couldn’t put his finisher on Tensai, and he got it on him last SmackDown. Fucking botch! Not sure who to blame, but it was funny. Tensai has been a big botch overall in this year, so it’s easier to go to him. Both guys are not in my good graces, so, ehh, pick your poison.

    6.) PIP promo on Eve putting over the Divas Division. Yeah, someone has too, hehehe. Beth and Eve had a decent match, Beth’s shoulder hit the ring post, which is something one doesn’t see alot in discussion of women in wrestling. Eve won with what looked like her feigning trouble with her eyes, capitalizing with her finisher neckbreaker. About Kaitlyn, her boobs looked…awesome. Something about the outfit, and I looked at her putting on a sock. She seemed to have worn see through stockings, her toe paint was black, or some dark color. I pay attention to details like that, for lecherous reasons. SHUCKY DUCKY QUACK QUACK!

    7.) Heath Slater recently named his stable of he, Mahal, and McIntyre. “Encore.” Slater did a decent looking spinning kick thing, something new for him. It felt like a longer than usual Slater match, but Santino got the advantage, was about to win but the two non-American’s interfered and beat on him. On the cue of “3,” McIntyre did the Future Shock. On the mic, Drew said he’s still the “Chosen One,” Mahal is the Maharaja, and Slater is the One Man Band, baby. Cool. Drew McIntyre is on TV, good thing.

    8.) Damien Sandow vs. Sheamus. Oh so that’s why Rhodes Scholars insulted Sheamus. Cody Rhodes on commentary! His commentary didn’t last long though, as early into the match he distracted Sheamus for Sandow to hit a clothesline, flying over the barricade. Sheamus had a little cut on his nose, and as the match progressed, the cut was open and some blood is seen. This match was surprisingly long, and you could see the results of the long match. Sheamus and Sandow were sweating tremendously. JR said it and Cole agreed, that was Sandow’s best match featuring a fine performance from him. Still was just another good performance from Sheamus. Sandow got nearfalls, Sheamus got nearfalls, Sandow did some different looking spinning neckbreaker, a hard right hand that sent Sheamus from the top of the turnbuckle to the ring. A lot of good stuff, Rhodes was invited to the party and got Brogue Kicked with Sandow at the very same time. Cute little ending to a standout match.

    9.) JR Appreciation night, of course it wouldn’t go smoothly. It immediately started with a CM Punk interference, Heyman tailing him. Punk got Cole’s mic and told him to leave. Oh the respect talk, starting at Jim Ross, turning it right to Punker. Punk respects JR, and said JR will show the fans how to give respect by telling them that Punk’s the best in the world. JR didn’t say that, instead calling Punk a jackass and embarrassment. What if Punk disrespected Jim Ross, who would save him? Stone Cold, Stone Cold, Stone Cold. That’s funny. He went into Austin 3:16, and tied it to him being WWE Champion for 316 days! Nice! Punk got very angry at JR and demanded him to say he’s the best in the world. JR countered with telling his history of calling some matches from all time greats. Stone Cold, HHH, Bret Hart, Undertaker, earned respect. JR then said Punk should go to Hell in a Cell and kick Cena’s ass. Punk took Ross’ hat and stomped on it. Ugh, Punk had to cheap heat the city with the OK City Thunder, biggest boo of the show. Anyways, he said JR should run away, and threatened bodily harm. Punk said JR will leave commentary for the rest of the show, take that walk of shame. Punk’s promo work was great, even though I bet he had a tough time of getting to say some of the bad stuff towards Ross. The segment was strong, but then comes The Ryback to stop the walk of shame. “Feed me” or “Feed him more” chants filled the arenas, Punk left the ring, not looking too scared like last week. Like the ending to RAW, The Ryback was a total buzzkill. It seriously makes one pray for Cena to come back fine, he will anyways, but the teasing is frustrating. JR was great too, and at least he wasn’t embarrassed, just went into kayfabe through good heel talk.

    I was wondering what your thoughts on The Ryback’s push are. Ehh! Objectively speaking, for a guy that gets the Goldberg chant quite often, to get a big pop from the fans in that segment, is, good on WWE. Booking standpoint, planning, Punk and Ross’ segment being strong for The Ryback to just latch onto, fair. Subjectively? I groan tremendously to this. As explained earlier, this is teasing a main event push while also creating a safe zone if Cena doesn’t make it to Hell in a Cell. I would prefer The Ryback going after Miz. In all honesty, this just screams of pushing someone too hard, too fast. Regardless of the fact it’s The Ryback, that alone doesn’t sit well with me, especially when it will possibly be detrimental for The Miz, who has nobody now.

    10.) Ricardo Rodriguez on commentary? That’s funny! He kept saying Kofi was cheating, and that Del Rio is beautiful or something when taking a bump. Oooh, the cross armbreaker setup by Del Rio on Kofi looked a bit nasty. Extra hyper extension? I don’t know the term, looked bad. Other than that, meh stuff, Kofi was pretty darn good though.

    11.) AJ looks hot in that ref outfit. This week marked the 15th Anniversary of Kane’s debut, and thus the 15th Anniversary of the very first Hell in a Cell. Cool. Even though AJ got the spotlight through throwing Heyman (who pushed the bottom rope for Punk’s leg to reach, even though that wasn’t necessary) and Vickie out the ring for arguing with her, which wasn’t the perfect followup to an awesome combination from Bryan (double underhook suplex from the top rope followed by the No Lock), the match overall was fine. They reminded at the end that Ziggler and Punk teamed up weeks ago, and Punk and Heyman ditched him. The tables were turned, for different reasons, Ziggler following her manager. This allowed for Team Hell No to get that important closing moment of RAW. It was like night and day: last week The Ryback closed RAW, bad. This week, Team Hell No closed RAW, good.

    12.) The AJ segments were hit and miss, I agree with that. The coach guy, Cristopher J Stevenson or just old howdy-doodee, was silly to see, but he had this face after Wade left, funny stuff. The one with Kaitlyn featured AJ laughing, it sounded weird, but Kaitlyn was so damn hot it was sick. About JR, he talked over the last AJ/coach guy segment. He said something along the lines of “do the reveal” and he had to apologize for it. There was also misinterpretation, as Cole implied AJ did a fine job as ref at Bryan/Punk at MITB, but JR said he agreed, that AJ did a bad job. So JR had some flubs, but it’s forgiveable.

    “WWE over-emphasizes the tag team division.” It’s amazing that statement is said considering where the division has been for years. Psh, I’m fine with the over-emphasis. Anyways, average RAW.

    There was a female fan who had a sign that said “Brooke Tyler.” That’s the name of a MILF pornstar…

  • Judas Thundersteel

    Big Show requested time off, that’s why he was off TV.

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      That would make a lot of sense then.

  • Charlie G

    Nothing eventful really came from this episode… It was boring.

    The tag tournament match, Sheamus vs. Sandow, & Punk/JR promo were the only good parts of the entire 3 hour show (IMO, of course).

    About that Rybotch…. His grip/positioning on Tensai just looks awkward. Maybe it’s because Tensai is the biggest guy Ryback ever did the Shell Shock to, it just looks off. Looks to me like Ryback should’ve hooked the other leg, maybe? He pulled it off perfectly on Smackdown, but that is a taped show after all.

    Here’s one observation I have about the WWE in general:
    – Just as their tag division & Divas division start to pick up and become interesting again, their mid-card title scene sinks. Almost as if it’s a ‘one or the other’ type deal. Miz or Cesaro have absolutely no competition.

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      I agree, very uneventful episode. While I wasn’t really bored, I felt unaffected at the end of the night.

      I thought the opening segment was also good, and the rest of very stagnant.

      It’s hard to say. I know people have said he did it perfectly during the taping of SmackDown, and this looked similar to the way he did it on SmackDown except for the positioning of Tensai’s leg. Either Tensai was unwilling to help or Ryback couldn’t hook the other leg. It’s a mixed bad, could go either way.

      That’s an astute observation. It is as if the WWE creative just doesn’t have the capacity to run all divisions at once creatively. Maybe that is another reason to cut them some slack and move back to a two hour Raw. Obviously they are just unable to keep all these feuds going at once.

  • http://twitter.com/E__RAGE Eric

    Mr favorite part of RAW http://t.co/N9cilsLg

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      I think we all can agree on that.

    • Judas Thundersteel

      I have plans tonight now….

  • SiD

    B-

    • http://twitter.com/E__RAGE Eric

      You’re crazy

      • SiD

        Why is that so?

        • http://twitter.com/E__RAGE Eric

          It wasn’t worthy of a B-

          • SiD

            …..THAT’S YOUR OPINION.

  • http://twitter.com/JacobJ_Enigma Jacob Stachowiak

    After all the horror stories I’ve heard and after reading this, Kevin, do I dare watch this episode? Do I?…

    • DashingLuke

      Meh, I quit watching when Sheamus began speaking about Touts….

    • http://twitter.com/gieseflysouth Nathan Giese

      I wouldn’t dare you to do it. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemies

    • http://twitter.com/TheBerge_ Kevin Berge

      People are making it out to be horrible. It isn’t a painful watch, just uninteresting. The best parts of the show also involve the people you dislike the most, so you’ll probably not enjoy Raw.