RAW started with a replay of Cena’s promo to close Extreme Rules set to sad music. After the intro a graphic played saying “RAW SuperShow Staring Brock Lesnar.”
Time to Re-Negotiate
John Laurinaitis came out to start the show. He said he revolutionized everything last night. He said everyone in the WWE Universe should thank him for bringing in Brock Lesnar and making John Cena a mere mortal. He stumbled over his lines. He said Brock brought back legitimacy to the WWE and introduced him. Brock said last night the world got to witness first hand him bringing the pain, exactly what he was going to do. John Laurinaitis agreed, but before he could go on Triple H’s music played.
– EXTREMELY surprised they’re showing a bloody Cena on Raw.
– Despite the finish, that match was one of the most intense and brutal matches I’ve ever seen.
– “Starring Brock Lesnar“. Maybe he isn’t disappearing after last night.
– Well if you read my coverage of the PPV last night, you saw that I predicted a Lesnar/Triple H program next. Seems logical and I don’t think they’ve ever wrestled before.
– Because the @WWE just has TOO MUCH QUALITY ENTERTAINMENT to fill a 3 hour slot, now we get to get ready for the Pre-Show!
– I just realized how not special Brock Lesnar‘s return to a @WWE ring feels.
– Uh, Miz… this is the ONLY “pre-show” in WWE history.
– That is a HUGE entrance! What the hell is coming out of there tonight?!
Santino beat Miz in the pre-show. Jobbers gotta job.
They played a hype video for Lesnar/Cena to start the show.
Kane vs Randy Orton
The two brawled to start. Kane hit an upper cut that sent Orton to the outside. Kane went under the ring to get a pipe. Orton kicked Kane, then took the pipe and used it on him. Kane went to the outside and caught Orton with another upper cut. The two brawled through the crowd. Orton took over and ran his knee into the head of Kane. Kane bodyslammed Orton on the floor and got a two count. Kane hit a boot to the head for another two. They continued to brawl through the crowd until they got to the stage area. Orton hit a dropkick for two, then Kane hit a big boot for two. The two went backstage where Kane threw Orton into some crates. Orton threw Kane through a door where some wrestlers were watching the show. Zack Ryder tried to hit some punches on Kane but Kane shoved him off. Kane threw a chair at Orton.
This Sunday, the WWE will present us Extreme Rules on PPV. Much like it has been the last few years, the PPV after Wrestlemania is full of rematches. But they have EXTREME gimmicks, so it makes them cooler. The WWE sometimes extends these programs to Over the Limit, but often times they can end at this PPV. I could see Punk/Jericho going to Over the Limit, but that’s about it.
I’ve said in a previous column, but it is PPV’s like these that have completely water downed the gimmick match in the WWE. Now, I will give the WWE some credit. They have actually done a decent job making some of these matches seem like they need the gimmick. I think the two best examples are Lesnar/Cena and Punk/Jericho. I would still prefer to see a PPV without gimmicks, but that would result in the WWE actually having to try to book a rematch PPV that people care about. The WWE feels that a gimmick match would pop a buyrate for the PPV. It happens from time to time, but in the end, a compelling storyline is all that most wrestling fans care about.
I recently had the privilege of getting to know one of the fastest rising stars on the independent wrestling scene, Adam Cole. Over the course of about a month from when we started our interview, Adam headlined his first Ring Of Honor PPV scoring a pinfall victory over ROH World Champion Davey Richards and was also chosen by ROH’s own Jim Cornette to be his handpicked opponent to face then-NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Adam Pearce. It’s been a wild month for this 22-year-old from Florida and it seems as if things are just getting started.
RAW is 3 hours tonight, which usually means 3 hours of torture. But I will fight through it to give you my review here.
What A Bunch of False Advertising
John Cena came out for the contract signing. When Brock Lesnar‘s music played, John Laurinaitis came out. He said Brock isn’t here yet and they will do it on Brock’s terms when he arrives. Laurinaitis also instructed Teddy Long to tell John Cena to leave the ring. John Laurinaitis started welcoming the people to RAW when Edge came out. Edge said he came out to talk to John Cena. Edge said he came to talk to the John Cena that was the greatest rival in this industry. The John Cena that beat Edge in his match at TLC. Edge said he doesn’t know where that John Cena went. Edge said Cena can’t lose to Brock. All Cena has ever want to do was this. Edge said Brock Lesnar doesn’t give a damn about anything unless it can line his pockets. Edge said if Cena doesn’t wake up then its a slap in the face to everyone who loves this business. Edge said he isn’t going to ask John Cena to beat Brock Lesnar, he’s telling him too.
– Oh boy, can’t wait for this utterly pointless 3-hour Raw!
– If I start missing segments, it’s cause I’m coming down with something and I just passed out.
– What the hell?! Nice Edge surprise.
– Damn I miss Edge & his passion.
As wrestling fans, it is our due diligence to always complain about wanting to go back to the Attitude Era. It was a great time to be fan. Wrestling was the most popular it had been since the 1980s. Wrestling was also considered cool at that point in time. You weren’t made fun of for being a wrestling fan. Today people look at you with blank stares when you say you’re a wrestling fan. During the Attitude Era, you could almost say it was uncool to NOT be a wrestling fan. Wresting was very racy, raunchy, violent and full of foul language. How could you not love Stone Cold flipping off his boss and drinking beer, and The Rock coming up with a new catch phrase to insult someone every week. It was definitely a fun time.