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WWE Raw Review – August 6, 2012

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WWE Raw Review – August 6, 2012

Raw General Manager AJ skips her way to the ring to kick off this week’s Raw. She announces Randy Orton vs. the Big Show and John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan. Before she can announce anything else WWE Champion CM Punk cuts her off and makes his way to the ring. Punk says he apologizes for his actions last week on Raw. AJ accepts but Punk tries to get himself out of his triple threat match at Summerslam but she won’t have it. CM Punk plays a great character here, acting like AJ is the heel in this situation and he’s still the fan favorite. John Cena joins them and makes his usual speech regarding respect and how it’s earned. Punk feels disrespected by Cena and they bicker over who’s going to win at Summerslam. The Big Show attempts to interrupt now but AJ cuts him off and says she won’t let things get any more out of hand on her show. She tells Cena and Big show they will both have matches tonight, and when Punk hears this he says why doesn’t he have a match. AJ tells him he does and the WWE Universe will decide his opponent, who he takes on next. A decent show opener, a bit long, but at least we set up some matches for tonight.
Opening Segment Rating: 3/5

Rey Mysterio is chosen by the WWE Universe as CM Punk’s opponent, and I think they made a wise decision. This was a very good match from these two superstars. Lots quick paced action from Rey, but ultimately Punk catches him and hits him with a GTS for the win. Good match here but from these two it could have been a lot more, but I suppose since there’s no feud here it is what it is.
Match Rating: 3/5

Alberto Del Rio approaches AJ backstage and tries to suck up to her to avoid having another match until Summerslam. He lets the word “crazy” slip out and she decides he will have a match, and it’s next.
Segment Rating: 2.5/5

Christian will be Alberto’s opponent in our next match. Del Rio goes on a vicious assault on the outside of the ring, tossing Christian around into the ring barrier. Christian tries to fight back, but some distraction from Ricardo Rodriguez allows Del Rio to utilize his boot and put him in the cross arm breaker for the win. After the match, Sheamus is seen backstage with Del Rio’s car, which he takes for a joy ride.
Match Rating: 2.5/5

Randy Orton vs. the Big Show is next. Orton holds his own for awhile, but the Big Show is able to keep Orton struggling. Amazed how Orton is able to kick out of a nasty choke slam. The match moves to the outside where a spear from the Big Show outs both men on the floor long enough to end this match in a double count out. After the match, Big Show attempts to deliver the WMD punch to Orton, but he counters it into the RKO. Not a very exciting match, and I don’t know  how the hell Orton was able to kick out of that choke slam because that should have been it. Orton just returned and I’m already sick of him.
Match Rating: 2.5/5

Ryback takes on Hawkins and Ryder in a handicap match next. A bit more action in this match and these two actually put on a good show with the monster Ryback, who ultimately puts these two away.
Match Rating: 3/5

Primo and Epico take on the Prime Time Players in tag team action next on Raw. A pretty basic match here, nothing too crazy really. The Prime Time Players attempt to leave at one point, but the WWE Tag Team champs, R-Truth and Kofi Kingston show up to chase them back in to the ring and Epico and Primo are able to pick up the win.
Match Rating: 2.5/5

Brodus Clay goes to dance his way to the ring, but Damien Sandow cuts him off and attacks him. Sandow gives Brodus a vicious beating, focusing on the leg. Sandow uses to ramp to help him do the damage. I’m interested on where this might go.
Segment Rating: 3/5

AJ and Daniel Bryan are backstage discussing Bryan’s anger issues. Bryan says he’s actually happy he has a match with Cena tonight because after he beats him later, he can be added to the WWE title match at Summerslam. AJ says he already has a match with Kane, to which he says “NO” and she says “YES”. Kind of funny bickering from these two…
Segment Rating: 2.5/5

Kelly Kelly takes on Eve next. This was a decent Divas match…nothing spectacular and nothing too sloppy. Kelly Kelly picks up the win.
Match Rating: 2/5

The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels makes his way to the ring. HBK begins to address the upcoming match between Triple H and Brock Lesnar and Lesnar’s music hits. Brock and Paul Heyman head to the ring. Heyman gets on the mic and says Lesnar is not here to entertain but to fight at Summerslam. HBK says Brock made it personal between him and Triple H when he went after his wife and kids, and that he says he’s going with the Game at Summerslam, and will even be there to be in his corner. Lesnar says the only reason he believes in HHH is because HBK has never been in the ring with him, until now… and now HHH makes his way to the ring. Lesnar gets out of the ring, but tells Triple H he will see him at Summerslam, and HBK he will see him before that. Lesnar leaves and it leaves me wondering what he meant by that last statement. A decent segment…pretty interested to see these two lock up at Summerslam.
Segment Rating: 3.5/5

Alex Riley is set to take on Dolph Ziggler next. Chris Jericho is ringside for commentary. Riley and Ziggler have a pretty basic match here, but the focus seems to be more on Jericho’s commentary than the match. A somewhat boring match here, but Jericho ends up causing a bit of distraction and surprise roll up from Riley allows him to pin Ziggler!
Match Rating: 2.5/5

Kane takes on Intercontinental Champion the Miz next. Another straightforward match here….The Miz is able to hold his own against the Big Red Machine for a decent amount of time, but ultimately Kane ends thing s with a choke slam. This edition of Raw has had so much potential but so far most of these matches have been snooze fests.
Match Rating: 2/5

Tonight’s main event is John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan. I seriously hope this match delivers as much as it needs to. These two spend a good amount of time feeling each other out, and the first major advantage goes to Bryan when he hits Cena with a flying knee off of the ring apron to the outside. Back in the ring, Bryan is maintaining control of this match, using stiff kicks and submission wrestling. Cena eventually gains a small advantage with a Five Knuckle Shuffle, but when he goes for the Attitude Adjustment, Bryan counters into a sleeper hold. Bryan is back in control, and he lands a huge flying headbutt from way across the ring on Cena. Bryan lands some stiff kicks, but Cena counters into a STF, which Bryan then counters into a No Lock. Cena gets out of it and is able to pick Bryan up to end this match with an Attitude Adjustment. Punk’s music hits and heads to the ring. He holds his WWE title up high in front of Cena, but the Big Show charges the ring and Cena shoves Punk out of the way to take him on. Cena gets the Big Show up for the Attitude Adjustment, but Punk hits them both and they crash to the mat. Punk heads to the announce table and cuts a promo about how he’s standing tall once again, but when he gets back in the ring, both he and Cena receive WMD punches from the Big Show. Raw goes off the air with the Big Show standing tall. Well clearly the best match of the night and the Punk stuff after the match was pretty good too.
Main Event Rating: 4/5

Raw scores 38.5 out of 70 points. Another C grade for Raw, and this was a show with a lot of potential, but I found most of the matches to be kinda boring. A very good main event really helped things though, and the Lesnar stuff still has me interested for his match with HHH. This three hour format hasn’t been bad thus far, but I think if they work out the kinks a little more the show could be a lot better.

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