Nick Ohrn

WWE RAW Review – June 11, 2012


WWE Raw Review – June 11, 2012
by Nick Ohrn

It’s time again for the Raw Review folks! This special three hour edition kicks off with Big Johnny making his way to the ring. Johnny can’t even finish his first sentence before we hear that familiar music, and Mr. McMahon makes his way to the ring! Mr. McMahon reminds Johnny that he is here this week to give Johnny a job performance review and he wants to know exactly why he should let him keep his job. Big Johnny tries to list as many reasons as he can as to why he should keep his job and how he’s been doing such a great job. Mr. McMahon does not buy into any of what Johnny is saying. We are joined by the World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, who helps to make a case against Johnny. After some insults, Johnny says he’s heading to the back to find Sheamus an opponent for tonight. Mr. McMahon tells Johnny that it better be a good match and that all the matches better be impressive for the night, or else he’s fired! Great to see Vince back on television, and he’s just as entertaining as ever. Even Sheamus wasn’t too bad out there. Good opener.
Segment Rating: 4/5

Sheamus is in the ring still awaiting his surprise opponent, and Johnny comes back out to reveal it will be Tensai. Immediately these two lock up in the ring, and we get a typical power struggle for the first few minutes. Things start to get a little rough though, as both superstars take a nasty spill over the top rope to the outside. These two are really taking it to each other, as Sheamus has left some nasty bruises on the stomach of Tensai. Tensai delivers some pretty stiff shots of his own, including a devastating Baldo Bomb. Sheamus however is able to kick out and nail a Brogue Kick a few moments later to pick up the win. Very decent opening match, very hard hitting.
Match Rating: 3.5/5

Backstage, Mr. McMahon tells Johnny he’s just earned strike number one, and asks him what he’s going to do about the World Heavyweight match since Alberto Del Rio is injured. Vicki Guerro and Teddy Long are there as well, and they lend their insight to what superstars they think deserve a shot. Mr. McMahon makes fun of Johnny some more to end the segment.
Segment Rating: 2.5/5

As Raw returns from commercial break, Tensai is still in the ring, beating down Sakomoto, clearly taking out his loss on him rather roughly. Moving to backstage again, Matt Striker interviews one half of the Tag Team Champions, R-Truth. Striker asks how he’s feeling after the attack two weeks from the Big Show. After a few words and speculation on the match between Big Show and John Cena at Now Way Out, R-Truth is attacked from behind by the Big Show and left on the floor, knocked out.
Segments Rating: 2/5

The next match is a mixed tag, with the United States Champion Santino Marella and the Divas Champion Layla taking on Ricardo Rodriguez and Beth Phoenix. I hadn’t had much of an expectation for this match, but despite Ricardo goofing around, Layla and Beth on decent show of athleticism, with Beth eventually picking up the win for her team. More Ricardo antics following he match, gaining a slight chuckle at his Bieber t-shirt.
Match Rating: 2.5/5

Backstage again, David Otunga is trying to suck up to Mr. McMahon, until Kofi Kingston shows up demanding a match with the Big Show tonight after his attack on his partner, R-Truth. Johnny shows up and gives him the match, in a steel cage!
Segment Rating: 2.5/5

Daniel Bryan heads to the ring. Bryan tells us that he is nothing like his opponents, CM Punk and Kane, as he doesn’t have a distraction like AJ to worry about. Bryan keeps his promo short, saying at No Way Out he will become WWE Champion. Speaking of the WWE Champion, CM Punk joins Bryan in the ring. Punk tells Bryan it will be him who walks out the champion on Sunday. And of course on cue, Kane comes to the ring next, and gives us a few reasons why he will be the one walks out with the title. AJ decides to join them in the ring now. She gives each superstar a compliment but says she knows the best man will win at the PPV. Johnny is on the Titantron to tell us there will be a tag match tonight pitting Kane and Daniel Bryan against CM Punk and AJ. Well that was certainly a lengthy segment, but some interesting interaction between all the superstars sill has me intrigued to what the outcome will be at No Way Out.
Segment Rating: 3/5

The next match is a fatal four way elimination match for the new number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. The participants are Christian, the Great Khali, Dolph Ziggler, and Jack Swagger. The Great Khali is the first eliminated, after dominating the first few moments, the other three superstars team up to take him out of the match. Christian tries to hold his own against Swagger and Ziggler, who decide to double team the Intercontinental Champion. There was some nice back and forth between Swagger and Christian, with Christian able to get the Killswitch, and Ziggler sneaking into the ring to pin his former partner. It’s down to two men now. Christian struggles with an injured ankle, but is still able to nail great offense on Ziggler. A lot of near falls for the next minutes, but the match finally ends with Dolph Ziggler picking up the win after Christian lands hard on his injured ankle. Dolph and Vicki celebrate as Sheamus shows up and holds his title high in front of them.
Match Rating: 4/5

Backstage once again with Mr. McMahon chatting with Natalya, dancing with the Funkadacktyles, and some terrible acting from Zack Ryder (I mean he didn’t even have any lines and still managed to look like he has no idea what he’s doing). Not as entertaining as his earlier segments, but his dancing was bad enough to get a chuckle.
Segment Rating: 2/5

Another two on one match for Ryback…Once again he absolutely destroys his opponents. Get this man a feud soon…he’s going to run out of jobbers in no time.
Match Rating: 2/5

Hornswoggle and Mr. McMahon insult Jim Ross for a minute backstage. John Cena shows up and tries to urge Vince to get rid of Johnny. David Otunga shows to kiss McMahon’s ass some more, and he tells Otunga that no one likes a ass kisser, as we cut to William Regal sitting on the couch in the office, haha poor Regal!
Segment Rating: 2.5/5

It’s time for the steel cage match between the Big Show and Kofi Kinsgton. Kofi tries to attack Big Show as he’s entering the cage, but is quickly deflected. Big Show proceeds to toss Kofi around the ring and into the cage. Big Show takes his time, slowly working on his opponent, pausing in between his assault to rile up the crowd. Kofi takes advantage of this and mounts a bit of offense, even takes the Big Show off his feet and nearly escapes the cage. Ultimately though Kofi is knocked out and the Big Show walks out of the cage victorious.
Match Rating: 3/5

Sin Cara is in action against Curt Hawkins next. Not quite as fluid as his previous matches since returning, but still a good showcase of the abilities of Sin Cara. Nothing to crazy or overly impressive, but a decent match nonetheless. Sin Cara picks up the win.
Match Rating: 2.5/5

Daniel Bryan is approached backstage by Mr. McMahon, who asks him for his opinion on the Johnny situation, as they have a lot in common. Bryan and McMahon have an interesting conversation, citing how they are both self made success stories, but McMahon ultimately insults Bryan as the segment ends, bringing up his 18 second loss at Wrestlemania.
Segment Rating: 2/5

Heath Slater is in the ring, and unfortunately grabs the mic from Justin Roberts and tries to cut a heel promo. But his opponents music hits and IT’S TIME, IT’S TIME, IT’S VADER TIME!!!!!! Awesome surprise for the show, and Vader shows he’s still got it (I heard the crowd chant it so it’s got to be true). Vader hits a hard Vader Bomb on Slater to pick up the win. Great surprise, and a decent show from the man they call Vader.
Match Rating: 3.5/5

AJ is backstage panicking as CM Punk approaches her and tries to calm her down about their tag match. He asks her to stay on the apron and not do anything crazy. She seems to feel a bit better after the pep talk and even kisses Punk on the cheek…although he does not seem thrilled about it.
Segment Rating: 2.5/5

Kane and Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk and AJ is up next. Kane and Bryan keep the pressure on Punk, tagging frequently. Punk accidentally tags in AJ as he’s thrown into the turnbuckle and to the outside. AJ gets into the ring with Kane, and proceeds to skip around the Big Red Machine and then jump on and plant a very lengthy kiss on his lips.

Confused, Kane tags out of the match and leaves the ringside area. Punk is tagged back just in time to cut Bryan off from attacking AJ, and is able to land a flying elbow to pick up the win. Wow, strange stuff here, but great to see AJ getting involved in the match, as only she can.
Match Rating: 3/5

And now it’s finally time to decide the fate of Johnny, as Mr. McMahon makes his way to the ring accompanied by some security guards. He calls Johnny to the ring.  After some pleading from Johnny, Mr. McMahon gets ready to say his famous words just as the Big Show’s music hits and he heads to the ring.

Big Show gets in McMahon’s face, and tells him he doesn’t have to be his gentle giant anymore and there’s nothing he can do about it because of his ironclad contract. Big Show tells him he should be less concerned with firing Johnny, and more concerned about John Cena and what Big Show is going to do to him at No Way Out. Enter John Cena.

Cena gives us a speech about how Big Show has blamed everyone else but the one man he should, and that if he doesn’t beat Cena, he’ll have no one left to blame and he will just be another sell out. Mr. McMahon tells us that at No Way Out on Sunday, he will be ringside for their match, and will fire Johnny should John Cena defeat the Big Show. Cena and Big Show go after each other but are held back by the security guards, and when McMahon tries to get involved as well, he is hit with a WMD punch aimed at Cena from the Big Show. Cena looks over McMahon as Raw goes off the air.
Segment Rating: 3/5

Wow, that was a marathon of a show. Although I enjoyed the show, and though the matches were for the most part very good tonight, it kind of worries me that Raw will be officially going to three hours every week very soon, as the show still dragged for me at points. 50 points out of 90, the show scores a C grade, but I’m bumping it up to a B, based on the matches that were entertaining and not factoring in as much the pointless backstage segments they kept feeding us, a hot crowd and the appearance of Vader didn’t hurt either.

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