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Monday Night RAW Recap: Old School Jericho




Location: Laredo, Texas
Announcers: Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler

Guest General Manager: Teddy Long (Ugh this outta be good)

Cena/Bryan/Punk/Jericho/Kane/Big Show in ring segment

Welcome to the 997th episode of RAW. It kicked off like any self respecting RAW should, with John Cena coming down the ramp to cut an electrifying promo. The other day I realized that John Cena is responsible for some of my favorite WWE moments over the past few years. To be honest, I’m not quite sure how I feel about that. 

1. Rob Van Dam vs John Cena One Night Stand 2006

2. CM Punk vs John Cena Money in the Bank 2011

3. Brock Lesnar vs John Cena Extreme Rules 2012

Say what you want about his wrestling ability, but he plays a hell of a foil.



Back to RAW action. Cena does his shtick for a while until Daniel Bryan minus ring entrance music interrupts. Everyone’s been trying to get their Daniel Bryan on recently, even Ohio representative “Mean” Jean Schmidt. Bryan gets meta with us and lets the audience know that he and John Cena have nothing in common, unless of course Bryan wins the title and Cena wins the Money in the Bank ladder match. 

CM Punk interjects. Gets the crowd involved with all the Yes! chants. 

Chris Jericho feels left out so he hit the ring. Classic Jericho ensued welcoming us all to “RAW is Jericho” as well as asking Bryan to kindly “shut the hell up.” Also, after tonight, none of the competitors will never eeeeeever be the same again apparently. That man knows how to sell a t-shirt. 

Kane gets involved, followed by an…insightful Jerry Lawler comment? “Not a lot of catchphrases for this guy, but a lot of victories.” Congratulations King, that was the first time I haven’t wanted to strangle you on commentary since 1999. 

“Welllll it’s the Big Show!” After Big Show’s music hits, all of the competitors in the ring start a full out brawl. 

Quick Money in the Bank prediction: Cena wins the RAW Money in the Bank match, challenges CM Punk to a match at Summerslam, becoming the first person to use the Money in the Bank contract honorably since Rob Van Dam 6 years ago. And he will be the first person to not win the championship when cashing in the contract. It has to happen sometime and Cena’s big enough and at the point where he does not need the title to be over.

Joe Nevills ‏@mibredclaimer

Punk, Cena, Bryan, Jericho. One of these things is not like the other.#Raw



Rhodes/Otunga, Titus O’Neill, and Darren Young vs Christian, Santino Marella, R-Truth, Kofi

RAW is NAMBLA



This match was alright until it completely broke down and Titus and Young left the ring. I’m not a fan of the Prime Time players just leaving match ups. It’s a stupid gimmick that makes them look weak. These guys should be pushed as viable challengers to the Tag Team titles.


 As I said, they leave and are soon followed by Cody Rhodes, leaving only Otunga in the ring to fight 4 guys. 

To make the odds even worse Brodus Clay comes out and throws Otunga back in the ring. Why would that not result in a disqualification? Either way that leads to: sock puppet, killswitch, victory, grown men dancing with children. 


Alberto Del Rio vs Sin Cara

So Sin Cara was Teddy Long’s surprise? Talk about anticlimactic. Good Lord, I hope that man never throws me a surprise party. A real surprise would have been a Rey Mysterio Jr. return, fresh off suspension. 

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TheRawLibrarian’s Monday Night Raw Review: All AJ, All the Time




Location: Ft. Wayne, Indiana
Announcers: Michael Cole, Jerry “The King” Lawler


RAW starts off with a beautiful soliloquy from AJ Lee. It was assumed that she was having a conversation with all three men in her twisted love quadrangle, but when the camera pulled back, it revealed she was just talking to a mirror. @BKMambino’s suggestion of a cardboard cut out of each would have been way funnier. Imagine AJ Lee having a conversation with a CM Punk Fathead


And in stark contrast to AJ Lee……”EXCUSE MEEEE!” Out comes Vicky Guerrero. The heat that woman gets is amazing, as the crowd booed her ENTIRE speech. She announces a triple threat match to start off the show. This is still RAW right? When I saw on Twitter that John Cena had a “major announcement” to make, I resigned myself to sitting through a fifteen minute goofy Cena promo (…which, no worries, we still got one later on). 


Triple Threat Elimination match
Daniel Bryan vs Kane vs CM Punk

What’s this? RAW starting off with an actual match? No fifteen minute in ring promo by HHH or John Cena? Has Vincent K. McMahon been reading my RAW reviews? Consider Vicky Guerrero to have my vote as permanent general manager of RAW.


A mid-match commercial break at 9:12! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? RAW routinely leads off with twenty minute in ring segments and this match is interrupted after just a few minutes in?


Enter Skipping AJ Lee which distracts Kane for just long enough, enabling Punk to hit the Go To Sleep. Bryan immediately follows up with a kick to the head on Punk. D Bry has pinned the WWE champion. 

Bryan vs Punk announced shortly thereafter for Money in the Bank. It’s shaping up to be a solid PPV. 


I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. I LOVE elimination matches. That being said, having the eliminations occur within seconds of one another, completely defeats the purpose. Kane has been a great addition to this feud. All three wrestlers add something diverse in the ring and they play off one another brilliantly. They all have to be commended for their ability to adapt to completely different styles.




Ziggler and Del Rio backstage


Vicky announces a Dolph Ziggler vs Del Rio pole match later on or something like that. Interesting stuff with Ziggler throwing the flowers against the wall. Could be the start of a his face turn, which I think would be a BAD idea at the moment. Let him keep doing his thing.

Vickie Guerrero is Bringing Back Pole Matches?!? Or Is This Just Some Magic Mike Cross Promotion?



The Big Show vs Brodus Clay

When was the last time we were treated to TWO straight matches to start off RAW? Well this match was only three minutes long, but it still counts. Show gets the victory after Brodus Clay’s bad knee gave out and Show fell on him.

Let’s be serious, The Big Show should not have to target Brodus Clay’s “injured knee” in order to defeat him. 




Recap of Heyman/HHH


Give me recaps of Paul Heyman verbally running laps around HHH every week instead of pointless Sin Cara or Ryback matches. Brock Lesnar announced to appear next week on RAW.




Kane/AJ Lee backstage

Mr. Tito ‏@titowrestling

“Even I find you mentally unstable” -Kane to AJ, just moments ago on#WWE #RAW.



I say this in complete seriousness, AJ Lee is THE most compelling person on RAW right now. Wow.




United States title match
Jack Swagger vs Santino Marella


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TheRawLibrarian’s WWE No Way Out PPV Review

Location: The worst arena in America, the Izod Center, New Jersey
Announcers: Jerry “The King” Lawler, Michael Cole, Booker T

World Heavyweight Championship
Sheamus (C) vs Dolph Ziggler

At first I was skeptical about leading off the PPV with the heavyweight championship match. However it ended up being a perfect decision.

Mixed reaction for Sheamus. The HOT crowd stayed active during the entire match, chanting “Let’s go Ziggler” to start. Pretty sick mid match reverse DDT by Ziggler that had the fans counting along.

Dolph looked real strong and the crowd was into accordingly, as he was on the offensive for most of the match up. In fact, he was so over that even a sleeper hold got a huge pop. I like that Sheamus’ “White Noise” was used as a transitional move tonight instead of a finisher.

Sheamus finished off Ziggler with the Brogue kick. Great choice as an opener, as Ziggler/Sheamus delievered big time; actually, it was almost as good as Sheamus/Bryan 2 out of 3 falls. Ziggler once again showed that not only can he have a strong match with any opponent, but that his time will come shortly.

Tuxedo match
Santino vs Ricardo Rodriguez

Seriously? Why would you waste valuable PPV time with this garbage? Well deserved “boring” chants from the crowd. Hats off to them for not putting up with that garbage. At least this was kept somewhat short. Winner Santino if anyone cares.

CM Punk backstage
Shilling his “I dig crazy chicks” t-shirt. I like CM Punk, but right now he’s a caricature of his former self.

Intercontinental championship
Cody Rhodes vs Christian (C)

Pretty sweet new “Breaking Bad” inspired t-shirt by Christian. Really good match between these two. Christian with the clean victory, but having Cody Rhodes kick out of Christian’s impaler made him look strong. These two can always be depended upon to deliver a classic match.

Fake Sting@FakeSting03

Christian. 2PPVs in as many weeks. Do that Edge. #NoWayOut #TwitterWorldOrder
Number 1 contender for tag team championship match
Epico/Primo vs Usos vs Justin Gabriel/Tyson Kidd vs The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil/Darren Young)
It’s good to see some focus put on on the WWE tag team titles. In the past championship matches have just been thrown together with zero build up. Developing number 1 contenders gives more credibility to the belts that have none right now.

Huge spot-fest ends with Abraham Washington turning on the Uso’s and helping the Prime Time Players win. A great development for the tag team division. This match put the focus back on the titles and made them actually seem desirable.

[Full disclosure: I didn’t watch RAW every week during the New Nexus and CM Punk’s Straight Edge Society angles. Wade Barrett, Daniel Bryan, and David Otunga have gone on to have prominent roles on television after the angle, so I am familiar with them. However, I am hazy on wrestlers like: Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Skip Sheffield, Michael McGillicuty and other wrestlers that have been apart of NXT.

(Editor’s note: You didn’t miss anything dude. Justin Gabriel is a “future endeavour” waiting to happen, Michael McGillicuty couldn’t shine his dad’s boots and Heath Slater is, in my opinion, the worst overall performer on the roster)

That being said, consider me all in on Titus O’Neil and Darren Young. I love the “Prime Time” gimmick. Their theme song is great and I’m a big fan … Read more...

WWE for a NBA Fan – Southeast Division (Part 2)

In my despondency regarding the NBA Lockout, I devised a series of posts detailing how a typical NBA fan could survive a basketball-less winter with the help of well-placed WWE Superstar replacement suggestions. While it seemed far-fetched on the surface, I actually came up with some similarities between the two “sports”, and more importantly, it gave me an excuse to write about professional wrestling.

Then Friday happened. To my amazement and surprise, the NBA season seemed as if it would proceed with a 66-game schedule. My abject joy aside, I realized that my massive 6-parter titled “WWE for an NBA Fan – How to Survive the NBA Lockout with the WWE” was now pretty bunk. Easily the worst part of the lockout ending.

However, seeing as half of it is already done and I enjoyed writing it so much, I will soldier on with the WWE for an NBA Fan series. While the NBA might be back, remember that the WWE never turned its back on you. These suggestions still bear weight, and perhaps, just perhaps, it will bring more eyes to the WWE. So I won’t be alone. Sad and alone.

(Check back here for Part 1)

Atlanta Hawks: Kofi Kingston

As far as I can tell, the Hawks, who in their time in Atlanta have only gone so far as the conference finals twice (not since the 1969-70 season) and their fan base are not really concerned with winning and excellence so much as they are with playing hard and entertaining the crowd. Kofi Kingston is a fantastically entertaining wrestler, whose aerial moves and wrestling maneuvers are all highlighted by his extraordinary flexibility and agility. He’s gone so far as to win the Intercontinental title, but truthfully, is no real threat to a world title any time soon. He’s an entertainer, he works hard and he went to the best undergraduate college in the land.


Orlando Magic: Kane

I feel awful for Orlando. I really really do. In their brief 20 year history, they’ve made two finals (two more than Atlanta, Charlotte and Washington combined), had Shaquille O’Neal, Tracy McGrady, Grant Hill and Dwight Howard and reaped no titles. Their consistency towards winning regular season games is to be recognized and respected, and yet, they never have quite enough to get them over the top. In fact, this team is has been cursed nearly as much as the Los Angeles Lakers have been blessed. Tracy McGrady was dropping 30 points a game while his team lost 60+ every year. Grant Hill, on a surefire Hall of Famer course after his brilliant college career at Duke and unbelievable play in Detroit, came to Orlando on a massive 7-year deal and only played in a staggering 34% of their games. Shaquille O’Neal, the best center of his generation, left the Magic and went on to win 4 titles with the Lakers and Heat. Dwight Howard, the best center of his generation, could very well do the same in 10 months time.

My point here is, the Magic’s tortured fan base (one of the most underrated in all of sports) needs a superstar with consistency. They need to know year-in and year-out what they’re getting. They need a wrestler to match the toughness and physicality of player they’re used to seeing, with none of the disappointment.

Kane has been in the WWE in his current incarnation as the hideously burned brother of the Undertaker since 1997. His work in the ring is more than adequate, but less than excellent. He is a compelling character, a physical specimen and yet, not entirely fascinating enough for the company to completely invest itself in. His best description? A steady hand. Kane is good enough to b… Read more...