WWE RAW Review: Rock And Cena Get Serious, Ziggler Loses More Momentum, Swagger & Zeb
|By Michael Souza | February 19, 2013 | Comments|
The Shield have been a breath of fresh air to the WWE, and the booking for this group could not be any more spot on right now. Look for these three to play a big part in The Road To Wrestlemania, possibly squaring off with another "Team WWE" of sorts. I just wonder… Will a leader or new member ever be revealed, or will this just stay a three man faction?
Is it just me, or has Dolph Ziggler's momentum that started at Survivor Series come to a complete halt? We have just seen "The Show Off" lose to the current WHC twice in one week, and he was even left off of RAW completely a few weeks ago. Don't get me wrong, the teased cash in had me on the edge of my seat last night and it was a well-delivered angle, but that's all it was… just another entertaining tease. No matter how talented he is, Ziggler will never get over as a legitimate champion if he does not start recording significant victories on a consistent basis. Would it hurt to have him beat Santino or Zack Ryder a couple of weeks in a row just to give the guy some momentum? WWE has handled the booking of Ziggler's run with the briefcase very poorly, and last nights RAW was another reminder of that.
As someone who has tickets to WM29, I would love to see his cash-in happen then, but his reign will fizzle if the WWE doesn't start putting him over before it happens.
The segment with Vickie, Heyman, Maddox and Vince did not work for me. Vickie is still a heel, trying to agitate another heel, and I don't know what to make of it. I was disappointed, because these four have the potential to make great television, but the end product was Paul Heyman vs. Vinnie Mac booked next week on RAW. Sure, this may lead to a confrontation between Lesnar and HHH to set up a match for WrestleMania, but this was not the way to go.
There are tons of ways to get Hunter and Brock in the same ring together so they can point at the WrestleMania sign and live happily ever after. Brock F-5'ed Vince and it led to surgery, isn't that reason enough? A "match" between McMahon and Heyman will not make for good television. Vince is usually booked for a RAW to drive ratings and generate business, especially in an angle like this. With CM Punk vs. John Cena for a shot at The Rock's Title already on the card for next week, it's confusing to add this in. I understand that with Heyman and McMahon in the same ring, there is definitely potential for magic to occur, and hopefully the WWE can prove me wrong here. Until then, I disagree with the direction on this one.
Oh, by the way… the Intercontinental Champion and the Tag Team Champions still do not have feuds leading into WrestleMania. Daniel Bryan, Kane, and Antonio Cesaro lost their matches last night, while Wade Barrett was involved with an awkward segment promoting his movie, which got cut off by Shaemus for virtually no reason. The trend of Mid-Card Titles being lost in the shuffle persists, and is not showing any signs of life. WWE is digging a deep hole here. They need to change this ASAP, its getting frustrating.
- Please don't tell me the WWE is building Khali vs. Mark Henry for WM29. At least neither guy pointed at the sign.
- Great to see Miz finally get a quality win as a babyface. He has been more aggressive and the Figure Four suits him nicely. Would love to see Miz vs. Cesaro on April 7th for the US Title.
- All I learned from the "Dead Man Down" movie trailer segment is that Wade Barrett isn't in the movie that much. Very similar to WWE TV lately.
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