Best: One More (More) Match
The opposite of all that Ricardo sadness was Christian’s match against Randy Orton, which really did it for me. Christian is KILLING IT over the last few weeks as that veteran who could conceivably win against the top guys but won’t. He showed his experience by nonchalantly countering several of Orton’s signature moves — avoiding the snap powerslam by simply standing still was choice, as was his “GREAT COUNTER” of “not falling down” when Orton went for an RKO — and forcing Orton to work stuff in more organically. The rope hang DDT looked good for the first time in ages as a counter to a shoulderblock attempt from the apron.
The finish was great, too, with Orton throwing a thumb to the eye like a true bastard (taking out Christian’s ability to focus and counter all his moves, which had been keeping Christian in the match) and hitting an RKO for the win. The WWE Champion won his match, you guys! Why does that feel fresh? And more importantly, how sad is it that it feels fresh? The match told a fun story and kept me with it the entire way through. You can’t ask for anything more than that.
My only complaint is that as dirty as Orton is being, fans are still popping for the RKO. The RKO’s always been more over than Randy, right? People want to see him because they get to see IT. My suggestion would be to give heel Corporate Champion Orton a backup finish, maybe have him pull the Overdrive out of the mothballs or pin dudes with his convoluted backbreaker, just to deprive fans of seeing the move they love.
Worst: Titus O’Neil Singles Matches Are Not The Next Step To Prime Time Players Popularity
On the first Raw after Darren Young came out, the Prime Time Players had an exciting little tag team match where they got to show their personalities, got fired up and won with authority. This week, Raw follows up that breakthrough moment with … uh, a Titus O’Neil singles match, which should never happen.
Titus can be good in tag matches where he stands on the apron for most of it, controls things at a steady pace with his power or takes a bit of a beating. Ask him to anchor any kind of one-on-one action and he’s toast. He’s legitimately terrible, and I hate to see a guy with this much personality and this much sudden momentum get thrown out there and expected to have a match comparable to Young vs. Cesaro. First of all, Titus isn’t Darren Young. Second of all, Jack Swagger is even farther from Antonio Cesaro than O’Neil is from Young. And I think Jack Swagger’s GOOD.
Just put Cesaro in every second or third match that happens on both Raw and Smackdown and we should be fine.
Best: The Origin Of Sister Abigail
“Her touch could save the world. But her kiss burns it to the ground.”
This originally aired on Smackdown, but they replayed it on Raw (in lieu of any actual Wyatt Family appearances, which gets a huge Worst) so I’m including it here. If you haven’t watched it yet, Bray Wyatt explains why he calls his finishing move “Sister Abigail.” It’s one of those promos so good it makes up for however lackluster he’s been in the ring since getting called up. When he stops having to wrestle dudes like Kane and R-Truth all the time you’ll get to see a little more of why I love him so, but the story of Sister Abigail alone should justify another three months of buzzard-following.
Best: Beating Up Josh Mathews Always Gets You A Best
The Ryback bullying angle needs to end with him getting all threatening to Scott Stanford, only for Stanford to pull a thorn out of Ryback’s hand and earn his friendship for life.
Best: Everybody On The Stage
Triple H and his ONE MAN POWER TRIP ordered everyone to stand on the stage and watch Daniel Bryan’s punishment, announcing that anyone who said or did anything to help would be fired on the spot. That led to the second week in a row of everybody standing in Dead Wrestler 10-Bell Salute Position and watching the main-event, and that always creates fun “Where’s Waldo” moments. Ryback wearing sensible jeans! Tensai being dressed like Kaval!
I really loved Renee Young being there with a microphone and trying to get some kind of “scoop” from a wrestler, as though she has not been let in on the whole “if they say something they’ll get fired” thing. Was Renee TRYING to get them fired? Is Renee part of the Corporation? Is that how she got Matt Striker’s job?
I want more like this!
Follow us on Facebook and get the latest before everyone else.