WWE RAW Review: Punk Vs. Y2J Impresses, Belt Irrelevancy, The Shield, More

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Lowlights

Following a glorified squash match with an undeserving Cody Rhodes, Alberto Del Rio began to apologize to the WWE Universe and beg for the fans to like him. The WWE was doing a decent job turning him face so far, but this was the wrong way to go. The fans in Atlanta seemed to agree, and I think I heard a pin drop in the 3rd row during his promo.

Cut to another snooze-fest confrontation between Del Rio and Big Show. This one delivered live, via satellite. We are hardly a full month into this program, and I am already bored out of my mind. This hotel charade did absolutely nothing to further the story-line, and I feel like the same scenario plays out each week, just in a different setting.

In the grand scheme of things, none of this really matters. Shaemus will most likely face Randy Orton at WM29 for the World Heavyweight Championship, and this angle will fizzle out. While I respect Big Show for what he has done in this business, any time he is on TV now he puts me to sleep. Hopefully this is all over at Elimination Chamber.

Something I found terribly wrong with this week's RAW was that it exposed the irrelevancy each mid-card title has at the current moment. Last night, we saw Antonio Cesaro and Wade Barrett lose. Daniel Bryan barely scraped by Rey Mysterio, while agitating his partner Kane… Who also lost.

Folks, we are just about two months away from the biggest night in WWE's calander year, and there are no contenders for the US Title, the Intercontinental Title, or the Tag Team Championships. The multiple main events that will be showcased on the Wrestlemania 29 card will sell tickets and drive PPV buys, but that should not lead to a complete ignorance towards the mid-card and building talent for the future. WWE is missing the boat on highlighting its current champions, and establishing Superstars like Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Daniel Bryan, Kofi Kingston, Tyson Kidd (before he got injured), Zack Ryder, etc. Not to mention keeping the Tag Division relevant! The WWE needs to book these belts in strong programs leading to Mania, or it will be hard to establish them afterwards.

And wait just one second… You mean to tell me that you have 3 hours of television time, The Rock isn't even in Atlanta, and you leave the guy who is carrying a briefcase that leads to a championship run in the dressing room? I truly hope I find a legitimate reason as to why Dolph Ziggler was left off camera last night. The guy is one of the best workers in the game today, and there is an outside shot at squaring off with Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania. Other than that, we have nothing to go on with Ziggler right now. If WWE is planning on letting him cash in soon, he has to start winning matches and get quality TV time to make him a believable champion.

Most of my issues with this episode of RAW stem from what didn't happen, and not what actually did…

Quick Hits
-It's amazing how Punk finds new ways to insult the crowd each week.
-Big botch by Booker T in the open, he handled it graciously.
-The WWE App got more air-time than the Divas did. #Priorities
-Fandango vignettes are back! I hope Johnny Curtis has the chops to get this gimmick over.
-Although Jack Swagger wasn't fully repackaged like most thought he would be, his newfound intensity caught my attention. It should be interesting to see where the Creative Team takes him in the coming weeks.
-Not exactly sure why WWE broke Team Rhodes Scholars up. The Tag Division is already thin, and Rhodes looked weak against Del Rio last night.
-Did anyone else see that new face-buster from Daniel Bryan?
-Antonio Cesaro put on another great performance against Ryback. He is one of the most talented superstars in the WWE today, and the company better keep his momentum going. I see him being a big player in the months to come.
-Its fantastic to see Bruno Sanmartino is being inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. He is without a doubt one of the greatest of all time.

That's all for me ladies and gentleman! Thanks so much for reading. Please let me know what you think about last night's RAW!

Tweet me your questions and comments at @MikeSouzaJT.

Have a great week all!

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