WWE RAW Review: Triple H's Same Old Shtick, Poor Match Quality, Rock And Cena W/ HOF Panel

Although RAW offered us a good amount of matches, it was apparent that no one competing wanted to go all out. With RAW being in Philly, I was expecting a hot crowd throughout the night. There were hardly any huge reactions during the matches, largely in part because all of them were simply mediocre. There was a slow pace to every bout and hardly any false finishes. I understand that the health of the talent before Mania is extremely important, but they have a live TV show taking place in front of an old-school wrestling crowd. If they don't like what they see, they let you know. Last night, they let them know often. Props to Team Rhodes Scholars, The Shield, and Antonio Cesaro for stepping up, though… They were solid.

Quick Hits

-Good to see Heyman back at Punk's side. Punk doesn't NEED Paul, but he is a tremendous asset to his character.

-Did Mark Henry really have to squash The Usos to get over as a powerhouse? The guy has been around for over a decade… What a waste of time.

-I hoped Ziggler vs. Y2J would have been better. No near falls, and another Ziggler loss. They did not get enough time.

-Not a good sign when the crowd is chanting "Boring!" during Miz vs. Barrett. These two will be wrestling in front of about 50,000 more people than last night in two weeks.

-Khali's role in the WWE has been reduced to taking finishers from heels to get them over. Cesaro, Mark Henry, and now The Shield.

-Looks like Team Rhodes Scholars may have punched their ticket to WrestleMania against Brodus and Tensai. They are two of the best young talents on the roster and deserve a Mania match. I hope it pans out.

-If there had to be a Divas match last night, I'm glad it involved AJ. But why didn't Ziggler and Big E go to the ring with her?

-Always great to see Bret Hart in the ring. I pop every time his music hits, it brings back such great memories.

Overall, this wasn't one of the best episodes of RAW in recent months, but it did have some high points that entertained. It was better than last week, and successfully built the main event matches on the WrestleMania 29 card. I just wish last night's matches had more energy.

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!

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