Raw Breakdown 3/12/12
Team Hell No def. Prime Time Players
As much I was enjoying the comedic interactions between the argumentative Kane and Daniel Bryan, it’s good to see the team evolve and start to get along as it stops it becoming stale.
After the match ‘The Shield’ interfered and attacked Team Hell No. It was good to see them display some other vicious type of offence by kicking the ring-steps while Kane’s arm was stuck between them and the ring-posts. It was a welcome change from just the standard mauling then powerbomb through the announcers table.
AJ Lee def. Tamina Snuka
Although it’s easy to understand why they have AJ winning matches. She is easily the most popular and marketable Diva they have at the moment, however, it’s extremely hard to believe that she would stand a chance in a fight with anyone the size of Tamina Snuka.
John Cena & Sheamus def. Dolph Ziggler & Big Show
There wasn’t too much to be gained from this match. After some decent back and forth action the superhuman good guys did one move on their opponents and got the win, usual stuff.
Sheamus showed great strength to hoist the Big Show up onto his back, which even though impressive, has been done quite regularly by him lately that its lost all effect.
Damien Sandow def. Santino Marella
Once again the most interesting part of this segment was with Sandow on the mic. It’s about time that they gave Sandow a programme for someone to work with, he’s very good at working the crowd every week, but he would be great if he was degrading a crowd favourite every week that would help get the audience on his back.
It’s clear there just killing time before Cody Rhodes finally returns to ring from his injury.
I’m not too sure whether the WWE are actually serious about giving Sandow an apprentice. I don’t really think he needs one to be honest, it might actually detract from him, like Ricardo Rodriguez is actually more interesting than Del Rio. Maybe they could bring his scribe from Twitter, Ignatius, to television.
Alberto Del Rio def. Sin Cara
This seems to be a match that we have seen a million times, and they have all the attributes needed to have some classic matches. However, they are always restricted to about five minute matches that always end with Del Rio’s hand raised in victory. With some proper build up and not being used as just filler for when they have nothing better going on they could really have some compelling feuds.
Much like Damien Sandow, it’s clear that WWE has nothing for Sin Cara until Rey Mysterio returns from injury.
Vince McMahon & Vickie Guerrero segment
In a very similar segment to one they had just before the Hell In A Cell PPV, Vince McMahon managed to manipulate Vickie into making decisions that went against her personal interests. One would assume that McMahon realises that Vickie is out of her depth and her being in this position is a conflict of interests. I would think that this is beginning of a storyline that is steadily bubbling and will eventually end with her being replaced with a bigger name as General Manager.
Randy Orton def. Brad Maddox
I was glad to see that Maddox’s match against Ryback wasn’t the end of this storyline. He clearly has something about him, certainly something that has caught Triple H’s eye if reports are to be believed.
It’s a bit too early to make any judgements on where this story is going but I would assume Maddox is going to be given the gimmick of the perennial underdog, that will somehow eventually get his hands on a WWE contract. Interesting to see how they go about it as underdog gimmicks are usually given to lovable, good guys that audiences can relate to in some way.
As for Randy Orton his heel turn was supposedly put in motion at Survivior Series. It looks like its going to be a slow burner up until around Wrestlemania, but beating up a defenceless, weaker opponent is the right way to go. However try to make it someone who the audience are emotionally invested in to remind us of his vicious streak.
Antonio Cesaro def. R-Truth, Kofi Kingston & Wade Barrett (Fatal 4 Way)
The biggest shock of this entire segment came before the match when Teddy Long appeared before the bell rang and changed it from a tag team match and made it Fatal 4 Way match instead.
For me, Cesaro and Barrett where the stand outs form this match. Their physical feats seem to improve every time they step in the ring. Out of the four they look like they are ready for a main event billing any time soon.
CM Punk’s Lie Detector Test
Great to see CM Punk have the opportunity to slate The Miz with a series of pipebombs, the likes we haven’t seen in what seems like ages. For anyone who has seen his DVD it became even more personal and enjoyable as you will know how much Punk doesn’t like Miz for headlining Wrestlemania 27 instead of him.
I was glad that they had The Shield interrupt before the test revealed anything about Punk. They did reveal that he is unsure as to whether he thinks he can beat Ryback on his own, but that is the right thing to do, as it gives the fans the something to taunt him and adds to his persona that he full of himself, when we know he is vulnerable
As much as I’m enjoying The Shield it was probably right to see them on the receiving end of a beat down. It would have become a repetitive, even with my love for heels, to see CM Punk standing triumphantly over a beaten Ryback for the third week running.