Post by yesiamaduck on Apr 23, 2012 23:28:23 GMT -5
Oh my God! you killed pauly! You Bastard!
Overall I thought Raw was really good for the first 2 hours and terrible the final hour... the contract signing was dull as dishwater and reminded me how little mic skills Lesnar could have at time, I was not invested in it at all despite really liking the idea. CM Drunk bit was funny, especially when he called the WWE Universe the WWF universe & the Edge bit at the start was incredibly solid. If the WWE had left Brocks ego at not turning up at the start and twatting Josh Matthews without any repercussions then I'd have been very happy, you know, Subtlety?! But instead we Brock Lesnar riding around in a private jet as Raw GM, would have preferred it if he just influenced Laurenitus to do these things as opposed to sitting down and unconvincingly demand it straight up & all in one go. Overall though, for having a couple of really solid matches and pretty awesome first 2 hours I'll still give this show 7/10
Please note I didn't see the final 5 minutes or so because Raw overan and my TiVo didn't catch it
Post by Jimmy James on Apr 23, 2012 23:33:59 GMT -5
Actually got to watch some of the show live tonight so I thought I'd leave some comments. Liked the Punk/Jericho segment although thought it went a little long, but the strut and moonwalk was a nice touch.
Enjoyed the Lesnar videos, especially the one where it looked like he destroyed Angle (and editing out the shooting star). Good at educating new fans.
Lesnar's promo, however, was very long and he seemed nervous, repating the same lines over and over (i.e. I have some changes to make that need to be changed). Why did Cena have his chain? He hasn't had it for years and all of the sudden is wearing it. I just hope my PVR recognizes WWE Monday Night Raw Starring Brock Lesnar, I may need to double check it.
And why did Cole say the Brodus match was so exciting "because it's brought to you by Taco Bell?" I understand you have to advertise, but having a sponsor does not make a match better.
Now back to watch the first half of the show. Keep up the good work, guys.
Post by Mark Sauvie on Apr 23, 2012 23:37:28 GMT -5
Edge Promo was quite well done, good to see him trying to push this angle just that little more. Loved the Lesnar videos though noticed they all were of him mauling TNA employee's. The CM Punk/Jericho angle continues to be interesting, however as somebody straight edge myself I feel exceptionally uncomfortable watching this, especially when Punk plays Drunk, loved the WWF drop though. Closing angle was not what I was expecting, Cena surprised me with the simplicity. Defending himself with the chain, and only signed when Lesnar wouldn't shut up. Lesnar's lists of demands were a tad Hollywood for my liking, but overall, I was entertained by the show. Well, except for the most telegraphed title change in history. have you heard? Beth has held the title for over 200 days!
This show from me gets a 7/10 I enjoyed watching it quite a bit.
Post by WorstWitch on Apr 23, 2012 23:40:30 GMT -5
Very long episode but Punk was great even though he flubbed the S and the T during the alphabet reciting. Great work by Lesner tonight yet I'm confused caused Cena didn't sign. Anywho a lot of lame things but not bad enough to make me hate tonights episode. 3 outta 5
Post by Lee Russell on Apr 23, 2012 23:54:21 GMT -5
The opening segment with Cena and Edge was nice for a surprise. Jericho vs Kofi was really good. Kofi is great as a jobber to the stars. He's the Tito Santana of this generation. Jericho catching him with that Code Breaker and then deciding to use the Walls of Jericho on him instead of just pinning him, when he had him cleary beaten, was a nice touch. The WWE continues to build Lesnar properly. Since the Bellas are supposed leaving soon, perhaps they should offer their services as personal warm-up/stretching coaches. Is this title win an excuse to bring Kharma in to kill them and take the title, in a call-back to the angle between these three before Kharma left to have her kid? One thing that bugged me on this show was a spot I've grown to really hate. During the Del Rio/Rhodes vs Show/Kali match, we had a couple of those stupid covers where the smaller heels would not hook the leg of the larger faces. I know it's supposed to be a crowd-pleasing spot when the face sends the heel flying, but it looks retarded. The whole point of hooking the leg is to increase the chances of holding a person down for a pin. It only makes sense that a small person would hook the leg on a larger person. I didn't buy for a second that Punk was doing anything but faking being drunk. Punk and Jericho tried their best to sell it, but who but the most idiotic mark bought it? 7 out of 10.
Kobashi's last match
Ring is awash in ribbons
The crowd: in its tears
What a long Raw tonight. I thought the overall Brock/Cena build worked very well. Brock managed to break away from Johnny Ace's stable of stooges by bending him over and making him agree to all of his prima donna demands. Also it was a nice touch by John Cena to walk out for the last segment with a serious demeanor. No joking with the cameraman, no smiling and no goofy over the top promos. Thank you Edge. WWE have also solved the Paul Bearer continuity problem. He died twice on camera but now it seems he has been cryogenically frozen for future angles and skits. I accept that. Beth Phoenix's title run ending so abruptly while tragic could mean Natalya's chance to take the reigns on the Diva Division once again and get a proper push. I will watch the Extreme Rules PPV because I will be interested to see what the WWE will have in store for us post Brock because I don't see him returning for a while after Sunday.
Post by Danny Powers on Apr 23, 2012 23:58:30 GMT -5
good grief, how many times have they killed Paul Bearer? Raw was okay, but I'm not fan of these three hour shows, it dragged. I think someone gave Brock a script - bad idea. don't ask the dude to remember all those lines, even Daniel Day Lewis might have messed that up. Brock seemed to get stumped and that promo was really hard to watch, but the segment recovered well when Cena arrived. I liked Jericho and Kofi, always nice to see the original WCW Lion Tamer. CM Punk acting drunk was pretty funny, but he mixed up the T and S when reciting the alphabet backwards so I'm gonna have to take a point of my rating for the show, 6/10
Welp. Not really sure on my opinions of RAW this week...it seemed that almost a majority of the episodes since Wrestlemania have been pretty good and this one just kind of seemed in the middle or a little below average as of late.
I thought the contract signing promo was a little awkward and I think that's because whoever wrote that segment didn't play it to Brock's strength. It was too wordy at times and it didn't seem very natural. However, I do love this complete heel over everyone aspect they've given Lesnar and it makes it even more exciting. I love seeing him 'beating people up' as he likes to say and I hope they can continue doing this without making Lesnar stale., seems to be working so far.
Overall the matches were alright, I love the reaction that Bryan continues to get and I really hope he beats Sheamus this weekend. The whole "CM Drunk" segment tonight could've been much better if it had a better finish, everyone obviously knew he was leading Jericho on to get him in the ring but the reveal should've and could've had a better impact.
Speaking of "Impact", it was good to see those TNA stars on WWE television again. Am I kidding? You decide, brother.
Still debating whether or not to shelve out the money and get Extreme Rules this weekend but I give RAW a solid 6 out of 10.
This was a solid go-home show leading into Extreme Rules. Yes - it was great to see Edge (but - still - that very promo would have made way more sense AFTER the ppv). Kofi Kingston continues to shine and did more than hold his own in a very well-paced match with Jericho (did you see that modified Walls of Jericho - damn!). C.M. Punk and Daniel Bryan are still a joy to watch week in and week out. Lord Tensai's Japanese insert-promo and in-ring work were quite acceptable (you have to take time to let a character like this develop).
Looking forward to Kane-Orton (I know - sounds crazy but Orton is a master at making these no-DQ/Street Fight/Falls Count Anywhere type matches a beautiful thing so this one could end up raising a few eyebrows).
Sheamus and Daniel Bryan are going to steal the show on Sunday.
With all that and Lesnar/Cena this is the most excited I've ever been for a post-WM ppv (and that's really saying something).