By Jason Powell
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WWE Raw Hits
Brock Lesnar destroys Triple H's office: Forget the Raw pre-game show and Total Divas, just give me one hour per week of Brock Lesnar breaking random items and I will be a happy man. The strange appeal of Lesnar breaking things was more than enough to make me look past the ridiculousness of Triple H's make believe office with his cheap desk, bad laptop, dated desktop monitor, tacky furniture, etc. Paul Heyman also chimed in with some comical one-liners at the expense of the McMahon family and the work environment at WWE Headquarters. I can't say this angle or Triple H's promo made me more excited about the Lesnar vs. Hunter match at Extreme Rules, but watching Lesnar destroy things continues to make for good television.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio: A strong television match that left me looking forward to the Triple Threat match at Extreme Rules. In fact, the Triple Threat ladder match seems to be the only pay-per-view match that is actually gaining momentum as the pay-per-view approaches.
Jack Swagger: Good lord! Swagger has never looked like more of a badass than he did in the post match attack. Swagger beat up Ziggler, Del Rio, Big E Langston, and Ricardo Rodriguez. Only A.J. Lee was spared his wrath. The ladder shots were vicious. This is the Swagger we've been waiting to see for years now.
The Shield vs. Kofi Kingston and The Uso Brothers: A good television match. I didn't even mind the U.S. Champion losing here because he was protected and it was the only finish that made The Shield look impressive. After all, everyone beats The Uso Brothers.
Antonio Cesaro vs. Zack Ryder: Cesaro left the yodeling to the Cliffhanger mountain climber on The Price is Right and got back to being a serious heel. I don't know what to make of the jacket, beret, and shades just yet, but anything is better than the cornball yodeling.
WWE Raw Misses
John Cena and Ryback: The build for this match peaked the night after WrestleMania 29 when Ryback attacked Cena to close the show. It's been downhill since then. Ryback is still trying to find his heel character, and Cena still thinks his cornball jokes are funny even though it didn't sound like anyone in the crowd was laughing along with him. It was nice to see Cena stop smiling long enough to sell the match stipulation. Of course, that would be a no-brainer with most wrestlers, but it's never a sure thing with Cena.
Ryback vs. Kane: A lousy main event that also failed to make me care more about the Cena vs. Ryback main event at Extreme Rules. Ryback should be dominating opponents and looking like a monster heading into a showdown match with Cena. Instead, he's acting cowardly by avoiding The Shield whenever possible. Sure, it could mean that Ryback has hired The Shield since they've been established as guns for hire, but that won't the buyrate for the upcoming pay-per-view. I thought WWE was setting up a big showdown match between Cena and Ryback when this program started the night after WrestleMania 29, but since then we've seen Cena treat Ryback like any old challenger.
Fandango vs. R-Truth: I'm still shaking my head at the thought that production crew members had to set up the judge's table at ringside just so Brodus Clay and Sweet T could join Chris Jericho. I like the Fandango vs. Jericho feud, but the involvement of the comedy tag team made it seem silly rather than heated. WWE is really playing up that R-Truth was the first guy to beat Fandango when he beat him by count out in 90 seconds? Boy, that will pack a punch.
Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett: Brock Lesnar's sledgehammer destruction of the replica title belt in Triple H's office is essentially the same thing WWE creative does to the Intercontinental Title on a weekly basis.
Backstage segment with the Divas: I must admit that I have a mild curiosity about the mystery man, though I think the Bella Twins may have revealed they are catfishing Kaitlyn at the end of this skit. The dialogue was cheesy and now we have to spend a full week cringing over the possibility of Khali putting on the Sherlock Holmes hat as he attempts to get to the bottom of this mystery.
Powell's WWE Raw Hit List: Brock Lesnar destroys Triple H's make believe office, Jack Swagger destroys everyone, The Shield vs. Kofi Kingston and The Uso Brothers, John Cena and Ryback hype for Extreme Rules
May 7, 2013 - 12:41 PM
May 7, 2013 - 12:41 PM
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