RAW 06/02/12 review: Triple H says no to The Undertaker… Or does he?

Last weeks RAW was a certified success. The return of The Undertaker alongside great wrestling matches such as Randy Orton vs Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan made the show shine in both the wrestling and entertainment aspects that WWE aim to satisfy every week. This weeks RAW, then, had to be something special to top it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t…

The show began with a top quality promo from Triple H in his usual snarky, cheeky tone highlighting the physical difference between The Undertaker of the late 90’s and early 00’s to The Undertaker we saw last year at WrestleMania 27. The key thing about this promo was the fact that Triple H refused to accept The Undertaker’s challenge to another rematch at WrestleMania 28, this April. Or at least, that was Triple H’s plan. Quickly following Triple H’s refusal, a video package aired featuring The Undertaker that was quite frankly, just awesome. It captured The Undertaker’s aura, atmosphere and mood perfectly, and once again the WWE video guys produce some stellar work. This opening segment was one of the highlights of the show, with this storyline between two of the all-time greats being a huge talking point heading into the Grandest Stage Of Them All, WrestleMania.

Following this was Daniel Bryan vs The Big Show. Going into the match you knew Bryan would continue his way of ‘weaselling his way out of matches’ as Michael Cole puts it and he did exactly that, walking out of the match midway through. WWE creative really need to move Daniel Bryan on past The Big Show as The Big Show really limits what Bryan can do and even I don’t truly buy him as a World Heavyweight Champion yet, and I’m one of his biggest fans. His matches with Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes and even WWE Champion CM Punk really show what Daniel Bryan can do within the confines of a wrestling ring.

Next was a match between Sheamus and David Otunga. This could not have been more pointless if it tried. Having your Royal Rumble winner beat David Otunga does nothing to elevate Sheamus at all. Purely filler.

Chris Jericho’s promo was another highlight of the show. I see a theme here, non-wrestling elements of RAW being highlights! Anyway, Jericho called all of his opponents in the RAW Elimination Chamber match ‘wannabes’ and his reasons for doing so were perfect. CM Punk then interrupted and trolled the troll that is Chris Jericho (Y2J). This was quite a nice touch and on paper this storyline is looking to be pure gold with two guys in Jericho and Punk who are both quite brilliant both on the mic and in the ring going head to head towards WrestleMania.

The Great Khali was involved in the next match. No, don’t close the window, stick with this blog! He was teaming with Randy Orton against the team of Cody Rhodes and Wade Barrett. Without the limiting Khali, this match could of been a stand-out match but due to The Great Khali’s size and subsequent limited wrestling ability, the match wasn’t anything to go out of your way to watch. What I did like about this though, was the finish. Khali is looking to be re-established by WWE as a monster. An unstoppable force, if you will. He not only won the match, but then proceeded to attempt an attack on Orton. The attack may have been quelled by an RKO from Randy Orton, but never the less, I’d much prefer to see Khali as a monster than see a 7 foot tall man parade round pretending to be a ‘Punjabi Playboy’.

I said it earlier in this blog. I’ve said it many times before. I’ll probably say it many times over, but the WWE video production guys really are at the top of their profession. The John Cena WrestleMania video does a great job of showing how much of a spectacle and a personality John Cena is outside of the wrestling ring and also gets Machine Gun Kelly’s Invincible firmly stuck in your head, the sign of a good theme song, surely? Watch this video and enjoy: 

 Similarly, watch the equivalent for Cena’s WrestleMania 28 opponent,The Rock, here: 

The Divas were up next. Once again a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it match, as is the case with WWE’s Diva matches, with the most noteworthy thing from this match being Eve Torres apparently suffering a broken nose after a simple clothesline from WWE Divas Champion, Beth Phoenix. This is a reminder how dangerous wrestling is. Even the simplest of moves such as a clothesline can cause injury. Do not try this at home!

The main event to this episode of RAW was supposed to be a 6 Pack Challenge: CM Punk (WWE Champion) vs Chris Jericho vs Dolph Ziggler vs Kofi Kingston vs R-Truth vs The Miz. However, only a few short minutes into the match, R-Truth took a sickening bump to the outside after The Miz failed to catch Truth from a flip over the top rope and had to be escorted to the back by doctors, once again showing how risky wrestling is. Watch the bump below: 

 After this, the match evolved into a decent TV main event with each wrestler getting in some of their trademark moves while also managing to keep the pace slow enough for the crowd to keep up with all five guys at once. The ending few minutes were really fast paced and frantic and with Chris Jericho picking up the win, it sets him up perfectly for his continuing storyline with CM Punk.

If RAW had ended here, it would of been a positive end to an otherwise mainly lacklustre show. However, a short backstage segment between Kane and Eve killed the main event’s momentum and continued the terrible storyline that is the feud between Kane/John Cena/Zack Ryder/Eve.

Overall then, not a great show but leading up to The Elimination Chamber PPV, you can expect RAW to heat up nicely building up the crescendo to follow that will be WrestleMania 28.

What to watch:

  • The Triple H/The Undertaker segment
  • The Chris Jericho/CM Punk segment
  • John Cena’s WrestleMania video
  • The 6 Pack Challenge

So, what did you think of RAW this week? Leave a comment below or tweet me your views (@DeadmanDRB).