WWE RAW – Review, Highlights, Analysis From 01/12/2014

Anonymous GM/ John Cena/ Seth Rollins

The presence of the Anonymous RAW GM’s laptop boosts Michael Cole’s annoyance levels to a whole new degree. So much so, that a John Cena interruption is actually welcome.

So John Cena came out and closed down the Anonymous RAW GM’s computer.

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Seth Rollins entered the scene. He wanted Cena to bring back the Authority. To be fair, Rollins has a point. A permanent solution is needed. A line of weekly GMs isn’t going to do the WWE any good. It’s nice bringing back old characters, if the audience actually misses them. However, this is not the case with the Anonymous RAW GM.

And the idea of bringing in celebrities to run RAW, that’s been circulating around the internet, is even worse. I think that the time when RAW had different guest hosts every week was the worst time in the recent history of the show.

However, Cena wasn’t at all on board with Rollins’ suggestion of bringing back the Authority. Cena didn’t like Mr. MITB’s tone apparently, so he wanted to humiliate Seth and make him beg.

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Rollins got saved by the bell, literally. The Anonymous RAW GM interrupted Cena and set up Cena vs. Rollins in a tables match at TLC.

Seth Rollins attacked Cena and then a whole bunch of other people joined in, making Team Cena vs. Team Authority effectively happen all over again.

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The whole exchange ended with Rollins, assisted by Mercury and Noble, doing the Triple Power Bomb.  I can see all the Shield fans face-palming hard.

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I’d like to have the WWE explain why we are watching a Survivor Series build up before TLC. The way this segment developed is just a sign of lazy writing.

Tag Team Turmoil

  1. The New Day vs. Gold & Stardust

The New Day, represented by Kofi Kingston and Big E, defeated Gold & Stardust so fast that I got seriously concerned about the Cosmic Brothers. They were up on top, holding the championships and they are in the bottom, jobbing, two weeks later. Sad.

  1. The New Day vs. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd

Cesaro & Tyson Kidd’s team should be called The Talented Heels That Never Get a Push.

Big E was manhandling both of them at the same time when Gold & Stardust attacked Xavier Woods. Kofi Kingston, had just entered as the legal man, got distracted and lost by a roll up.

I was surprised to see the New Day leave at this stage but I guess they are setting up a feud against Gold & Stardust.

  1. The Usos vs .Tyson Kidd & Cesaro

I was hoping that Tyson Kidd and Cesaro would get a chance here but it wasn’t meant to be.

Natalya helped Tyson a couple of times but it wasn’t enough and in the end he got pinned after a splash from the top rope.

  1. The Usos vs. Adam Rose & The Bunny

Why are Adam Rose and the Bunny still trying to be a team? We all know it’s not going to work.

All their arguing set up Rose for being hit with a superkick AND a top rope splash.

However, could you imagine the dysfunctional feud between Miz & Mizdow vs. Adam Rose & The Bunny?

The Usos won the match and the cameras cut backstage to Jimmy’s wife – Naomi, who was watching the match on a TV screen. Miz approached her and offered her a Hollywood deal. He gave her a business card and left.

If you’ve ever watched Total Divas you’ll know that with Jimmy’s jealousy issues, that was a bad move on the part of the A-lister.

Erick Rowan vs. The Big Show

Erick Rowan said he hated bullies. Big Show admitted he’s a bully because he can. And voiala – here’s a match for you!

Erick Rowan was dominating the Big Show but the World’s Largest Athlete took the steps and finished Rowan with them.

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JBL came up with the nickname Big Red for Erick Rowan. I think the commentators are trying to make it stick. I’m not convinced.

Fandango vs. Jack Swagger

This match never happened because Zeb Colter had been attacked backstage and Swagger couldn’t come out. Fandango proudly received a forfeit win, gaining some hell heat for himself on the way.

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I have to say that this new entrance is saucy. Rosa isn’t the best dancer with her stiff, carefully learnt steps but she compensates with being incredibly hot and by constantly radiating lust.

Rusev/Swagger

Rusev and Lana came out to the rign to boast about Rusev’s win in the 20 Men Battle Royal. Lana’s annoying and twisted presentation gave something that actually was honourable a despicable taste.

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The Russian duo claimed responsibility for the attack on Zeb Colter. Swagger ran out and went after Rusev.

The Real American tossed the Bulgarian Brute around, threw him into the barricade a few times and the security came rushing to save the US Champion.

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If the WWE is going with this feud for a second time, Swagger must win. The US title is a perfect match for the Real American. I just don’t know where Rusev is going after his streak is broken.

Damien Mizdow vs. Fernando

After El Torito stole one of the stunt titles backstage, Mizdow got himself a singles match. Mizdow actually wrestled a full match. Can you believe that?!

Well, Miz was still on commentary, stealing the spotlight but then again who’d care about Mizdow if it wasn’t for Miz’ ability to annoy.

Mizdow got cheered on by the fans while Miz discussed his dealings with Naomi. The stunt double got the victory with the Figure Four.

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The really exciting part of this segment came after the match. Jimmy Uso walked straight up to the Miz and slapped the taste out of his mouth. I guess Miz should have known not to get involved with Jimmy’s wife.

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I love the post-match jealousy scene. Jimmy was so good at it, I’m pretty sure jealousy comes naturally to him. Jay helped the staging by running frantically after his brother not knowing whether to laugh or to try to restrain him.

Anyhow, this is a strange direction to steer things in. I wouldn’t’ have thought of this angle. WWE Creative still have a few things in their bag. Let’s see how it develops!

Bray Wyatt vs. R-Truth

The show had been so boring until this point that the audience was dead. They barely reacted to Bray Wyatt and the guy usually gets everyone going. He had to work his insanity gimmick way too hard to get a decent response from the crowd.

Wyatt hit Sister Abigail and won. Then he set up the stage with many tables, ladders and chairs. He followed with a promo that sounded almost biblical. I have to say Wyatt’s losing it. He’s lost the view on the bigger picture and is truly focused on one person only, which is not his style at all.

When Ambrose decided that he had heard enough, he came out and started a brawl with Bray Wyatt. The Lunatic Fringe came on top and Bray went completely of the tracks.

I’ve never seen the Eater of Worlds so distressed. Ambrose is under Bray’s skin and this will most probably result in an epic TLC match.

AJ & Naomi vs. The Bella Twins

Naomi took the punishment in the match and AJ just came in in the end and humiliated Nikki Bella.

The champ got hit with the Shining Wizard and then to add insult to injury, AJ locked the Black Widow. Nikki had to tap.

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Regardless of what happens here, AJ is not taking this title back any time soon. The next champion will be Brie.

Also, I’m surprised the Jimmy / Miz issue wasn’t addressed at all by Naomi. I guess, the focus is not meant to be on her.

Paul Heyman Promo

Ok, Paul Heyman is a promo god but there is no way, even he, is going to convince me in this nonsense.

Having Brock Lesnar is not a good idea. A non-wrestling champion and the main title off TV – also not a good idea.

Brock Lesnar is not Santa and he can’t come only once a year. A champion is defined by proving himself against competition; it’s not a title that once given lasts forever.

Ryback, John Cena & Dolph Ziggler vs. Luke Harper, Seth Rollins & Kane

Why am I watching Survivor Series again?! Seriously, it’s TLC, not Survivor Series this month. WWE, please wake up!

Ryback started well. Then Ziggler took a lot of punishment, followed by Cena, playing the face in peril.

In the end Ziggler rolled up Luke Harper for a not-so-impressive win in a not-so-impressive match. Then Erick Rowan and Big Show joined a post-match fight between Team Cena and Team Authority. This time around Team Cena stood tall.

I was bored, so bored during this match. Actually, I was bored during almost the entire show. The WWE needs to change something soon because the Authority getting fired storyline is sending the product downhill.

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