RAW 5/14

It’s very rare that I watch an episode of RAW and think that it was good. I keep watching because it’s always on and it’s a habit. I think most of all, that I continue to watch because the show has the potential to be very good, even if it always falls short. In those rare moments when everything falls into line, it’s the best thing on television. Tonight was not one of those rare moments. Tonight’s RAW was forgettable and aggravating.

And it was because of this man. There were other factors, but this man is at the top of the list. If not for his theme song, he would be devoid of any entertaining qualities. For months, the WWE has built this man up far better than any of its young rising stars. He’s gotten plenty of promo time and segments designed to make the audience hate him. If the WWE built up their young stars with half the effort that they put into building up John Laurinaitis, their show would be so much better.

This man is not good on the microphone. He’s not a great actor. He’s not a great wrestler. He’s not a great entertainer. Why is he pushed so hard? He had two long talking segments on tonight’s RAW.  The WWE champion had one short one. Why does the WWE give him so much time? How is he making them money? I don’t understand their love for this man.

The most frustrating thing about tonight’s RAW is that it was the last RAW before the PPV. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan have a WWE title match and yet they didn’t an in ring promo together. They had a good tag match together but that was it. This is the WWE title. This is the most prestigious title in the entire organization. Shouldn’t it matter more than just one tag match? This was their last chance to build up this match. Why doesn’t the company care enough to build this feud up properly? Why put more focus on a nonwrestler than two of your most talented wrestlers?

Bryan and Punk get good reactions and do the best with that they are given. Why not give them the ball and let them run with it? It can’t hurt. The company won’t shut down if two very talented individuals have a good feud for the biggest prize in professional wrestling.

The WWE has a large number of talented wrestlers. If these certain people are given a chance, they can make professional wrestling a fun thing to watch. The WWE is strange and chooses instead to be not entertaining when they easily can be entertaining. It’s like moments such as last summer are impossible for them to create.

Remember this? Why is it so hard for wrestling to be at least half as good as this?

Another complain, Johnny Ace fired the Big Show on RAW in a long segment. The Big Show acted fairly well but why did this go on so long and why have Ace do it? Isn’t Show in a feud with Cody? Couldn’t you try to get Cody involved somehow to try and make the audience care more about Cody? He’s the intercontinental champion. It would certainly help to get him some more boos.

For some reason, the belts don’t matter. The audience isn’t given a reason to care about them. They aren’t given a reason to care about anyone or anything other than John Cena. I understand that Cena is the biggest draw but the focus of this show should have went somewhere else. He will be in the main event on Sunday against a non-wrestler. Why give that so much attention? I understand that you need to sell the match but so much time and boring segments have gone to a feud that isn’t even close to being captivating.

Tonight’s RAW was bad, but it didn’t have to be. As stated earlier the problem isn’t with the talent, it’s with the creative team. The bright spots in the WWE continue to shine brightly, but they aren’t given a chance by the WWE’s creative team. Why? Is it that the creative team just doesn’t give a damn and they phone it in?

By next week, people won’t remember this show. They insured that nothing memorable happened on this RAW. Maybe that’s their game plan. Make RAW as shitty as possible so when good stuff happens, people only remember that.

It could be a good show if they tried.

RAW needs consistency in its quality. Ratings are going down. Pay Per View buyrates are going down. Can the WWE afford to have bad RAWs like tonight? They need to entice the audience to watch their product? Do people want to see Johnny Ace talk for 14 minutes? Do people want CM Punk and Daniel Bryan to barely matter? Do people want to see  a drunken John Cena come to the ring and give his best Jim Carey impressions?

The numbers don’t lie and they spell disaster for the WWE if they continue down this path.

CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan at Over the Limit

CM Punk has cooled down a little since last summer when he captured the WWE championship and left the company. He’s still one of the most popular superstars on the roster and regularly gets one of the loudest receptions. He’s been WWE champion for over 170 days. He’s defeated the likes of The Miz, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, and Chris Jericho. His title reign could be better, but nothing is perfect. Now at Over the Limit, CM Punk takes on Daniel Bryan, former World Heavyweight champion and the master of the Yes-lock.

As a big fan of both men, I was ecstatic when Daniel Bryan won the Beat the Clock challenge and earned the right to face CM Punk. They’ve had matches in Ring of Honor and Full Impact Pro Wrestling that were both great. Those matches are worth tracking down and watching if you can.

Ring of Honor was nice enough to upload CM Punk and Danielson’s first meeting in ROH on to Youtube.

I do have some gripes with this feud. CM Punk has only main evented one PPV since becoming the WWE champion. That was TLC 2011, the only PPV that John Cena missed that year. Since then, John Cena has main evented over Punk even in his own hometown. I would love for the show to build up to this WWE title match, but I’m really afraid the WWE will have Johnny Ace vs. John Cena go on last. I know that Cena is the main draw but he’s not the WWE champion. Unless his match is particularly important, he shouldn’t be going on last.

My only other gripe is that they haven’t built it up much. Punk came out on RAW and bad mouthed Johnny Ace for his attacks on John Cena. He mentioned Bryan for one second before continuing to launch a tirade on Johnny Ace. Bryan wasn’t mentioned on the show until hastily being shoved into a handicap tag match where Lord Tensai pinned Punk. Many segments went into building up Cena vs. Ace, but only the end of the show went to Punk vs. Bryan. It was good for what it was, but I would have liked to see a promo between them. On Smackdown Bryan mentioned that he would beat Punk, but again it wasn’t a big focus.

This is a WWE title match. I know the PPV is Over the Limit and it’s usually one of the less important PPVs but the build could be a bit stronger. I know the match is going to kick ass, but they need to convince other members of the audience that there’s a reason to pay attention to this match.

WWE posted a great article on their website building up the match. There’s no reason that they can’t bring this onto the actual show. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2012-05-07/cm-punk-daniel-bryan-history/page-1

I’m looking forward to what should be a great match even if the WWE puts it on the backburner during the show and has Cena vs. Johnny Ace main event. Who knows? Maybe CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan could one day headline Wrestlemania. That’d be worth the price of admission.