Monday, April 4, 2011

4/4/11 RAW

Jerry Lawler vs. Jack Swagger: DUD

Randy Orton & Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk & Cody Rhodes: ***

Alberto Del Rio vs. Evan Bourne: N/A

John Morrison & Trish Stratus vs. Dolph Ziggler & Vickie Guerrero: 1/2*

Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan (U.S. Title): *1/2

Sin Cara made an impressive debut, in my book. I like how he went after Sheamus, putting him in a pretty high-profile situation right off the bat. WWE has invested a lot of time and money to promote Sin Cara (much like how WWE ran vignettes for weeks before Alberto Del Rio debuted). I thought it was nice that Sin Cara had a segment to showcase his in-ring abilities, as opposed to mic talking. At least for the foreseeable future, his skills will have to do the talking anyway, as I don't believe he speaks much English (someone can correct me on that, if the opposite is true).

Sin Cara reminds me a lot of the high-flying Rey Mysterio from the mid-90s in WCW. Just very impressive and seamless in his lucha abilities. I look forward to seeing more of this -- a lot more.

Nice to also see Jim Ross call the action to start, before Michael Cole decided to use JR's BBQ sauce to get Ross out of the announcing booth. I'm still unsure as to whether Lawler will continue to do color on RAW after this. The "Cole Mine" is not a bad idea, since I think it's good for Cole's heel character. But it seems like Josh Mathews and Booker T have done a decent job announcing as well, so they really don't need Lawler.

Loved the "Fruity Pebbles" chant during the Cena/Rock closing segment. Cena vs. Rock at next year's WrestleMania? Wow, LOVE it. And I am really liking how they are planning this a YEAR in advance. Lots of time (obviously) to promote this.

But bloody hell. Did they really have to bury the Corre like this? Corre should have ambushed jobbers, not Rock and Cena -- especially if it was pretty obvious Corre would get nuked. It was all about Rock and Cena trying to one-up the other.

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