Monday, July 25, 2011

7/25/11 RAW

Rey Mysterio vs. The Miz (WWE Title): ***

Dolph Ziggler vs. Evan Bourne: *1/4

Kelly Kelly & Eve Torres vs. Maryse & Melina: 1/2*

Zack Ryder vs. Michael Cole: N/A

Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio: *3/4

John Cena vs. Rey Mysterio (WWE Title): ***3/4

WWE Title match started things off, and a great match it was. I also liked Del Rio attempting to cash in MITB...he's basically playing Miz's role from last year. Woohoo, Rey got a champagne bath afterward.

I'm very interested to see how HHH does in his new on-camera role. Definitely a surreal moment and I think it will produce quite a few highs for the business.

Dolph Ziggler came out to a remixed theme of his old music. So far, so good on that. A theme song can definitely help in establishing one as a main eventer. I had a hard time believing Dolph as a main eventer with the old theme. Interesting that Dolph hit the Zigzag but chose to use the sleeper afterward to finish Bourne off. Perhaps to further establish the sleeper as a finisher.

You know, I really liked the Bellas/Eve segment. Quite entertaining. As for the divas match, it was pretty standard, quite ordinary.

HHH with his State of the WWE address. A second WWE Title match...Rey Mysterio vs. John Cena. Love the decision. Holy crap...Jim Ross?! Never expected that. Loved the entire segment as Cole is now booked into a match.

HHH was awesome in his segment with R-Truth. Woohoo John Morrison! Looks like the neck is better now as he even did pulled off Starship Pain. Even if the neck isn't fully 100 percent, he has a few weeks to do more non-wrestling segments.

ROFL, I just did a spit-take when Cole came out in HHH's gear and "King of Kings" music. Classic. Anyway, he lost to Zack Ryder in about 25 seconds. Good to see Zack on RAW.

Kofi/Del Rio was decent. Good finish there.

During Rey/Cena, there were split Cena and CM Punk chants. Amazing at the following Punk has gotten. Just amazing. The damn guy wasn't even in the match and he's getting the loudest chants of the night. I didn't ever think Cena could go that long without throwing a punch. Wow, Mysterio put Cena in the STF? Damn. And Cena actually sold an injury. Amazing. Excellent match.

But dammit, why the hell do they treat Rey as a transitional champ? He has had ZERO meaningful world title reigns. Zero.

Anyway, LONG LIVE CM PUNK! The ending was awesome. I LOVE Punk's new music. Cult of Personality!

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