Tuesday, September 18, 2012

9/17/12 RAW

Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. Primo & Epico: *3/4

Eve Torres vs. Beth Phoenix: 1/4*

Brodus Clay vs. Heath Slater: N/A (squash)

Dolph Ziggler vs. Santino Marella: *1/4

Wade Barrett vs. Justin Gabriel: *

Daniel Bryan & Kane vs. Kofi Kingston & R-Truth: *3/4

Randy Orton vs. Tensai: *1/4

Damien Sandow vs. Zack Ryder: *1/2

John Cena & Sheamus vs. CM Punk & Alberto Del Rio: **1/4

JBL and Jim Ross on commentary alongside Cole this week.

Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara continue their success as a tag team against Primo and Epico. Natural fit that these four would square off, given their lucha backgrounds. I guess there was a ton of Spanish communication here. Still expecting Mysterio and Cara to ultimately win the tag titles later down the road, then a potential WM29 faceoff. Glad to see the tag division has some steam going again. Pretty short, but lots of fun.

Primetime Players ambush the masked ones. Guess they changed the name of Titus' finisher to The Big Deal? Fine by me. Gotta make a statement.

Eve's the new Divas champ and unfortunately, Beth's still on jobbing duty. Match was what, not even two minutes? Hope it's just WWE trying to craft new stars and not something Beth actually did. Layla was on commentary and probably will get her rematch soon. I'd hope for a long Divas run for Eve, but I'm still waiting for Sara Del Rey to appear. I'll probably never understand why SDR hasn't appeared yet, but I hope she eventually debuts and makes it a memorable one.

Oh, and WWE's running an injury deal for Kaitlyn -- a torn tendon. Didn't see any legitimacy to it as of this blog post, so it may be to get her more in-ring training or a little time off TV.

Cesaro on commentary with Aksana by his side. Brodus Clay has both Funkadactyls by his side again, so Cameron's suspension is likely over. Heath Slater jobs here; Antonio distraction didn't work. JBL says Brodus is a Justin Timberlake sea monster. ROFL. Damn, I missed JBL.

Miz TV segment. Miz now has his own talk show. How fun. Smackdown GM Booker T is Miz's first guest. Yup, it was boring. And then Ryback came out to destroy the set. Some "GOLD-BERG" chants. Finally, Ryback's got a potential championship feud.

There will be an interview with Jerry Lawler next week (probably via satellite), which should be awesome. Lawler should get a huge pop.

Ziggler continues his hot streak against Santino. Yeah, he lost at Night of Champions, but I really enjoyed his match against Orton. DZ has clearly won the crowd over. No cobra for Santino tonight, but two Zigzags for Santino end it.

Wade Barrett on RAW to face Gabriel. Yeah, these two know each other well. Nice Corre reference. Crowd chants "We want Nexus!" Smart fans. Wade with his short-arm forearm again for three. Basic match.

Jared the Subway guy is back. Three sandwiches for the Boom Jimmys. Even Sandow got a meatball marinara. You're welcome. Ryder gets an Italian sub. Feed Ryback more! That was cool.

Tag title rematch time. Still say that Gatorade bath backstage spot last night was so awesome. DB and Kane continue their conflicts and keep winning. This time, DB gets the submission win for the team. I AM THE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS! HUG IT OUT! Un-freakin-real.

Orton faces Tensai tonight. Orton's no longer getting the massive pops he once had. Tensai jobs here in a slow-paced match. Wished the crowd was more into it.

Sandow with his English lesson, but Ryder interrupts Professor Buzzkill. Oh, now Cole is amused with Ryder after being all sick of him a few weeks ago. I guess we have JBL to thank. Sandow's got purple gear this time. Nice Broski Boot from Ryder, but Sandow with his neckbreaker for three.

Main event time. Cena/Sheamus and Punk/Del Rio. Looks like Ricardo has a hard neck brace on this time. Yup, Cena showing he can actually wrestle. Did hell freeze over again? Match got a good amount of time, as the main event should. Can't go wrong with these four. Poor ADR ate another Brogue Kick. Cena with AA to Punk for three. Punk had the foot on the ropes and the ref missed it. Looked like a new ref anyway. Punk berates the ref all the way to the back. Yup, all part of the storyline.

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