I’m starting this post off talking about the best part of Monday Night Raw, the crowd!
The people who were in attendance at the Izod Center were the best crowd that the WWE has had in a while. It really proves that the crowd can add to the atmosphere of an event and it makes it more enjoyable for everybody. They were literally on fire, they were into everything that was happening and their chants were hilarious. My personal favorites were ‘We are Awesome’ and the singing of Fandango’s theme song. One can also not forget the dancing that accompanied the lengthy serenade. The show was made that much more special because of those people and I wish crowds were like that everywhere. It reminds me of going to Raw in Calgary and chanting ‘We Want Bret’ with everyone. I’ve said it a million times, there is no better feeling than being in the audience at a WWE event.
John Cena opened the post-Wrestlemania Raw as our new WWE champion, with that awful looking belt. I’m glad that he won because we’ll get to see the champion each and every week on television. I think that is part of the reason why fans were so apathetic towards the Rock and Wrestlemania this year, Cena made light of that with his work on the microphone. If you have the top prize, you should be there to defend it each and every week. The question came about regarding who Cena would face next, my suggestion was maybe Jericho. Much to my surprise, Mark Henry interrupted the champ and got into the shuffle. Apparently, Rocky is still the number one contender and Mark Henry had to beat Cena on Raw to earn a title shot. Henry lost, opening the door for Rocky to come back whenever he is done promoting a movie or whatever. Stupid.
How can a guy who left the WWE high and dry, still be the number one contender? I can’t be the only fan shaking my head when Booker T said that. The prospect of a Cena/Henry angle has me very intrigued. Henry is a solid worker who deserves to compete for the biggest prize that sports entertainment has to offer, and compete against the current face of the WWE. The dynamic is there and it is something the fans would want to see, provided that it was done properly. Ryback also apparently turned heel during the Cena/Henry match when he attacked both men. I don’t really think it’s the right move for him when both Henry and Langston are the big guy heels but you never know what will happen with it. Eventually it will work but just not now.
In addition to the rowdy crowd we got treated to, we also got to see some great matches on the broadcast.
We got to see the Raw debut of Big E. Langston when he faced Daniel Bryan. Langston won his bout, with interference from Dolph Ziggler and Aj of course. I like him but I feel like he needs to harness and concentrate his power so it can be used effectively. It’s one thing to be a big guy, but it is another to be able to concentrate the power that you have. The Miz and Wade Barrett also had a rematch for the Intercontinental title, which Miz won from Barrett at Wrestlemania. I thought it a bit odd that would happen but I`m glad Wade got it back. The crowd got into it once again with a ‘Let’s go Barrett’ chant and Wade delivered a very strong showing, demonstrating why he deserves to hold the belt. The Miz seemed overpowered by Barrett throughout much of the match, it doesn`t seem like anyone knows what to do with the Miz anymore. I`m already growing tired of his ‘I’m the new Ric Flair’ gimmick he has going on. I just can’t buy it. Wade won with the Bullhammer Elbow, and this match toppled the one they had on the Wrestlemania pre-show in terms of quality (in my opinion).
One of the big surprises of the night came when Ziggler FINALLY cashed in his Money In The Bank briefcase to win Alberto Del Rio’s World Heavyweight title. During the handicap match which saw Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger face Del Rio, Ziggler had his big moment. I like the new Del Rio but it was about time that Dolph had his time to shine in the spotlight. That briefcase made me feel like Dolph was stuck in some kind of purgatory, never to escape. Del Rio won by submission and Ziggles seized the opportunity. It was welcomed with open arms as the crowd promptly lost their shit.
The Undertaker also made a brief appearance to talk about his epic match with CM Punk at Wrestlemania, it was touching (however brief). He dedicated the match to his manager Paul Bearer, who passed away a few weeks before the biggest event of the year. The Shield interrupted Taker’s speech and when Team Hell No came out to help him, the Shield backed off. It was kind of intriguing, it is definitely an angle that I would be interested in watching on tv each and every week. Another interesting feud brewing was that between Randy Orton and Sheamus, I didn’t buy them as a team but they would be terrific in the ring together.
As goofy as I think Fandango is, Jericho vs. Fandango is really entertaining. We all have Chris to thank for that. He interrupted Fandingo`s match with Kofi and even mocked the dancing queen in the process. If anyone can get this guy over, it is Chris Jericho (or the crowd who was singing/dancing to his theme song for hours).
One can only hope that the crowds are that good every week, it really adds to the show and makes it fun. With this year’s Wrestlemania over, it opens the door for some fantastic feuds with the superstars of the WWE.
Thank you guys for working so hard to entertain us each and every week.