Pruett's Pause: WWE Raw - Randy Orton RKO's the world including Seth Rollins, Kane is assigned as gate-keeper, Triple H returns, and more!
By Will Pruett
Full disclosure: To retain his sanity, Will Pruett watches the 90 minute edit of Raw on Hulu Plus. He has no regrets.
- Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. This was not the case with RKO's coming from nowhere or a place close to nowhere last night. Randy Orton was on fire (perhaps on babyface fire) for this entire show. It was a nice showcase of the move Orton is banned from doing at Extreme Rules. It was also a nice showcase of the meme Orton had become as he honestly popped up out of nothingness to deliver RKO's. He had one of his most compelling nights as a babyface both on the mic and in any physicality he was involved in.
- Orton as a first opponent for Seth Rollins was an obvious choice and it was the right choice. Hopefully Orton and Rollins can use the confines of a steel cage and create something special on Sunday.
- One small qualm about Orton in this build up: why did he never break out an alternate move? With the RKO banned, it is the perfect time to hit a new finisher and establish something for the near-fall moments on Sunday.
- Seth Rollins continues to be delightful as the smarmy heel who has let success get the best of him. It's a great role for Seth. His interactions with Triple H and Kane made it obvious that his ego was out of control. His match with Ziggler made him look like a threat. Rollins had a very good night.
- Kane continued to impress with his performances, even if I don't enjoy him in the role. I am fairly convinced Kane will help Rollins at Extreme Rules and prove "The Authority always wins" to be true. The "gate-keeper" role for cage matches is definitely new. I can't say I like it.
- Given how unintimidating Kane is, I doubt anyone is truly afraid of interfering in the cage match.
- Speaking of intimidation and a lack of it, Big Show and Roman Reigns are embarking on match number 659 of their best of 2,473 series. This one is going to be a Last Man Standing match. If you love big moves and extended breaks while a referee counts, this match is for you! If you're a sane person, you're aware of how much this feud has and is currently hiring Reigns. Roman is getting onto the right track character-wise. He is finally connecting and his promos are decent. Now, we are faced with another opponent people don't want to see him with.
- Bo Dallas and his goatee make me laugh. I don't see much in the act aside from the humor. He's another example of an act working well on NXT's small stage, but not transferring over to WWE's main roster well.
- If only WWE had a way of scripting things so they had compelling heels for Roman Reigns to work with in fresh match-ups...
- The Lucha Dragons losing to The New Day surprised me. Does this mean Cesaro and Tyson Kidd will work as babyfaces at Extreme Rules? I'm not sure I approve of that. Kalisto and Sin Cara worked well in their losing effort and had a creative out via Xavier Woods' cheating ways. This worked for me.
- Triple H's Tough Enough announcement was a whole lot of nothing, but it needed to be on television. I can't wait until they play the most embarrassing videos they're sent. "Have you always dreamed of wrestling in WWE? Let us embarrass you!"
- Sheamus continues to knock everything he does out of the park. After his return, I was unsure about him. Now, I'm quite enthusiastic. He is one of the ,past entertaining parts of WWE television. His destruction of Zack Ryder was fun to watch.
- Don't get me wrong, a "Kiss my arse" match sounds embarrassingly bad. Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler will likely make it entertaining though.
- Chris Jericho and Stephanie McMahon are doing an interview together. It's on the same night as the NFL Draft. I'll be cheering for The Packers and ignoring Stephanie's super fun corporate spiel.
- John Cena vs. Kane was basically every John Cena vs. Kane match.
- Rusev could have used some promo time on this show instead of just an attack.
- How in the world did Miz and Miz-Dow go from the best built program heading into WrestleMania to an afterthought in such a rapid way? At least Damien Sandow isn't saddled with the bad Miz gimmick now. Hopefully he can get over as himself again.
- This Raw was really missing the kind of athleticism Daniel Bryan usually brought in 2013. Neville is the perfect guy to offer this, but he was missing as well. I'm looking forward to whatever Neville's first program will be and I hope it starts soon.
This show promoted Extreme Rules (and especially the main event) well. It didn't do much else. There weren't any great matches or great stories told. We saw the blowoff of Miz and Sandow, which disappointed. We didn't get the athleticism the show really needs. Extreme Rules looks to be a decent show on paper, but that's about it.
Got thoughts on this show or my review of it? If they aren't super annoying thoughts, hit me up with them! Check the Twitter twitter.com/itswilltime or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RECOMMEND THIS ARTICLE:
READ OUR INSIDER NEWS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE! BECOME A MEMBER FOR JUST $7.50 A MONTH (or less with a year-long sub) - GET THE FIRST LOOK AT EXCLUSIVE INSIDER DOT NET NEWS, TONS OF EXCLUSIVE AUDIO CONTENT, MEMBER MESSAGE BOARD ACCESS, START YOUR OWN BLOG, AND VIEW THE SITE WITHOUT ANY ADVERTISING: SIGN ME UP (or MORE INFO)
RELATED ARTICLES FROM MGID AFFILIATE SITES...
From Around the Web