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Note: Three up are matches/things/general happenings that were good or went well. Three down are the opposite.
This week’s Raw included a no disqualification match between CM Punk and Mark Henry for the WWE Championship, a UFC-style promo from Brock Lesnar, and Daniel Bryan getting back on the winning track. Which segments were a success, and why?
Mark Henry vs. CM Punk
Never mind that this was the third week in a row these two men met. Henry and Punk once again put on an entertaining match, with this one exceeding three-star quality. In fact, this bout felt like a pay-per-view quality match. Numerous spots were awesome and fairly unique, including:
-Punk’s suicide dive: Punk luring Henry to the outside, only to head back into the ring to spring a dive through the ropes on him, was crafty.
-Punk’s bulldog off the barricade: I couldn’t recall ever seeing this before. Punk’s tightrope act on the barricade into a bulldog was something completely new.
-The finish: Keyed by Henry’s brutal head-first bump with the steel chair in the corner, and finished off with Punk’s chair-assisted elbow drop, the ending was believable. Punk truly had to pull out all the stops to defeat the World’s Strongest Man, and click for more to see the video: Read the rest of this entry
With only six days separating us from Night of Champions, multiple situations appear to be on the verge of boiling over. Which ones should we keep an eye on tonight as Raw emanates from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada? Read the rest of this entry
Apparently the “Supershow” initiative that began with last week’s Raw is here to stay, per WWE’s official site. This essentially ends the brand split that was created in 2002 and limited wrestlers to competing exclusively on their shows. (IE: Smackdown wrestlers on Smackdown, Raw wrestlers on Raw)
So on the second Monday of the “Supershow” era (hopefully they drop the “Supershow” eventually), what should we keep our eyes on? Read the rest of this entry
(Author’s note: Apologies for the length of this first event review post, I’m still feeling out exactly how I should do them. My event reviews will always be a little bit on the longer side, but not quite this long. The hope is that it’s still at least mildly entertaining.)
(Author’s note No. 2: I will be using the same star rating system for every match I review. The system operates on a five-star scale, and stars can be broken down into fractions as small as fourths. Therefore, the lowest score possible is 1/4*, while the highest score possible is *****. Rarely — if ever — will you see me dish out a five-star rating. Ratings are generally based on the overall entertainment value of a match.)
I normally won’t be reviewing Smackdown, because well, it kind of sucks in comparison to Raw — hence its 7 p.m. Friday night timeslot. But this isn’t just any Smackdown, it’s SUPER SMACKDOWN, live from Wichita, Kan.!
Commentator Josh Matthews tells us superstars from both Raw and Smackdown will appear on air tonight. It’s also super because Randy Orton will defend the World Heavyweight Title against Christian….INSIDE A STEEL CAGE. (Insert dramatic music here). Read the rest of this entry