I watched RAW from last night. If anything, it felt like a filler episode and with only two episodes left until the next PPV - it needed to be anything but.
The opening segment was fine, although the initial part with Cena dragged. He was good, but it went too long. Johnny Ace was his usual great self. Eve was fine. David Otunga had a bit of nerves it seemed. That'll probably end up killing his career. He had done some mighty fine stuff prior to his brief hiatus, hopefully he returns to form. The match was ultimately worthless and served only to set up the main event.
Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio was a fine bit of TV. These two mesh very well together and hopefully they get a mini-program with one another prior to Orton/Sheamus which I'm still hoping is locked into Summerslam. The finish was good as well as it gives Jericho a solid program with Orton and that can only mean good things for Orton.
Bryan Danielson's promo was really good. I love how good they are, in fact, if solely because it rubs it in the face of those who thought he couldn't cut a promo. CM Punk booking the match and the subsequent angle with Kane and all were well done. Hopefully this means a continuation of their feud, which seems logical, but you never know. Punk's post-commercial segment with AJ was FANTASTIC stuff, AJ in particular was awesome.
Christian vs. Jinder Mahal was perfectly solid. It did a good job of establishing that Christian is back, he's a face, and he has a potential new finisher. I can't help but believe that Lawler caught hell at the beginning of the match for his referring to Mahal's headpiece as a rat tail. Just the way he responded and acted and quickly covered his tracks made it seemed like he was getting yelled at in the headset.
The main event was a schmoz and didn't really hold my interest, surprisingly. No ending brought it down as well. Should have had Tensai put away Cena again in all honesty. The final segment with Big Show knocking out Cena was a bit lame, as well. These two had a notable feud already two or three years ago and I don't really want to revisit it.
Match of the Day goes to Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio.
"Hogan is trying to get Yokozuna into WCW. Remember, he still has a win he needs to get back" - The Wrestling Observer Newsletter: December 08, 1997