08/20/12 Raw Review-R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

  • Paul Heyman & Brock Lesnar opening segment
  • Shawn Michaels via Satellite
  • CM Punk & John Cena ending promo
Paul Heyman & Brock Lesnar  Opening Segment

Not enough words to describe this whole segment. This was so good that I don’t have words to describe how good it was. Paul Heyman declaring Lesnar the new “King of Kings” was awesome.

Kofi Kingston, R-Truth & Sin Cara vs Cody Rhodes & Prime Time Players

Nothing special. Cody Rhodes once again tries to get Sin Cara’s mask and subsequently loses the match. When will the heels get heat? Winners: Kofi Kingston, R-Truth & Sin Cara

Ryback vs two local jobbers

Just another squash match, but this time Jinder Mahal interfered. After that interruption he put Ryback on the Camel Clutch to which he ended countering, then he finished his work with the two jobbers. No Contest

Alberto del Rio vs Randy Orton with Sheamus at Commentary

After  making his case about what went down last night AJ put Alberto in a match. Once again nothing special. Sheamus at the end acted like an asshole by not letting ADR win when Randy’s foot was on the rope. Is he a baby face? Winner: Randy Orton

Brodus Clay vs Damien Sandow

Once again nothing special on the ring, they should’ve let Damien cut a promo.  At the end Damien outsmarted Brodus but ended up squashed. Winner: Damien Sandow

Shawn Michael via Satellite

Great emotional promo by Shawn. They’re doing the “Triple H retired” angle pretty good. Hope HBK doesn’t get another match down the line. HBK should be remembered for his last performance.

David Otunga vs Big Show

Is Big Show heel or face? Nothing special here either. Winner: Big Show

Kane & Zack Ryder vs Daniel Bryan & The Miz

The moment Zack Ryder teamed up with the man that ended his US titles reign and put him in a wheelchair you knew it was going to end bad for him. I forgot about the match I only remember the tombstone to Ryder. No Contest

#1 Contender Divas battle Royal

If they want to be on TV more they should use the minutes on his favor. This was a horrible match. How can you have a horrible battle royal match? Winner: Kaitlyn

Contract vs Contract Match

This was one of the reason Raw wasn’t that bad. Chris Jericho on his last match for this year had a great outing. The best thing was that Ziggler won cleanly like he should’ve won. This feud isn’t ending soon I see Jericho returning next year when Ziggler is champ to continue a feud, that would be awesome. Winner: Dolph Ziggler

CM Punk & John Cena Promo

Great. This was great. Both men are the best things on the roster and when they’re together they create magic. Punk hitting Lawler at the end was a nice way to get heat on him but it will last?

Final Thoughts:

Not the best Raw but it had some highlights. I still feel 3 hours is too much and it feels too much. Also is interesting to see that fans are starting to turn on Punk for doing what made him popular. He is right by saying he didn’t turn his back on them, they’re turning his back on him. Final Grade: C