Reviewing the Review – Monday Night Raw: August 11, 2014

It was the go home show for Summerslam as well as a special birthday celebration for our hero Hulk Hogan. The interesting thing is that Brock and Cena are both in the house, meaning we’re almost guaranteed a showdown later on in the night. The build to Summerslam has taken forever but the last part can often be the best. Let’s get to it.

Heyman and Lesnar opened things up and talked about how Brock conquered the Streak and will conquer John Cena at Summerslam. People said he couldn’t beat the Undertaker and now they’re saying the same about Cena. Heyman acknowledged the loss at Extreme Rules 2012 and blamed it on Brock’s illness. That’s not the worst excuse but I don’t think it needed to be brought up. It’s not a bad thing but it didn’t need to happen either. The best part about this though was Heyman’s rhyming, which print doesn’t do justice. Find it on Youtube as it’s worth watching for how serious he plays it. Solid opening promo here but did you expect anything else?

Corporate Kane gave Roman Reigns a handicap match against Ryback/Axel with Reigns winning via DQ. I get the idea of it being a hit from the Authority, but since Reigns fought them off and laid both guys out after the match, what was the point of the DQ?

Orton taunted Kane, and apparently grew about four inches in the process. Seriously he was at Kane’s forehead.

Seth Rollins beat RVD in a nice match that you expect from Van Dam anymore. Post match Ambrose popped out of one of Hogan’s presents and chased off Rollins in a cool moment.

Now we get to the stupid part of the show: rehashing the Clair Lynch story from TNA. Short version: Bryan is sleeping with his physical therapist and Stephanie taunted Brie about it. Brie slapped the therapist and beat up Stephanie, earning her an arrest later in the show. Here’s the thing: Bryan isn’t advertised for Summerslam, despite this being the way to bring him into the story.

There’s a very simple way to get Bryan involved in this and it’s called have him stand in the corner and clap. Let me repeat that in case it went over people’s heads. Daniel Bryan can best be utilized in this story by having him stand in Brie Bella’s corner and clap. For the life of me I do not understand why this REALLY basic match and angle have been turned into some huge story involving infidelity and Brie trying to do something historic (still waiting to find out what that is). Have Bryan stand in the corner while Stephanie beats up Brie until Bella puts her in the YES Lock and makes her tap out. It should take twelve minutes counting entrances and celebration. Oh and it should NEVER CLOSE RAW OR BRING UP CLAIR LYNCH EVER!

Jack Swagger beat Cesaro in a good match. How in the world did Jack Swagger wind up being the Shawn Michaels of the team? The Russians came out and did nothing.

Wyatt and Jericho had a sitdown meeting where they said about what you would expect them to say. I’m not sure why this was recorded in a room and not done in the ring.

Paige cost AJ a match against Eva Marie and read a bad poem about beating AJ after the match. What I don’t understand was why Eva was fine to roll AJ up but then was down like she had gotten beaten up. I know she sucks in the ring, but DEAR GOODNESS does she look good in those outfits.

Cena gave a long response to Lesnar with a focus on Lesnar not deserving the title because Brock is in this just for the money and thinks he deserves to be champion because he’s Brock Lesnar. As usual, Cena nails the hard sell like few others can. Fortunately for us, Heyman is one of the few that can hang with and even best Cena at this stuff. The match is going to be amazing too.

Miz got Dolph Ziggler counted out against Heath Slater. In other words, Paige got AJ pinned by Eva Marie. Same story twice in an hour.

Orton beat Sheamus in a good match. There weren’t any big storyline developments here. Just two high level guys having a thirteen minute match and making it entertaining. You can’t ask for much more than that.

Hogan’s birthday celebration was the big ending with a bunch of legends coming out. Lesnar came back but Cena saved the legends and posed with Hogan to end the show. This was fine, though I wouldn’t have minded it going longer.

Overall Raw was the usual good go home show for a big pay per view and I want to see the show more than I did before. Hogan’s stuff was exactly what it should have been and likely would have been bigger had it not been the Monday before Summerslam. It was a good night though and the best Raw in a few weeks. That’s good going into Summerslam, which has potential to be a very awesome event.

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  1. Rocko says:

    I don’t get the Lynch comparisons at all. Obviously Stephanie and the other person were lying about this and it was just a ploy to get Brie arrested. Honestly I have no idea why anyone says this is even in the same ballpark. It’s a one and done deal.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    We have a person that seems to be above questioning sleeping with someone we’ve never heard of before despite being a happily married man. Odds are this will be revealed as a lie as well. It’s almost identical.

    james gracie Reply:

    Did you even watch the Claire Lynch angle in TNA? It’s the same thing. “Not even in the same ballpark” LOL WWE fanboys are dumb

  2. Little Jerry Lawler says:

    And most people forget that WWE did the same thing even before Claire Lynch.

    Killjoy Reply:

    And right after too.

  3. M.R. says:

    Heyman bringing up the past illness was perfect. Heels are supposed to make excuses and this one was actually somewhat true.

    Also Swagger is still worthless. Cesaro is still destined to be the star of the group, creative is just being foolish at the moment.

  4. Jordan says:

    Stephanie/Brie has to be the worst “high-profile” angle in quite some time. The fact that WWE seems to think a win over Stephanie will be a big deal is just depressing. Lesnar/Cena and Ambrose/Rollins will both make the show worth seeing though. However, I am pretty disappointed that of all the stipulations you could have done for Ambrose/Rollins, we’re getting a freaking lumberjack match.

    It sucks to see Cesaro as basically a jobber at this point, but the cream always rises to the top and I think he’ll get another push at some point.

    Heyo Reply:

    Unless you’re in WCW’s world, where Cesaro would lose against every member of the NWO in an epic burial. Including a loss to Vincent. In a ten second squash.