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ThunderStruck: WWE Raw Analysis 11/12/12

Posted by Marc Middleton in Thunderstruck
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

defeats Dolph Ziggler with a rollup. ADR and Ricardo Rodriguez attempt to distract Orton, but they fail. The three beat on Orton and comes down for the save. Teddy Long comes out and books a tag team match right now on behalf of . Del Rio pins Kofi to win the tag team match after an RR distraction.

^Bringing Smackdown tag team match ideas to Raw might just be the smartest thing done on Raw in some time. Orton and Ziggler teased us with some good wrestling, and then we were treated to these four men going at it in a Survivor Series preview. This was definitely a solid way to open the show and build some hype for the pay per view match.

Dolph and Vickie are in the ring. They call out AJ Lee and share “voice evidence” that shes supposedly left for John Cena. Cena comes down and both AJ and Cena knock Ziggler down.

^First of all, I’m tired of the drama here. Second of all, I can’t wait for Ziggler and Cena to go one on one(hopefully at ). Third, I’m guessing those voicemails were provided by from when AJ was obsessed with him(if they choose to continue the storyline that way).

AJ and Cena are shown backstage talking. Cena says this is something that never happened and never would happen. AJ says it never would happen with a questioning tone. Cena gets shaken by it and walks away.

^Given that AJ has made her way through half the main event scene of Raw already, why not add John Cena to the growing list?

Big Show defeats William Regal with a chokeslam. Show goes to knock out Regal after the match but comes down for the save.

^It’s nice to see the veteran Regal in the ring as of late. Maybe this is his last run at working matches, but I hope we get to see more of him in the coming weeks. Using Regal to enhance the rivalry between Show and Sheamus is a good idea and it makes for some interesting matches that I never thought we would see again.

defeats in a short match to become the number one contender for ’s title.

^This wasn’t much of a match, but props to WWE for at least remembering to put the divas on the show tonight. I’d like to see Natalya become more involved in the title scene as she can actually work a really good match.

Footage is shown from the night of ’s heart attack. We are shown scenes of Lawler receiving CPR in the backstage area and in the ambulance. and bring out . Lawler thanks the WWE Universe for all that they’ve done with their thoughts, prayers, tweets, ect. CM Punk interrupts.

Punk tells Lawler he’s glad he left the ring or he would have beaten him to death. He goes on to mock the King and then fakes having a heart attack. comes to the ring and rips into Punk. Foley then tells Punk that he will be the guest enforcer when Punk goes one on one with John Cena tonight.

^First of all, showing scenes from backstage when Lawler had a heart attack is just sick and wrong. One of the reasons I almost thought it was all made up was so that WWE could get more publicity. I know you can call me crazy for thinking that, but I put almost nothing past WWE after the Shane McMahon/2×4 on the accelerator of a car incident with in the backseat and anything else related to serious vehicle accidents that they’ve done. In this case, I’m sure Lawler signed off on the segment and everything that was said was for storyline enhancement, but it’s completely classless to use a real life and death situation to enhance the gimmick of a heel. Maybe it just hits too close to home for me for personal reasons, or maybe I’m just overreacting because it’s Jerry Lawler and the WWE should have more respect for him, but I’m just not okay with how this all played out.

We see a backstage segment where CM Punk tells Paul Heyman to fix everything with the WWE Title scene and also with Brad Maddox.

^Way to make it obvious and tell us that Maddox was involved with Punk at HIAC. I love how absolutely useless Heyman has been for Punk since he became his manager. Heyman’s presence alone definitely makes Punk a better heel, but I do find it somewhat comical that he’s been of no actual benefit to the champion.

, Justin Gabriel, and the Mexicans in Masks defeat the Prime Time Players and Primo and Epico in an eight man tag team match. Rey Mysterio hits a 619 on Darren Young and Justin Gabriel hits a 450 on him afterwards for the win.

^This was a short but fun match. If this match had gone another ten minutes and featured a little bit more from each performer, you probably could’ve called this the match of the night. I love the tag team division in WWE right now and I hope they continue to push it and create even more teams in the near future.

Brad Maddox is shown backstage and Paul Heyman shows up to talk to him. They walk away.

^Not that we didn’t already know it, but I think the cat is officially out of the bag on who told Maddox to screw at HIAC.

is shown backstage. Dolph Ziggler approaches him and tells him he knows he will beg to be on the team soon. Mick Foley shows up. Miz asks Foley to put Miz on the ballot for the fans to vote on who will join Team Foley at Survivor Series. Foley agrees to put him on.

^And the Miz face turn is almost complete! I can’t wait to see how popular the Miz becomes once the fans get on his side. What better way to find the next big guy than to open your eyes and realize that all the talent and charisma in the world has been under your nose this whole time, eh Vince?

defeats Tensai with the little jimmy and Antonio Cesaro is on commentary. It’s announced before the match that Truth will face Cesaro for the United States Championship at Survivor Series. Truth gets in Cesaro’s face after the match and tells him he will knock his teeth down his throat on Sunday.

^First of all, it’s great to see Tensai continue losing like this. The guy is a joke and should be nothing more than a face booster(yes, I say it a lot about guys with no talent). Truth and Cesaro at Survivor Series could easily be one of the top three matches on the card. I can’t wait!

Ryback destroys Brad Maddox and pins him after shell shocked. He tosses Maddox off a stretcher after the match and bounces his head off an ambulance that was brought into the arena before the match.

^Okay, so we know this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Brad Maddox. I’m sure Maddox will be back just in time to screw Ryback out of the title another time. Ryback now has all kinds of momentum heading into SS this Sunday, and we’ve still yet to see the guy do anything significant in the ring. Hmm, forgive me for not being enthused.

Sheamus defeats David Otunga in a short match. Sheamus uses white noise, followed by the brogue kick. Big Show is shown on the tron after the match beating on William Regal. Sheamus runs to the back after Show hits the WMD on Regal.

^How many times have we seen Sheamus defeat Otunga in 2012? The answer is probably at least five or six on television, but it feels like so much more. Otunga just doesn’t do it for me, and there are a lot of other talented heels in developmental that could be on the roster working GOOD matches instead of the crap we get when Otunga steps in the ring. I like the intensity of the Sheamus/Show rivalry, and I honestly believe with a chairs match at TLC these two could carry this rivalry strong to the end of the year

Damien Sandow and come to the ring. Their opponents are Kane and…the Miz. Miz was voted for over and Santino to be the last member of Team Foley. Kane ends up winning the match with a chokeslam on Rhodes. Daniel Bryan shows his jealousy after the match by trying to raise Kane’s arm. Miz and Dbry start arguing and Kane gets mad at them both.

^This was an effective segment for putting over Miz as a face, adding to the Dbry/Kane drama, and for putting more hype into the big elimination match at SS this Sunday. I’m interested in the fact Rhodes seems to be getting pinned far more often than Sandow, but I’m guessing it’s because WWE has bigger plans for Sandow in the near future. I love the Dbry/Kane/Miz scenario, and part of me is hoping WWE doesn’t do a double cross with the Miz to have him help Team Ziggler. It’s important for the Miz to remain as a face and win the crowd over.

John Cena defeats CM Punk with the AA after Punk tries to run away from the match and is stopped by Ryback. Mick Foley as enforcer stops Heyman from getting involved in the match. Cena and Ryback each try to pick up the WWE Title twice after the match and hold onto it together while staring off. Punk looks on worried.

^What a great way to close Raw! We were treated to an awesome match with Cena and Punk, and now people are led to believe that Punk might actually lose the title to Cena or Ryback. The show tonight was full of good wrestling and storyline build for the Survivor Series. Yeah, we had a few squash matches, but those are to be expected each week. Survivor Series is getting a somewhat decent build(considering it only had three weeks) with five matches on the card and hopefully at least one or two more booked on Smackdown.

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14 Responses to ThunderStruck: WWE Raw Analysis 11/12/12:

  1. Misa

    Date: Nov 13, 2012 at 3:12 am

    You’re not alone on the Jerry thing, it was sickening, just disgusting..

  2. BoneCrusher

    Date: Nov 13, 2012 at 10:37 am

    The Punk / Heyman skit about Jerry Lawler was tasteless. You can’t really get much lower than to mock an incident where a wrestler died and was revived with CPR in real life. I used to respect Punk as a wrestler and as a worker… But never again, if he wants to be an Atheist it’s his business… but spreading the hate on a PG show went too far. If it was the Writers or Vince who made the skit, either way just tasteless… and have crossed the lines of decency.

    Wrestling used to be an Americana type event to watch. Now WWE promotes tasteless behavior and doesn’t even have a line drawn when a person’s life was on the line.

    For those who may disagree… I say two words Owen Hart!

  3. Nick

    Date: Nov 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I actually found it boring and stupid more than i found it sickining. It went on and on and became a reason for Foley to come out and be a “special enforcer”(which is the dumbest thing anyone can be in a match) just so the build up to Team Foley vs Team Punk wasnt wasted and people, like me felt cheated. The segment did absolutly nothing but give Foley a reason to give one more rousing speech to punk, which was not nearly as impactful as the one he gave a few weeks ago. To me, if a PPV has only three weeks to build, changing stories and matches on week two kind of screws the story and at the very least caused me to loose complete intrest in Survivor Series.

    What would have been bad is if Punk had come out before Jerry was better and started saying stuff. Obviously Jerry said it was good to go. Guess what, if you hate Punk more now, the segment worked. Say what you will but if it makes people hate Punk that is kind of the point of being a bad guy. People will hate him for it and they should. He is a bad guy! And if you disrespect him for doing it…well you obviously started watching wrestling in the past few weeks because there is a ton of stuff WWE has done that is shameful and tasteless. But i can be almost certain that the people who hate Punk now and cannot stand him, if he ever goes face again those people will be buying his shirts and making signs with his name on them the second he turns. Thats what WWE does, they make you think what they want you to think when they want you to think it.

  4. lucmania

    Date: Nov 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Lol cesaro was right u american are jokes becoz i think last nite raw very entertaining to me. u obese american shud just watch american football while the rest of the world dont give a shit bout that stupid sport.

  5. Punk4Prez

    Date: Nov 14, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Where do you live lucmania? In America? I’m American and skinny. I play American FOOTball. Soccer sucks and I’d rather watch golf or nascar. America is the greatest country on earth. Mexico?…Mexico is full of drug dealing terrorists that have their native residents running for America and illegally coming here. I think anyone who wants to come here and make an honest life for themselves should most definately be allowed to. If you’re sitting anywhere within this country and talking down about it, then I suggest you take your ass back where you came from.

  6. the snake

    Date: Nov 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    UR RACIST PUNK GOES TO SHOW U SOME THINGS. LET ME TELL U AND THAT FOOL THUNDER SOMETHING, I KNOW THAT U AND LIGTENING HAD A THING GOING ON. THAT PUNK HEART ATTACK WAS GREAT CUZ LAWLERS TIME JUST LIKE U AND THUNDERS IS DONE. THUNDER LIKE I SAID SPEND MORE TIME WITH UR WIFE THAN ON HERE. OR UR WIFEY WILL FIND A REAL MAN NOT A BOY.

  7. the snake

    Date: Nov 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    IM SO STUPID I CANT SPELL OR USE PUNCTUATION AND I NEVER TAKE SHOWERS AND IM IN THE 8 GRADE MY MOM TOUCHES ME IN MY NO NO AREA AND I LOVE TUBE SNAKES I WILL NEVER HAVE A WIFE BECUZ IM A LOSER AND WEIGH 400 POUNDS AND CANT PASS 8 GRADE AND I WANNA CHALLENGE EVERYONE 2 A MATCH BECUZ IM OUT OF MY STUPID ASS LITTLE MIND EXPLAINS ALOT HUH

  8. Punk4Prez

    Date: Nov 14, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I’m Mexican-American you dumbass. Racist? I think not…

  9. the snake

    Date: Nov 14, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    U WETBACK DID UR DAD MOW LAWNS FOR A LIVING. DID UR MAMA CLEAN HOUSES? THEY ARE ILLEGAL AND SHOULD BE DEPORTED JUST LIKE U. UR JUST SOME BORDER JUMPER WHO CAME TO THE USA TO GET OVER. I THINK THUNDER IS ALSO A ILLEGAL. OH YEAH THUNDER HOW THE HELL U GONNA SAY THAT JEFF HARDY IS A SPOT MONKEY. DO U KNOW WHAT THE TERM MEAN. U IDIOT. I MEAN JEFF HARDY BASICALLY CARRIED HIS SORRY ASS BROTHER FOR A WHILE. ITS LIKE SAYING RYBACK IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD. SO THUNDER GET UR FACTS STR8 B4 U WRITE U FUCKING MORON.

  10. Punk4Prez

    Date: Nov 15, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Hah, who’s racist now? At least I have parents that didn’t throw me in a dumpster when I was a baby. Explains why you talk so much trash. Now pick the garbage out of your teeth and go cry to your adopted parents that more than likely are just as ashamed of you. By the way, the all caps that you type in are terrifying. I can’t believe you’re cyber yelling at me :( I’m really hurt and I’m sure Thunder is also…WE CHALLENGE YOU TO A HANDICAP MATCH!!..what a joke you are.

  11. the snake

    Date: Nov 15, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    YOU MUST BE THUNDER’S SPOKESPERSON CUZ YOU ARE SURE ALWAYS SPEAKING FOR HIM. DID YOUR PARENTS DRESS U UP AS A GIRL.

  12. the snake

    Date: Nov 15, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    TELL ME EXACTLY WHAT U KNOW ABOUT WRESTLING. U GOT SOME NERVE USING PUNKS NAME. NOW GO HANG WITH UR ESE CHOLOS AND DRINK CORONAS OR TECATE.

  13. Punk4Prez

    Date: Nov 16, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Yes I am his spokesperson. Call me Paul Heyman if you will. You’re like an annoying rash that just never goes away. You have to be the dumbest person I’ve ever had an encounter with. Seriously, the 5th grade comments about race? I’m actually white…don’t believe everything you read. I know a hell of a lot more than you know about wrestling considering you used a Miz catchphrase that’s just retarded as hell. And you show your taste using the old moniker of Jake “The Snake” Roberts…who happens to be next to Scott Hall the biggest failure in wrestling. Now let me ask you…what do you know about wrestling? All I’ve heard you do is bad mouth people and never said anything about wrestling. I on the other hand actually talk about wrestling (except for when I have to deal with your stupid ass). Been following the business for 20+ years which is undoubtedly longer than you’ve been alive you little piss ant.

  14. the snake

    Date: Nov 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I agree about Jake Roberts being a failure. He probaly is face down in his own vomit like your father.

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