Title This: WWE Monday Night Raw Reaction 10-17-2011

Josh Isenberg

John Laurinaitis is backstage with Bellas. Also, Del Rio comes in and is upset for the main event. He says the winner of tonight's match will pick the stipulation of the WWE Championship match on Sunday.

Eve vs. Natalya/ What Happened:

Eve gets beaten up a little, but overcomes the power by Natalya. She hits a beautiful moonsault for the clean victory.

What I Liked:

Eve picking up a victory over Natalya, as it gives her some sort of credibility and relevance. Also, when she gets her title match, which will be at Vengeance, this gives her some quick steam, even though she will lose to Beth. Eve is an athletic and more believable opponent, given her size and believability.

What I Disliked:

Natalya is always viewed as the weak link of the pair. She has a great history in her family, and should not be squashed as often as she does. Also, I feel like they needed to have an after math, either Beth attacking Kelly Kelly, or having all four brawl. I wish they would have a fatal four way on Sunday to give all four divas some altercation with one another.

Grade: C

C.M. Punk vs. The Miz/ What Happened:

Triple H comes outside, and stands in the corner of Punk.  Miz and Truth rip apart Punk before the match. The Miz uses a lot of submission holds to ground Punk early, but Punk takes over with kicks, chops, and a flying body dive to the outside. The pace picks up, until Miz grounds and pounds Punk.

What I Liked:

Having The Miz control the match, using a lot of what Punk is known for, including submission holds throughout. He was very meticulous in the ring, and very keen on his whereabouts throughout the match. Also, having another question that needs to be answered, involving Laurinaitis and Triple H and the papers that made Hunter leave. Keep the stories inside and outside going, even if it is as awkward as an "Immigration" problem. The personal conflict overtook the match briefly. Truth taunting Triple H also was funny. 

What I Disliked:

Having the flow of the match be interrupted to a point we did not know if it was still going on. Other than that, the match was solid, concise, and showed no clean finish, but a quick roll up after a distraction.

Grade: B+

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