Title This: WWE Raw Reaction 2-13-12

Josh Isenberg

Opening Segment:

Kane says he is going to make Cena embrace the hate, and that someone is leaving in an ambulance. We get all six competitors in the ring with podiums discussing the Elimination Chamber match. Punk says he will win because he is the best in the world. Dolph says he is better than everyone else and that he proves it each night. R Truth goes crazy and says he would trade Dolph and Vickie to SD, and that also he goes on a speech as to why he will win. The Miz explains why he will win, as he won the main event of WrestleMania. Kofi says he will not be overlooked any longer and that anything can happen at Elimination Chamber. Jericho ends the debate discussing how he is the best in the world and begins to bash Punk. Punk takes a dig at Jericho, and the segment ends with Kofi hitting Trouble in Paradise on Jericho.

What I Liked:

Much different than most beginnings, I enjoyed it. The crowd was into it, and each guy got enough time to state their case. Truth made me laugh in this segment, as his goofiness is beginning to get entertaining to me. Dolph needed some more time, and I thought Kofi did good with the little time he had. The ending showcased Kofi, even though he is probably last on everyone's picks. It was not the typical all out brawl, but did enough to give us our first match.

What I Disliked:

Kofi and Jericho should have been later in the night. I would have loved to see Dolph/Truth first, especially because they spoke to one another more than everyone else. I also know why Jericho is targeting Punk, but he should have expanded to everyone else. He bashed everyone else a few weeks ago, and should continue.

Grade: B+

Chris Jericho def. Kofi Kingston:

What I Liked:

Jericho implimented some new offensive moves. His style is much different, but I also like how he goes back to his basics. Kofi did good things in this match, especially since creative booked him to get more offense in. Kofi is a great talent with skills and athleticism in the ring. You have to continue to have Jericho as the heel persona, so a cheap win was great. He needs to be this guy that everyone hates because of how he wins. He needs to be different, like what Bryan is right now.

What I Disliked:

I wish they did something to give Kofi more exposure. I am beginning to like him in many ways, but feel he needs to speak more. He needs to overcome what he has been stereotyped as, and that is the "Shelton Benjamin" effect. His athleticism can't overshadow his character development. The match was good, but nothing spectacular.

Grade: B-

John Cena sees Zack Ryder. Ryder is here to give Eve some flowers and candy. Cena tells him to stay in his locker room so Kane does not attack him.

Laurinaitis is with Otunga, and says he needs to focus on dropping the "Interim" part of his title.

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