Title This: WWE Raw Reaction 7-16-12

Josh Isenberg

Alberto Del RioAlberto Del Rio def. Zack Ryder

What I Liked:

At least Ryder got his entrance tonight. I thought the match was what it was going to be, and that was a basic squash for Del Rio to beat a popular superstar. He targeted on the arm of Ryder, giving himself more intelligence in the ring. This was better than a few months ago when he beat Ryder with two moves. We got a little bit more action this time. We get the return of Rey Mysterio, to a huge pop. He hit the 619, and I was happy to see him back. They need star power more now than ever, and he provides that.

What I Disliked:

What did Ryder do to get buried over and over and over again? His character has gone to the wayside, and Del Rio beating him does not make him look any stronger or weaker than before. Rey vs. Del Rio has been done before…. Come on.

Grade: C-

Rikishi def. Heath Slater

What I Liked:

I was surprised to see Rikishi tonight, and thought he did alright considering he was not given much to work with. Slater is really good, but this is intended just to see some of the favorites of the past. Rikishi looked exactly the same, without the goatee. Nice kick connected to Slater, which followed up with a Rikishi Bomb. I enjoyed the fact his sons danced with him after the match, that was pretty cool to see.

What I Disliked:

Who does Slater get beaten down by next week? It has to be someone big, right? I would love to see him get dominated by about 4 or 5 guys we rarely see these days.

Grade: C

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