Title This: WWE Raw Reaction 8/13/12

Josh Isenberg

CM Punk vs. The Big Show ends in No Contest:

What I Liked:

CM PunkCM Punk and The Big Show are two completely different talents, of course. This match focused solely on Big Show dominating Punk. continuous chops and take downs of the champion. I thought it was smart because you need to try everything in your power to get the crowd to think for a split second that Big Show has a chance on Sunday. He doesn't, but his booking tonight made him look really strong. Daniel Bryan came out and caused the no contest, and screamed about how he should be in the WWE Championship match. Man, this guy is gold right now. Every character change that they have thrown his way, he has succeeded. In 8 months, he has gone through three changes in character. He stays fresh and the crowd continues to love him and hate him at the same time.

What I Disliked:

Why was Daniel Bryan here though? He has nothing to do with any of these guys anymore, and should focus more on his match with Kane. This was just a simple way to cause a no contest and not have either guy look weak. Also, Cena comes out and gets into the ring. Isn't Punk supposed to be a heel? Why the hell was he booked to face Show anyways? That really made no sense to me. Big Show is a full fledged heel with nobody cheering him because of it.

Grade:  B

Ryback def. JTG:

What I Liked:

Ryback is completely over right now, love it or hate it. His character is still going through a phase of pure dominance and senseless bookings, but look at his skill. Ryback works hard, looks great, and has underrated speed for his body build. His clothesline is very similar to JBL's back in the day, with a solid athlete selling it. Ryback's move set is meant to dominate.

What I Disliked:

Do we really think that Ryback would lose? Why is JTG in this match? If Reks and Hawkins couldn't beat him, why do we care about him beating a worse jobber. JTG is useless, very bland, and someone that should not get time in the ring on Raw. Furthermore, Ryback and Mahal is not the best feud. If they are going to give Ryback one, give it to a bigger guy who can be viewed as stronger or just as strong. You need to test his instincts and abilities outside of average guys.

Grade: C

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