Title This: WWE Raw Reaction 4-16-13

Josh Isenberg

WWE RawThe Undercard:

Team Hell No defeated Primetime Players in a quick and repetitive match that we have seen so many times. It gets frustrating when Rhodes Scholars are being wasted by jokes of a match and then we see ANOTHER squash type match from the champions. Bryan is so good at being technical and aggressive, as it was seen by his multiple kicks to the much larger Titus O'Neil. Where is the overall intrigue for Team Hell No now? I feel like The Shield is needed badly to claim the titles from them. All we are getting from the tag team division is repetitive matches and finishes.

Grade: C-

R-Truth defeated Wade Barrett in the upset of the night. If I gambled, I would have put the bank on Barrett here. Truth is in the ring with no entrance on TV, and then comes the Intercontinental Champion who squashes Santino on Smackdown. Barrett, instead of continuing to look dominant and awaiting his next opponent, loses to Truth clean. The recently crowned champion loses clean to a guy who simply does not interest me. The crowd was not completely dead all night, but they could care less. Instead of a guy that we know what we are going to get in Truth, why not have Miz come out and try to get his revenge. Yes, we have seen Miz and Barrett multiple times, but we know they will somehow give him a rematch. Get that over with and move on instead of being completely illogical and make Barrett lose clean.

Grade: C-

Kofi Kingston defeated Antonio Cesaro to win the United States Championship. Once again, WWE swerves us with an upset victory. This was an excellent match and should be viewed as that. Kingston was so quick and athletic, but it was the brute strength and timing on Cesaro's end to make it work to perfection. Kingston was able to escape from the Neutralizer and get a 2 count. They exchange some pinfall attempts until Kingston hit Trouble in Paradise out of nowhere to pick up the championship. Many people will argue "why?" Well, WWE knows that Cesaro can be used for bigger and better feuds. It may not happen right now, but they are getting him ready for a step up. Kofi may always be a midcard guy, but that is okay. I do not mind the title change and feel that it can only do positive things for a guy like Cesaro. They just have to find the right guy for Cesaro to work with.

Grade: B

Team Rhodes Scholars defeated Great Khali and Santino Marella. Yeah, this is what they are doing to two extremely talented guys who deserve much better.

Grade: D

Both Bellas defeated Kaitlyn in a match that was given about eight minutes. When you go back and watch it, the match was not that bad. Besides Kaitlyn looking like she is going clubbing when in the ring, she uses her strength with aggressive clothesline to gain the upper hand. Brie, or Nikki, swap in the ring and roll her up. The match was not bad, but NOBODY cares about the division. The Bellas are talented but are not pushed logically. Kaitlyn has a great look and appeal to her, but they rarely use her.

Grade: C

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