10 Thoughts: WWE Raw 4.29.13 (John Cena, Ryback, The Shield, Dolph Ziggler)

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1. That was the politest WWE crowd I’ve seen/heard in a long time. Ohio should be proud of themselves for giving those kids a memory of a lifetime.

2. DAMN! Great showing from Cody Rhodes in a stellar match with Randy Orton but I can’t help but think that was a wasted opportunity to catapult Rhodes to another level that he’s recently lost by being in a tag team with Damien Sandow. The Cross Rhodes false finish was set up perfectly for Rhodes to go over but yet we get another meaningless Orton win followed by the aftermatch burial RKO. Sometimes they (WWE) get so close just to shoot themselves in the foot again.

3. That was one of the more awkward promos I’ve seen in a while. Unlike when Orton forgot his line, this seemed like production told The Shield that they would be showing video clips and then instead they just showed photos. And transitioned through those photos very, very slowly. Rough time to be stuck in the ring during that segment.

4. I know a lot of people are rightfully annoyed (my wife even just pointed it out) that Dolph Ziggler needs to “cheat” every time he wins, when he does win but what I found a little unsettling about this match is that WWE had to dig past their main-eventers for an opponent for Ziggler until they got to Kofi Kingston in order to find a star that can hang in the ring with him. This wasn’t a case of wanting to elevate the Intercontinental Champion. This was WWE not having enough babyface natural athletes on the roster.

5. The one time the WWE App doesn’t crash on my iPad is when I have to witness Antonio Cesaro yodeling to the ring in a beret. Damn you, Apple/WWE.

6. That was by far one of the best matches I’ve seen out of Alberto Del Rio. I’ve never been a huge fan of his but if he’s able to keep having matches like this with more opponents than just Antonio Cesaro, he just may win me over.

7. It took them long enough to get Summer Rae on TV with Fandango and even though she’s not as good of a dancer as the previous valet, she’s got more charisma. She can hold her own with Fandango (who also isn’t a dancer, by the way) but she also knows how to carry herself around the ring as well as play off of whatever Fandango does. That said, this was another throwaway segment in a show absolutely filled with them. It’s been a few weeks since I found it hard to stay awake throughout the 3 hours of Raw but tonight is making it extremely hard.

8. Again I have to commend the Ohio crowd. They absolutely let him have it when his music hit which makes their respect during the Make A Wish segment all that more impressive. It’s unusual for a wrestling crowd to stand out for the right reasons so kudos to the crowd tonight.

9. Once again on SmackDown we’ll be treated to Dean Ambrose facing another tried and true veteran in Kane. Rollins, Reigns & Ambrose must be doing EVERYTHING right backstage because I honestly can’t remember the last time “rookies” like these three have been put over this well. Not even Nexus was this strong for this long.

10. While it’s always nice to see the young guys go over, The Shield’s matches are becoming very formulaic. I’m glad they’ve finally pulled the trigger and are going to start booking these guys in singles matches. There’s only so many times we can see three “main-eventers get upset” when they go for one finisher or another and Reigns hits the spear. It’s played out now and these guys are obviously very much better than what’s being booked.

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