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*OFFICIAL* Raw Discussion Thread: 15th April 2013
« on: 15 April 2013, 09:55:52 PM »
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It’s safe to say that last week’s Raw was one of the more memorable episodes in WWE history, and not just because of the raucous chants of the WWE Universe. While the crowd Fandango’d (rumor has it, Merriam-Webster Dictionary is going to add the term) the night away, Dolph Ziggler made history, Ryback made a bold, bold play against John Cena, and CM Punk … well, CM Punk was conspicuous by his absence. De facto mouthpiece Paul Heyman has promised The Straight Edge Superstar will return this week, though, to address his loss to The Undertaker at WrestleMania.

[Fandango] followed his big Raw debut with gusto on SmackDown, ambushing Y2J during his match with Dolph Ziggler, but what will Fandango have in store for his return to Raw?

One night after bringing the WWE Universe to its feet by executing Shell Shocked on Mark Henry at WrestleMania, Ryback left the same fans aghast when he laid waste to John Cena with the same maneuver on Raw in an apparent play for the Cenation leader’s WWE Championship.

Paul Heyman has promised that Punk will break his own silence on Raw. What will the former WWE Champion have to say?

Dolph Ziggler sure showed the world last week when he cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on a hobbled Alberto Del Rio to win the World Heavyweight Championship. ... The Showoff has already found himself beset by foes looking to take what is his. Can Ziggler hold onto his title with not one but two challengers waiting to make a move?

The crowd in East Rutherford, N.J., brought their A-game to the show, bolstering it with their enthusiasm and igniting a worldwide trend in the process. South Carolina has as passionate a fanbase as anywhere else in the country. Will the WWE fans once again take the world similarly by storm?

This week's crowd will probably try to emulate the crowd from last week, but I'm doubtful that they will have the same effect. Hopefully I'll be proved wrong and they will be just as entertaining though.
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Re: *OFFICIAL* Raw Discussion Thread: 15th April 2013
« Reply #1 on: 16 April 2013, 12:12:03 PM »
Finally Antonio Cesaro defends his United States Championship... and loses it, but I still don't see why it waited until this week and not at WrestleMania.

I can see their logic of there being a third match between Triple H and Brock Lesnar, as they have now won one each, but I was actually hoping that Lesnar attacking 3MB was a sign that he was moving on to somebody else instead.

There really didn't seem to be any fans of Dolph Ziggler in that crowd, I thought that there would at least be some on his side rather than that of Alberto Del Rio, but I guess that will probably be made up for by the UK crowd at next week's Raw.

I wonder if King's saying the "smaller" one of the Bellas won (when they used "Twin Magic" to swap places) was actually supposed to be said, judging from the silence from the other two and the fact that I thought that the WWE would want to stay away from any references suggesting that there are ways to tell them apart.

The Fandango/crowd interaction just didn't work for me, and in fact had me worried that they were going to use it to turn him face. Thankfully that wasn't the case though, and he showed that he is still a heel. I don't think it really accomplished anything though, other than acknowledging the "Fandangoing" craze last week on Raw and seemingly everywhere else since then, as Chris Jericho was nowhere to be seen.

It seemed that while the crowd did attempt to emulate last week's one, they only did so for the "Fandangoing" part and pretty poorly at that. I still thought that it would have taken a bit longer to get back to what we usually expect from Raw crowds though.

I loved Mark Henry appearing out of nowhere and taking out Sheamus in one shot before yelling "That's what I do!". I'd like to see him doing that to more people (rather than just Sheamus, as he did the same on SmackDown too).

Interesting way of having Punk respond to his loss to The Undertaker, this may be a way of giving Punk some time off. If it isn't though, I have no idea where he is going from here, so I look forward to finding out along with everyone else.

Ryback's "highlight reel" as Cena later put it seemed to go on to long to me, and probably didn't really need to be to get the message across, but it did have me thinking for a moment that he was suggesting that Cena was actually the one ordering The Shield to attack him, which I thought would have been a great way to finally turn Cena heel.

Obviously that would be ignoring the previous times that The Shield has attacked Cena too though. With The Shield coming down to attack Cena towards the end of the show, I was right when I expected Ryback to do nothing but watch on, but it was nice touch to also have the cautious glances from The Shield every so often, as if they weren't sure whether he would suddenly change his mind and help Cena.
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Re: *OFFICIAL* Raw Discussion Thread: 15th April 2013
« Reply #2 on: 16 April 2013, 05:30:31 PM »
The "fandangoing" stuff was fun for a few days, but it's just another thing people will get sick of quickly.  IMO, when the fandangoing stuff started during Raw last week I thought it was more about mocking him than actually supporting him...Fandango never really got over from his November vignettes all the way till his Wrestlemania debut.  Nothing changed except for his silly dance moves down the entrance ramp and the repetitive theme song.  The European/smark crowd at Raw last week probably had a few drinks before the show and found Fandango's theme song as a great way to mock a boring Sheamus/Randy Orton matchup and then show their disapproval of John Cena in another main event.  I mean, was the guy with the sign "Fandango 1-0" last week actually supposed to be a supporter of him or mocking the fact that he's 1-0 when the crowd favorites that Vince doesn't support continue to get buried?  Fandango still has to prove himself in the ring that he's here to stay and that his gimmick has more than the one note trick of pronouncing his name or else these past two weeks will make him into another Santino Marella or Zack Ryder.
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