Sheamus and Randy Orton take on the bad guys; Dolph Ziggler fears the Cobra.
Next up is Christian and Cody Rhodes vs. Randy Orton and Sheamus the Friendly Ghost. I mean seriously, has Sheamus ever even seen the sun, I mean… *ever*? Because this guy’s skin isn’t even pale anymore, it’s fluorescent. I’m waiting for the day he just throws all pretense out the window and bites one of his opponents, proving what I’ve known all along, that he’s really a vampire and he’s so pale because he avoids sunlight on threat of death.
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Anyway, the ‘Great White’ Sheamus—their nickname, not mine—puts on a good show this week, continuing to play the role of the same unstoppable tank he always does. Ok, we get it, Sheamus is a bad ass, but could he just dial it down a notch so it doesn’t always look like he’s tromping all over the other wrestlers in-ring. Surprisingly these two anti-social, loner types are a very effective tag team and they take the win over Rhodes and Christian.
Backstage Laurinaitis chats with Steph McMahon on the phone while his new favorite legal expert, David Otunga sits calmly reading the paper. It seems the WWE are just resisting beyond all recompense any efforts to put Otunga in a cheesy lawyer $2 suit. (Oh please, oh please…) Instead he’s opted for a Cliff Huxtable sweater and a Gustavo Fring bowtie tonight. (R.I.P., old friend. The Albuquerque meth trade will never be the same.)
John Cena notices too, as he shows up and tells quote, ‘Carlton Banks’ to “hit the bricks” and go back to Bel Air. Speaking of looks, Cena’s definitely changed up his own. Hmm, let’s see here: black hat, newly designed black t-shirt, black wrist bands, black arms bands, black everything. Cena’s even switched out his trusty jorts for a pair of camouflage khorts. (Khaki shorts, natch.) This seems like a much more aggressive John than we’re used to.
Could Cena finally be working his way around to the big heel turn some fans have been suggesting? Cena’s “fed up” with Miz and R-Truth and demands a match with them tonight to pay them back for interfering with his match at Vengeance. Laurinaitis grants Cena his match, with a partner of Ace’s own choosing.
Next up is Dolph Ziggler, accompanied by entourage Vickie and Jack Swagger, vs. Santino. Here’s an interesting match, as it’s pretty much understood Santino’s more of a comic relief sort of wrestler and Ziggler’s a bit more serious with his approach to things. This match plays out almost like a vaudevillian skit. Ziggler’s a sport; he knows how to play along with the gag, fleeing from Santino’s non-special special, the Cobra, as though a real serpent were attached to his hand. A pretty good match, such as it is. No surprise Ziggler retains his title tonight, Zig Zagging Santino for the win. When Dolph and Jack pile onto Santino, just to remind him they take their heel’ing very serious, Mason Ryan runs in from the back to break it up.
Looks like Ryan seems to be working his way up to a match with Ziggler. I’m guessing the two are probably going to meet at Survivor Series. Things could get pretty hairy for Dolph if last week’s match against Ryan is any indication.
Not that I expect—or even hope—for Mason to win, of course. Yeah, I know he’s a face and all but this columnist’s #TeamZiggler all the way. Here’s to Dolph continuing his reign as U.S. champion for a long time. He’s easily one of the most entertaining parts of Raw every week. Pitting him against monster, Mason Ryan is a good look, though. He needs a good challenge like this to prove to people he’s truly wearing this title and not just babysitting it for lack of competition.
Continue reading to hear about the unveiling of John Cena’s mystery partner and CM Punk’s challenge to Alberto Del Rio.
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