WWE Raw aired live from Kansas City Monday, September 26, 2011 and brought us the some of the final hype for this Sunday’s Hell In A Cell pay-per-view. Triple H’s actions as COO were questioned, John Cena took on Christian and CM Punk met Alberto Del Rio.
– We start off with Triple H going over his actions last week, including firing The Miz and R-Truth. He is interrupted by Vickie Guerrero, Dolph Ziggler, Cody Rhodes and Christian, in that order. While getting all of these guys time in front of the COO is a good thing, they all wound up sounding the same. It set up the card for the evening, but did little good other than making the sometimes-wrestler Triple H seem cooler than the actual active talent.
– Cody Rhodes came out of the 10-man Battle Royal looking good for winning, but it was really due to Christian distracting Sheamus. After the brutal beating Rhodes took from Randy Orton last Friday on Smackdown, it would be good to build him up more.
– I’m not a big “work rate” guy, but I simply can’t stand that Kelly Kelly can’t run the ropes. It’s embarrassing that she looks as though she’s bouncing off a cloud every time she hits them. It’s also hard to take the division seriously with her as champion. Sure, Beth Phoenix will get another shot at the title at Hell In A Cell. Will she lose to a roll-up again?
– John Cena cut a spirited promo to put over the Hell In A Cell pay-per-view. But does anyone actually expect the title to change hands 8 days after it changed hands last? The no-contest between Cena and Christian furthered the story between Cena, Punk and Del Rio, but a run-in from Sheamus would’ve helped his storyline with Christian as well.
– Mason Ryan returns and immediately becomes a good guy by tearing Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger apart. A good move as the fans bought into it big.
– Using David Otunga as the “legal expert” for the superstars is awesome. Many people won’t buy it, but I do. He can mix his Harvard education with the power of “Hollywood” attorneys through his wife, Jennifer Hudson. This gimmick could work for him.
– CM Punk takes out Alberto Del Rio and the Hell In A Cell lowers from the rafters. What is a fun segment where Punk and Cena lay out Ricardo Rodriguez immediately becomes a segment where Alberto Del Rio finally gains some momentum. In laying out both Punk and Cena with some brutal chair shots, Del Rio was able to get back some of what he has lost since winning the WWE Title.
– Cody Rhodes wins a 10-man Battle Royal to retain the Intercontinental Title
– Beth Phoenix and Natalya defeated Kelly Kelly and Eve
– John Cena and Christian fight to a no-contest
– Dolph Ziggler defeated Zack Ryder to retain the United States Championship
– Air Boom and Zack Ryder defeated Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and Mason Ryan when Ryan turned on his team.
– CM Punk defeated Alberto Del Rio
WWE hasn’t been firing on all cylinders as of late. Whether it’s the pressure with many shows returning to television and Monday Night Football getting going, they’ve just been lacking. The show wasn’t horrible, but when you only have 13 days to promote a pay-per-view after your last one, you rush things and everything seems discombobulated. That’s how this show felt.
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