Greetings Kick Out at 2 readers and welcome to the debut issue of RAW IS XANATOS. I have wanted to do this feature for a few months now and decided I would do it starting with the first RAW after Wrestlemania. I think everyone here at Kick Out at 2 has something they add to the site which makes it diverse. Shane is our resident “Indy Guy” who keeps his finger close to the pulse of such promotions as Ring of Honor and his personal “baby” Chikara Pro. Derick has his love for such styles of CMLL and New Japan Pro Wrestling. Add the fact that between the two of them they can tell you every good thing (…or bad angle) that ever happened in WCW. They pretty much keep me updated as well as give me history lessons during our Kick Out at 2 hangout sessions. As for me, I’m the WWE guy. With so much wrestling around the world this has been the one I have followed on a consistent basis. For me it’s the easiest one to keep up with and one I have loved since I was a child. From here on out, I will be sharing my personal thoughts on WWE’s flagship program in a segment I like to call… RAW IS XANATOS.

As I stated I wanted to start this segment with the first RAW after Wrestlemania. Boy oh boy what a show to pick to start this with. The RAW crowd was completely packed inside the IZOD Center and full of some of the most passionate WWE fans we have ever seen or heard. RAW after Wrestlemania is always fun but this night definitely set the bar for excited fans.

My Top Moments of this RAW:

1) Hearing the IZOD Crowd – This crowd was very vocal about their opinions of what they were seeing. If they liked it you knew they did. If they didn’t they would find other things to chant for. The JBL Chants were the highlight of all the chants for me.

2) Dolph Ziggler cashing in his Money in The Bank contract to become The World Heavyweight Champion – Every since Dolph was wrestling on Smackdown back in ’09 with the likes of Rey Mysterio and John Morrison I knew this guy was being prepped to be one of the major future stars of this company. His first World Title reign hurt him. This one made him. Seeing how much he has grown as a competitor and how much he has worked his ass off over the years has resulted in a moment that will no doubt define his career. One of the top heels of the company got the HBK face reaction when winning a championship. Such a feel good moment and the powerful crowd reaction will no doubt make this moment a powerful memory for Dolph as he moves forward in his career.

3) The possibility of The Brothers of Destruction and Daniel Bryan vs The Shield – I was very surprised to see The Undertaker on RAW following Wrestlemania. If you have watched the last few years the normal formula has been for Taker to pick up his win at Wrestlemania then disappear for the following 8-9 months. Seeing The Shield attempt to attack The Undertaker only to have Team Hell No make the save was awesome. If this leads to a match at Extreme Rules I will be a very happy viewer.

4) Wade Barrett Winning the Intercontinental Championship – I love Wade Barrett. He was my pick to win the original NXT and was happy to see him on the main roster. That being said I’m a big fan of The Miz as well. However, seeing the Intercontinental Championship in a game of hot potato in 24hrs hurts the credibility of the title. The Pre-show at Mania was irrelevant and I won’t pretend to understand their logic of pulling a mulligan on The Miz as the Intercontinental Champion.

5) Fandango Y2J with a huge assist from the New Jersey Crowd worked together over the last 24hrs to do something a lot of people didn’t think possible, put Fandango over. Not only have they put him over they have done it in such a way that it has probably broken WWE’s original plans for the character. Apparently reports are still coming in of various establishments throughout Jersey still caught up in the humming of Fandango’s Theme Song. It will be interesting to see how this character evolves going forward.

6) Randy Orton vs Sheamus – I never thought I would say you watch a match for a crowd but this is it. Throughout this match a wave broke out and various chants filled the arena. Random chants from JBL all the way to Justin Roberts were heard. Promotions, wrestlers, legends and icons, literally everything that could be chanted was chanted during this match. These people were interested in anything other than the two performers in the ring. This was the most surreal moment I have ever seen during a Monday Night RAW match.

7) Ryback – I really see so much potential in Ryback. He stated in his last interview he wants to be the face of the company and go higher than John Cena has and I’m 100% for it! He could be WWE’s version of Goldberg but a lot better I think. Seeing him attack Cena and having the desire to be The WWE Champion was awesome, again the Jersey crowd added to epicness of this unfolding. Before 2013 comes to a close I firmly believe this man will be wearing the Championship gold.

Well there you have it folks, a quick rundown of some of my favorite thoughts and moments pertaining to this week’s episode of RAW. Be sure to check back next Tuesday for the next issue of… RAW IS XANATOS.

-Robbie C.


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