Greetings Kick Out at 2 readers and welcome back to this Tuesday’s issue of RAW IS XANATOS. As many of you know when I started this running weekly deal my main goal was to focus on the positives from each episode of RAW. However, last nights episode really let me down. With a show taking place in the UK and with The Undertaker competing on the card I expected a lot more. As is the routine with Monday Night RAW you have good episodes and you have bad ones. While this RAW wasn’t perfect lets look at a few things that did grab my attention as well as 2 angles with depressing results.

My Top Moments of this RAW:

1) Triple H confronting Paul Heyman – It’s no secret we pride ourselves here on the site as being “Paul Heyman Guys” as I stated last week this man should be The General Manager of RAW and I feel it’s only a matter of time. Triple H confronting him to accept Brock Lesnar’s challenge via the pedigree had shades of the “Ruthless Aggression” era written all over it. I was reintroduced back into the WWE during that era so as a fan of that time period I always wanted to see Triple H vs Brock. A lot of people may complain about the fact we are seeing this a 3rd time, for me its a traditional “program” featuring two Superstars who are getting an opportunity to give us what we never got to see in 2002.

2) The Undertaker, Kane and Daniel Bryan vs The Shield – It’s always great to see The Deadman so seeing him reunite with Kane alongside Daniel Bryan was pretty sweet. I was actually shocked that The Shield came out victorious in their match but The Undertaker is a man of tradition and realizes the time to create future stars is now. Wrestling fans should really let this fact sink in for a minute… Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, who were just 3 “indy workers” a few years ago, shared a ring with The Undertaker and Kane on Monday Night RAW…. that happened!

3) William Regal – The man was in his element so of course the fans loved him. Just like The Rock in Miami or CM Punk in Chicago the arena blew up for their local hero. I have always been a fan of Regal and to this day I still think its a shame that he has yet to capture the World Heavyweight Championship during his career. Fingers still crossed for you Sir Regal! 🙂

4) Fandango – The UK Crowd gave him the reaction we all expected they would. While the craze isn’t in full affect as it was 2 weeks ago there are still people embracing the trend of “Fandangoing”

5) Chris Jericho vs Dolph Ziggler These 2 guys are the epitome of the very thing we love about WWE…wrestling! Anytime there is a chance to see these guys compete I stop all social networking and conversations and just pay attention to their match from beginning to end. To see these 2 have a match is nothing short of perfection. Chris Jericho, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler and of course CM Punk are the main guys who cause me to just zone into a match. It’s guys like this who remind us this is a wrestling show not an entertainment facade.

6) Mick Foley – This is one of my childhood heroes. I grew up watching this man put his body through hell for my entertainment. Seeing The Undertaker throw Mankind off the Hell in a Cell in 1998 will be an image burned into my brain until the day I die. I enjoy seeing Mick in the WWE but sadly I did not enjoy this segment at all. This is the 2nd time in the past year that WWE has used him to try to generate heat on Cena’s opponent. They have accepted the fact most fans don’t buy what Cena is pushing nowadays and we generally cheer his adversary. Last year it was Punk that Foley was connected to, this year its  Ryback. It’s as if they are using the logic of “They hate Cena but love Foley if we use Foley as the mouth piece for Cena they will cheer Cena in return…right?…..right?” No WWE. Just No! The Mick Foley I know was not the man I saw in the ring last night playing peacekeeper.

7) The Shield – Shane and I talked last night and with Punk out for an undisclosed amount of time The Shield is pretty much our favorite thing about RAW at the moment. These guys have been on a roll and I have seen nothing but bright things in their future. However after Raw came to a close and during my conversation with Shane I pointed out that “Super Cena” and a chair were able to do what the various teams of The Undertaker, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Big Show and even Chris Jericho couldn’t do and that was disable The Shield. The Shield basically ran away from one man with a chair….. I really hope this doesn’t hurt The Shield and I’m so ready for someone to shove a piece of Kryponite up Super-Cena’s A**!

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. (Hopefully next week my Cena hatred will not hamper my positivity. I’m just really saddened by the current state of the WWE Championship picture)

-Robbie C.


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