Better than week's past, but despite the vast improvement, it still needs a lot of work.
Vince McMahon is out to grace us with his presence. Vince blames Bret hart for all the ensuring chaos and said he'd have to deal with all kind of difficulties. He says he made bad decisions by firing Wade Barrett and the NXT crew, which set off all sorts of chaos. He says he knew Brett was banged up but that didn't give him any excuse not to show up. Everything was his fault, and he has no choice but to relieve Bret of his GM duties in other words he's fired. He says a new General Manager will be announced, but he prefers to remain anonymous. The new GM will be issuing his instructions through a computer on the announce table. Basically what goes on is all NXT members have been re-hired and that brings out Sheamus. Sheamus apologizes to Vince because this isn't the way he wanted to win the WWE Championship. More than anything he wanted to prove he belonged in the top echelon by beating three of the top WWE Superstars on his own. But that didn't happen. He doesn't deserve this he can't accept this championship under these conditions. Turns out Sheamus feigned all of us and he says he will gladly accept it. He thanks the NXT superstars and is about to say he will never relinquish the title and here comes Cena. Geez it's odd not to see Cena without the title. Cena calls Sheamus Pasty and says it's only a matter of time before he deals with the NXT folks. He says he wants a rematch and doesn't see a better place than Bridgeport. Sheamus says he doesn't care what he wants and leaves. The new anonymous GM declares that the title rematch will take place and to make sure no interference will take place, he's appointed Vince as the guest referee. Solid work here, WWE is in desperate need of a sense of mystery and this worked well.
3 1/2 /5
Evan Bourne Vs Chris Jericho. Absolutely fabulous TV match, that had me on the edge of my seat. This could be one of the best feuds on Raw, and is already proving to do so. I have not yet seen their match at Fatal Four Way, but now I will definitely do so. Jericho wins and teases a face turn afterwords but simply shoves Bourne away in disgust.
Backstage, Vince talks on the phone with the new General Manager. Vince doesn't want any more surprises. He hopes the GM enjoys it. He takes his referee shirt off the couch
Ted and Virgil talk about how long they've known each other and Ted apologizes for his actions last week. With that being said his services are no longer needed, he's decided to upgrade. I'm loving me some Maryse!!!! does she ever look hot. Virgil asks Ted what she'll do for protection, Ted hilarious replies "Buy a condom". Funny segment here, shows glimpses of getting out of the PG territory.
Josh is back with The Hart Dynasty. Natayla says she isn't surprised by Bret's firing and that NXT doesn't deserve rehiring. Natayla will dedicate her debut match to Uncle Bret. Solid, but unspectacular segment.
2 1/2 /5
Natayla Vs Tamina. Solid for what they were given, but it's all interrupted by NXT. NXT claims they are here to apologize, but The Hart Dynasty stop all that and proceed to attack NXT. NXT does a horrible interview segment with many of them looking lost on the Mic, not all of them are ready, it's obvious.
1 1/2 /5
John Morrison Vs Ted Dibiase isn't happening, because he has more important things to do with Maryse, but he has found a replacement.
John Morrison Vs Zack Ryder. Average stuff here, nothing of note at all. If they're not careful Morrison will quickly fade into obscurity like Shelton Benjamin. Morrison wins with Starship Pain.
John Cena says that Nexus took him out and it was nothing personal. His loyalty lies with the company and the WWE Universe. His main priority is winning the WWE Championship. Mr. Mcmahon says both men will have no excuses tonight. OK, nothing more than that.
Eve Torres&The Great Khali Vs Alicia Fox&Primo. Pathetic, that's all I have to say. Eve's team wins.
Randy Orton is out to a very strong reaction. Randy says he requested this time because has a beef with Nexus for interfering in his match. Since all of them are under contract, he will punt each and every one of them in the skull. He accepts Wade Barret's apology and says he hopes he does win the WWE Championship, because he's looking in the eyes of the man who will take it from him. The Miz surprisingly interrupts. Miz says just like Randy, he hears voices in his head. He's sick of seeing Randy in the main-event all the time, in fact he's sick of him period. He claims Randy has accomplished many things, but he's never gonna be the United States Champion and The WWE Champion at the same time. Miz hits a cheap shot, but Randy hits his Pattened power-slam and chases him off, but....SPEAR!. Edge stares at Orton, as Orton looks up disgusted. Solid stuff here, let's hope they make something of it.
3 1/2 /5
John Cena Vs Sheamus. Decent, but rather underwhelming in my opinion. They've had better, but what happens afterword was pretty sweet. NXT destroys Vince completely to end it. If you can find it, check out what happens off the air, I won't spoil it, but it's one of the most epic things I've watched in some time.
Bottom line. Decent and that's a good thing for Raw, I'll take any progress I can get.
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