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Jim Ross Sounds Off On Raw’s Strange Ending, CM Punk & Daniel Bryan vs. The Wyatts

In a newly published blog on, WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross offered his thoughts on Monday’s edition of Raw. Highlights from the post are as follows:

The ending to Monday’s episode of Raw: “Perplexing and unique night in many ways for Monday Night’s edition of RAW. The final two segments of the show had me scratching my head especially that surprising, last commercial break. The obvious, over riding theme of the broadcast was the issue between the South Carolina native Big Show and WWE COO HHH. That’s the match that fans seemingly want to see based on the feedback that I have received and my own take as a fan… I still don’t know why no one came out to attempt to help Show who was being assaulted by a corporate gang of assailants. Locker room scared? Had they hit the road?”

CM Punk and Daniel Bryan facing The Wyatt Family in the future after fending off the faction on Raw: Anxious to watch CM Punk and Daniel Bryan team to face the Wyatt’s down the road. This will help the Wyatt’s develop more villain nuances and give them the proverbial ‘rub’ that they need. Right now the Wyatt’s are only villains because they are battling two, established fan favorites and not because of the style of work of the bizarre trio. I have great expectations for the Wyatt’s in the future but I see them as character, fan favorites at this time. Plus, if Punk and Bryan team…they could some day break up and have a series of classic matches that no one in WWE could follow. That’s my fantasy booking for the day. Follow that, guys.

WWE’s partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation: Great work by John Cena speaking on WWE’s behalf regarding the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Cena is the face of the WWE brand and rightfully so. No one in WWE, past or present, could have done better with last night’s presentation than Cena.

Tyson Kidd’s return to Raw in a mixed tag match: “Exciting to see Tyson Kidd back in WWE healthy and married. Kidd is a terrific hand who has been greatly under utilized, in my opinion, in the past but let’s hope that he can get a fresh start including some vignettes IE personality developing profiles in the near future. Just for a wrestler to show back up isn’t enough now days.”

Big E. Langston’s efforts in his match on Raw against WWE Champion Randy Orton: “Langston maximized his minutes well Monday Night. Losing to the WWE Champion in a competitive battle can only help the former Iowa Defensive Tackle.”

Ross issued more thoughts on Raw, and praised Michael Cole’s work. To read his full post, click here.

  • Scooter

    The only good example I can think of in recent years is
    Storm/Roode over in TNA because they had 6 months between every match.

    Essentially you need to come up with an excuse to prevent the two guys from wrestling in order to have a proper build up it seems.

    If Bryan/Punk was going to happen, one of them would need to be written off tv for a while most likely.

  • CC

    Yup, on top of that you have to look at the average attention span of a lot of fans these days. The whole Bryan/Orton/Authority angle for instance was constantly met with “its boring now, lets move on”.

    I think a perfect example of how these long feuds dont work anymore was the HHH vs HBK feud that went on for ages. People soon grew bored of it because it just felt like the feud was going on forever because it was on every show and every ppv.

  • CC

    So attacking people in hallways, ganging up on people, and attacking people after matches is not heel behaviour?
    I’m sorry, but I have never seen them as anything but heels.

  • JAckh45

    Typical JR thinking… lets establish a great pairing/tag team and then have them split and feud…
    Tyson might be a hard worker but lets face it, his character is stale and boring, he will job for 3 months then we wont see him again unless we watch MainEvent.
    Also BigE is terrible, misses spots and cant take a hit to save him. Hes only around because Cena is fanboy over him.

    Again I couldnt disagree with JR more. So out of touch, go back to making your cheap disgusting BBQ saurce.

  • Dflo

    I think he just means their in ring storytelling could be more heelish. They could do more things in the ring to get heat, rather than just being heals only because they fight the faces. (ie, grabbing tights, retreating to the outside for breaks, illegal use of the ropes, etc) I happen to enjoy them now, but can see them getting better after adding nuance to their matches.

  • Scooter

    See I see your point but the problem is back in those days those guys would probably wrestle less over a year than over 3 months now.
    There’s too much tv, for guys not to touch each other for an extended period, so matches get rather boring quicker.

  • poko

    I would kill for a “bad blood” feud between Punk and Bryan, something that spills over into a long-standing rivalry like Hogan vs. Savage or Rhodes vs. Flair. Those guys need to be given a much bigger canvas than the standard “three PPVs and done” series.

  • CC

    I dont get how JR says they are only heels because they are facing Punk and Bryan. Isnt the fact that they have consistantly attacked faces since debuting, and gang up on individuals a sign of them being heels then?