Let's get started.
CM Punk "shoots"
I'm going to lead off with something I posted on A1 last night:
We'll have to agree to disagree because I didn't feel that promo went on too long. I also didn't respond to it because "OMG, he called Triple H a doofus." Years ago it's possible that it would have been enough to see him "shoot" like that. It wasn't good because he mentioned Laurinaitis or Triple H or Vince or Stephanie. It was the delivery and the genuine feel. I think it was much better than most "shoot" promos and not just because WWE doesn't run a ton of them anymore.
The Russo shoots fail in part because they run them all the time, but also because they rely too much on "WHAT IS HE DOING HERE?" "I CAN'T BELIEVE HE SAID THAT!" That's not what made Punk's work tonight at all for me.
That, in a nutshell is why this shooty promo worked. They got the right talent to deliver it. Does it help that WWE doesn't rely on this stuck-in-the-90s style of shoot promo? Absolutely, but without the special talents of CM Punk, I seriously doubt this thing is nearly as effective. Bravo to Punk, he truly is the best we have now. Bonus points for the SCSA shirt. Speaking of Austin, take a look at what he had to say on Twitter.
To further this angle, the main story on the WWE site is that WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon has suspended CM Punk indefinitely. They add that this suspension "effectively terminates CM Punk's tenure with WWE." It will be very interesting how they proceed from here with Punk and Cena.
Shawn Michaels returns
I'm admittedly a nostalgia guy (I mean look at this blog for example) so it's always great to see the WWE Legends and heroes from the past return. Shawn's return was nice, but once again our new Wrestling God made it memorable. The Sweet Chin Music out of nowhere on the New Nexus probably really offended some folks, but I thought it worked. This segment was great and a sign of its greatness was that it made you care about a Kane match. No offense to Kane because I'm a big Kane fan, but the lead up to that match made it 100% more exciting to see him face Punk.
Diamond Dallas Page
Yeah, they were just trying to sell the Very Best of Nitro DVD set, but it was great to see DDP back. HBK didn't work as well for me in this skit, but overall I viewed it as inoffensive fun.
Big Show vs ADR w/Mark Henry lurking
ADR was ADR and that was great, but you already know that. Big Show looked like a fired up monster and that was fun. Mark Henry channeling Kane's debut and then knocking the Big Show through the steel cage? Phenomenal. One word or hashtag I suppose #MarkHenrySolidarity Learn it, Tweet it, Love it. Let's get the big guy a push!
Main Event: John Cena vs R-Truth
I liked the finish as Cena loses nothing and has a reason to listen to Punk's diatribe. Truth gets some measure of revenge and you see Truth and Punk switch places after Truth helped Punk win on RAW over Cena.
Other than that, I hated to see Jack Swagger! take the fall in the tag match, but it was a fun RAW. Definitely an improvement from most of the disappointing post-WrestleMania RAWs.