Last night's RAW opened up to quite a touching scene with their tribute to Ultimate Warrior with full 10 bell salute. That scene right there is one of the reasons I really dislike using the 10 bell salute in angles and such. The video was top notch too. As a father hearing Warrior speak about the importance of raising his daughters really spoke to me. While I certainly appreciate why some bristle at honoring Warrior to this degree in light of his controversial nature. In this instance I am able to separate the man from the wrestling legend however and I have enjoyed the tributes. For one thing it's always nice to see an industry that often chews up and spits out its talent take a moment to pay respects like they have.
As for the rest of the show I enjoyed it. It certainly helps that I'm a huge tourney mark and the idea of having a tournament to choose a number one contender for the Intercontinental Title is pretty cool. The matches themselves delivered as did the possible injury aspect of the Sheamus match. Cesaro and Heyman are quite a pairing, but I do hope our Swiss Superman is going to get some theme music before too long.
The reformation of Evolution is obviously the big point here alongside the impending resurrection of masked Kane. The beatdown on The Shield was a bit too slow for my tastes and I didn't care for the 11 on 3 handicap match stipulation, but hearing Evolution's underrated theme song and seeing Triple H, Orton and Batista walk down was a nice moment. Leaving The Shield laying made for a good visual as well especially as they taunted Roman Reigns. One thing of note was I saw some complaints about The Shield jumping Orton and Batista. I think what people need to keep in mind is that you kind of have to have The Shield continue to deal Shield Things as it were. Beyond that not everything is really black hat and white hat in this day and age. Faces with an edge make perfect sense to me. To present The Shield in any other light would probably kill the magic. As for Kane I'm glad we are seeing a return of the mask. To me, this is what I wanted to see when he joined The Authority. Not Kane as a corporate stooge, but monster Kane who is willing to be given orders by The Authority. Nice video package to setup his return too.
It was a solid RAW with a very emotional opening segment as they paid tribute to yet another legend gone too soon. Not a lot to complain about from what I recall and I'm looking forward to Extreme Rules.