The Makdafi Report # 3: WWE Raw 5/14/121.
Main Points On WWE Raw: 5/14/12
- John Laurinaitis Is Still The New Mr. McMahon
- The Bitterness Of WWE
- Cena Channels Jim Carrey Audience Channels Other Networks
- Selling The PPV
The push to make Laurinaitis the new Mr. McMahon was pushed heavily during this show. The highlight being the firing of Big Show, and the uncomfortableness of seeing a 7ft 40 year old freak blubber uncontrollably on his knees.
With WWE the old formula of getting a heel over, is by embarrassing or in the case of Big Show emasculating a babyface. Then having the heel get their "comeuppance" in the end.
Unfortunately the comeuppance more times than not, doesn't equal what the embarrassment does. And the embarrassed character is damaged, while the villain goes on relatively unscathed. 2.
HHH's opening segment promo on Brock Lesnar, came across as stereotypical WWE bitterness. Where through written fake storylines they get out real frustrations.
HHH was on his usual routine of the sarcastic cool hero who is beyond anyone ever getting the best of him. My favorite line was when HHH called Lesnar a "simpleton farm boy".
Ultimately this is a tactic that HHH has been using for a long time, where he is sarcastic and uses dry humor to lessen his opponent to protect himself.
Beyond just HHH, this show illustrated WWE's inner frustration, and their bitterness.
The two instances of that was the whole spiel about Lesnar's line about bringing back legitimacy to WWE. Where HHH mocked the line in his usual sarcastic manner, and talked about Wrestlemania having 78,000 people and the largest audience in Wrestlemania history. Which came across as a company bitter, and a company trying to be recognized in a world where the majority of people don't care about them.
The other was a subtle one, but it was still interesting to me. On WWE's "Did You Know", where they desperately try to make the viewers think in the mainstream they matter, said this:
"Last night more people watched Raw than:
- NHL on NBC Sports
- MLB on ESPN
- NBA playoffs(Playoffs not capitalized by WWE) on TNT"
I found this interesting because of the network that WWE Raw is broadcasted on, the USA Network. USA Network is owned by NBC/Universal. NBC/Universal spent 2 billion dollars to secure the NHL for 10 years.
With this contract NBC/Universal(after being acquired by Comcast in 2011), then renamed Versus to "NBC Sports Network". With the NHL programming being an integral part of that network going forward.
Considering WWE is so under the radar and small on the totem poll so to speak, it's doubtful anyone in power would notice or even care. But it does set a bad precedent when one of your own shows, is openly maligning your efforts with the NBC Sports Network. 3.
John Cena doing his Jim Carrey impression was embarrassing to say the least. At this point I view wrestling as a campy variety show, but even by the low standards I hold wrestling to, this was horrible.
The low point had to be when Laurinaitis started cracking up at Cena, while Cena is supposed to be embarrassing him or getting under his skin. It reminded me of Tim Conway would make Harvey Korman laugh during a skit on the Carol Burnett show. Or when a cast member on SNL would start laughing during a skit. But with WWE considering it's closer to those aforementioned shows than a traditional wrestling one, it shouldn't surprise anybody.4.
As far as selling the PPV, this show pretty much failed. Not failed in the sense of getting the majority of the questions wrong. Failed in the sense of turning a blank paper in as your test paper.
StatisticsTotal Time Of The Show(The Intro Is Not Included):
1:38:46Non Wrestling Time:
1:16:29Wrestling Time(Bell To Bell): 22:17% Of Wrestling Content(Bell To Bell):
Other StatisticsWrestler/Character Namedrops: John Laurinatis
70 - John Cena
41 - HHH
20 - Brock Lesnar
48 WWE World/Undisputed Championship/Title/Champion Namedrops(Said In Conjunction):
36The Number Of Times "WWE" Was Said:
66The Number Of Times "Over The Limit" Was Said:
Side By Side Statistical Comparison To WWE Raw 5/7/12 & TNA Impact Wrestling 5/10/12:Total Time Of Show:Raw:
1:31:34From WWE Raw: 5/7/12
+ 7.8(7.795051456098085) TNA Impact Wrestling 5/10/12: (1:21:59)
+ 20.7 (20.676553499203322)Non Wrestling Time:Raw:
1:04:57 From WWE Raw:
+18.2 (18.15084404522226) TNA Impact Wrestling 5/10/12: (1:06:32)
+ 15(15.03317249698434 Wrestling Time(Bell To Bell):Raw:
26:37 - From WWE Raw:
-15.9(-15.927189988623432)TNA Impact Wrestling 5/10/12: (15:27)
+ 45%(45.18664047151278)% Of Wrestling Content(Bell To Bell):Raw:
28.9 (28.870155463104886) - From WWE Raw:
-6.4%TNA Impact Wrestling 5/10/12: 18.7(18.715528863831352)
+ 3.8%Number Of Times The Company Name Was SaidWWE:
63TNA Impact Wrestling 5/10/12:
34Go Home Show PPV Namedrop ComparisonWWE-Over The Limit:
Match Of The Show
Considering the overall quality of the show, and the lack of focus on wrestling. I won't name a match of the show. Here's the results nonetheless.
CM Punk/Santino [W] V Bryan/Rhodes[L] 7:23
Alicia Fox[L] V Beth Phoenix[W]1:20
Kane[W] V Big Show[L] 4:09
R-Truth/Kofi Kingston/Brodus Clay[w] v Miz/Swagger/Ziggler[W] 3:56
Orton[L] V Jericho[W] DQ 5:29
Notable, Interesting Or Humorous Quotes From WWE Raw: 5/14/12 Big Show:
"If you wanna bar me from ever having a championship match again.....well ok I guess that's alright to. John Laurinaitis:
*Cena drops Hockey Puck, and tells Laurinaitis to go "Puck himself"*
"You know John those are some pretty tough words your saying."