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WWE Raw results and reactions for Oct. 31 Halloween show featuring the Muppets

This is how you know it was a really bad night. <em>Photo via</em>
This is how you know it was a really bad night. Photo via

WWE Raw Supershow tonight (Oct. 31, 2011) emanated from Atlanta, Georgia, featuring the Muppets on the Halloween episode.

Before we get to the reactions to the show, it's time to give a shout out to the Cageside commenter who delivered the "Comment of the Night" in the Raw live blog thread. And that honor goes to bensix, who dropped this gem when Jack Swagger showed up -- "Oh, poor Jack Swagger. The man's pushes are shorter than Kim Kardashian's marriages." Well done, my friend.

If you want full results from Raw tonight, click here for the running live blog. Time to get to reactions from the show:

  • Let's get the obvious out of the way -- this show sucked. Not just because it had entirely too many segments that fell flat and couldn't recover, not just because they had no clue how to properly use the Muppets and not even just because the crowd was deader than a door nail. It sucked because it actually made me want to avoid Survivor Series instead of plunk down my hard earned cash to watch it. That's the benchmark for what's known in the wrestling business as "the shits."
  • Let's break down the biggest reason Survivor Series is no longer a must watch pay-per-view event. The biggest match on the entire card, The Rock and John Cena vs. The Miz and R-Truth, is now the most pointless match in the history of pointless matches. Why? Because WWE made the inexplicable decision to have Cena go all "Superman" and dominant both guys in one fell swoop in the main event of tonight's show. What the hell does Cena need The Rock for at Survivor Series if he can just smash both guys on a pointless Raw weeks before the pay-per-view? This had to be the dumbest booking since "The Finger Poke of Doom" back in 1999. Not only did Cena blow through both Miz and Truth, they actually made it to where Cena won despite a surprise run-in from Truth, who was a plant in the crowd. So not only are Awesome Truth weak, they're incompetent. And this is the big main event at Survivor Series? That buyrate plummeted tonight, Rock or no Rock.
  • Speaking of "The Great One," his promo was uncharacteristically devoid of any emotion and, sadly, entertainment. Normally, he electrifies. Tonight, he lulled fans to sleep. This could be because the live crowd in Atlanta treated the show like it was held in a library during business hours or it could just be that Rock was off his game. Still, his big return, taped or not, was a major disappointment.
  • So does anyone want to dispute my point that the Muppets on Raw was a horrible idea now? Anyone at all? Even you contrarians have to admit, WWE botched a guest appearance that was actually highly anticipated. They weren't funny, it felt awkward and it made the show look silly. That's the trifecta of trash.
  • Furthering my earlier point that the booking on the show tonight was horrendous, Alberto Del Rio, the WWE champion, and Dolph Ziggler, the United States champion, and Air Boom, the tag team champions, all jobbed clean in non-title matches. Del Rio lost after a back-and-forth affair against Big Show, Ziggler went down at the hands of Zack Ryder and Air Boom couldn't hang with Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes. Heel or babyface, no champion was safe tonight. Everyone looks weak as champion, which makes the victories by Show, Ryder, Barrett and Rhodes look lesser, which is the complete opposite of what they (hypothetically) want. Plus, it makes things like Punk's chase for the title look even worse since Big Show is just punching Del Rio's lights out on Raw. What a totally unnecessary mess. Even Mark Henry wasn't safe, as he won on a silly and even more unnecessary disqualification finish. It's like the writing crew got together and brainstormed every way they could think to make every champion look bad tonight.
  • One good thing about tonight's show was the lack of John Laurinaitis. Sounding like someone just punched you in the throat at all times is annoying on a level that makes me want to change the channel.
  • This show was bad enough and full of enough crap that it doesn't even warrant a jump break.

This show grades at a solid F for me. Very few redeeming qualities and it actually killed my enthusiasm for Survivor Series, which I was greatly looking forward to before tonight. That's very frustrating. What makes it even more maddening is that this was all so avoidable.

That's enough from me, though. Time for you Cagesiders to sound off with your thoughts. Let us know how you felt about the show. Your live blog comments were actually more entertaining than Raw tonight, as well, so take a bow and make this thread just as funny.

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