Triple H has a broken arm. Brock Lesnar has quit WWE. Big Show has done nothing of significance since losing the Intercontinental Championship.

For some reason, these three men were given a large chunk of time on tonight's edition of Raw, despite this being the go-home show for the Over the Limit pay-per-view, only six days away.

Triple H opened the show addressing his issues with Lesnar, saying that the former UFC champion has offended every man who has ever stepped into a WWE ring with his actions.

When the times got tough eight years ago, Lesnar bailed for UFC. When the same thing happened there, he bailed again and came crawling back to WWE. The difference? Diverticulitis.

But Triple H's words brought out Paul Heyman and a lawyer, which was odd being that last week, Heyman himself seemed to be established as Lesnar's legal representation.

Heyman knocked it out of the park on the microphone, explaining that Lesnar entered a verbal contract with General Manager John Laurinaitis, and since the terms of that agreement haven't been upheld, Lesnar would be suing WWE.

Hunter, quick to anger, grabbed Heyman, which evoked threats of a second lawsuit, this one directed at Triple H for assault and battery.

Later in the show, at the top of the first hour, Big Show was forced into a match with Kane by Laurinaitis, further punishment for mocking the boss' voice on last week's Raw.

The match itself was nothing special and was followed by Laurinatis adding insult to injury, forcing Show to get on his knees and apologize. Show, hesitant at first, eventually conceded and did as the general manager requested.

Not even that would be enough, though, as Laurinaitis fired Show on the spot.

If the situation is really Show's swan song in WWE, one has to feel bad for the big man. Getting embarrassed on the way out the door is nothing new in the industry, but he could have had a better built departure.

More than likely, though, this will just fuel an upcoming angle, which would feed into the same inherent problems with the show-opening segment.

Yes, Heyman and Triple H killed it on the mic. Big Show and Laurinaitis were serviceable. But why? What did these segments do to make me want to order Sunday's Over the Limit any more than I already did?

Fans have long clamored for stories to have more build, and that's exactly what WWE seems to be going for here, but the go-home show to a pay-per-view is not the best time do so.

It's almost as if WWE is sending a message to fans that says, "Don't worry about our show this weekend; one with a bigger match is coming later." And with the fact this pay-per-view features CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan, I wouldn't be surprised if some in the company truly feel that way.

I'm all for slow-burn builds, but with only five announced matches on the pay-per-view (and one on the pre-show), that time could have been used to build to other matches, rather than just adding random squashes like at Extreme Rules.

Over the Limit may be a secondary pay-per-view, but it would be nice if WWE would at least attempt to make it look otherwise.


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