From WWE.com:The following is confirmed for tonight's RAW:
World Title -Shawn Michaels (c) vs. Rob Van Dam: Should be very...interesting, to say the least. I stand by my prediction made last week: Trips will cost van Dam the match to guarantee that he's the one who ends Shawn's reign.
World Tag-Titles -Chris Jericho & Christian (c) vs. Booker T & Goldust: Title change, baby! Man, I really hope they have the good sense to finally give Goldust and Booker the title reign they deserve.
Women's Title -Victoria (c) vs. Trish Stratus: Wha? Why this is here I don't know. Would they really hotshot the title back so soon? Naaah.
Singles Match -Test vs. Steven Richards: The Test push continues with yet another squash win.
Singles Match -Bubba Ray Dudley vs. Rico: Feh, this is only here to keep the Dudleyz/3MW feud alive. It could work, if they drag the feud out and leave the eventual mega-blowoff for the Rumble. That's just what the tag division needs right now. Bubba wins.
Tag-Team Match -Jeff Hardy & Hurricane vs. William Regal & Lance Storm: The random parings continue. Guess who goes over.
-Val Venis will reveal his new name and job responsibilities: I'm really, truly dreading this. Unless it has something to do with Flair.
-More on the relationship between Batista and Ric Flair: Speak of the devil; the Horsemen revival continues, in the right place for it.
I don't understand why they don't just hotshot the titles onto the Dudleys already. Send the rest of the guys into singles (Jericho vs. Steiner, Booker over Christian?, something amusing with Goldie?) and let the actual tag teams deal with tag titles.
No joke...that was the scenario I wanted with Jazz coming back the face. I was hoping there would be a buildup for it where Victoria starts destroying every woman...Miss Jackie, Molly, Ivory, Trish, etc. and starts saying that she's the toughest woman there is. That's when Jazz would come out and clobber her. I think the fans would truly dig that.
Well, Jazz is scheduled to be the host at The World tonight, so I guess that puts the kibosh on her doing a run-in.
I just have a hard time believing the fans would accept Jazz as a face. I enjoy her work quite a bit, especially her fisherman buster. But will the fans look past the aesthetics? I don't think the average fan has left the "PUPPIES" stage.
Overall though, if they don't overbook the show, there's a lot of potential for a very enjoyable show tonight.
Looks like a good Raw on paper. 6 matches makes it look like focus for inring action. Of course you could never tell for sure untill 11:05 est
RVD v. Shawn is just a match I've always wondered how it would turn out. And it's first Shawn match that Triple H isn't really involved in since forever. So I'm looking forward to that
Victoria v. Trish - I love seeing these two in there together but I thought it might be too soon. I'm surprised they didn't do Trish/Stacy v. Victoria/Molly or Ivory. If they wanted to put a women match in here... When seeing Vicki/ Trish scheduled I thought Jazz run in forsure but she's at the world so don't really know where there going with this.
Test v. Stevie - This match makes sense. Maybe setting up an intergender thing for the following week.
Bookdust v. y2j/christian - get Jericho out of the tag division and give the titles to bookdust
The other two matches seem like throw in's but that's fine I expect a few throw in in every show.
Also don't have any idea what they will do with Val and his new job. Recently they haven't done a great job in this department but I'll keep an open mind.
(edited by Net Hack Slasher on 25.11.02 1913) Oh they have the internet on computers now!
(Disclaimer: Reading this, Vince Russo will appear to have much more wrestling knowledge than he does. Plot devices are a son of a bitch though, you know that? However, to keep the anti-Russo fans happy, he will speak like Vic Venom wrote.