Wow! If I'm starting the thread this late in the day, is ANYONE watching this?
I like the new opening montage/music...Drowning Pool was getting old.
I'm torn about the opening segment, while I thought that Striker was absolute gold ("You're really freaking me out!"), he also introduced us to Big Daddy V...ugh...while I like the idea of the gimmick better for Vis, I never, ever, want to see him without a shirt again. For a minute I thought it was Abdullah the Butcher. Yuck.
Nice to see Stevie in a decent match with Punk, and I like that they seem to be building Nitro into a legitimate ECW champ.
I dig the Big Daddy V gimmick. Big ol' Nelson has come on leaps and bounds over the past half-decade, and is a pretty good bruiser-style heel. There's something deliciously old-school about the pairing of he & Striker - I could easily picture these two being part of the old ECW.
To those who say people wouldn't look; they wouldn't be interested; they're too complacent, indifferent and insulated, I can only reply: There is, in one reporter's opinion, considerable evidence against that contention. But even if they are right, what have they got to lose? Because if they are right, and this instrument is good for nothing but to entertain, amuse and insulate, then the tube is flickering now and we will soon see that the whole struggle is lost. This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires, and lights, in a box.-Edward R. Murrow
I agree that things are much improved on the RAW side. If Triple H goes out with injury I think it only helps the WWE long term because they will have to elevate some people and freshen up the world title picture.