What I liked most about this week's Raw were the little things that tied last week's show with this week's show. Continuity~! First Booker T and Guerrero have a match and the announcers actually mention that they both lost matches last week and are looking to make up for that loss. They actually have a REASON to be in the ring that MAKES SENSE! "The Big Show had nothing better to do" also made sense because of the attack on Bubba Ray from last week. Chris Harvard came out because of UTs attack on him from last week and they had a match. It tied up that end from last week's show and started a new angle with the UT going into next week. It's the little things like this, tieing the shows together and leaving as few open ends as possible, that had been missing from the shows for the past few months. Just like the old WCW, angles would be started and forgotted next week. Matches would just be thrown out there for no reason and forgotten by the next segment.
But I think the best "little thing" was the Shawn Michaels attack. They gave us four possible attackers and have left it open for who it could possibly be. The Big Show was JUST off camera when Shawn told the security guy he'd be in the parking lot. The Un-Americans, after "brutally" attacking the UT, said they had one more "big impact" to make. Booker T confronted Shawn earlier in the show about the kick in the face (more continuity~!) from a month ago. And of course there's HHH who could've done it, too, since he knew Shawn was in the parking lot.
These little things had been forgotten and the shows have suffered for it. Now it appears as if the writers finally realized this and are making a great effort to tie everything together into a smooth flowing cohesive 2 hour program. It seems as if Raw is back on track to being an entertaining show, and let's hope they keep it up.
Another "little thing" everyone forgot to mention, was the fact that Chris Jericho escaped from the cage and ran backstage on Smackdown, while Rey/Cena/Edge proceed to lay the beatdown on the Un-American's. Giving Jericho just enough time to make it to the limo.
Also, it looks like Smackdown should get it's name changed to the "new guy" show and I personally can't wait. With the rosters being so thing on Smackdown right now, (with possible jumping of the Hardcore or IC title to said show) it looks like we're going to get to see many fresh new faces. And more of the old ones we haven't seen much of lately, like Tajiri, Hardcore Holly and Val Venis. This show actually pumped me up for Thursdays (even though, for me, Smackdown's are NEVER as good).
And one last "hurrah" goes to Bradshaw losing that title! May he go to jobber hell!
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J-Lo and Ja' Rule are the worst singing/rapping duo I've ever seen in my life (my response to the "totally live" performance of that annoying "Ain't it Funny" song at last year's VMA's. The show where everybody goes home happy and the winner's aren't really winners, they're just people randomly selected based upon their pop status).
What that doesn't explain though is how the Canadians managed to be in the limo with Bischoff as they were in the cage on Smackdown...
And as an aside, I'm pissed that they blew up a potential feud between the Canadians and Edge/Cena/Rey just to get them to Raw. That's not saying it won't work out in the long term, but that had what seemed to be a hot feud right in front of their faces and went south with it.
Originally posted by Mike SweetserWhat that doesn't explain though is how the Canadians managed to be in the limo with Bischoff as they were in the cage on Smackdown...
Simple - They weren't in the limo. They left some other way. Maybe they took a taxi ("Doesn't anybody arrive in taxis anymore?")
maybe nobody was in the limo with bischoff to begin with. i mean, it would have taken a huge effort for jericho to have ran out to where he would have been picked up, and bischoff simply could have been bluffing about his passengers, even though he knew full well that the un-americans and jericho were coming with him.
Bubba got over it. I forget what ppv it was on, but Bubba put Trish through a table. It was after the Dudleys lost to TnA. Trish tried to get out of it by making out with Bubba in the ring, but it didn't work. Yep.
The un americans were patiently waiting to be picked up by Bischoff's limo at the other side of the arena, but eric (ever the showman) couldn't help himself. He had to lay in one last jab at the human dog whistle before picking up his new talent.
I think it comes down to two thigns: conviction, as you said, and consistency. When I think of failed heel turns, I have to think back to Sting's "turn" in 1999 as the definitive marker for why some workers just can't turn heel.