Hey ladies, the truth is I wasn't into Raw last night too much because of some personal stuff at home, but you know what to do. It was good to see ALL of Evolution last night, though, and Jericho's always good too. Oh, and JR should've brought some marshmallows. Take it away...
Flambe' is actually one of my favourite cooking techniques, dontchaknow. I do recommend against flambe-ing one's own thumb though -- that wasn't much fun.
This is one of those shows where there's one big storyline/event, there's tons of focus on that, & the other things on the show seem to get somewhat left by the wayside.
Liked Jericho. Laughed at Bischoff's soft collar scrunching up his little chubby cheeks. Loved the crowd pop when Bischoff said, "He almost killed me."
I'm suprised we're expecting Linda so soon -- we barely got a chance for the possibility to soak into Austin that he may be responsible for the mayhem, & in particular, the damage to his buddy JR.
Do we suppose that JR's going to come back wearing Kane's mask? Actually, I'm good with having Coach for a while & giving JR some time off. Any bets on how long he'll be away?
Four wrestlers, plus Stacy, Nash & Steiner. Yeah, we can get some entertainment out of that. Actually, both of the big boys wanting to get at Test, while Stevie was bouncing at them wanting to wrestle was pretty fun. Who'd'a thought that the women would be providing most of the wrestling work. Test did his part well. Coach & Lawler both seemed confused about which set of men/women tag team rules they were to be using. Even if it somehow was unclear on the booking sheets, shouldn't Vince immediately be in their headsets clearing that up for them? I think it was NetHackSlasher on the main board who noted how silly (I believe he said "cute") teeny-tiny Trish looked among her big boys & Stacy. She hits Kevin about mid-chest, doesn't she?
What the hell was Maven's deal? He did fine last week with HHH, then came out looking terrible with Lance. There was one point in the match where Lance had Maven in the corner, obviously said something to him, & suddenly things got distinctly better. Still not pretty, but it almost looked like Lance said something like "OK, if you need me to toss you around, that's how we'll do it." Maven was doing well keeping the crowd with him though, so that's something.
The dueling national anthems was hideous. Boring & annoying. Lawler was dead right with, "That almost beat Roseanne's version."
At the end of the SummerSlam commercial, we've upgraded to a picture of HHH & Goldberg, with the voiceover "One of the most anticipated matches of all time". Almost as anticipated as those big HHH/Steiner matches. Oh well -- I get to see HHH live -- that's what's important.
I'd read someplace that HHH has another hematoma. That is damn annoying. It seemed to be bothering him some, but the match overall came out pretty well anyway. Nice use of the french flag, then dragging Orton onto D'Von. Then Naitch distracting Earl, while HHH gets the Pedigree on Bubba, & Randy gets the pin. Now that's teamwork! (Why again are we in a hurry to add a 4th?)
Are we still expecting RVD & Kane to have a match next week, even though Kane has "fired" JR? Does Kane need to change his entrance music to The Doors? (Sorry, couldn't resist one.)
What was the deal with having Tommy slumped dejectedly in a "locker", while the freshly sibilant Rico was signing the petition? Either leave, or counterpoint or something, but just lumped back there?? Are they trying to communicate to us that he's conflicted? Weird.
I'm so uninterested in Teddy Long & Rodney Mack & Rosie. Hopefully Hurricane had a match for Heat -- otherwise it wasn't really worth his while to put on the costume.
New Evolution shirts! I'll have to wander over to ShopZone & see if they actually have any redeeming social value. (I'll pay extra if it comes with the Evolution member of my choice included.)
Note to Christian: That yellow is the worst colour on the planet for your skin tone. Please burn those pants immediately. I wasn't much entertained by their match -- nothing we hadn't seen, they didn't seem too terribly into it, dunno. Having Austin stunner Christian was very, very bad -- Austin does not need to run around giving us "The Stunner of the Week". (Hey, maybe he's looking for sponsorship.)
I'm very glad that they're putting women's matches in the card in decent spots. I'm very sad that they're using Gail so heavily, when she's really not yet putting on matches as good as any combination of Trish, Ivory, Victoria, Molly or Jazz. I'm confident that she has it in her, but she's not getting it done right now.
Kane did an excellent job in the interview. We were doing very well, right up to the instant that they had Austin suddenly make use of the bi-directional satellite feed. I didn't mind the special effects -- it's just a wrestling show, not a major motion picture. (Hey, next week they're in Holllllywood, home of many special effects wizards. Suppose they'll set something major on fire there? Anybody with front row tickets, be sure to take marshmallows, just in case.) I wonder if Austin is really going to hold up his end of this angle? We'll see next Monday. (Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel.)
I caught bits and pieces of the show, I was a little...preoccupied, shall we say. What I did catch I did enjoy, though!
Flambe - I didn't even know it was a cooking technique. I guess Kane knows though - how great is setting JR on fire?!?!?! Think about it - they SET JR on FIRE!!! BWAHAHAHAHA Who does that sort of thing??? And the Fantastic Four bit is great, too. At least that's plausible for Kane's lack of scars. Though, really, no need for everyone to grimace when they look at him. Ugly people need love, too. (see: A-Train)
Jericho is golden. I even liked Bischoff during this seg. He sold the injury great! LOL
Linda firing Austin's ass - never! Although, the worrisome look on Austin's face was classic. hehehe Interested in seeing where this will go.
Trish...Nash, good wrestling. Test did the job though, what a prick. I love it!
Maven/Lance. I missed the match somehow, hehehe, but I did catch the end where Lance was like what? What? I lost? Good to see the boring one trying some new moves...facial expressions.
Whosawhat? Emma? Trips live? That's awesome! HHH live is just...breathtaking. Take me? :-D
Trips and Goldberg. Whew. That could be a drool festival right there. Think the writers will build the match sometimes soon? Maybe like, have Trips bump into Goldberg or something, meet face to face, be in the same room, something...maybe? Or did I miss something somewhere?
Hematoma, read that, too. Even though he looks adorable with his little leg all bandaged up (brings out the medic in me), I'd rather have him, and the rest of Evolution at 100% all the time. He looked tentative wrestling and was limping badly by the end of the match. At least he finally found a good use for a French flag. Oh, and without a doubt, hair cut. *grumbling*
RVD and Kane match! Cool! The bendy one will job!
Evolution shirts...have to tell you guys something. I went to a concert last week, lots of boys and what not. I wore my Triple HHH Pain is Temp shirt, the one with "No Foreplay" in huge letters on the back? That one. Me? *points to self* drank for free all night. Just an idea in case you're going out and you're in 'use and abuse' mode.
Christian, yep, missed that, too. Watched the Molly match, against the other girl. Molly got robbed. Still reserving my right to bash Gail as of yet. Though I'm leaning towards not digging her.
Kane interview - who would have thought that Gasoline could be given as a present? Kane was awesome! He looked HUGE sitting on that couch! Ok, so he is HUGE but the perspective is skewed until you get something to scale it on. I love the 'it's all in your head' thing! I'm totally digging this angle now and Kane is getting much needed air time, because, we all know, every show needs a little more Kane (credit: Excalibur). Satellite thing totally confused me at first (blonde moment) but then I got it. What pissed me off was that you know the show kept going on and the ending with Bischoff running his mouth sucked. If Austin kills Bischoff, then Linda can't fire him, right?
Wasn't there some petition thing going on???
What can they set on fire in Hollllywood...the Rock? HAHAHAHAHAHA
Worth the price of parking: RVD talking shit Worth the price of admission: Kane interview Worth the price of spewing out your beer, then choking on it as you try to suck in a breath because you're laughing so fucking hard: JR being set on fire
Another thing about HHH is that with his kind of hair it'll grow back in about a week, so the short hair won't last. I'm still wondering how to react to Raw. On one hand, I think that Kane's motivation is really compelling to me (coupled with the fact I haven't read Fantastic four since I was eight). On the other, having these kinds of segments at the end of the show instead of a match really kills the buzz, and it chaps my ass too. I wasn't in the mood for an ending like that. Why is it so important to show video packages at inopportune moments? What I mean is at the beginning of the Kane interview, they showed the same package they had at the beginning of Raw. It would've lent a more authentic "live interview" feeling if they just had the snapshots of the guys he attacked (Rico, RVD, Dreamer) instead. Sometimes, they're just way too dependent on their fancy, schmancy, overgimmicky videos.
Wow, I must've been in a crappy mood to dis the video packages...
I'm another one of the "caught bits and pieces" people. I had a friend over for dinner, and we had to go meet people at the bar just after the Evolution match. She *had* to see HHH, since she didn't see him last Monday, and the week before that, she got caught up in some Brian Austin Greene movie on ABC Family. That's actually a possible solution for those of you looking to get friends to stop calling during RAW (HHH-watching, not Brian Austin Greene). Of course, now I'm the one doing the calling for "HHH alerts". During the 6 man elimination match, I loved where Randy Orton would shake his head and protest being beat up, like during the 3D. I still miss the shaggy hair though.
It seemed odd that there really wasn't any buildup to the HBK/Jericho match for next week, unless that was hour 2 and I missed it. All that antagonizing last week and not a word this week. I love the Highlight Reel. I came into wrestling after Piper's Pit I think, and have only seen it second hand. Jericho completely blows the "interview setups" I've seen (Funeral Parlor and the Heartbreak Hotel) right outta the water. I shall not even invoke the name of the Barbershop, as it seemed to only serve a purpose on one occasion.
Worth the price of spewing out your beer, then choking on it as you try to suck in a breath because you're laughing so fucking hard: JR being set on fire. That actually sounds like more fun then waiting for wings for an hour and a half!
Can I *get* a "No Foreplay" t-shirt before Friday? No? Damnit. ;)
"Boytoy, would you move a little to the left, dear? You're blocking the TV, & Evolution is on." ;->
Originally posted by TomboyWhosawhat? Emma? Trips live? That's awesome! HHH live is just...breathtaking. Take me? :-D
SummerSlam. I am there. Hey, trundle your little buns on out to Phoenix -- we can sort out tickets. The onsale for the Raw in Tucson the following night hasn't happened yet, but you know I'll be all over that too!
Originally posted by TomboyTrips and Goldberg. Whew. That could be a drool festival right there. Think the writers will build the match sometimes soon? Maybe like, have Trips bump into Goldberg or something, meet face to face, be in the same room, something...maybe? Or did I miss something somewhere?
I don't think you missed anything. HHH's limo double parks behind Goldberg's Cuda in the Staples Centre parking lot? Perhaps an arm wrestling contest? Beats me. Certainly feels like the non-builds where they were doing everything they could think of to protect Nash & Steiner before those matches.
Originally posted by TomboyEvolution shirts...have to tell you guys something. I went to a concert last week, lots of boys and what not. I wore my Triple HHH Pain is Temp shirt, the one with "No Foreplay" in huge letters on the back? That one. Me? *points to self* drank for free all night. Just an idea in case you're going out and you're in 'use and abuse' mode.
Gosh, I can't understand that at all. (* blonde head tilt, blink, blink *) Who said that was a bad concept for a shirt??!!
Jericho & the petition. He was running around backstage getting signatures on a "petition demanding the instand & immediate resignation of Steve Austin". He gets various of the midcard heels (Victoria, Stevie, Christian, Test. Were Lance & La Res around too?) Rico happily signs up. ("Oh, absssssolutely.") Jericho catches up to Evolution fresh off their match. HHH muses, "Life would be a whole lot easier without Austin -- I'm in. Sign up, kid." Next break, Bisch gets a phone call from Linda, presumably as she's watching events (including the petition) unfold.
Originally posted by StegDutchieIt seemed odd that there really wasn't any buildup to the HBK/Jericho match for next week, unless that was hour 2 and I missed it. All that antagonizing last week and not a word this week.
I don't recall them even mentioning it. (Doesn't mean it didn't happen, but if they said anything at all, it wasn't a big deal.) At the end of the segment last week, I wasn't sure whether they were on for LA or not. Shawn sounded more to me like "now or never". You might not want to get too psyched for it being any big event, if they have it at all.
Ladies, I've said it before: Your VCR is your (second best) friend!! Toss in an 8-hour tape on Monday, have everything set up as weekly programs at SLP, have the VCR grab everything, anything I miss while having a life is waiting for me when I get home. Raw, SD, Velocity, Confidential, Heat. Its the only way to do it.
Originally posted by emma"Boytoy, would you move a little to the left, dear? You're blocking the TV, & Evolution is on." ;->
Pfffft...I was so getting a foot massage. *giggle*
Originally posted by StegdutchieShe *had* to see HHH, since she didn't see him last Monday, and the week before that, she got caught up in some Brian Austin Greene movie on ABC Family. That's actually a possible solution for those of you looking to get friends to stop calling during RAW (HHH-watching...
That's a good idea, and believe you me, I've been trying. The one who always calls/bothers (which did last night for SD but I didn't answer the phone) I tried to get her hooked on O'Haire, to no avail. She is not into believing in it, she just takes it way too seriously. She can't look past the silly storylines and bad acting, and just appreciate wrestling for what it is: two hot sweaty guys beating the shit out of each other! Why's that so hard? I will keep trying though...I will be strong.
Originally posted by emmaHey, trundle your little buns on out to Phoenix -- we can sort out tickets.
I don't believe I've ever trundled before. I'm not really quite sure if I'm capable of that. Believe me, I wish I could come out there. And you're getting TWO nights in a row - rocks! Double dose of Trips...not for the faint of heart (or eternally horny). LOL
The writers really need to move their asses with Goldberg. I realize he's injured but who cares? One of the better benefits of having the brand split PPVs is the ability to build storylines over more than three weeks...so they've had what? Like a gabillion weeks now to set this up? And...nothing. Maybe it will come down to a parking issue...or breakfast. *smirk*
Emma, thanks for filling me in on the petition, you know how things go. VCR, yeah, yeah, I know...next time...promise.
Get the "No Foreplay" shirts - lots of attention, guaran-damn-tee it.
I liked Smackdown quite a bit this week. The tag team match and the Benoit/A-Train match were good for what they were. I'm happy they are FINALLY going with the Benoit/Rhyno feud. Better late than never I suppose. The Taker/Angle title match was great!