When JR opened the show by saying, "this is how we start the first RAW of 2002!" and Vince walked out, I groaned internally. I was firmly convinced that the show was going to blow. I was dead wrong. While last night wasn't groundbreaking programming it kept me thoroughly entertained throught the show, had some decent matches, few skits, and minimal McMahon time. My only real gripes were that Edge's match was brutally short and that I didn't get to see Trish hosed down. (bitterly disappointed actually)
Maybe WWF 2002 won't suck donkey wang after all?
Wrestling always gets good during the build for WM.
"Kent Brockman here once again at The Springfield Nuclear Power Plant, where a complete evacuation has taken place. Details are sketchy at best, so we've taken what little information we have, added our own theories, and concluded that whatever the likely disaster, it's most likely the work of our former president Richard M Nixon, even though he is rumored dead." -Kent Brockman
Personally I thought that was the worst show i'd seen in a long time.
1. None of the matches were interesting. 2. Lance Storm got completely squashed, sure Edge needed to win to build up a Regal IC feud, but he doesn't have to squash Lance Storm. 3. The Tag Team titles are on even a worse tag team now, if that's possible to believe. 4. This new woman wrestler Jazz or whatever doesn't interest me, nor do the rest of the women. 5. Jericho had to wrestle Rikishi. 6. Austin's interview was too long, and not as good as usual. 7. Flair vs. Vince sucks. 8. HHH's debut was a letdown. 9. Billy and Chuck vs Scotty and Albert? It doesn't get any worse than that. 10. Jerry Lawler still sucks.
The only good thing that came from this show was Angle getting back to the main event level.
Good Stuff, RVD v. Test was really good, what's with the mouse under RVD's eye, was her wrestling himself this weekend?
Spike/Tazz v. Dudleyz - I'm so glad the titles are away from the Dudleyz, the Dudleyz are one of the most tired things on the WWF.
Y2J v. Rikishi - I'm no fan of Rikishi but I actually liked this match, it was good
The rotton, Chuck/Billy v. Albert/Scotty - ouch that sucked, and lame as hell. And way do I think Lenny and Lodi was much better, I know Lenny Lane has more talent then both of these ass clowns and Lodi has more charisma then Billy Chuck together
Rock/Austin v. Bossman/Booker - I'm thinking with 2 or 3 companys I don't think Bossman has any place in wrestling there is no excuse him in a main event mix with only 1 freakin company
Some other good, Angle and Christian backstage was classic.
Trish looked so hot tonight, hey I luv her give me a break, I'm kinda glad she didn't get soaked my Lawler...
Line of the night Angle "I tear my quad all the time, heck I actually teared it this mourning and look at me, I'm here, I'm jumping around" - what a funny line.
My weekly tearing down of the observer.....On a Trish/Jazz match for the Rumble"I smell a Rumble match and it don't smell too good." Oh shut the hell up you hack....oh yeah there's a Jericho/Rikishi match you forgot to put on your results Loser
Okay, I got home from work at about 11pm (the live RAW on TSN runs from 7 to 9, the replay from 10-midnight). I turned on RAW, awaiting some sweet, sweet pep. I got Bossman & Booker T against Austin and Rock. I was all "Hey...uh...wasn't there supposed to be Triple H or something?" Honestly, when we say we want wrestling, we don't want Bossman wrestling. We want Lynn, Benoit, Storm, Edge, Jericho, Trips, Austin, Rock, D'Lo... Good workers working good matches against each other. Take the Edge/Storm debacle. Want to put Edge over Storm without burying Storm? Fine! Have them wrestle for ten minutes, with Storm dismantling Edge for a bit (working the legs & whatnot) and swooping in for the kill, then have the face-in-peril Edge fend off the attack, counter Storm's finisher with his own and pick up the hotly contested victory. How can they expect us to shell out our hard-earned cash months in advance to see a house show, PPV or RAW/Smackdown if the wrestling is consistently crappy on free TV? The status quo now is six or seven matches (one of them good, one of them decent, the rest crappy)... As for the Return of The Game...it was well enough done. It left us wanting more, and that's what we'll get...slowly and surely. Hopefully.
The show was a nice thing for them to do, but I agree with the original post, that Vince didn't come off well. Doing it on the TV show, right there among the troops, didn't bother me as much as buying an ad in the NY Times telling the media to go to hell....