UNLIMITED: Lillian sings the National Anthem, JR is out and so is King!
It's time to WAKE UP! It's Monday Night Raw LIVE from Souix City, IA
OPENING: Review of RVD dropping the title to EDGE. Edge is out right off the bat and he's got his own announcing table? Ok, a Rated R Superstar table. Hey, Cena is out and apparently he's in a opening match. Shelton the former IC champion is out to take on Cena. Hey I just pointed that out EDGE! Side headlock by Cena who get shot off the ropes into a shoulder block take down. FU attempt earily which leads to Shelton using the Ref as a "sheild" to get the advantage. Across the ring into the turnbuckle but Shelton avoid contact from Cena. Shelton attempt suplex to the outside but Cena bring Shelton in but he turns it into a neckbreaker. Crowd get a chant for Cena and Shelton. Have the fans here been watching TNA? Shelton applies a chin lock...FAST FORWARD...electric chair drop by Cena, he's climbing to the top...EDGE interferes. Will Cena be able to continue? ***AD BREAK*** runs in.
UNLIMITIED: Cena on the outside and Shelton is taking it to him on the outside in front of Edge. Rolls Cena in. Crowd: Lets go Shelton/Cena chant. Really louder than what it was the first time. Pin attempt for two by Shelton. Rear chinlock on the mat by Shelton. Whoa huge Cena chant to ralley the backdrop. It continues as it comes back on the air.
We're BACK: Shelton's already done the cut off and they're back on the ground. Cena fighting his way up. Boo/Yeah punches by Cena and Shelton. Cena Boo/Shelton yeah. You can't see CENA! Setup for the FU! Shelton with a big reverse from the FU and into a somoan drop. A few counters and turn arounds. Shelton FU and then STFU. Cena won...hey he's after EDGE! I wonder why? Cena doesn't want to wait until this SATURDAY! Edge lands an Impailer! SPEAR! Edge looks strong. Evil Rated R Edge. Edge says he's leaving for the night and Cena can see him at Saturday Nights Main Event. ***AD BREAK***
UNLIMITED: Crowd chanting for Cena as he makes his way back up the ramp.
We're BACK: Review of what Edge just did to Cena. DX is coming back to the arena. What does Vince and company have in store for DX this week. More like what does DX have in store for Vince this week. Review of the 3rd of JULY bash in the parking lot. Crowd shots of laughing people...great. I'm starting to warm back up to them. Hey, the promo ends and Eugene was laughing with Torrie and Gene. Wait they leave...it's Vince and Shane. Vince tells Eugene he and Shane are going to take on DX to get revenge tonight. Dotor Issac Yankem?!? Oh that's was gold. Hey a voice over guy tells us that Former WWE Womens champion, who is rumored not to be resigning after her contract is up, is taking on the sultery Melina. ***AD BREAK***
UNLIMITED: Maria is out for some hot KISSING MAKE OUT ACTION!
We're BACK: Ashley wins the last diva contest. Melina with Nitro out for a match. Her comes TRISH! Please kill her...ok, not litteraly, just beat her. They tie up and Trish slames her down. Melina already trying to run but hey this match is already everwhere. Inside, outside, inside...cover by Melina and a two count. Rear chin lock by Melina. Crowd chanting for Trish because they can't stand Nitro or Melina. Trish reverses the suplex attempt by Melina. Two count for Trish. There in the corner. Crowd really into this womens match tonight. Trish hits the top rope move. Hey chops in the corner. They make it to the middle of the ring...Stratusfation attempt. No! Melina shoves her ropes Trish nail Nitro...Melina role up with tights. 1...2...3! Hey Nitro is in...ring ring...I hear a cue Carlito to come in and hey it's stereo moves by Trish and Carlito. Setup for this Saturday night which now I'm wanting to see that match. Hey it's Edge and he wants to check in for the night at the hotel. Wait the room is ready...go to the bar Lita and earn some extra money flashing. Edge berates the hotel guy. ***AD BREAK***
UNLIMITED: Cade and Murdoch insult Iowa.
We're BACK: Hey it's the production truck. Diva search finalists. Hey it's the Highlanders! Bushwackers with on a Scottish kick. Hey, Stiker and Conway out for the match. Striker going with mat wrestling. Rorey takes Robby they use the battering ram but in a headbutt fashon. Quick hitting action everywhere and the Scott Drop on Conway. Looks like a double face drop. Hey it's Flair and he's going to the the "truth" about Mick Foley. ***AD BREAK***
UNLIMITED: Stirker telling Conway he can't wrestle. Conway turns is back...Stiker turns him around nails him with kick, half way down neck breaker, and into a snap DDT. He's says he's smarter.
We're BACK: WOOOO!! Ric Flair is back and lets see where this goes. Whoo! Mick Foley you challenged me to a classic wrestling match. Truth is I kicked your ass two straigh. Truth is I prove you are nothing more than a glorifed stuntman. Whoa FOLEY is taking this promo to Ric Flair. GOLDEN! ECW MUSIC?!? It's Paul Heyman...Extreme Entertainment?!? Umm...crying, please, now I'm crying. now they show Big Show becoming ECW Champion. Show is coming out to the ring with Paul E and Flair. No? Big Show point it out that he's held three world championships. That last one doesn't count. Umm...Flair vs Show for ECW? Hey Paul destracts Flair...Show slaps on the cluch to the knee and then the sling. Vince and Shane in the locker room...they talking about how when DX shows up the plan is in effect. Hey a knock at the door. It's Euegene and they're not mad at him. They give him DX shirt. Shane pulls out a bucket of Nickelodeon green slime! He pours it all over Eugene then they proceed to beat him up. Did it send a message to DX. I think that would be a perfect way to send Eugene off to gimmick heaven. ***AD BREAK***
UNLIMITED: Hey, Candice come to ECW and dance off against Kelly...wait she wants to dance with Kelly. Heyman wants to see the Go Daddy dance while she has an ECW hat on Paul gave her.
We're BACK: Hey we see what happened on unlimited...Vis is out and Haas get no entrance on TV. Nice. The feud for Lillian continues. Haas chopped by Vis in the corner. They keep going out to talk to Lillian. Missle dropkick that takes Vis down. Ugly dropkick. Vis with a big spinning sidewalk slam. Freight train in the corner. What Lillian says both of you stop. I just want to be friends with both of you just stop. Hey Haas rakes the eyes and now Lillian takes the Somoan drop. Vis and Haas finally come to a guy understanding? Hey I think Vis just turned. We're back at the hotel bar with Edge and Lita. Guy shows up with the key...they toast. Hey Edge shot gunned it. Lita showing class? Wow. ***AD BREAK***
UNLIMITED: Lillian being carted out. Hey Fink has a safety announcement that she shouldn't have been in the ring. Announcer is all business all the time this should be a lesson to her.
We're BACK: Time for the DIVA search contestants. When is DX going to show up. Hey the MIZ the hosting and he's the host of Smackdown. Hey he was doing well until, holy shit, he realized he was on LIVE TV! He reminded us how to vote on something dot-com and then a text message number. WOW. He blew that! Hey the second one reminded me of Scary spice. It started great now...in the middle it go freaking bad. Wait hey the last three were ok. Who's going to win? Once again he tries to read off his cheat sheet on his wrist again but it sweated of while the women were talking. It's finally over but the first waist of time segment is on Smackdown...GREAT! Hey Vince and Shane are getting ready and Jim Duggan says he here to defend Eugene. Chair by Vince...chair to the head by Shane. HOOOOO!! ***AD BREAK***
UNLIMITED: Signs of the night...hey a big Chain Gang sign and something about Vinces Butt. Hey Orton is out as he's already in the ring on my TV.
We're BACK: Orton the Legend Killer wants Hulk Hogan. Hey, Val is going to take on Orton. Grisham do ring announcing now. Two move match! Slam from the second turnbuckle and the RKO! Gawd he's back on the mic. Crowd: Hogan Chant. He mentions Brooke the blond haired bimbo daugher. Hmm...Orton wants to stuff Brooke...she's featured on MYSPACE! Hey EDGE is in his hotel and he's talking about Hulk Hogan. Knock at the door it's room service. He forgot the booze. Well edge says he has about THREE MINUTES to get it. Where is Rosey, Rico, and Jamael? Wait, I forgot Rosey and Rico got cans and now Jamael is UMMMMMMAAAGGAA! ***AD BREAK***
UNLIMITED: Smackdown Rebound. I am year behind on Smackdown so I can't wait to get the CW network and actually WATCH Smackdown at it's regular time of Friday instead of waiting a day for it. Batista destroies King Booker.
We're BACK: Hey back in the hotel room there is a knock at the door. It's not room service it Cena service and he's beating the crap out of EDGE. Isn't that techincally a crime...why do I feel like he's going to get arrested next week on RAW? I know they won't do anything with it by Saturday. Hey the voice over guy is back saying we'll see Vince and Shane vs DX next. ***AD BREAK***
UNLIMITED: Jerry Lawler gives his weekly ECW is crap rag. Hmm...he's actually saying Flair would be a respectable ECW Champion. O_o No it would ruin ECW.
We're BACK: This no DQ, what it's no DQ now? Shane is out...Vince is out...we haven't seen DX all night are they even in the building? They have to be there somewhere...Eugene is out because he's mean and green. Hey the Sqaud for the first time tonight...they're mugging Eugene. I agree this is sad. Eugene has morphed into HULK HOGAN! Wait Shane getting ready to take the leg drop. Squad interferes. Two giant drops by Squad. Shane was going to destroy Eugene...Break IT DOWN. DX is strolling out relaxed. Hey, it's 11:05...we're getting a laugh from DX. How now brown cow? Now? Umm...a net...ROLL UP! 1....2....3! EUGENE WINS! DX says if you're not down with that until Saturday we've got two words for ya! Hey copywright logo and a ECW promo for Flair vs Show tommorrow. Interested...Flair has to get bloody!
Well, that was a jam packed RAW time to get the ball rolling what did you think?
(edited by jwrestle on 11.7.06 0116)
If you can't beat'em whack'em with a chair! and
______________Don't cross Mr. Cheese!____________Pam Anderson and Trish Stratus make that hot!
Cena/Benjamin was a fun opener, and a good way to hook the audience quickly with a Cena match. Seemed the hottest crowd heat came during WWE Unlimited though...Vince and Shane wanting to destroy Eugene tonight was kinda random, and him being excited about DX was kind of a lame way to get things started....Melina/Trish was pretty good too. The one bright spot in splitting up MNM was Melina being added to the women's division....Conway got beat up by Striker during Unlimited after the average Highlanders match. Don't tell me they're making Robert a face- he's a great heel....
I liked Foley's promo on Flair. But I don't like Naitch in ECW....The ending with Haas and Viscera sharing a laugh didn't make much sense, even with King's attempted explanation....I liked the Edge/Lita/hotel segments....I don't usually change the channel during wrestling, but I had to turn it to the Home-Run Derby during the DivaSearch segment....
Thanks to that, I missed the short Val/Orton match, but I did catch his promo at the end....Come on, Grisham doing announcing for the last match, and he doesn't even pull out the "MAAAAINNNN EEEVENNNNT" call? (A little inside "Heat" joke)....I liked Eugene getting the surprise win after everyone forgot him, as well as Vince's code phrase, but the rest of the last segment I could do without.
So Edge is minding his own business and Cena attacks him unprovoked. Edge responds by kicking Cena's ass face-to-face. And how does Cena respond to that? By sneak-attacking Edge at his hotel room? Why is Cena a good guy here? (and for that matter, what makes Edge so bad here?) Is there any wonder why Cena gets so many boos?
Foley's promo was gold (though that Melina reference was about as awkward as it gets). Unfortunately though, the end result seems to be that ECW is hour number 3 of Raw again. I guess that's fine, but if the point of ECW is not to bring in a different audience, I kind of fail to see what the point exactly is.
At least the DX stuff didn't overstay it's welcome this week.
The Bored are already here. Idle hands are the devil's workshop. And no... we won't kill dolphins. But koalas are fair game.
After watching Foley's promo tonight, I'm counting down the days until we see him in the news getting locked up for stalking Melina. Its really disturbing how he references her at times, tonight being the prime example.
WTF is up with Show's eyes? Its not the first time I've noticed, but his eyes always look really dark, and with heavy bags under them.
Raw was just kinda there tonight. Almost like they were saving up the SNME guys for SNME, and letting the Heat crew shine during most of the show.
For utter lack of anything to watch last night, I decided that I'd try to sit through RAW. The first hour or so, through the end of the Ric Flair/Big Show confrontation, was generally put together well and quite decent. The Cena/Benjamin match was A.O.K. in my book.
However, the second hour of the broadcast was just so disjointed and poorly executed, I thought I was watching 1999 WCW at moments. The Vis/Haas/Lillian angle was just nonsensical, the Diva Search segment, while bad overall, was made even worse by The Miz (man, was that embarrassing!), the Orton/Hogan setup for SNME was just... dumb, and the "main event" was tripe. And, this is all I'll say about the end of the show-- get this rendition of dX off my TV NOW, dammit!
I haven't watched RAW Hour Three (ECW) since the second edition, and quite frankly, I have no interest in watching it again, although I will say that the brainless mark in me is intrigued when it comes to the pending ECW Title match between Big Show and The Man. As Show was mentioning how he's the only person to hold the WCW, WWF/E, and ECW World Titles, I kept saying to myself, "Why doesn't he mention the fact that he whooped Ric Flair back in the day for his first legitimate World Title?!" But of course, that would require WWE to actually acknowledge history that's not actually theirs, and of course, the EEEEE seems to be very selective about wrestling history anyway, so I guess that's all moot. Anyway...
Lastly-- Boy, was Edge quite the sh*tkicker tonight! To boot, the segments at the hotel were pretty great actually, and was the only thing that kept me tuned in for the second half of RAW.
And I'm in total agreement with ges7184's perspective on John Cena. After the last Edge segment of the night, I was wondering or not this was the beginning of a Cena heel turn or something, simply because of the fact that his attack just seemed so backwards and devoid of any face-type motivation to avenge the beatdown he received at the top of the program. Cena acted like a cowardly loser. And for someone who's extremely over with the kids, how do the kiddies in the Chain Gang respond to Cena's hotel room attack?!
Edge is an asshole. Cena's not. The face/heel divide isn't that hard to work out. I'm pretty sure if this were, say, Chris Benoit pulling of those attacks, no-one would bat an eyelid over him coming off as a loser.
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
Originally posted by oldschoolheroEdge is an asshole. Cena's not. The face/heel divide isn't that hard to work out.
...Which is exactly why what Cena pulled makes little sense. At least when it came to Steve Austin during his war against the Corporation, more often than not, the actions of his adversaries were so egregious that it required a heinous response. Cena's actions are apparently rooted in some blind need for revenge. HEELS do that kind of thing.
The way I see it, Edge has simply outclassed and outsmarted John Cena at virtually every turn throughout much of this year. So far, Edge has proven that he's just plain better than John Cena. In my opinion, the attack at the hotel makes Cena more in the guise of a frustrated Randy Savage unable to wrest Hulk Hogan of the WWF Title back in the day than a GOOD guy who wants to right a wrong.
Originally posted by oldschoolheroI'm pretty sure if this were, say, Chris Benoit pulling of those attacks, no-one would bat an eyelid over him coming off as a loser.
So says you. If Chris Benoit did pull off an attack ala Cena, it would be the same thing. And since you DID bring up Chris Benoit, an attack such as this would be much more warranted and acceptable say, if Benoit came back and jumped Mark Henry, since, after all, Mark Henry tried to put Benoit out for good.
In fact, on the SD! side, that's why Batista's beatdown of Mr. Henry was effective and made sense. Why? Because it was JUSTIFIED.
Edge has repeatedly screwed Cena since January this year. Saying he's "outclassed and outsmarted" him is exactly the kind of heel justification HE'D use, especially seeing as hwo, in every one-on-one match situation, Cena's beaten the crap out of him and got the win. Cena' got every right to be pissed off with him-Edge has fucked up every opportunity he's had since ONS. He cost him the inital match with RVD, he cost him the rematch, he screwed him last week with a belt shot. Cena's got every justification you can have in the world of pro wrestling for wanting to beat on Edge. Trying to read into it that he's a frustrate dloser is just more pointless hating on the guy.
(edited by oldschoolhero on 11.7.06 0143) 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'm not hating on John Cena at all. But maybe I'm still confused as to exactly WHO John Cena is, because for me, Cena's still too ambiguous. Is he more of the devil-may-care anti-hero or the superhero type? Does he still have that heeled out Professor of Thuganomics lurking somewhere in his psyche or is he someone bound by some sense of honor?
Maybe it's because I still generally view 'faces in that early 1990s-Sting or Ricky Steamboat type of way, true blue and all that (despite the fact that I think Stone Cold Steve Austin 1n 1997-99 was AWESOME.)
Or maybe it's just because I'm just marking out for Edge WAY TOO MUCH at this juncture. Hmmm....
Edit: BTW, The comments I made above about Cena is what, for me, makes him perhaps the most interesting personality to watch in WWE right now.
(edited by RKMtwin on 11.7.06 0155) Left or Right, apathetic or not... VOTE.
What was with those ads promoting Cena as the new dominating force in wrestling, or something along those lines? Guess the rumors are true that he is now to be protected like he was Hogan or Austin. The Foley promo was great until it totally went off of the rails when Show and Paul E. showed up. And anyone notice how thin (or thinner) Edge is getting? Good to see the wellness program paying off again.
Dean! Have you been shooting dope into your scrotum? You can tell me! I'm hip!
Almost a dozen years after the infidels chanted 'Flair is Dead' he is wrestling for the ECW Title. Anyone have any West Coast scores from the Hell Hockey League? ECW does need to show The Giant breaking the Figure 4 with the chokeslam to win the WCW Title though. Shelton probably needs to be sent away from RAW. Anyway they can use Lillian's injury as a way to bring back The Fink to RAW? Did they bring in The Voice-Over Guy because they no longer have any faith in Ross being able to know who is wrestling next?
Shockingly, Eugene won the main event match. Will he be the next member inducted into DX06? If the 'E is going to play out the storyline longer than just a couple of weeks, If they are not going to kill Eugene's character (and he was over last night, especially in the backstage segments but also some in the ring) then maybe he and perhaps Snitsky and Eugene might get to learn from the 2 best all-around performers on the roster. Probably just wishful thinking on my part, but I would probably be more accepting of DX v3 if a younger guy would benefit from it. Maybe instead Kenny will turn on the rest of the Spirit Squad, forsaking them for what DX has to offer.
Foley's promo misses the mark for me. "Flair kicked my ass but I don't care, I'm a better AUTHOR than he is?"
I thought Show did a decent job trying to set up an actual feud on ECW. Even though Ric Flair entertains the hell out of me, I still cringe every time he takes a bump, he really looks like an old man. It wouldn't surprise me if they gave him the ECW strap due to someone like perhaps Knox or Roadkill interfering to start a feud with Show. I wouldn't mind seeing Ric act as Roadkill's mouthpiece, for a couple of weeks. Obviously they are trying to salvage a bad situation in ECW with RVD on the shelf, but I hope they can make something of this. They are pretty much guaranteeing Ric will bleed for us tonight, but I wonder how a "real" ECW crowd would have reacted to their title match being fought between these two decidedly non-ECW superstars.
Originally posted by too-old-nowFoley's promo misses the mark for me. "Flair kicked my ass but I don't care, I'm a better AUTHOR than he is?"
Well, that's not what he actually said. What he said was that while Flair beat him, Foley made Flair bleed and his family cry, and that's all he wanted from the match. The stuff about Foley being a better author was to counter Flair's assertions that he was a better man than Foley because of his 16 World titles. Foley doesn't care, he has accomplishments of his own.
Originally posted by Packman V2After watching Foley's promo tonight, I'm counting down the days until we see him in the news getting locked up for stalking Melina. Its really disturbing how he references her at times, tonight being the prime example.
That's the whole point, though - it's become a running gag, in a sense, that he keeps making reference to Melina in columns, on-the-air, etc. To me it seems exactly like a Foley-ish thing to do, and I've never for a second thought that it's anything but his character providing a little continuity for the fans. Hell, he's frequently made reference to Al Snow for no reason, taking shots at his wrestling ability, but I think we all know that's in good fun. I don't think anyone is thinking "shit, Mick, seriously, what in the hell do you have against Al?" The Melina references, in my opinion, are the exact same thing.
And to me, the Foley promo was the only thing worth watching on Raw this week.
I enjoyed last week's Raw because I was there, but replacing fun skits with the ruthless skits this week of the McMahon's beating up on Eugene and Duggan is not what I want to see.
Plus, I didn't have to watch a five hour long Diva Segment hosted by the Miz, a guy who can't remember five numbers and the delicate art of text messaging. Oh, and he apparently doesn't know that the WWE has a website called wwe.com. Man, and I liked The Miz back when he was on the RW/RR Challenge.
Originally posted by too-old-nowShockingly, Eugene won the main event match. Will he be the next member inducted into DX06? If the 'E is going to play out the storyline longer than just a couple of weeks, If they are not going to kill Eugene's character (and he was over last night, especially in the backstage segments but also some in the ring) then maybe he and perhaps Snitsky and Eugene might get to learn from the 2 best all-around performers on the roster.
Ya know what might be a fun way to salvage the Eugene character while incorporating him into DX?
Run a gimmick where Eugene somehow becomes smart when he gets drunk. The more he drinks, the more devious he becomes.
The Diva Search segment was the best segment of the show.Of course since I'm a straight man, I prefer segments with women in skimpy outfits rather than men in skimpy outfits.But, everyone has their preference, most men like steak while others prefer hotdogs.
OK, "aspirational" (m-w.com) is technically a word, but I don't think I'd have gone out of my way to pull it out of my thesaurus. (Y'know, given that the first 2 of 3 definitions refer to gasping & sucking.)