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TONIGHT: Shane McMahon returns to Raw tonight to address the chaos since Vince was injured. WWE.com wonders if hell name a new General Manager, which almost certainly means he wont. And the build toward SummerSlam begins.now!

-WWE Open.

-Clips from last week (and G.A.B) of the opening segment and main event match aired.

-Raw Open.

-After the standard intro by the talking heads, John Cena came out first. Cena said he wasnt perfect and proceeded to ask Batista to come out so they could settle things. The hometown boy came out and said he saw the footage from last week and knew Cena didnt mean to hit him, and that theyre cool. Batista even said he wanted his first title defense after SummerSlam to be against Cena. John said Batista already lost twice and wasnt sure if Dave should be the next in line. Batista blamed interference for his losses and said Punk couldnt beat him and neither could Cena. Cena dropped a hint, saying he and Dave could headline WrestleMania, but wanted the match tonight. Batista was about to accept when Shane McMahon came out with his stupid dance.

Shane cut right to the point and said a new GM has been appointed and will be revealed later. This person has been busy making matches, including Punk vs. the hottest free-agent around and Cena & Batista against JBL & Kane. Shanes voice sounded a bit different there.

[Break]

(1) Kelly Kelly & D-Lo Brown vs. Santino Marella & Beth Phoenix- InterGender Tag Match
In a backstage segment, Beth and Santino agreed to keep things professional. D-Lo rolled through a sunset flip attempt to hit a low clothesline. Marella couldnt pick D-Lo up on his shoulders, so he tagged Beth, who could. Santino tagged in against Kelly and rolled her up, using the tights, for the three.

Winners: Santino & Beth, at 2:07.

Santino was so happy about the win, he hugged Beth. But he realized it was a mistake and accepted a handshake. He wanted to go in for a kiss, but couldnt work up the courage, so he left. Beth grabbed him by the back of the hair as he was leaving though and planted one on him.

-Still to come, JBL & Kane vs. Cena & Batista.

-Also, Chris Jerichos final Highlight Reel will be tonight.

[Break]

-Jeff Foxworthy spoke about autism and plugged Jenny McCarthy on Saturday Nights Main Event.

-Backstage, Shane McMahon admired a portrait of his father when JBL walked in. He scoffed at the notion of Cena or Batista getting a title shot and wanted one himself. Shane said he needed to take it up with the new GM. Shanes cell phone (with his theme music as ring tone) went off and he answered it. Apparently a match has been changed, though he took the rest of the call off camera, despite JBLs inquiries.

-Jim Duggan and Jerry Lawler came out for their tag title match against Cody Rhodes and Ted Dibiase. Before the champs were introduced, Chad Patton ran down to the ring with a note. Apparently, the match has been changed by order of the GM. Now teaming with Lawler.Michael Cole. Lillian Garcias announcement of it was hilarious.

[Break]

(2) Jerry Lawler & Michael Cole vs. Ted Dibiase & Cody Rhodes- World Tag Title Match
Lawler slapped Ted after a not-so-clean break in the corner. If there are no announcers, who is Vince yelling at backstage? Lawler held his own versus a double-team, but Cody hit a bulldog from the second rope. He missed an elbow from there though. Lawler set up for a piledriver, but Cody back-dropped out of it. In the corner, Cole helped Lawler to his feet, and referee John Cone called it a tag. Cole was pulled in the ring by Cody, and Cole even punched him. Cody blocked a second one and clotheslined Cole. That was enough to win the match.

Winners: Dibiase & Rhodes, at 3:57.

[Break]

-Mike Adamle was at the broadcast table. You mean JR is there for the SNME taping and they use Adamle? He said he got a call from WWE offices this week and he was ordered to be therenow he knows why. Lawler soon after joined him.

-Jamie Noble and Layla were in the ring. Noble talked himself up. He called Layla his part-time girlfriend/associate and said he challenged the I.C. Champion earlier today for a match.

(3) Jamie Noble vs. Kofi Kingston
Kofi blew Noble away with his energetic moves, including what Adamle called a double-leg dropkick. As opposed to all those single-leg dropkicks. Kofi fought out of a firemans carry and hit his finisher for the win.

Winner: Kingston, at 1:21. Of course Adamle used the Jamaican me crazy line. This has to be a joke, bringing Adamle out and Kofis is the first match he calls.

-CM Punk was walking backstagehell face the hottest free-agent next.

[Break]

-JBL was at the announce table and gave Adamle some shit, which Mike no-sold.

(4) CM Punk vs. William Regal
Regals singlet looks awful. Regal took Punk down with some mat wrestling. Regal hit a nice kick to Punks head and CM was opened up, looked like around his nose. Small package by Punk, but couldnt get the pin. Regal was really stretching Punk. CM came back with open-handed slaps. Full-nelson overhead slam by Regal. Punk, out of nowhere, hit the GTS for the win.

Winner: Punk, at 5:22.

JBL came in to confront Punk, but Kane came out. Kane punched JBL. Punk kicked Kane and JBL swatted Punk. JBL and Kane stared at each other.

-Cena & Batista vs. JBL & Kane tonight!

-Next, its Jerichos final Highlight Reel.

[Break]

-Jericho came out, in a suit and tie. He was seconded by Lance Cade. Even the beat-up JeriTron returned. Jericho said in the past, he has done what fans wanted, not what he wanted. He said the Highlight Reel was a mistake. Jericho said he put together a special farewell to an icon. He guaranteed wed never see him in the ring again. But it wasnt HBK.it was Y2J. The video played some of Jerichos more comical exploits, including wrestling as Doink, making fun of Stephanie McMahon and his return to WWE. He said he was embarrassed watching that footage. Jericho talked about his highlights beat up HBK. Y2J talked about the mind games he played with Shawn, then Cade took the mic and told Jericho he saved him and hed be forever grateful. Y2J told Michaels to enjoy his new life, then threw his hat in the proverbial ring for a title match. Great stuff, as usual.

[Break]

-JR walked out and joined the announcers. He said he got a call too that told him to be there tonight. But who told him to come out?

(5) Mickie James vs. Jillian Hall
Mickie greeted her father at ringside prior to the match. Jillian smashed Mickies face into the canvas a few times, then hit a handspring back-elbow. Mickie blocked a kick and cradled Jillian for two. The announcing here is surreal. Face-buster was blocked by Mickie, who hit a jumping DDT for the pin.

Winner: Mickie, at 2:36.

Katie Lea attacked her after the match. Joined on the ramp by her brother Paul, she said she hoped the new GM was watching because shed be the next womens champ and Paul is soon to be the I.C. title-holder.

-The Smackdown Rebound aired.

-In the locker room, Todd Grisham sucked up to Shane, trying to get a scoop on who the new GM is. Shane said hed find out when everyone else did.

[Break]

-The announcers previewed SummerSlam.

-Jenny McCarthy and a host of other stars plugged her Saturday Nights Main Event appearance.

-Cryme Tyme talked to Cena backstage. They tried to convince him he needed backup for his match. Batista interrupted and Cena sent CT away. Cena said they need to get through tonight, but Batista wasnt very trusting. They pretty much told each other to stay out of their way.

[Break]

-Shawn Michaels will be live next week on Raw for his first interview since the Bash.

(6) JBL & Kane vs. John Cena & Batista
Cena got the best of JBL, but Batista made a blind tag. Kane broke up a pin attempt and the faces cleared the ring, only to end up staring at each other from across the squared circle as the show went to break.

[Break]

JBL & Kane worked over Cena. Cena fought back and traded right hands with the big man. Cena finally made a tag and he cleaned house on both men, until Kane low-bridged him. Kane worked over Daves ribs. JBL went for a clothesline from hell, only to be speared. A hard tag set Kane off and Cena tagged himself in, FUd Kane and got the pin.

Winners: Cena & Batista, at 12:18.

Shane came out and introd the new GM..Mike Adamle. Adamle, in the ring, made Cena vs. Batista for SummerSlam. Well, I guess that takes him off ECW. Still..
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It's already been brought up on another board, but Adamle does have possibilities...as long as they change the character from the bumbling announcer to an evil genius or something. Maybe they started it anyways- the "new GM" put Cole in the tag match that took him off the air for the rest of the night.



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The writers sure do have a sick sense of humor.



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I recorded the last 1/2 hour and watched it after the ballgame. And...so...glad...I...did. I like the evil genius thing, though. It will be hard to follow up what William Regal did for the character though. He was right on until it was cut short.

Speaking of WR...holy fugly ring attire, Batman. I usually think that no one can look gayer than Batista during a RAW episode, but Regal may have just raised the bar.

Santino and Beth have me hooked. Not sure where it's going, don't care - just keep giving them some airtime each week. Santino screaming like a girl when Beth grabbed him by the hair was the greatest.
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    Originally posted by kwik
    It's already been brought up on another board, but Adamle does have possibilities...as long as they change the character from the bumbling announcer to an evil genius or something.


Totally agreement.

    Originally posted by djp
    Santino and Beth have me hooked. Not sure where it's going, don't care - just keep giving them some airtime each week. Santino screaming like a girl when Beth grabbed him by the hair was the greatest.


They have something this...its getting crazy pops too. I'd like to see them stay heel. Which makes me wonder exactly where this could lead.



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If you ever wanted to see the pro-wrestling equivalent of air being let out of a balloon, look no further than the "shocking blockbuster" announcement at the end of this week's RAW that Mike Adamle is the new General Manager. I've never seen a crowd drop dead quite like that. Total silence and apathy greeted Adamle's reveal. So much that Adamle booking the first-ever John Cena vs. Batista match was met with a wall of silence. As Lance Jr. accurately put it, "It's like they're in an empty arena."

The RAW Creative team really blew this one. They had actually concocted a crackerjack little mystery throughout the show of who the new GM was. I have to admit, I got sucked into the "whoisit?" When Michael Cole was suddenly booked into the World Tag Team Title match and put out of commission, that pretty much meant the new GM was a heel. But that also deepened the mystery of who it could be. The guesswork added a component of who would have something against Michael Cole? (Although it turned out Cole was just a sacrificial lamb that didn't directly coincide with any grudge against him.)

Shane McMahon taking great, elaborate pains to remain gender non-specific with the new GM's identity was meant as a red herring, but I went down that road of speculation anyway. If the new GM were a woman, I reasoned, there were only a few potential names who were "major enough" for the job. My short list of potentials was only three names: Sable, Trish Stratus, or Vickie Guerrero. Sable was a near-impossibility and I dismissed her pretty much immediately. Trish was highly unlikely. It would have been great and I'd love nothing more than to have Trish back in WWE even as a non-wrestler, but the Cole switcheroo ruled her out. Trish rode out of WWE a hero so she wouldn't have sent a mere announcer into the ring to be beaten down by two young turks. That left Vickie. Vickie was actually quite feasible for the following reasons:

1) Vickie gets nuclear heel heat. Clearly, WWE is happy with the work she's done on Smackdown as General Manager. A promotion to RAW wouldn't have been out of the question because...
2) The Edge and Vickie storyline has to end at some point, and probably has to end with both of them still heels. Moving Vickie away to RAW would have made for a tidy solution to that creative dilemma.

Other potential GM candidates would have to have included Ric Flair, but again, the Cole beatdown indicated the new GM is a heel.

Instead it's Adamle. The kneejerk reaction is naturally to complain, but I can understand why they went with him. Adamle is actually meant to be the next Vickie Guerrero. They sort of lucked into how Vickie turned out on Smackdown as GM. In the beginning, no one was enthused with her taking over as leader of the brand. The Edge love affair storyline was cringe-worthy in the beginning, and sort of still is, but it's now undoubtably a success. The heat Vickie receives from the crowd is amazing to witness, and she has really grown into her evil, cackling, conniving dictator role.

Clearly, they're hoping to catch lightning in a bottle the second time with Mike Adamle. He's a lot like Vickie was in the beginning: a character no one is enthused about except to always complain how out of place and bad he is at his job. He's as unlikely a choice as Vickie was to suddenly ascend to being the leader and figurehead decisionmaker of RAW. Plus he has obvious qualities that make him unlikeable. His lack of credibility for one. Seems to me they're trying to create Vickie Guerrero number 2 with Mike Adamle. They're hoping six months from now, Adamle's mere presence will invite massive showers of boos and hatred the way Vickie does before she even ahems, "Excuse me! Excuse me!" It's too early to speculate how Adamle will do in his new role, but I'd say the intent and expectation of how we the audience is meant to react to him is obvious. Except, right now, we don't give a shit, as the Washington DC audience's completely apathy clearly showed. But we're stuck with Mike Adamle now so we'll see how it goes. I did like the cutaway from Shane where Adamle "magically" appeared in the ring between Cena and Batista.

It sure does suck to see Mike Adamle get such a plum assignment when the last guy to have that job and do it incredibly well, William Regal, returned to action on the very same night. It's no surprise Regal, fresh off of wellness policy violation suspension, got passed over, but it still really sucks how he screwed himself and us over. Seeing Regal get passed over stung just slightly less than Jeff Hardy getting shafted aside for a WWE Title shot at Summerslam in favor of The Great Khali.

On the other hand, Regal was amazing in there against CM Punk. Regal's savage whipping of Punk's ass instantly became one of my favorite matches of 2008. I mean, he just thrashed the Straightedge Jesus. The boot to the head against the ringpost was killer. The bloody nose which he then clawed at was sick. The full nelson suplex folded Punk up like an accordion. Man, do I love watching Punk get the tar kicked out of him. Sure, Punk was booked to win with the GTS, but the joy to me was in the journey. I'm sure glad to have Regal back. Punk laid out during the JBL and Kane confrontation post-match was also sweet. I doubt I'll ever get tired of watching CM Punk beaten up.

Chris Jericho is in a class by himself right now. He's the single best performer in the whole company at the moment. The feud of the year is Jericho vs. the audience that let him down and betrayed him by siding with Shawn Michaels. And man, that was a sharp suit he had on.

Santino was amazing with Beth. "You kissed me." "Debatable." "Strictly professional." A big win for Santino by pinning Kelly Kelly followed by post-match celebration antics, then sexual tension, and then Beth planting one on Santino... perfect. This storyline is pure comedy gold.

Finally, if there's one guy on RAW who stands to benefit from Mike Adamle as GM, it's Kofi Kingston. As Adamle said, "That's my guy. I really love him." Jamaican me crazy!



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#7 Posted on
    Originally posted by kwik
    It's already been brought up on another board, but Adamle does have possibilities...as long as they change the character from the bumbling announcer to an evil genius or something.


A possibility, but idiot announcer to evil genius has been done already - with Eric Bischoff.

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    Originally posted by Stephanie
      Originally posted by kwik
      It's already been brought up on another board, but Adamle does have possibilities...as long as they change the character from the bumbling announcer to an evil genius or something.


    A possibility, but idiot announcer to evil genius has been done already - with Eric Bischoff.

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All of this has been done already - by Russo.

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    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    When Michael Cole was suddenly booked into the World Tag Team Title match and put out of commission, that pretty much meant the new GM was a heel.

I kinda considered the GM a face after that move, as it meant I didn't have to listen to Cole anymore.
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Adamle committed the most grievous sin of the night when he implied that Mama Juana didn't work.

I really thought that dragon suplex was super cool, too - and then I saw the replay and saw that it was actually a combo half nelson/chicken wing belly-to-back overhead suplex and thought it was even MORE cool. I guess Regal had 60 days to watch old Japanese tapes, and Punk was game to take a batshit crazy spot since he hadn't had to for.....since Mike Knox, I'm sure.



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    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    If you ever wanted to see the pro-wrestling equivalent of air being let out of a balloon, look no further than the "shocking blockbuster" announcement at the end of this week's RAW that Mike Adamle is the new General Manager. I've never seen a crowd drop dead quite like that. Total silence and apathy greeted Adamle's reveal. So much that Adamle booking the first-ever John Cena vs. Batista match was met with a wall of silence. As Lance Jr. accurately put it, "It's like they're in an empty arena."

    The RAW Creative team really blew this one. They had actually concocted a crackerjack little mystery throughout the show of who the new GM was. I have to admit, I got sucked into the "whoisit?" When Michael Cole was suddenly booked into the World Tag Team Title match and put out of commission, that pretty much meant the new GM was a heel. But that also deepened the mystery of who it could be. The guesswork added a component of who would have something against Michael Cole? (Although it turned out Cole was just a sacrificial lamb that didn't directly coincide with any grudge against him.)

    Shane McMahon taking great, elaborate pains to remain gender non-specific with the new GM's identity was meant as a red herring, but I went down that road of speculation anyway. If the new GM were a woman, I reasoned, there were only a few potential names who were "major enough" for the job. My short list of potentials was only three names: Sable, Trish Stratus, or Vickie Guerrero. Sable was a near-impossibility and I dismissed her pretty much immediately. Trish was highly unlikely. It would have been great and I'd love nothing more than to have Trish back in WWE even as a non-wrestler, but the Cole switcheroo ruled her out. Trish rode out of WWE a hero so she wouldn't have sent a mere announcer into the ring to be beaten down by two young turks. That left Vickie. Vickie was actually quite feasible for the following reasons:

    1) Vickie gets nuclear heel heat. Clearly, WWE is happy with the work she's done on Smackdown as General Manager. A promotion to RAW wouldn't have been out of the question because...
    2) The Edge and Vickie storyline has to end at some point, and probably has to end with both of them still heels. Moving Vickie away to RAW would have made for a tidy solution to that creative dilemma.

    Other potential GM candidates would have to have included Ric Flair, but again, the Cole beatdown indicated the new GM is a heel.

    Instead it's Adamle. The kneejerk reaction is naturally to complain, but I can understand why they went with him. Adamle is actually meant to be the next Vickie Guerrero. They sort of lucked into how Vickie turned out on Smackdown as GM. In the beginning, no one was enthused with her taking over as leader of the brand. The Edge love affair storyline was cringe-worthy in the beginning, and sort of still is, but it's now undoubtably a success. The heat Vickie receives from the crowd is amazing to witness, and she has really grown into her evil, cackling, conniving dictator role.

    Clearly, they're hoping to catch lightning in a bottle the second time with Mike Adamle. He's a lot like Vickie was in the beginning: a character no one is enthused about except to always complain how out of place and bad he is at his job. He's as unlikely a choice as Vickie was to suddenly ascend to being the leader and figurehead decisionmaker of RAW. Plus he has obvious qualities that make him unlikeable. His lack of credibility for one. Seems to me they're trying to create Vickie Guerrero number 2 with Mike Adamle. They're hoping six months from now, Adamle's mere presence will invite massive showers of boos and hatred the way Vickie does before she even ahems, "Excuse me! Excuse me!" It's too early to speculate how Adamle will do in his new role, but I'd say the intent and expectation of how we the audience is meant to react to him is obvious. Except, right now, we don't give a shit, as the Washington DC audience's completely apathy clearly showed. But we're stuck with Mike Adamle now so we'll see how it goes. I did like the cutaway from Shane where Adamle "magically" appeared in the ring between Cena and Batista.

    It sure does suck to see Mike Adamle get such a plum assignment when the last guy to have that job and do it incredibly well, William Regal, returned to action on the very same night. It's no surprise Regal, fresh off of wellness policy violation suspension, got passed over, but it still really sucks how he screwed himself and us over. Seeing Regal get passed over stung just slightly less than Jeff Hardy getting shafted aside for a WWE Title shot at Summerslam in favor of The Great Khali.

    On the other hand, Regal was amazing in there against CM Punk. Regal's savage whipping of Punk's ass instantly became one of my favorite matches of 2008. I mean, he just thrashed the Straightedge Jesus. The boot to the head against the ringpost was killer. The bloody nose which he then clawed at was sick. The full nelson suplex folded Punk up like an accordion. Man, do I love watching Punk get the tar kicked out of him. Sure, Punk was booked to win with the GTS, but the joy to me was in the journey. I'm sure glad to have Regal back. Punk laid out during the JBL and Kane confrontation post-match was also sweet. I doubt I'll ever get tired of watching CM Punk beaten up.

    Chris Jericho is in a class by himself right now. He's the single best performer in the whole company at the moment. The feud of the year is Jericho vs. the audience that let him down and betrayed him by siding with Shawn Michaels. And man, that was a sharp suit he had on.

    Santino was amazing with Beth. "You kissed me." "Debatable." "Strictly professional." A big win for Santino by pinning Kelly Kelly followed by post-match celebration antics, then sexual tension, and then Beth planting one on Santino... perfect. This storyline is pure comedy gold.

    Finally, if there's one guy on RAW who stands to benefit from Mike Adamle as GM, it's Kofi Kingston. As Adamle said, "That's my guy. I really love him." Jamaican me crazy!


That's a lot of words.

Judging their decision by the immediate reaction of this one specific crowd for a few seconds is pretty silly. I don't know if it's going to be a hit, but it's way too early. Also, kayfabe GM really isn't as important of a role as a lot of people seem to think it is. And it's the WWE - fans should be used to wild and wacky swerves. It was just as, if not more so, reasonable to expect someone like Adamle as much as someone who would be a more typical "cool" choice.

Adamle creepily putting his arm around Cena's waist was great. Adamle is so great.

I can't believe you guys aren't discussing the awesome foreshadowing - Adamle making Cole wrestle. Uh, other things. I guess when Regal was GM he let Adamle commentate some match after his walkout on ECW, so maybe bringing him was making up for that. Continuity!

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Why in God's name they didn't wait until WrestleMania XXV to book the first-ever Cena vs. Batista match, I'll never know. The silver anniversary edition of wrestling's feature event should have a main event people can get really excited about seeing, and since they're gonna blow their Cena/Batista load on SummerSlam-- really, what is that match?



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I actually thought the new GM was going to be Bischoff, but....ok, well, what the hell, Mike Adamle. Maybe this will lead to a decreased role for the general manager --- rather than be a heel involved in storylines, Adamle can be like Teddy Long on ECW as a guy who is in a backstage skit every once in a while and announces a big match, but otherwise doesn't do anything. I'm fine with Adamle as a new-age Jack Tunney.



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Jericho was AWESOME tonight. His segment went on for a long time, but I didn't care; it was incredible.

Santino/Phoenix: I love those two together. Now, THIS is how a romance angle is supposed to work.

I'm split on the Laweler/Cole vs. DiBiase/Rhodes match: I thought it was a waste of time, but then again, if taking Cole out brings JR back to Raw, then I'm all for it.

Adamle as GM? Uhhhhhhh...I'm really confused. The reactions from Cena and Batista kinda show that they really didn't see that coming. I wonder what'll happen to ECW's announce team now.

Other than that...it was an okay show.




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I really feel like the only reason JR was there tonight (aside from the SNME tapings) was to try to make the TV audience think that JR was going to be the next GM, with all of JR's "I don't know why I'm here. No really, I don't know why I'm here." schtick. He made it sound like it was a 'wink wink, nudge nudge' sort of thing, and it seemed like they really wanted to tease like it was JR before deciding to give us The Mike Adamle.

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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.84
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    I actually thought the new GM was going to be Bischoff, but....ok, well, what the hell, Mike Adamle. Maybe this will lead to a decreased role for the general manager --- rather than be a heel involved in storylines, Adamle can be like Teddy Long on ECW as a guy who is in a backstage skit every once in a while and announces a big match, but otherwise doesn't do anything. I'm fine with Adamle as a new-age Jack Tunney.


I want to see as much Adamle as possible. He's been quite good in his backstage exploits with Miz & Morrison and Cena & Mickie. "Me and my old Gladiator buddy, Gemini, are heading down to Tijuana!"

Oh man, think of all the Gladiators stuff they could work in. People were talking about an Elimination Chamber last week. Now Mike can book Cena and Batista in the ELIMINATOR CHAMBER. They start off in pods and then do an obstacle course with a handbike and cargo net, before riding a zipline to the ring and settling things like men.
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#17 Posted on
Okay, didn't see anything about Kane (or very little)

Anyone else notice that before the commercial break he and JBL were staring at eachother, Kane cracks a brief smile, and then he did the head tilt like he always did with the mask?

Intriguing.




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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.10
    Originally posted by thefraserman
    Okay, didn't see anything about Kane (or very little)

    Anyone else notice that before the commercial break he and JBL were staring at eachother, Kane cracks a brief smile, and then he did the head tilt like he always did with the mask?

    Intriguing.



Kane has always kept those mannerisms whenever he is supposed to play the psychopath.
But yeah, little details like that make the guy at least somewhat interesting no matter how much crap he has to go through with storylines. The moment he's supposed to be "the monster" he really does become "The monster"



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.98
Punk/Regal was brutally stiff, and should have gone on for about half an hour longer than it did. The dragon whatever suplex was just awesome, and the ringpost kick looked about as legit as you can get. Made watching the show worthwhile.



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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.76
I have no problem with someone working stiff, but if one guy is the new World Champion and the other just came off a 60 day drug suspension, who would YOU think would be the one getting stiffed? I am not a big Punk fan, but didn't really think he deserved that. It's even more embarrasing because Regal was wearing what appears to be Fabulous Moolah's old tights.

I agree with ekedolphin, why are they doing Batista-Cena now? Even Cena said it was a WrestleMania match. So since the the draft they have already gone through HHH-Cena II, Edge-HHH, and now Batista-Cena? What is the rush? What will be left for WM 25? And don't say HHH-Undertaker.

How tight was that (suck up) jersey on Batista? Ironically, that was a page out of old school Cena's playbook.




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