Originally posted by KJames199 - I paid the most attention to this Raw as any in a long time. I credit my new high-def TV.
- Regal/Punk was really good. I loved that they showed the celebration FOREVER. Made it seem important. You could tell Punk was winning as soon as he came out. Dude looked real happy. .
Normally, I hate when the wrestlers seem to give away the finish to a match before the match even starts (Shawn Michaels does *this* better than anyone too). But Punk was in his hometown so I took it for that.
His dress down last night made me sick while Orton, a clearly inferior talent, is amde to look strong.
Orton's inferiority to Jericho is not as clear as it used to be. Guy has become superb.
I like what they are trying to do with the Randy Orton character, but Orton always seems like he is forcing the issue. Whether it's his lines, his work in the ring or even his slow walk to the ring it just seems all forced and too thought out. I don't know if he is overacting, a bad actor or just trying to hard.
Randy Orton to me feels like that cool character in a movie that gets ruined by casting a Keanu Reeves or Nick Cage in the part.
Count me in as another who's been won over by Orton. Believe me, I was right there, hating him wasting space for years. Strangely, the addition of the Punt to his repertoire seems to have really fleshed out his character. I didn't watch Raw for most of last year and when I started again in December, I found myself shockingly looking forward to the Orton segments the most (Well, within limitations...frankly, the rest of Legacy leaves me cold). I actually think he should win the Rumble at this point, which blows my mind.
Absolutely agree about Steph being in cahoots with Orton. Their confrontation in her office reminded me of nothing so much as the huffy showdowns with Legacy that kept getting shown on The Soup, except far less homoerotic since Steph's, y'know, a woman and all. On the other hand, Randy seemed to surprise himself with what he did, but maybe he just couldn't believe he was actually going to do it.
If Orton doesn't win the Rumble, Shawn should, just because a feud with he and Cena might be mind-blowing after all the talk tonight. All three guys were precisely on their game and did everything in their power to make gold out of the dross they've been handed. I could easily see Shawn refusing to help JBL, then choosing to enter the Rumble, winning, and then...then he has to win the title at Wrestlemania to get his payoff. "You asked for this, John. You wanted me to be a man of integrity. And now you're all that stands between my kids and a college education." I think they could both carry that feud, and then Shawn's match with JBL could be at No Way Out and have plenty of heat without Wrestlemania. But I won't complain about them going the more obvious route and saving that match for then either.
All in all, I'm just pretty damn happy with WWE right now...and it's been a long time since I could say that. I'm really interested in several feuds (More Regal/Punk, please!). I even liked Knox/Mysterio, if only for the awesome 619 block. I'm even considering buying the Rumble, and I haven't bought a PPV to watch live since Wrestlemania 19...
"Never piss off a hawk with a blowgun" - Conan O'Brien
Indeed. The main event/midcard/jobber heirarchy is so strongly adhered to these days that it get sincredibly depressing. Were Rikishi to debut today, he would never have been booked in that surprise SmackDown match against HHH.