TONIGHT: The one match announced by guest host William Shatner last week, DX vs. The Miz & Big Show vs. CM Punk & Luke Gallows for the Unified Tag Team Titles, has been changed to an Elimination Tag Match. No word on why or who did so, but perhaps it was this week’s guest host, NASCAR’s Carl Edwards. In addition, the build-up to Elimination Chamber should continue this evening. And how will the Batista vs. John Cena feud play out after what happened last week when Raw went off the air?
- WWE Open.
- A video package showed Bret Hart and Vince McMahon’s confrontation from last week, as well as the aftermath. They did not, however, show the post-Raw happenings that they showed on Smackdown, between John Cena and Batista.
- Raw Open.
- Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler opened the show by plugging the Triple-Threat Elimination Match for the Unified Tag Team Championship. Also, Cole promised to show that exclusive footage of Batista’s attack on Cena last week.
- In a tremendously unique moment, Carl Edwards did donuts in his #99 Aflac car outside the arena. Then he drove it into the Cajun Dome. But wait a minute, Hornswoggle got out of the driver’s side of the car once it made its way into the arena. Kelly Kelly was in the ring doing the ring announcing here, introducing Carl Edwards. He was accompanied to the ring by the Bella Twins. Edwards played to the fans, standing on the second rope, and he even did his patented backflip back into the ring from the top rope. Edwards mentioned the Saints being Super Bowl Champions, which got a big rise out of the crowd. He also plugged the Wrestlemania of Nascar, which is this coming Sunday. Not as much as a cheer for that one. Carl said that when Kyle Busch and Joey Logano guest hosted Raw, they showed how charismatic and eloquent NASCAR racers can be. That’s gotta be a rib. Edwards said he has a friend in WWE in John Cena. As soon as he began talking about him, Sheamus’ music hit and the Irishman walked to the ring with purpose.
Sheamus said his Super Bowl is in seven weeks, and it’s Wrestlemania. He said he’d walk into Wrestlemania as WWE Champion, meaning he’s going to have to win at the Elimination Chamber. He demanded that Edwards make him the last participant in the Chamber match. He said Edwards is the guest host of HIS show, meaning Edwards will have to do what he says. If he doesn’t, he won’t make Daytona the next week. But wait, the ECW Champion Christian came out. This is a rather interesting development. Perhaps setting the stage for moving him from ECW now that the brand is transforming into NXT? Christian got in the ring and introduced himself to Edwards. He said NASCAR was getting big in Canada. He made a joke about Canada being denied a WNBA franchise, and that didn’t get over at all. Christian was offended that last week, Edge mentioned that he’ll get to face Sheamus or Undertaker at Wrestlemania, and he was offended that Edge didn’t mention him. Christian did say that Mr. McMahon said ECW would be no more, replaced by the next generation of WWE programming. Sheamus said it made Christian a lame-duck champion. Christian went after Sheamus’ look and got a cheap shot at Sheamus not being tan. Sheamus said the only thing funny is that Christian will be out of a job in two weeks. On the contrary, said Christian, as in two weeks, every ECW wrestler will become a free agent, able to sign with any show. He said he wanted to test the Raw waters and challenge Sheamus to a match tonight. Edwards agreed, and called for a referee so the match could start now. After a handshake with referee John Cone, Edwards left the ring so the match could begin.
(1) Sheamus vs. Christian Sheamus notched a take-down early in the match. Christian tried a cross-body off the second rope, but Sheamus caught him and gave him a fall-away slam. Sheamus then clotheslined Christian over the top rope, and they went to break about 50 seconds into the match.
Christian worked out of a rest-hold out of break. They rammed into each other shoulder-to-shoulder, sending both men to the mat, but Sheamus only went to his knees. Low-bridge by Christian sent Sheamus to the floor. He successfully dove onto Sheamus on the outside. But Sheamus sent Christian arm-first into the ring post and worked over the arm. Back in the ring, Sheamus worked a hammer-lock and kept Christian grounded. Cole plugged the announcement of the first inductee into the 2010 WWE Hall-of-Fame. Christian made a comeback, including a European uppercut off the second rope. He tried a sunset flip I think, but Sheamus caught him. Pump kick missed, but Sheamus rammed him with a Polish Hammer-like move. Lawler called it a clothesline. Rope-assisted side-kick by Christian, then a tornado DDT for a near-fall. Killswitch attempt, but Sheamus got out. Christian to the top, but couldn’t landewhatever he tried. Sheamus threw Christian shoulder-first into the ring post, then he turned around right into a pump kick. Razor’s Edge by Sheamus finished things.
Winner: Sheamus, at 9:42. Good, competitive match, and a good win for Sheamus.
- Triple H was watching the monitor backstage with his mean face on when Shawn Michaels walked in. Shawn said that he’s been distracted lately, losing out on his shot to face Taker and get in the Chamber, but there’s a silver lining: Maybe DX can finally be at Wrestlemania together. Triple H interrupted and said he did qualify for the Chamber. Going to Mania as DX would be great, but he said he was looking to go to the big event as WWE Champion. Shawn was offended that Triple H was making it all about him. Aren’t we all! Then he walked out.
- Next, exclusive footage of what transpired between John Cena and Batista last week, after Raw went off the air.
- Back with Lawler (in “RAW” t-shirt) and Cole at ringside. Lawler said McMahon banned Bret from the building this week. Cole threw it to footage of Batista’s attack on John Cena last week. The culminating shot was Batista powerbombing Cena on the ring steps.
- Ted DiBiase was backstage with Cody Rhodes. Rhodes said DiBiase must be pretty proud of himself. Rhodes talked about how DiBiase had the easier road to the Chamber than he did. Ted said it’s good that they’re disagreeing because everyone says they’re alike, but it’s clear he’s better than Cody. Orton interrupted and got in a line that reminded me of Seinfeld: “You think you’re better than me?” Luckily, he didn’t follow it up with “Mandelbaum! Mandelbaum! Mandelbaum!” Orton said the guest host put DiBiase in a match with Cena tonight. And Rhodes had nothing to laugh at, as Orton was still upset that he cost him the match at the Rumble against Sheamus. Orton said he appreciated the effort, but Rhodes will be facing him tonight.
- The Straight Edge Society was walking backstage (with Punk and Serena hand-in-hand). The Elimination tag match is next.
- Lawler plugged the WWE.com Diva’s Valentine’s Day photo gallery.
- Justin Roberts was back on ring announcing. Punk did some mic work, talking about the region falling on hard times and turning to drugs and alcohol. Punk referred to the Super Bowl as “that little football game that you won.” Man, I should’ve rooted for the Colts just to see the promo Punk would’ve cut had the Saints lost. Punk did his Straight Edge catchphrase and told the fans at home to place their hands on the TV screen. Punk noted they had a celebrity in the house: Jared from Subway. Punk said Jared is like him: He preaches to people who follow in his footsteps. Punk said the Straight Edge is looking for a minister of propaganda, and Jared would fit what they’re looking for as the Spokesperson for the Straight Edge Society. Jared wasn’t having it. Punk said he had a feeling he’d say no, so he’s going to make an example out of Jared. He told Gallows and Serena, “go get me Jared from Subway.” That was a hilarious line read. Before they could bring Jared over the barricade, DX came out. Shawn didn’t have the same enthusiasm that Hunter did during their entrance.
(2) Luke Gallows & C.M. Punk vs. DeGeneration X vs. The Miz & The Big Show- Triple Threat Elimination Tag Team Match for the Unified Tag Team Championship Cole noted that Show was fined an undisclosed amount for striking the referee last week in his match with Kofi Kingston. A big brawl broke out amongst the three teams before the bell rang. Cole did a no-no and pointed out the referee, Charles Robinson, by name. DX cleared the ring and Cole noted the match would begin after break.
Match was joined in progress out of break. Punk and Michaels were the legal men, with Teddy Long sitting at ringside observing the match. Big Show attempted to splash Michaels and Punk in the corner, but they both escaped it. Ah, OK, three men are legal men at a time. Gallows, Show and Triple H were in there after tags were made. Show fought off both challengers with headbutts, one of his three offensive moves these days. Triple H tried to Pedigree Show, but Show back-dropped him over the top rope. Jeez, they took another break 2:20 later.
Punk attempted pins on Triple H and Miz, neither of which were successful. Miz got some offense in on Triple H and Punk as well. Miz almost got turned inside-out, however, but a clothesline from The Game. Dropkick by Punk on Miz for two. Jaw-breaker by Miz and his patented corner clothesline found the mark. Serena took Miz out behind the ref’s back. As Miz tried to chase after Serena, Triple H caught him and gave him a spinebuster. Hunter crawled into the ring and tried to tag HBK, but Punk grabbed a leg to prevent it. But not for long, as the tag was made. Flying forearm and Michaels looked for a kip-up, but decided against it. Cole reasoned that doing that move cost him the match last week. Elbowdrop off the top rope by Shawn, then he prepared for the superkick. Gallows took him out though, and Triple H clotheslined him over the top rope. Superkick on Punk by Michaels to eliminate them. I just don’t get that booking. They were eliminated at approximately 8:47. Big Show cleaned up and trash talked Michaels. Headbutt put Shawn back on the mat. More methodical offense from Show. Michaels tried to battle back and finally did with a boot up on a corner charge. And another. Side slam by Show as HBK failed to capitalize. Miz tagged in and booted Michaels right in the face. Neck-breaker from Miz as Show cheered him on from the apron. From behind, he attempted to lock on the Skull Crushing Finale. Michaels countered it and Big Show tagged in. But Michaels, from out of nowhere, dropped Show with a superkick. Show didn’t sell it for long, tagging Miz in, but Michaels also made the tag. High knee to Miz and Triple H was feeling it. Big spinebuster and HBK tagged himself in. The DX members argued and Miz came from behind, pushing HBK into Triple H and rolling him up for the win.
Winners: The Miz and Big Show, at about 16:00. I don’t know why/how Big Show and Miz leap-frogged Punk and Gallows on the tag team depth chart. Hopefully that means bigger and better things for Punk. DX losing the titles here was not a surprise.
Shawn and Triple H argued after the match and Michaels angrily walked to the back alone.
-Still to come, John Cena goes one-on-one with Ted DiBiase.
-Also, Cody Rhodes faces Randy Orton.
-They replayed the key moments in the last match.
-Josh Mathews was joined backstage by Big Show and The Miz. Show took a shot at Jericho, saying they did something he and Jericho could never do: Beat DX. Show said Miz respects him and treats him like a friend. Miz said together, they will run WWE. Miz called them “The MizShow.” Show preferred “ShowMiz,” as in “showbiz.”
-Cole and Lawler discussed the Elimination Chamber card.
-Michaels was walking in a huff backstage. HBK ran into Carlito and Alicia Fox, and he was demanding to know where “he” was. Then he ran into Teddy Long, and HBK demanded that Long trade for him on Smackdown. Michaels asked for Long to take one of the Smackdown guys out of the Chamber and put him in so he can get a shot at Taker. Michaels told Long to make it happen. Long told him that the Smackdown Elimination Chamber match was already set. Carlito was still looking on in the background. Long advised HBK to take a deep breath. Michaels grabbed Long by the collar and put him up against the wall. Triple H broke it up and asked if he’s willing to throw DX and his career away for this obsession. HBK said “my career is over.” Then he superkicked Long and walked away. Now that Michaels has lost it, will they revisit his quote to Mr. McMahon several weeks ago when prodded about Bret Hart coming back: “Only good things will happen”?
-Moments ago, HBK attacked Smackdown GM Teddy Long. I can’t wait to hear about the fine he gets for this one! Upon replay, Long was superkicked into Carlito, who softened Long’s fall.
-Maryse joined the announcers for the next match. She faces Gail Kim at the Chamber PPV for the Divas Title.
(3) Gail Kim vs. Jillian Hall The bell rang right after Maryse was shown at the announce table. Kim was sent to ringside early on as Maryse talked about Michelle McCool acting “low class” by publicly talking trash about Mickie James. Before you knew it, Gail wriggled out of a bodyslam and Kim used her finisher on Jillian for the win.
Winner: Kim, at :59.
Maryse got on the mic and said what a big fan of Gail’s she was. She said she was looking forward to having the best match of her life against Kim at the Chamber PPV. And win the title, right? Maryse then spoke in French and laughed. She wished Gail good luck and extended her hand for a handshake. Gail accepted and Maryse said, “may the best Diva win.”
-Cole threw it to a video package for the first inductee for the Hall-of-Fame Class of 2010: “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. Lots of early Million Dollar Man vignettes. Oh, and kicking the basketball away from the kid, costing him thousands! No announcement on who will induct him. Virgil? IRS? Ted DiBiase Jr? Next week, we’ll get another inductee.
-Teddy Jr. faces John Cena tonight.
-But next, Randy Orton faces Cody Rhodes.
-Jared and Carl Edwards were shown hob-nobbing backstage. Subway is a sponsor of Edwards’ race team. Santino walked in and sang the five-dollar foot-long song. Jared plugged the latest Subway deal. I hope they mention Santino stealing Lawler’s delicious Subway sandwich some time ago. Marella got back to business and complained to Edwards about Jack Swagger. Edwards made a match for Superstars, Marella vs. Swagger. Kofi Kingston walked in and shook hands with Edwards. Edwards apologized for not putting him in a match, but Kingston said it was OK since he needs to rest up. But he suggested putting all the Chamber participants in random one-on-one matches next week. Edwards asked if he should make the matches or allow the guest host next week to do so. Santino suggested that if next week’s guest host has class and civility, they’ll do the right thing. Then the screen showed Jerry Springer addressing the WWE Universe, saying he’d be guest hosting next week. Then they showed some fights from the Springer show in the past. Back to the backstage shot, where the guys were looking not-so-confident about this guest host being all the things Santino suggested. They were talking to each other, but no audio.
(4) Cody Rhodes vs. Randy Orton No entrance for Rhodes. Orton got in Rhodes’ face and shoved him. They trash-talked each other and this one is reminding me of DiBiase vs. Orton from a month or two ago. Quick dropkick by Rhodes, then a cover. This doesn’t have the heat the DiBiase vs. Orton match had. Orton hammered away with rights on Rhodes. Rhodes set up for a DDT, but Orton dropped him stomach-first over the top rope. Lawler said apparently Edwards will be making some more matches for next week. Man, he’s only appeared in two segments so far. I guess the less the better. It’s WM season, and they gotta focus more on the talent. Rhodes was set on the top rope, but he was able to avoid an Orton suplex. Cross-body from the top missed. Orton was ready to strike with the RKO, but Sheamus ran down and stuck his head into the ring. That distracted Orton and allowed Rhodes to land the Cross-Rhodes for the win.
Winner: Rhodes, at 2:48. Interesting result. I’d say that makes up for the short squash by Cena of Rhodes last week.
Sheamus ran into the ring and gave the Pump Kick to Orton. Rhodes grabbed a chair, causing Sheamus to halt the attack and leave the ring.
-They again showed Batista attacking John Cena after Raw last week.
-Cena was walking backstage. He faces DiBiase next.
-Josh Mathews was backstage with Carl Edwards, who had a major announcement. He said he’s leaving his mark tonight, by giving the WWE Universe something they’d never forget. All of the Chamber participants will be facing each other in singles matches next week. It’ll be Sheamus vs. Randy Orton, Ted DiBiase vs. Kofi Kingston, and John Cena vs. Triple H. He said the Road to Wrestlemania is heating up, so start your engines.
(5) Ted DiBiase vs. John Cena Cena ran to the ring and attacked DiBiase before the bell. He threw him outside the ring as the referee tried to get him to stop. Cena threw DiBiase into the barricade outside the ring. He locked DiBiase in the STF. He started tapping, but it was outside the ring and the match hadn’t started yet. Referees came out to check on DiBiase as Cena grabbed a mic and went into the ring.
Winner: No match
Cena said he didn’t come to the arena to have a match and he’s not wasting anymore time. He addressed Batista, saying he doesn’t know why he did what he did, but he just wants to fight him. Cena said Batista didn’t take him out, because he’s still here. He then called out Batista to face him like a man. He said he wasn’t going anywhere ‘til Dave came out. I would question why Batista would even be there….but that would probably get me nowhere. They went to break. Is this one more than the usual amount they take during Raw?
Cena was still working the mic as Batista had not showed up yet. He looked right into the camera and said Batista should be scared for his life. He then said that perhaps Batista’s attack on him was a business decision related to Mr. McMahon. Two weeks ago, Cena said he called McMahon pathetic. Conveniently, a week later, he gets attacked by Batista. He suggested that Vince was behind the attack, and if he’s not going to fight Batista, then he’d really like to talk to Vince McMahon. McMahon obliged him by coming out. He came out to the stage and waved security out. He strutted next to the stoic security guards, which was pretty funny. McMahon asked Cena what he had to say. Cena said ten security guards won’t stop him…if he wanted to stop him, he should’ve brought out a tank. Cena basically said told Vince they could do things the easy way, or the hard way. McMahon said he’s certainly man enough to stand in the ring alone with Cena. He reminded Cena that he is the supreme Alpha male. He said when God created the heavens and earth, it wasn’t Adam he had in mind….it was him. McMahon said Batista was compensated for his actions last week, and McMahon seemed proud of his actions vis-à-vis Bret Hart last week. However, he said he had nothing to do with Batista attacking Cena. Apparently, he was only paid off for the attack on Hart. Vince said that Cena eliminated Batista from the Rumble, that’s a good reason to attack him last week. Or maybe Batista doesn’t like Cena- Lord knows Vince doesn’t. McMahon said he doesn’t like the orange of Cena, or the Louisiana hayseeds, among others.
McMahon said business-wise he likes Cena, and John interrupted saying it’s all about the money with McMahon. Well, he has memorably said that on several occasions. Cena said McMahon took a good guy like Batista and paid him off. Does Cena not watch Smackdown? He said he doesn’t do what he does for the money, but because he loves it. Cheap pop for another Saints Super Bowl reference. Cena called Vince “Daddy Warbucks” and said he does what he does for moments like the Chamber match, where he’ll walk out WWE Champion. Cena talked about the “moment,” why the WWE Superstars do what they do, and why the fans come to the arenas. Cena said he had a chance to talk to Bret Hart last week. And apparently, Hart wants another one of those moments. Cena said he heard Bret say something last week that he never thought he’d say again: He wants to wrestle another match. And he wants that match to be at Wrestlemania. And he wants the opponent to be Vince McMahon. Cena said the spotlight is now on Vince, who has the chance to have a WM moment. Is he about the money, or is he about the moment. Can’t the two go hand-in-hand? Cena left the ring and Vince said he was about both. He also said he doesn’t think Bret once any of him. Cena again asked McMahon, yes or no. “Shutupp!” Vince shouted. He then went into a rage and said the answer was yes. Cena said he told the WWE Universe and the Louisiana fans….and now he has one more person to tell. Cena then walked to the back as Vince addressed Bret, saying he was up in Calgary in an igloo somewhere. McMahon said Bret doesn’t want a piece of him because he doesn’t want to be embarrassed like he was last week. Then they showed that video package again. McMahon asked why Bret would want any of him. Bret came through the crowd and attacked Vince. A weak punch put Vince down as Bret pummeled security. That allowed Vince to leave the ring and talk from the top of the ramp. McMahon taunted Bret by saying he changed his mind and won’t fight Bret at Wrestlemania because Bret deserved to be screwed. He then ran to the back as Bret went to the side of the stage and began tearing up some of the equipment. He even fell as he brought one audio piece to the ground. Bret went back to ringside and reenacted what happened after Survivor Series, as he destroyed the announce desk and monitors. He went back into the ring and the crowd cheered him heavily. Then his music played as he played to the crowd as the show went off the air.
This was NOT where Bret/Vince needed to go. Only bad things can happen in an actual wrestling match. They need something to disguise the flaws of both guys, like make it a tag match with Batista and Cena, otherwise that could end badly.
Absolutely love HBK's descent into madness. There are still so many ways they could go with this. One of them being that the "career" remark could eventually lead to HBK/UT II: Career vs. Streak.
I thought the slow burn towards Orton's face turn was over. Guess it goes for another week. Loved that Cody was leisurely taking his time grabbing the chair. I'm guessing Cody turns on Orton full-on next week.
Seeing Christian was a pleasant surprise. Jobbing clean to the Sheamus Express wasn't. Captain Charisma hopefully gets his day when he comes to Raw and gets into MitB next month.
There's no team like ShowMiz! Can't wait for the inevitable confrontation between Show and Jericho on Friday.
Good show this week.
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Originally posted by It's FalseThis was NOT where Bret/Vince needed to go. Only bad things can happen in an actual wrestling match. They need something to disguise the flaws of both guys, like make it a tag match with Batista and Cena, otherwise that could end badly.
Vince said no at the end before running off. A one on one match CAN'T happen. Bret would die. Granted, he was much more physical and animated this week but still, Bret Hart is a stoke victim. Great segment, though.
Vince's over the top cartoonish super villainy has gone over an even higher top of cartoonish super villainy.
John Cena doesn't do it for the money. Vince should have forced him to wrestle for free from now on. Matt Hardy lives for the moment, look how far that's gotten him.
Sheamus asked the guest host to put him in the Elimination Chamber. He is apparently unaware he was automatically entered in the Chamber as the WWE Champion. He is as not bright as he is not tanned.
Great show. A bunch of fresh match ups, Punk was great, ShowMiz were great, Teddy Long showed up only to watch his Smackdown team lose and get superkicked.
Sheamus is really beginning to shine, he can really cut a promo and the work ethnic. I guess HHH knew what he was doing by putting Sheamus so far over.
Vince vs Hart will be horrible. I hope they don't do it but it will do one thing, sell PPV tickets. But I can't see any other way they finish off the feud. By the way, Hart really does is slow, I know it's from the stroke, but it's just painful to watch him.
I still maintain that the "screw job" was one of the greatest works in wrestling history. 99 percent disagree with this, everyone else thinks it was real. That's cool though.
And I have noooo idea why Punk wasn't given the title tonight, he's soooo over right now as a heel.
I can't figure out where HHH is going to end up at Wrestlemania but I pray to the wrestling gods, it's not a triple threat with Undertaker and Michaels.
Christian v Sheamus was better than I thought it would be. I know Christian can pull a good match out of anybody, but Sheamus is really starting to shine.
DX losing the belts, and then HBK superkicking Teddy Long was just fabulous.
Women's title at the PPV? Great, now I know when I'll go take a bathroom break and grab a beer.
ShowMiz are awesome. It's great to see Miz holding three belts.
I am tired of Cena, and have been tired of Bautista for a few years now. I just don't care where their 'feud' goes.
Vince vs Hart is like when Belinda Carlise was in playboy. Both happened ten years too late.
Overall a great show, building towards the PPV.
EDIT: Best part of the show was the old Million Dollar Man skits. Ted DiBiase was so great as a heel. I only wish the world could have seen him in Mid South, he was so much better than what they gave him to do in the WWF.
I found myself believing for a few seconds that they were actually going to shave Jared's head. That would have been all kinds of awesome.
Ever notice when electrical equipment gets damaged on Raw there are always big sparks and smoke? Makes for a better visual, but still cheesy.
John Cena is PISSED at Batista, but he's going to wait six days until he is on TV again to do something about it. (I know this happens all the time, but once in a while the absurdity really makes itself apparent.)
Originally posted by John OrquiolaLuckily, I hadn't deleted RAW from my DVR yet so I went back to check. Yup, Sheamus did say he wanted to be the last entrant in the Chamber. I must have misheard. Boy, is my face red.
If it makes you feel any better, I thought the same thing. I think he said something like "I want to be the last man in" which for some reason I took to mean "five folks have secured their spot, I want the last one" when what he meant was "I want to be the last guy released from his pod".
With hindsight I'm willing to concede it should've been kinda obvious. But hey, at least you weren't alone! Stupidity loves company it seems
I sincerely hope Shawn Michaels does something violent to the leprechaun in the coming weeks.
A million times yes.
T'was a decent show overall. I confess that Sheamus is growing on me and Shawn going (not so) quietly nuts is fun to watch.
I have not a clue who Jared from Subway is, but I guess that's why God gave us Google.
"Go get me Jared from Subway" was definitely the line of the night. Loved it...and they showed that Straight Edge Society logo in their chyron! We got a glimpse of it once the other week in a graphic...I need that online for an icon!
No mention of the Show's celebrating with the tag titles? He was so amusingly excited post-match, and well into their promo after the ad break. Also, the Miz has to carry around 3 belts everywhere now. (Does this mean MVP & Mark Henry re-form their tag team to challenge them and continue the Miz/MVP feud?)
I don't know if we needed Bret to wander around and knock over a bunch of random, sparking equipment to get the point across that he's mad at Vince.
Also, Christian was excellent in the ring and probably had the best match I've seen Sheamus in yet (and he certainly kept up his end of things as well).
(edited by Spiraling_Shape on 9.2.10 0508) "Unless you did something unspeakable with a cactus, 'Shaqtus' is not a real word." - Santino Marella
Originally posted by StaggerLeeVince vs Hart is like when Belinda Carlise was in playboy. Both happened ten years too late. (edited by StaggerLee on 9.2.10 0019)
It may have been 10 years to late, but I was still happy to see belinda nekkid. Airbrushed or not. I am also very happy to see Vince/Bret, too. Airbrushed or not. ;-) If only this leads to Bret walking down the ramp once mocking Vince's strut.
A good solid show this week as feuds are warming up and story-angles not as predictable now.
Shawn going crazy with his obsession of the Undertaker, is pretty interesting as to whether or not he is going to turn heel. I could actually see a Triple H/ HBK match at WM 26 with HBK having a "to heck with DX and Triple H" type attitude.
Show-Miz winning the Unified-Tag Titles was probably the best thing because Show teaming with Miz (and winning the tag titles) keeps Big Show relevant and more interesting. Miz is a good choice as he as become a solid in-ring performer and good on the mic. It is also good because this makes the whole HBK-obsession angle more relevant.
Sheamus has become a pretty good champion; he beat Christian in a good match (and cleanly) which is what he needs to retain his status as a credible champion. Sheamus isn't too bad on the mic and carries the big-guy characteristics in the ring rather well and is not dull.
CM Punk without a doubt has become a really good heel and should be given a title shot in the near future. The reason I think to why Punk hasn't been given a title shot now is because the Straight-Edge Society is a solid stable with Punk working as the leader and preaching out to everyone (look for a couple more people down the line to join this stable).
*Ah yes! The Hall of Fame does have a price as the Million Dollar Man is finally in the WWE Hall of Fame this year and is one of the best heels in WWE history.
Another good angle is Rhodes and Orton. Rhodes got a win over Orton (which is actually good) even with the help of Sheamus. This however adds more fuel to the fire of the Sheamus and Orton feud along with Rhodes potentially breaking out into heel on his own terms and eventually a singles star.
I wasn't a fan of Ted DiBiase getting his butt handed to him from Cena but that is to be expected when Cena is in pissed off mode.
Vince "calling off" the match versus Bret Hart at WM can't be a surprise as everyone knows Bret is in no condition to actually wrestle (or potentially die middle-aged). This feud now with Batista and Cena will probably be left for Wrestle Mania and their last match awhile back wasn't too bad.
Hopefully Raw can continue to be solid with the new angles and feuds going on because the WWE is sitting on a goldmine with all these interesting feuds and storylines happening right now.
The thing that has me most excited about RAW is that they appear to have sat in a room a couple months ago and planned out EVERYTHING that is happening in every storyline headed into WM.
- The HBK stuff is great, although I wish they had kept the tag titles just to prolong DX NEEDING to stay together.
- However, I LOVE ShowMiz winning the tag titles, because now the Miz can run his mouth even more with the Big Show having his back.
- Sheamus is really pretty dang entertaining.
- All these secondary storylines - Legacy + Orton, the Straight Edge Society, etc., actually seem to have a purpose instead of "hey guys go cut a random promo then have a match". I can't decide if I think Cody Rhodes can wrestle or not, but all three Legacy guys (especially Randy) are bringing it every week.
- Bret and Vince have a match? Fine by me if it happens. Can Bret get himself in better shape in eight weeks? I think probably so. Would they actually put Bret in serious danger? I don't think so. Besides, Bret had a stroke - Tedy Bruschi had a stroke and came back to play linebacker for the Patriots. Bret didn't look completely lost when he was dealing with the security guys, IMO.
Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....
Revenge of the Sith = one thumb up from me. Fuck shit. I want to tittie fuck your ass. -- The Guinness. to Cerebus
Originally posted by JayJayDean- Bret and Vince have a match? Fine by me if it happens. Can Bret get himself in better shape in eight weeks? I think probably so. Would they actually put Bret in serious danger? I don't think so. Besides, Bret had a stroke - Tedy Bruschi had a stroke and came back to play linebacker for the Patriots. Bret didn't look completely lost when he was dealing with the security guys, IMO.
Good point about Bruschi. Could someone here with a medical background please delve into a little detail about the risks of stroke victims engaging in physical activity?
Glad to see them finally put Sheamus over someone, I'm just a little sorry it had to be Christian. Oh well, there are worse things than jobbing to the WWE champ. Like being the champ of a show that goes the way of the dodo in 2 weeks.
I don't see a HHH-Taker-Shawn 3 way happening. Especially with a young talented guy with a World Title that needs to job at WrestleMania. Speaking of HHH, did anyone notice how we all thought he was fat at the Rumble, but a week later he looks trim again? Weird. And Taker-Shawn has to happen after 2 months of hype already. Who else would Taker fight?
I am not sure if Bret looked slow, or just not interested at the end of the show. And why can't he come out and challenge Vince himself? Don't get me wrong, Cena cut a great promo, but why does Bret need him to issue the challenge?
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
I also sense a void in WWE programming without restholds. I'd rather see a match that goes 15 minutes with action and some restholds rather than a 4-5 minute non-step mess without any psychology or pacing. Rhyno/Benoit was AWESOME, wasn't it.