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TONIGHT: Raw will feature the alleged farewell of Bret “Hitman” Hart. Far be it for me to believe a pro wrestling angle, but….well, ya know. We’ll likely get at least one more Money-In-The-Bank qualifying match, plus will John Cena react to the beating given to him last week by WWE Champion Batista? And will we see more of Shawn Michaels and Undertaker? As for Legacy, Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase will go one-on-one this evening. Will we find out where Triple H and Sheamus fit in to Wrestlemania? Cheech and Chong are the guest hosts for the show that starts…..now.

-WWE Open.

-Raw Open.

-Raw is LIVE from Oklahoma City, and Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler immediately plugged the farewell by Bret Hart (after the shots of the crowd, of course).

-Also tonight: Ted DiBiase vs. Randy Orton.

-But first, Shawn Michaels’ music hit, and HBK came to the ring. When he got to the ring, they showed clips of him costing Undertaker the title at Elimination Chamber, as well as Taker and Shawn’s confrontation last week. Crowd was solidly behind Shawn, and I think even he was surprised. Shawn said the buzz in the locker room is that he’s crazy for putting his career on the line at ‘Mania against Taker. He said no one believes he can beat Undertaker at Wrestlemania. However, he said no one has given Taker a run for his money at the event like he has. HBK said it was a fact that every man, woman and child knows that he’s Mr. Wrestlemania. He said that he believes he can end Undertaker’s Wrestlemania streak. But for his peers who don’t believe in him….he called them out to look him in the eye and tell him he can’t win. Triple H’s music played. Oh my.

The Game came to the ring and stood across the ring from Shawn Michaels. Shawn asked that Triple H of all people doesn’t believe in him? Triple H interrupted and said no, he doesn’t think Shawn can beat Taker at ‘Mania…..he KNOWS he can. Aw, I thought for sure they’d go with Triple H doubting Shawn. That would be interesting. Hunter said that he has wrestled anybody’s who’s anyone in this business the last 15 years, and Shawn is the best he’s ever been in the ring with. The truth is, Shawn has no peers in the locker room, and Shawn is in a class by himself, said Triple H, in full ass-kissing mode. Trips said the Road to Wrestlemania always takes them down different paths, but he said with 100% certainty that DX will never die (boo!), but it’ll be a long time before they’re in the ring together again (yay!). He said it would be bad for them to go out on a loss to Miz and Big Show, so he invoked their re-match clause. Tonight. That’s “a long time”? “DX” chant from the sycophant fans. Since titles don’t have to be defended for thirty days, Trips said that the night after Wrestelmania, 28 days from tonight, they’ll throw a DX-style celebration. Hunter said he believed in Shawn and believed that he’d still be around the night after Wrestlemania. He asked Michaels what HE believed. More “HBK” chants. Shawn said he believed they have some tag-team titles to win tonight. Really strong segment, even though again, I think it would’ve been cooler to see Triple H NOT on Shawn’s side.

-Cheech and Chong were backstage, checking out their “office.” The Bella Twins came in and greeted them. All four plugged the tour, and Cheech and Chong both said they’re nothing like the characters they portray. The Bellas took Cheech for a tour of the place and Tommy Chong sat down. He looked up and said he’s watched Raw enough to know that what he was seeing wasn’t a mirage- it was Hornswoggle. Horny came in and gave him a box of Lucky Charms, and told Chong to try some. He did, and the screen went all weird (as if he were on some sort of a “trip”). The picture swirled around the screen and the segment ended that very way.

-Next, DiBiase vs. Orton.

[Commercial Break]

(1) Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase
Orton worked over Teddy in the corner, then clotheslined him down. DiBiase turned the tables and gave some right hands to Orton in the corner. He set him on the top rope, but Orton fought out. Dropkick by DiBiase, then Orton was thrown to ringside. Orton avoided going face-first into the post, and he sent DiBiase into it instead. European uppercut on the outside. DiBiase escaped Orton’s wrath inside the ring and took a break at ringside. They went to commercial about two minutes in.

[Commercial Break]

DiBiase was dominating at this point, and might I add “seething” as well. It’s amazing how much crowd heat these two had in the ring the first time they teased a break-up, like three months ago, and now, no one seems to care about DiBiase. As for Orton, he’s more over as a face now, thanks in part to his feud with Sheamus. I don’t know if that’s what they’re going for, but jeez, talk about dropping the ball. Big boot to the face of the seated Orton for two. Another cover by DiBiase after a clothesline. Only got two, though. The way the match is building, they do seem to be setting Orton up as the face. After a few “boo, yay” punches, Orton got a scoop slam for two. Garvin stomp ensued. High knee-drop, then he began to measure DiBiase for an RKO. As he did so, Cody Rhodes ran down an dgot on the apron. Orton swung at him and missed and DiBiase rolled him up for a near-fall. Orton turned it into a roll-up of his own for a two-count. Rhodes then got involved, causing the referee to call for the bell.

Winner: Orton, via DQ, at 9:03. Solid enough match, but I just don’t get positioning Orton as the face and DiBiase and Rhodes as heels.

After taking a beating, Orton fought off DiBiase and Rhodes. DiBiase saved Rhodes from an Orton DDT.

-Still to come: ShoMiz vs. DX for the Unified Tag Titles.

[Commercial Break]

-A live shot of the parking lot, and a limo was there. Bret Hart, with a crutch and foot in a cast, got out and began walking to the backstage area.

-Chong was backstage, and he was petting Eve’s hair. He talked about a Divas pajama party or something. The music was really “groovy” and the screen was all wavy. Cheech walked in and asked Chong if he’s been eating that cereal…ya know, with sugar in it. He said Chong was diabetic, and assumed he was on a sugar trip. He asked Chong why he was petting William Regal’s hair. The screen went normal and Regal was in Eve’s place. He looked disgusted. Then Chris Masters walked in and Chong called him Kelly Kelly. Masters told Chong, with Kelly’s voice, to stop looking at her (his) chest. Then he walked out. Hornswoggle came in and tried to get Cheech to try some of the cereal. That was kinda funny.

-A video package of the Cena/Hart vs. McMahon/Batista feud aired.

-Cena….Batista….confrontation? That’s what the graphic hinted at, anyway.

[Commercial Break]

(2) Jack Swagger vs. Santino Marella – Money-In-The-Bank Qualifying Match
Cole gave some background about Swagger costing Marella a shot at the Rumble match. Yay for mentioning history between the two. Marella did his split to avoid a clothesline, but Swagger connected on his gutwrench powerbomb and ended things early.

Winner: Swagger, at :28. Decisive win for Swagger, as it should’ve been.

-Batista walked out of his locker room and was surrounded by security. He was heading to the ring for a possible confrontation with John Cena, next.

[Commercial Break]

- John Cena made his entrance into the arena. Cena noted that at Elimination Chamber, Batista screwed him out of the title. But he’s had time to think about it, and in the end, it was about business. A business decision between Vince and Batista. Cena said he’s never had a problem with Dave during their run in WWE, and even considered him a friend. But now, Batista apparently has a problem with him. The silver lining, he said, is that he’s going to Wrestlemania. He said he may need to pay Batista back, and that it should be done right now. Cena wasn’t really selling any of the injuries he sustained last week on Raw. Batista’s music blared over the speakers and he walked out, after a bevy of security.

He walked out in jeans, sunglasses and a black leather vest. Cena said he couldn’t believe that The Animal is now rolling with security. Batista said they’re here to protect Cena, not him. Batista said he should thank him for that and Cena suggested he come to the ring so he could thank him personally. He called Batista “a six-foot-six, 300 pound pansy.” Batista seemed bemused by that comment. He explained why he did what he did last week: Because he wants to face Cena at ‘Mania. Batista said his and Cena’s rise to the top of WWE were practically identical, even though the two of them couldn’t be any more different. He said they are the two biggest stars since the Attitude Era. They both won titles at Wrestlemania 21 and never looked back. He was angered that WWE has decided to label Cena as “the man,” the name and face of the company. He was pissed that the torch was passed from Steve Austin to him. First name drop for Austin, who will guest host in the next few weeks. Crowd interrupted Batista with “Cena” chants. He said he wanted a match with Cena to prove to everyone that he’s that much better than Cena. The other reason: He just can’t stand Cena.

Cena told Batista to focus up, because he wants to be WWE Champion, and he’ll do just that at Wrestlemania. Cena said he’s the man because he’s the first one to show up and the last one to leave, a guy who’s given his life to the business, while Batista expects the business to give back to HIM. He called Batista selfish. Batista said he’s here to make money, and doesn’t care what the fans think about him. He told Cena to keep kissing babies and hugging fat girls, while he’ll be in the gym training to beat Cena at ‘Mania. He reminded Cena that it wasn’t too long ago that he broke Cena’s neck. Cena got upset and asked if Batista wanted to know what he though; Batista said what he thinks is irrelevant. Batista told him to lay on the fans one of his fancy catchphrases, or inspiring words, since the entire WWE Universe wants to hear what he has to say. Batista said Cena can’t beat him, and deep down, even John knows it. He dropped the mic and held the belt over his head. Great promo exchange: The lines in the sand are clearly drawn after this one.

-Tonight, the farewell to (and from) Bret Hart.

-Also, DX challenges ShoMiz for the Unified Tag Titles.

[Commercial Break]

-Cole plugged the MITB trivia game on WWE.com.

-Backstage, Hornswoggle, Cheech & Chong were there with Chavo Guerrero, who had a fake mustache and a sombrero on. To the left of Chong was Primo and Carlito, with mustaches and red stocking caps like Cheech had on. Primo said they hate each other….and they’re Puerto Rican. Katie Lea was to the right of Chavo, also with a mustache, and she told them she was British. Yoshi was there with a mustache too. Cheech was about to give away the ending to “Lost,” (he plays Hurley’s dad) when Santino (apparently as a rooster) came in, and said the Divas pajama pillow-fight would be up soon.

(3) Zach Ryder vs. MVP- Money-In-The-Bank Qualifying Match
Overhead throw by MVP, followed by a face-buster. Rosa was at ringside with Ryder. “Ballin’!” elbowdrop early on, but Rosa tried to get in the ring. MVP hit the Playmaker for the win.

Winner: MVP, at :44. A squash, nothing more. And I thought they made Ryder look pretty good on Superstars this past week.

-Gail Kim, Eve and Kelly Kelly were backstage in their pajamas and with their pillows…the pajama pillow-fight is next.

[Commercial Break]

-Justin Roberts introduced Cheech and Chong to a crowd who probably had no idea who they were. They came out to “Low Rider.” “Welcome to Monday Night Raw!” screamed Chong. Cheech reminded him that the show has been on for an hour-and-a-half. Cheech said they were out to introduce the participants of the Divas Pajama Pillow Fight. Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim and Eve Torres came out first.

(4) Kelly Kelly vs. Gail Kim vs. Eve Torres vs. Maryse vs. Alicia Fox vs. Jillian Hall – Divas Pajama Pillow-Fight

Not sure what the rules are here, but all the Divas were ganging up on Maryse. I guess it isn’t a tag match? Jillian took out everyone, then screamed, and Kelly shut her up with a pillow to the mouth. Legdrop by Kelly for two. Maryse DDT’d Kelly for two, but Kim and Eve pounded her with the feathers. Neck-breaker by Gail, but Eve interrupted a pin. Alicia with a clothesline on both women. Kim landed her finisher on Alicia as the guest hosts watched from leather chairs at ringside. Gail was sent to the outside by Eve. Somersault legdrop by Eve on Alicia for the win.

Winner: Eve, at 1:58. Cole: “What an awesome match!”

Hornswoggle came out and gave a few boxes of cereal to the guys, and they threw the contents into the crowd in apparent jubilation. Lawler tried to eat some, but Lawler stopped him, as they still have a main event to call. “Vintage Hornswoggle!” shouted Cole.

- The latest inductee into the Class of 2010: Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon. He’ll be inducted by WWE Hall-of-Famer Pat Patterson. I guessed Luna.

-The Farewell from Bret Hart is next.

[Commercial Break]

-Cole and Lawler talked about NXT, then they segued into hyping the Wrestlemania card.

-Justin Roberts was about to introduce Bret Hart when Vince McMahon’s music began to play, and the Chairman walked out. McMahon said he wanted the honor of introducing Hart tonight. McMahon said he is the Best There Is, The Best There Was, and The Best There Ever Will Be, the Excellence of Execution, and someone Vince has the utmost respect for, Bret Hart. That’s not what he said a few weeks ago. Anyway, Bret limped out with his crutch, but didn’t seem to be using it much. As he came down, a video of Bret and Vince’s feud aired, focusing on the accident. Vince asked Bret to clear his name in terms of having anything to do with the accident a few weeks ago. Bret said he doesn’t know if that’s true or not, but since he returned to WWE, Vince has treated him like a piece of garbage. If Vince is true to his word about letting him have his final farewell, he suggested Vince get the hell out of the ring.

“I’m sorry you feel that way,” said Vince. McMahon said one more thing: Bret has called him a World Champion liar, and if you’re going to be a liar, why not be a World Champion. McMahon said he lied when he said Bret would be here to give his final farewell. Vince said he screwed Bret again, and it feels good. Vince then remembered that Bret challenged him to a match at Wrestlemania. Wow, this is 100% crazy Vince here. Hart said he’s currently incapacitated. McMahon said Bret was right, but he didn’t seem to notice. Vince said that even a dried-up fossil like Bret can heal up in six weeks. He said Bret didn’t come back to WWE to make things right, but to fight Vince. At this point, the camera focused on Bret’s sunglasses, where you could see the reflection of the hunched-over, evil Vince cutting his promo. Pretty sweet. Bret admitted he wanted to fight Vince. Vince then egged Bret on to fight him at ‘Mania. He reminded Bret that he’s the guy who screwed him and sent him to WCW. He also lied to Bret when he said he’d put Bret’s dad in the Hall-of-Fame. He was trying to give Bret motivation for fighting him at ‘Mania. He implored Bret to do it for his fans all over the world. He said Bret may not be 100%, but he’s a Canadian Hero! He told Bret not to let the people down. He polled the audience, and they wanted Bret vs. Vine at ‘Mania.

Bret said McMahon was trying to goad him into a match, but he can’t wrestle. “I’ve got a broken leg, idiot.” Vince approached Bret and said he hates to hear those words. McMahon stuck his finger in Bret’s chest and accused him of having no heart. McMahon said Bret has let his fans down, let him down and everyone else down. “You’re a coward!” said Vince. He then kicked Bret’s crutch away from him, and Bret crumpled to the ground. McMahon strutted around the ring with a limp. Vince left the ring and Bret picked up the microphone. Bret then agreed to the Wrestlemania match, which put a big smile on Vince’s face. Bret’s music played, but when Vince got to the top of the ramp, he told Bret that he’s 100%, unlike Bret, and to prove it, he’d have a match next week against perhaps Bret’s biggest fan: John Cena. Really good segment. Does Bret reveal his leg is OK at a contract signing, or do they wait ‘til ‘Mania?

-ShoMiz were walking backstage. The main event is next.


[Commercial Break]

-The Mindfreak himself, Criss Angel, will be the guest host next week.

-Also next week, Randy Orton faces Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase, 2-on-1.

-And, Mr. McMahon has challenged John Cena to a match for next week as well.

-Both teams in the main event made their entrance for the match, which begins after break.

[Commercial Break]

(5) DeGeneration X vs. The Big Show & The Miz- Unified Tag Team Championship Match
Show and Miz kept Michaels grounded as the match began as soon as Raw returned from commercial. Lots of quick tags by the heels, and Big Show got in one of his big punches. Show even taunted Michaels. Bear-hug applied. Show grabbed Michaels by the throat, but HBK jumped away and tagged in Hunter. Face-buster on the knee by The Game, then a spinebuster, visibly aided by Show. Miz interfered before Hunter could hit a Pedigree. Chokeslam for Trips by Show, but HBK gave him a superkick. Crowd was hot for this. Triple H couldn’t make the pin though, as he was still out from the chokeslam. It took ‘til the count of nine for both men to reach their feet. They both made tags and HBK was a house afire, hitting all of his vintage offense. Elbowdrop off the top wet up for the superkick. But Taker’s face appeared on the Titan-Tron as Shawn was tuning up the band. He just stared and rolled his eyes back into his head. Shawn turned around and attempted a superkick, but Miz grabbed his leg and turned it into a jackknife cover for the win (and a quick three-count?).

Winners: ShoMiz, at 4:20. An appropriate match time for the guest hosts, I suppose.

Hunter tried to console Shawn after the match, but HBK told him not to touch him. Shawn stormed out of the ringside area. After he left, Sheamus came out of the crowd and attacked Triple H. He clotheslined Trips to the outside and worked him over in front of the announce table. “Sheamus sucks” chants, so he’s got the heel heat. He waited ‘til Triple H got to his feet, then bicycle kicked him onto (and over) the announce table. Sheamus stood on said table in triumph. Then, his music played. That’s awfully nice of the sound guys. They replayed portions of his attack, then went back to him standing, arms raised, on the table for the final image of the show.
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Batista was awesome tonight. Great promo. Cena's been "kissin' babies and huggin' fat girls." Everything he said was true. And he looked GREAT. Very masculine.

Cena vs. Batista is visually a perfect feud. Cena dresses like a 10 year old and Batista dresses like he molests 10 year olds. I'm rooting for the molester at WrestleMania.

Besides Batista, Kelly Kelly trying to snuff Jillian out with a pillow made my night. First attempted homicide in a Divas pillow fight ever.

The right call when the Pillow Fight ended would have been: "William Regal wins the Divas Pajama Pillow Fight!"

Mad Dog Vachon in the Hall of Fame? His wooden leg should be inducted separately. It's probably more famous than he is.

That's all I've got.

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Who decided that "ShowMiz" doesn't have a 'w' in it? It was even in their combo-entrance video spelled that way!

I'm still not sure who the face is in the Legacy breakup...

Only reedemable thing from Cheech & Chong: referencing that Cheech plays Hurley's dad.

I totally called Sheamus coming out at the end... I just figured he was going to cost DX the match.

That shot of Vince in Bret's sunglass reflection was one of the coolest visuals they've ever done. That had better show up in our 8 zillion video packages over the next month.

I thought the era of Diva Pillow Fights had come to an end...couldn't Maryse even have bothered to bring her Butterfly Belt out?

At least the MITB SD! matches were competitive and the outcome wasn't in doubt from the start...



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My bold prediction: at Mania, they're doing Legacy vs Orton & Kofi Kingston. They've already done one on one with Ted, next week they're doing handicap, so I guess they could go with triple threat at WM. But Kofi was pretty conspicuous by his absence tonight during the MitB qualifiers. So, they're either doing a tag with Kofi, or they're at least thinking about it.



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    Originally posted by Mr Shh
    My bold prediction: at Mania, they're doing Legacy vs Orton & Kofi Kingston. They've already done one on one with Ted, next week they're doing handicap, so I guess they could go with triple threat at WM. But Kofi was pretty conspicuous by his absence tonight during the MitB qualifiers. So, they're either doing a tag with Kofi, or they're at least thinking about it.


There's one more MITB qualifier on RAW next week, but that's a good guess anyways. I'd like to see that match.



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    Originally posted by geemoney
    I just don’t get positioning Orton as the face and DiBiase and Rhodes as heels.


No one would boo Orton. Ever since the Royal Rumble they've been really into the idea of him beating up DiBiase and Rhodes. DiBiase and Rhodes just need to catch him at some point between now and WM to at least get some steam to make themselves worth having some kind of match with.

    Originally posted by Mr Shh
    My bold prediction: at Mania, they're doing Legacy vs Orton & Kofi Kingston. They've already done one on one with Ted, next week they're doing handicap, so I guess they could go with triple threat at WM. But Kofi was pretty conspicuous by his absence tonight during the MitB qualifiers. So, they're either doing a tag with Kofi, or they're at least thinking about it.


Yeah, they're running out of combinations of that match. Cody & Ted could break up during the handicap match leading to the threeway but that would just make them look more inept, and those three as separate personalities aren't exactly on equal levels.

I like the tag match idea, but I'd be pretty surprised if Kofi didn't beat Bourne to get into MITB next week. Orton & HHH vs. Sheamus & Legacy would clear up a lot of clutter, although there are probably too many steps it would take to get there in time for this show. I don't mind HHH/Sheamus happening since they need something to do, but I'm really glad it's not for the world title.

    Originally posted by John
    Batista was awesome tonight. Great promo.


That segment was tremendouuuuuuus. Those guys have shot past Jericho/Edge and Bret/Vince in the great hype department. Which is an odd department to have, I don't know why we fund it.

Cheech and Chong are horrible. LOL weed. But next week just may be the final dumb guest host. I know the Bellas will be disappointed.

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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
      Originally posted by geemoney
      I just don’t get positioning Orton as the face and DiBiase and Rhodes as heels.


    No one would boo Orton. Ever since the Royal Rumble they've been really into the idea of him beating up DiBiase and Rhodes. DiBiase and Rhodes just need to catch him at some point between now and WM to at least get some steam to make themselves worth having some kind of match with.



I think they would've booed him before they positioned him as a face against Sheamus. Hell, the crowd was into DiBiase as a face the first time they pushed the break-up (or second time, or third time, or whatever it was) in a one-on-one match.
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    Originally posted by geemoney
      Originally posted by JustinShapiro
        Originally posted by geemoney
        I just don’t get positioning Orton as the face and DiBiase and Rhodes as heels.


      No one would boo Orton. Ever since the Royal Rumble they've been really into the idea of him beating up DiBiase and Rhodes. DiBiase and Rhodes just need to catch him at some point between now and WM to at least get some steam to make themselves worth having some kind of match with.



    I think they would've booed him before they positioned him as a face against Sheamus. Hell, the crowd was into DiBiase as a face the first time they pushed the break-up (or second time, or third time, or whatever it was) in a one-on-one match.


Yeah, I think there were times when Cody or Ted could've done a good babyface turn. Cody when Orton beat up Dusty and Ted when they had that match where he couldn't fight back. But I guess they've been so weak and deferential to Orton for so long, while he's been a badass (who has been getting a lot of cheers ever since he became the viperlike viper anyway), that there's no sympathy for them whatsoever.
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    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    I like the tag match idea, but I'd be pretty surprised if Kofi didn't beat Bourne to get into MITB next week.

I dunno. This year's MitB field seems...I don't want to say weak...but I'm surprised at some of the choices they made. Like, I was actually surprised that Zack Ryder didn't beat MVP. If Bourne got in over Kofi, I wouldn't be shocked.



Batista seems lost on the mic sometimes (OK, a lot). He forgets his lines, and he can't improv. Batista the Badass can't get called a pansy, wait around 30 seconds to respond, then say "oh, you - you're a funny guy, ha, ha ha."

That aside, the confrontation was awesome. When Batista explains himself, I believe him. You know what the feud needs now? Training videos. Then, on top of that, for Batista, they can show videos of him hanging out with ten ladies in a club (a la Evolution entrance video) and for Cena, they can show coverage of him being Grand Marshal for parades.


    Originally posted by JustinShapiro
    I don't mind HHH/Sheamus happening since they need something to do, but I'm really glad it's not for the world title.

Which means it can't go on last!





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I liked that Batista complained about Austin passing the torch to Cena..while basically being dressed like The Rock. Does this mean anything? Probably not, I just found it interesting.

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I thought Batista's mike work was his best in a long time. The kissing babies and fat girls really was a classic one. And it did it's goal, it got Cena to shut up. Batista remembering he broke Cena's neck was good to. Job well done Batista.

Did anyone notice how DEAD the crowd was during the McMahon/Hart segment? I mean it was dead for a good deal of it. Please find some way not to have this match please.

Looks like we are getting tortured with Sheamus vs HHH at Wrestlemania. OH, they will have tag matches such as Sheamus/Batista vs HHH/Cena. or some combo of it.

Orton is all but a face now, and they need a new face now.

I can't wait the upcoming Kong vs Beth PHoenix matches... I bet they could headline a PPV on that alone
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I really think the WM match should be Orton/Dibiase/Rhodes in a triple threat, but as Justin noted, it's a little too late to effectively build something like that without making Legacy look like even bigger dopes. I agree that building Legacy as a face team was a missed opportunity, as they could have ridden that momentum all the way to a title feud with ShoMiz.

Don't remember who said it in last week's thread, but we sadly didn't get the much-needed "Dave's not here, man" from guest host Tommy Chong. Too bad. Guest host Cheech can make a fortune on black dye! Maybe he can help poor Ric Flair over at TNA.

I haven't seen such a dynamic buildup for a title program in years. It was probably the best promo of Batista's career and reminds of the "Big Daddy Cool's back" promo from 1995. Just beautifully done. Wonder if the "Austin passed the torch" line was just something that was used to build up Austin's week as guest host?

Something's missing in this year's MitB match. I can't put my finger on it. Ok, I'll say it. I can't buy any of those six guys actually winning the match. Maaaaaaaaaybe I can buy Christian, but other than that, we've got a tight field of losers.




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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.52
Unless Kofi gets in next week I think this might be Shelton's year.

I really, really hope Dave beats Austin down next week. SUPER-HEAT.

They can establish a triple threat match with Legacy fairly easily - just have DiBiase boss Cody around next week and then Cody turns on him, too. Then have DiBiase go over at WM.
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.39
I hated Batista's outfit! He looked like a gay biker (YMCA-style)!



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.25
    Originally posted by Tyler Durden
    I hated Batista's outfit! He looked like a gay biker (YMCA-style)!


It is hilarious how he can't seem to stick to a wardrobe - what happened to the polo shirt? At least he still wears the badass shades.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.45
I really, really hate the heel Mr. McMahon character.
Not in a good way, but an X-Pac way.

There's over the top, then there's .....him.

If they want Sheamus taken seriously they should not mic the crowd around him. All I could hear was laughter and people yelling "Buy yourself a tan" as he stood there attempting to look intense.

Bummed I missed the Cena/Batista segment.
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.92
    Originally posted by Psycho Penguin
    It is hilarious how he can't seem to stick to a wardrobe - what happened to the polo shirt? At least he still wears the badass shades.


Didn't someone point out on here recently that he's stealing Ryan Howard of the Office's gimmick? Wearing something ridiculous and different every week?



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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.03
I love Batista's wardrobe. I don't know if he's picking it out himself, or if someone is helping him, or what, but whatever he's wearing, he always looks like a complete tool. It's a great, immediate cue as to how much of a heel he is, and more guys need to do stuff like this. If last night's RAW was the first wrestling show you'd ever seen in your life, you knew Batista was a heel before he did or said anything at all.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.52
He needs to dress up in a Miami Vice ensemble next week, with rolled-up white suit sleeves and everything.
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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
With all the attention paid to Batista's wardrobe, Bret Hart's awesome promo is getting left in the shadows. I haven't seen him that great since the Pittsburg/Enema promo.

Overall, I am not liking the shows as of late, but they are building quite nicely towards Wrestlemania.
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