TONIGHT: Impact is advertising a hot start? Raw will counter with Undertaker. Impact has Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair’s return to the ring? Raw has John Cena vs. Vince McMahon. Impact has Daffney? Raw has Criss Angel as guest host. OK, that might’ve been a stretch. But the road to Wrestlemania continues tonight, regardless of what’s being offered on Spike TV. Also tonight, in a 2-on-1 match, Randy Orton faces the other members of Legacy. Expect another H.O.F announcement, as well as perhaps the final MITB qualifier.
-Right to the arena they went, for the toll of the Undertaker’s bell. His full entrance took place, as thousands of people probably turned to TNA’s show, as who can sit through another Taker entrance? Crowd popped after the music died down and Taker was alone in the ring. He got on the microphone and said that as of late, Shawn Michaels’ life has a dark cloud hovering above him. In the span of one sentence, the crowd has chanted for both Undertaker and HBK separately. Taker said that after Wrestlemania, there will be no tomorrows, no celebrations, nor sense of triumph. He said only the dark cloud will be left, and for the rest of his life. Fans booed this. He said it brings him no joy to say this, but in three weeks, Shawn’s career will rest in….then HBK’s music came on.
Shawn came to the ring and had a mic of his own. Michaels told Taker, “not tonight.” He said Taker hasn’t earned the right to finish that line yet. HBK said his loss has been hanging over his head for the last year, and last week, he went to bed angry. But in the morning, he looked around, and the cloud was gone. Apparently, he had an epiphany. Shawn said he cost Taker the title in the Chamber because he had no choice; but Taker interfered in his match last week, but he didn’t have to. Then it occurred to Shawn: For the first time ever, in Undertaker’s heart, fear exists. Boos for that too. This crowd is hard to figure out! Taker warned Shawn to choose his next words very carefully. “Fear!” shouted Michaels. Michaels said he wouldn’t have put his career on the line if he didn’t think he could beat Undertaker. “Nothing lasts forever...nothing!” said Michaels. He said he’ prove it at Wrestlemania. Taker said he can’t tell if he’s looking at someone who is confident, or if really, Michaels is full of desperation. Shawn said he wasn’t desperate- maybe last year he was, but not this year. Michaels, in fact, went so far as to propose a no count-out, no-DQ match for ‘Mania. He promised to kick Taker’s teeth down his throat.
“So it shall be, Shawn,” said Taker. He then said he could look in Shawn’s eyes and see the fire and passion. He said he could see that Shawn thinks he can honestly beat him at Wrestlemania. Taker said that must be what makes Shawn the showstopper, Mr. Wrestlemania. Raising his voice, Taker said, “no! Not this year!” He said Michaels may be the greatest to step foot in the ring, but on March 28th, Taker will “open the gates of Hell and unleash a fury that no mortal man has ever seen.” He wanted to make sure Shawn’s career is over at that point. “You keep telling yourself that, Undertaker,” replied Shawn. Shawn said the dark cloud would come back after ‘Mania, but it’d be hanging over Undertaker. He said the dark cloud would contain an image that would haunt Taker for life: That image being Shawn ending Taker’s undefeated streak. They played Shawn’s music as he exited the ring. Real good segment there. Both played their parts near perfectly.
-They showed the skyline of Portland, Oregon, where Raw was being held tonight.
-Also tonight, Randy Orton faces Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes in a 2-on-1 handicap match.
-Then, Vince McMahon will face John Cena in a warm-up match for Bret Hart at ‘Mania.
(1) Kelly Kelly & Gail Kim & Eve Torres vs. Alicia Fox & Katie Lea Burchill & Maryse The heels were already in the ring. Kim and Fox began the match. Fox fought out of a side-headlock, then the fight went to ringside. Back in the ring, the two traded offense until Katie Lea Burchill distracted Kim, allowing Fox to land a big boot. Tag in to the Divas Champion, Maryse. Back-breaker by Maryse for two. Trash talking from Maryse, but Kim slapped her and tagged Eve. Big dropkick that Maryse sold like she was shot out of cannon. Thrust to the throat by Maryse, but Eve came back and somersaulted onto Maryse for two, broken up by the heels. They were taken out by the faces. Maryse ran into a back-elbow and Eve went to the top. Maryse kindly set herself up in position for Eve’s rolling arm-bar, causing Maryse to submit.
Winners: Kelly, Kim and Eve, at 3:02. The action was awful for the most part. None of the offense or selling looked good. Looks like Eve will be the next challenger for Maryse.
-Hornswoggle was backstage grunting at Criss Angel. The Bellas walked in, and surprise, they were big fans of Angel. They requested to be his guest assistants, but he said he doesn’t use twins. Angel pulled a thread from one of the Bellas’ outfits, put it in his mouth and pulled it through his eye. Disgusting. Hornswoggle provided the drums for the big ending of him pulling the entire thing out. Jillian Hall then walked in and said if anyone is going to be Angel’s assistant, it’s going to be here. She began to sing, as if that has anything to do with magic. Angel requested she stop, and then put some sort of spell on her so she couldn’t speak.
-ShoMiz was walking backstage. They’ll face R-Truth and John Morrison in a Wrestlemania preview match next. This makes no sense on a few levels.
-The Miz and Big Show came out for their match. The Miz had a mic. He said that last week on Smackdown, John Morrison and R-Truth earned the right to face them for the Unified Tag Titles at Wrestlemania. But Miz disagreed that the duo earned the right. Not since the British Bulldog and Lex Luger joined force to team up at Wrestlemania 11 has a tag team bored people so much in a ‘Mania title match. Miz said he’d rather face the Bushwhackers- at least they’re a tag team. He said shame on the WWE locker room for having no one better for them to face at Wrestlemania. Miz said they’re the last truly great tag team in WWE.
(2) The Miz & Big Show vs. John Morrison & R-Truth Truth started with Miz, but Morrison immediately took out the Big Show on the apron. Miz was clotheslined over the top by the duo, and they did a stereo baseball slide on him. The babyfaces went to the outside to continue the punishment when the ref called for the bell.
Winners: No Contest, at :37. Well, it was smart not to give away the match.
Morrison and Truth did a double-DDT on Big Show on the outside, and they landed a front suplex onto Miz, sending him chest-first into the barricade. Morrison got the mic and questioned Miz’s assertion that they’re not a real tag team or that they don’t have any credibility. Morrison said they just showed how real they can get.
-Another plug for the handicap match aired.
-Speaking of plugs, Mr. McMahon faces John Cena. We’ll hear from Cena next.
-They showed a graphic of Batista vs. John Cena at Wrestlemania. Then, a video package followed.
-Josh Mathews was standing by with John Cena backstage. Mathews reminded Cena that for the first time last week, he was left speechless. Cena said that was because Batista was right- he can’t beat him. He left him for dead and apparently has his number. The only thing Cena can do….is go out there and beat him. Mathews asked him about Batista getting involved in the match with McMahon. Cena said he’s counting on it.
-Evan Bourne was backstage with Criss Angel. He thanked Angel for letting him fight William Regal for a shot at the MITB ladder match. Skip Sheffield walked in and said hello to Bourne, but Regal walked in and told Bourne he’s see him in the ring. Sheffield asked Angel to do a trick for him. Regal made fun of Sheffield, but Angel obliged. Regal wrote down a number and Angel correctly guessed it as 56 by reading Regal’s mind. Sheffield said he knew Angel could do it, and that Regal owes him a Travis Tritt CD. Well, that’s Country music, but, like, mid-to-early 90s.
-Lawler and Cole talked over clips of Legacy costing Orton the Elimination Chamber match last month.
-As DiBiase and Rhodes made their way to the ring for the match, Randy Orton attacked them from behind. The attack didn’t last long, and now, the match will begin after break.
(3) Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase vs. Randy Orton – Handicap Match Match had begun during the break. Orton went to work against Rhodes, who, after a back-elbow, made the tag to DiBiase. Orton took down Teddy too, who cowered in his corner like Rhodes before him, and made the tag. The heels finally started double-teaming to get the advantage. That is, until Rhodes was back-dropped over the top rope. DiBiase went to attack, but Orton saw it coming, and DiBiase backed away. They went to break after over three minutes of action.
Back with Orton fighting out of the heel corner, knocking DiBiase off the apron and holding Rhodes at bay. The numbers game proved to much in the short-term, as DiBiase dropkicked Orton on the floor. Rhodes sent Orton’s face into the steel steps. Crowd chanted “Randy, Randy.” Clothesline by DiBiase for two-and-a-half, causing DiBiase to argue with referee Chad Patton. The heels had an extended run on offense at this point. Orton made his comeback with a couple of scoop slams. Orton’s IED began to kick in, as he pounded away on DiBiase in the corner. DiBiase awkwardly ran into a back-breaker. Orton pounded the mat for an RKO, but Rhodes grabbed him. DiBiase, from behind, landed Dream Street for the win.
Winners: DiBiase & Rhodes, at about 11:00. Good win for the youngsters.
The winners weren’t done, as Rhodes connected on Cross-Rhodes and DiBiase did some trash talking. They both posed like Orton. A replay of some match highlights were shown.
-Batista was backstage watching the monitor and shaking his head. Josh Mathews walked in and he asked Dave his thoughts on Cena counting on Batista getting involved in his match with Mr. McMahon tonight. Batista said Cena is paranoid and tonight’s situation has nothing to do with him, only Cena and Vince. He gave his word, as WWE Champion, that he wouldn’t get involved. Batista told Josh to tell Cena good luck and that he’s pulling for him. He said Cena needs a confidence booster.
-Later tonight, Mr. McMahon squares off with John Cena.
-Triple H was walking backstage. He was angry, and he’s up next.
[Commercial Break- including an advertisement for a Stone Cold Raw, Steve Austin as guest host next week.]
-Cole talked about WWE.com’s Defining Divas. I think that was a past Diva Search theme they used over it too.
-Triple H came out. Once he got to the ring, they showed what happened last week when Sheamus attacked him as Raw went off the air. Triple H began by saying he kinda respected what Sheamus did last week. He said he could understand because Trips basically cost Sheamus his title and basically humiliated him (his words). Then Sheamus’ music interrupted and the Irishman walked out. Sheamus said he wanted to make a statement against Triple H at Wrestlemania. He asked The Game if he had the guts to accept. Trips said Sheamus had a great first year in WWE, but he’s never been to the big dance, Wrestlemania. Hunter said that until you make a name for yourself at Wrestlemania, all the other accomplishments mean absolutely nothing. Triple H said he understands where Sheamus is coming from, because he was an up-and-comer just like him, undefeated and everything. But he was squashed at Wrestlemania and sent into oblivion. No mention of the Warrior. But he worked hard and made his way back to the top. He said those who beat him at ‘Mania have seen their careers take off like nobody’s business. He name-dropped Cena and Batista. He said the ones he beat have gone on to be nothing but foot-notes in WWE history. Triple H said that was quite the risk- become immortal, or become nothing. Trips told Sheamus he better be sure before he takes the gamble.
Sheamus had a look of contemplation on his face. He backed away and tried a right hand, but Trips fought back with rights of his own. He clotheslined Sheamus over the top rope, but Sheamus pulled Hunter out. The two of them went tumbling over the barricade and into the timekeeper’s station. Sheamus came out first, but Triple H jumped him and the brawl continued. Sheamus threw Triple H into the ring, but walked into a spinebuster. Sheamus escaped to live to fight another day. Triple H’s music played to end the segment. Why is this Sheamus’ only shot to be immortal exactly, Cole?
-Santino Marella introduced himself to Criss Angel and said he is Italian and there are many famous Italian magicians, like Ralph Macchio and Harry Houdini. Angel corrected him and said Houdini was from Budapest. Criss then did a trick with Marella and cups. Apparently, it was muscle reading that Angel was doing, as he had Marella put his hand on his shoulder. He smashed each cup until there was one left- the one Santino put a knife under. Wasn’t as good as the other Angel segments tonight.
-Christian and Heath Slater were at ringside for the MITB match, with Christian on commentary.
(4) Evan Bourne vs. William Regal- Money-In-The-Bank Qualifying Match Skip Sheffield accompanied Regal to the ring. Regal used his knees but Bourne came back with kicks. Left hand by Regal caused Bourne to take a seat. Running back elbow, then a chicken-wing suplex for two. Overhead throw by Regal, who then consulted (or yelled at) Sheffield. He went for a running knee, but Bourne kneed Regal in the face instead. Air Bourne followed for the win.
Winner: Bourne, at 1:28. Another too-short MITB qualifying match. Now we can look forward to two weeks of eight-man tag matches with these guys leading up to ‘Mania.
-Still to come, Mr. McMahon goes on-on-one with John Cena.
-The first Wrestlemania Recall of the year was from 2004- Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg with Steve Austin as guest referee. Interesting choice.
-They advertised Steve Austin as guest host next week.
-The announcers ran down the Wrestlemania card.
-They showed a video of Bret and Vince’s interaction last week.
-A buffed-up Mr. McMahon was walking backstage. The match is next.
[Commercial Break] -Next week will be Wrestlemania Rewind night; matches from Wrestlemanias past, including Big Show vs. John Cena, Triple H vs. Randy Orton and Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho. Also next week, the contract signing between Bret and Vince, officiated by Steve Austin.
-The special guest ring announcer was brought out: Criss Angel. He got some nice fireworks. Angel said he was honored to be live on Monday Night Raw. He said he was here to present the main event. He introduced John Cena first. He announced Mr. McMahon as the Chairman of the Board.
McMahon got the mic once they were in the ring, and told Bret to make sure to watch the match. No disrespect to Criss Angel, he said, the result of this match won’t be an illusion. He said Cena would be defeated, one, two, three. Vince then said the match has changed a bit…to a handicap gauntlet match. His first opponent: Vladimir Kozlov.
(5) John Cena vs. Mr. McMahon- Handicap Gauntlet Match Kozlov with a spinebuster, then a few headbutts. Another spintebuster, as McMahon cheered him on. McMahon tagged his way in and made the cover, but only got two. He called the next person out, and it was Drew McIntyre. Not sure why Kozlov left. McIntyre laid in the punches, and booted Cena in the face. Downward Spiral (somebody else now?) but McMahon tagged in and couldn’t get the pin. Next one was Jack Swagger, who looked like an idiot running down there. Swagger hit the ring and they went to break. Not sure I get the rules on this- the gauntlet guy is out once he tags Vince maybe?
Cena was about to hit Swagger with the five-knuckle shuffle. Swagger came back with a running powerslam. McMahon asked for the tag, and Swagger told him one more. Vader Bomb found the mark, but Swagger again wanted one more. And he landed it. McMahon tagged in this time, but didn’t learn anything from the previous times, as he did some taunting before going for the pin, and only got two. Another attempt, another two. McMahon stomped his foot in anger, then called out Mark Henry. Henry was not happy about having to beat up Cena. McMahon was trash talking him from ringside. World’s Strongest Slam by Henry and McMahon begged for a tag. He made it and McMahon covered Cena for two. Henry stayed on the apron and the Boss went to ringside. I think he’s going to get a gun to try to shoot Cena. But knowing Cena, the bullets would just bounce off of him. McMahon got a mic and said this was now a no-DQ handicap gauntlet match. McMahon had the ring bell in the ring as Henry tried to reason with Vince. McMahon made Henry use the bell. Henry tossed it to ringside and Batista ran in to spear Henry. It was odd, because Cole was shouting, “Oh my God” before we could even see Batista coming. Batista tossed Henry out of the ring, but Kofi Kingston came down and attacked Batista. However, Batista powerbombed him out of the corner hard. Cena got to his feet and fired back on Batista. McMahon had the ring bell, but was trying to hide it from Cena. Finally, he just threw it to ringside. He got Vince up for the Attitude Adjustment, but dropped him as Batista speared him. Batista Bomb for Cena, and a pin by McMahon. Oh wait, there’s no bell to ring!
Winner: McMahon, at 11:18. A weak main event for a good show.
Batista stood over Cena and the lights dimmed. He played to the crowd and held his hands high, letting out a primal scream in the process as the show closed.
WWE sure has a curious method of fighting this so-called Monday Night War with TNA: They go to sleep and hit the cruise control, which leads to snooze control.
Boring, boring, by the numbers RAW.
Triple H vs. Sheamus and whatever finally gets booked between Orton and Legacy pretty much ensure I'll have two bathroom breaks at WrestleMania. Hopefully, those matches won't be too close together on the 4 hour card so I can plan my bathroom breaks wisely.
Criss Angel is no David Copperfield. I'm not all that familiar with his illusions but the ones he busted out tonight were kind of gross if not dull.
I always find Vince McMahon's Cartoon Supervillain Frank Sinatra schtick funny, but I basically endured that ridiculous gauntlet just to see BATISTA finally unleashed and he was worth it! Kofi interjecting himself and getting Batista Bombed was interesting.
I expect ol' Stone Cold can host a better show than this next week. Oh hell yeah!
Sometimes, listening to Undertaker cutting a live promo is painful. He always seems to get stuck on his lines. Either way, he is HBK's bitch when dueling on the mic. HBK was tremendous tonight. He's slowly tearing down Taker's mystique and waging a hell of a psych war. It's kinda surreal to see.
I don't know if anything is to be read into this, but I noticed that at no point during the Bourne-Regal segment did anyone mention anything about the MitB field being complete. Cole would've noted (or would've been told to note) that the 8th and *final* spot was now taken. Again, it could just be me, but I now strongly fear that MitB is going to add more players.
I'm starting to get this great fear that the big out of Undertaker/Michaels will be Triple H costing Shawn the match to go heel, and Shawn then being justified in repealing his retirement to return for revenge. That would be a pretty big letdown.
Wrestlemania Rerun night has become Wrestlemania Rerun Rerun night. Don't they do Cena/Show every year?
Originally posted by i before eI've been missing most of the last few RAWs due to scheduling... how long has Warrior been in the opening montage?
One night! Once I saw that I thought they'd be announcing him for the Hall of Fame on that show. Also hearing Ashley's entrance music all night made me think they'd be announcing her for the Hall of Fame.
Originally posted by Mr. ShhI don't know if anything is to be read into this, but I noticed that at no point during the Bourne-Regal segment did anyone mention anything about the MitB field being complete. Cole would've noted (or would've been told to note) that the 8th and *final* spot was now taken. Again, it could just be me, but I now strongly fear that MitB is going to add more players.
I think McIntyre is going to be added by fiat. As for Kofi, remember when YOU SAID
Originally posted by Mr. Shh last weekMy bold prediction: at Mania, they're doing Legacy vs Orton & Kofi Kingston.
I think that's exactly what's going to happen. Orton can't beat Legacy by himself so he'll have to ask his (ahem) great rival Kofi Kingston to be his partner. I think that would be pretty cool. (Devotees may recall it was the exact same buildup to get to Triple H needing to get HBK to come back and fight Legacy.)
Or Kofi will just be the 10th MITB entrant, joined by #s 11 and 12, Yoshi Tatsu and Finlay.
Speaking of which, this Wrestlemania card is shaping up to be the all-time best in getting all the deserving guys on the card. As it looks now, essentially everyone except Tyson Kidd and Finlay can be happy. This is the exact opposite scenario of what I'd been writing in posts on this message board. I am ashamed.
Bourne is going to be make the MITB match. He hasn't won a match in 2010 that wasn't on Superstars but it only takes one to qualify, thx Criss Angel.
Every time, I turned back to Raw it was either Diva bullshit or another video package for Wrestlemania. I understand we closing in on the biggest PPV of the year, but at least try to put something new on. When I turned back to watch Vince/Cena, there was so many commericals, I fell asleep and woke-up 20 minutes into Psych. Raw was just boring, hopefully Austin will bring some energy. The Mania card is pretty stacked, so they could sleep walk into it, but after Mania, rumors of No Shawn, Taker and HHH, good luck with that. I understand they don't think of TNA as competition, but between the two shows, TNA was better. They at least tried to do things last night. Raw will win the ratings, because they have a built 3.5 of fans who will watch anything especially during Mania season. Yet, I wouldn't take that number for granted when you have a show that now has two ME guys who can still go in Hardy and RVD.
That HHH promo bugged me. Just out of curiosity, who are the "footnotes in history" that came up short against HHH at Mania? As far as I know, his wins are as follows: Goldust at 13 (I think), Owen at 14, Kane at 15, Foley/Rock/Big Show at 16, Jericho at 18, Booker at 19 and Orton at 25. Ok, Goldust, Kane, Show, Jericho and Orton are all still on the roster. Jericho's the current champion, I don't think they can be considered footnotes. Foley and Rock are future Hall Of Famers and Rock is arguably the biggest star the business ever produced. Footnotes? No. So he must mean Owen Hart and Booker T are footnotes in history? C'mon Trips... I really hate when he does these smart ass nobody is even on my level promos, but this time it doesn't even make sense.
Originally posted by thechiefThat HHH promo bugged me. Just out of curiosity, who are the "footnotes in history" that came up short against HHH at Mania? As far as I know, his wins are as follows: Goldust at 13 (I think), Owen at 14, Kane at 15, Foley/Rock/Big Show at 16, Jericho at 18, Booker at 19 and Orton at 25. Ok, Goldust, Kane, Show, Jericho and Orton are all still on the roster. Jericho's the current champion, I don't think they can be considered footnotes. Foley and Rock are future Hall Of Famers and Rock is arguably the biggest star the business ever produced. Footnotes? No. So he must mean Owen Hart and Booker T are footnotes in history? C'mon Trips... I really hate when he does these smart ass nobody is even on my level promos, but this time it doesn't even make sense.
Triple H also told Sheamus that cautionary tale of going down in flames in his first WrestleMania appearance while going out of his way not to mention who the opponent was who destroyed him. Incidentally, I fast forwarded through the World is Watching video package so I didn't know Ultimate Warrior made it on there.
I am impressed that Triple H is taking this undercard position on the WrestleMania card. He's no where near the main events or either of the two World Championships. Good enough for me.
He's got another baby on the way and his quad is giving him Hell. I think he might actually be mellowing in his old age. As proud as HHH is, you're not going to see him still wrestling in main event tag team matches when he's pushing sixty. Ahem.
Originally posted by Amos CochranHe's got another baby on the way and his quad is giving him Hell. I think he might actually be mellowing in his old age. As proud as HHH is, you're not going to see him still wrestling in main event tag team matches when he's pushing sixty. Ahem.
You're talking about Vince in that knock on 60 year olds wrestling? right? right? lol. I'll believe HHH's mellowing and everything when he actually puts Jericho over or something. Well that would take a miracle. I could see him wrestling into his late 40's and maybe getting in the ring in his early 50's.
HHH's shoot promos have been my number one problem with him since 2003. I wouldn't have a problem with them if people were allowed to shoot back at him, but that rarely happens. I think him being in the undercard has more to do with a good chunk of Dream Matches this year and the other title match obviously going to be the workrate match. HHH has also faced almost everyone on the roster expect for Sheamus, so it feels fresh. If he jobs to Sheamu I'll be surprised, but its not going to absolve him of all his past sins, at least in my eyes. I still thinks he "accidentally" retires HBK just to give him some high ranking presence on the show.
It was a pretty good overall show. The HBK and Taker segment was gold as usual. This is adding more intrigue to the Taker/ HBK match than last year because I am actually wondering if HBK will win at WM 26 (which is good because you automatically think Undertaker will go 18-0 but that piece of doubt that creeps in makes the setup for their up and coming match even better).
I normally skip any talk of the divas match, and this will be no different.
ShowMiz and Truth/ Morrison match ended in what was a no-contest which I normally do not like at all but in this case, I guess it was somewhat necessary to add some intrigue in less than 3 weeks.
Legacy vs. Orton wasn't a bad match at all; I was thinking Orton was going to win this one but it is probably better for the former pupils to gain some momentum or "credibility" (it was a handicap match after-all). I guess the WWE is moving more and more towards the direction of Orton being face (the only reason I can think of trying to have Orton being face is awhile ago, a lot of people expected DiBiase to be turning face and maybe this is a turn from the WWE to have Orton be face instead.....I could be wrong but it's just a thought).
The segment with Santino gave me a chuckle as he said there have been a history of Italian magicians such as Ralph Macchio when he did the Karate Kid then after that, "he disappeared" (humorous way of saying Ralph Macchio didn't have a career after the Karate Kid series).
I am glad to see Evan Bourne go in the MITB match as I figure he will add some highlight reels to that match (if only Kofi was in the MITB this year, then you would definitely have some spectacular moments).
Vince McMahon doing a gauntlet was no surprise as I thought originally the match was going to be no DQ. John Cena kicking out of everything except for the deciding Batista Bomb was no surprise either (any other wrestler or man would have been squashed but not John Cena, because he is Superman....some obvious sarcasm there).
Next week Stone Cold Steve Austin will be the special guest host which should be good (oh wait, next week can't be all good because there is a WrestleMania rewind match with Cena and Big Show....hopefully it is not the main event next week or otherwise it will give me a good excuse to sleep the last 15 minutes of Raw). Besides the probable snooze match, next week should be pretty good.
Not a terrible show after the first 30 minutes or so, but with live competition a couple channels away, couldn't they have saved more of their Wrestlemania promos for Smackdown and given us something to watch so that we wouldn't want to turn it off? I even would have forgiven a constant scroll along the bottom of the screen under the circumstances.
It seemed like everyone was phoning it in, which baffles me. Maybe they don't see TNA as being a threat but still, wouldn't the idea of another live show running at the same time motivate people to bring their A game? Even Miz and Big Show, who've been consistently good this year so far, were a total letdown. And I'm not even close to being sold on Morrison/R-Truth. If anything, it gives Morrison a push down the card and makes him look less credible. The trade-off I guess is to finally give R-Truth some relevance, but under his current gimmick I think that's a losing battle.
The opening promo did a great job of making an interesting HBK/Undertaker match-up seem as boring as another Cena/Orton. Just tons of rambling and no substance. Last week, it seemed like these guys were having fun with the whole thing. Now? You'd think they were wishing they were anywhere else but in that ring at that time.
As the Money in the Bank match gets bigger and bigger, I get less interested. Nobody outside of Christian has a legitimate shot at winning, unless they make a huge mistake with the booking. Or unless they throw some more people in there, which would make it more unpredictable but have the trade-off of making it more of a mess to watch.
Criss Angel was HORRIBLE. I hate the guy to begin with, and trying to half-assedly plug him into a WWE show is like trying to put Daughtry in an episode of Metalocalypse. The whole time he was announcing the main event, I first tried plugging my ears, then resorted to watching the commercials on Spike. I don't think there's anyone I would less prefer to hear on my TV.
I was really amped for the Cena/Batista match, but the lack of Bret Hart on the show has Vince gumming up the works. These two have enough of a story to tell without having to keep him involved, but since Hart is out and they need an outlet to keeping pushing that match too, we get a really half-assed crossover. And I know this is technically a staged production, but it totally kills the suspension of disbelief when after Batista lays Cena out, they turn out all the lights and hit him with a pin spot just to have a nice image to go home with.
I'm not excited by Orton/Legacy in ANY combination, and the less I see of Triple H and Sheamus, the better. This week's Raw just really highlighted every area of the WWE I don't enjoy and marginalized everything I do.
Whereas last week I would have said I'm definitely buying Wrestlemania, this week I'm leaning far to the other end of the spectrum. If it weren't for Edge/Chris Jericho, I would probably dismiss the idea altogether. I just happen to be a huge fan of both, so if they get Cena/Batista & Taker/HBK back on track storyline-wise, that may be enough icing to convince me to buy the cake.
Originally posted by The GameThe segment with Santino gave me a chuckle as he said there have been a history of Italian magicians such as Ralph Macchio when he did the Karate Kid then after that, "he disappeared" (humorous way of saying Ralph Macchio didn't have a career after the Karate Kid series).
Big questions on deck this week. Will The Giant get a token of revenge against the nWo? Will the announcers finally catch up to the rest of us and realize Sting is pro-WCW? Will Jimmy Graffiti ever win again?