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TONIGHT: Two weeks out from Wrestlemania, and Steve Austin is your guest host tonight. It’s also Wrestlemania Rewind night, featuring the following matches: Big Show vs. John Cena, Triple H vs. Randy Orton and Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho. We’ll get the Bret Hart vs. Vince McMahon contract signing, with Austin officiating. One or two more H.O.F inductees will be announced. And more build for the ‘Mania matches, including perhaps working toward yet-unnamed matches with the Divas and Legacy.

-WWE Open.

-They showed clips of last week’s main event, where John Cena had to fight off McMahon’s henchmen before being beaten up by Batista, his opponent at Wrestlemania.

-Raw Open.

-Fireworks kicked off the show, followed by the requisite panning of the San Diego crowd. Cole called tonight a “vintage” Monday Night Raw, which is actually true because of the Wrestlemania Rewind lineup. The announcers hyped two of the announced matches.

-The familiar glass breaking led to Stone Cold Steve Austin coming out in a black t-shirt and blue jeans. He looks really fit. Does he drink juice boxes instead of beers, since Raw is now PG? I guess it’s smart to open Raw with Austin against Impact. Crowd was super hot and chanted his name after the music died down. It took one line for the fans to start chanting “what.” Austin noted that he must be out of shape, because walking down the aisle made him thirsty. He called for some beers. Already, he’s said “damn” and “ass.” He polled the crowd for some hell yeahs asking if they were ready for Raw and Wrestlemania. For the most part, Austin is changing up his cadence to avoid the “what” chants. He reminisced about passing out in his match against Bret Hart many moons ago at Wrestlemania. Austin said he has never really seen eye-to-eye with Vince, but in matches with him, McMahon didn’t bring scientific wrestling skills, but he was a mean and nasty individual. Austin said the contract signing for Bret vs. Vince will be tonight, to make sure the match goes into Wrestlemania without a hitch. Ah, they tried to bleep ass (or at least the “hole” following it) at the end of Austin’s spiel. John Cena’s music hit and he came out when Austin seemed about finished.9:12:24

Austin looked to size Cena up for a stunner after Cena did his running of the ropes in the ring, but instead gave him the “you can’t see me” and left. His music started playing and he was about to start up the ramp when Big Show’s music played and he came out. He and Austin traded icy stares as they passed each other. Oh, the first match is taking place now!

(1) John Cena vs. The Big Show
Show got Cena up and gave him that reverse powerbomb where he picks the guy up in a powerbomb, then throws him over his head. After that, they went to break.

[Commercial Break]

Show was sitting on Cena’s back, wearing him down with a rear chin-lock. Cena escaped and tried an STF, but Show threw Cena out of the ring. Crowd attempted to get behind Cena, but Show whipped him into the corner, sending Cena falling to the mat. He went for a Vader bomb, but of course missed it. Cena got his athletic shoes up on a Show charge and then hit the Sicilian slice off the top. All of a sudden he was exploding with energy. Cena did the “you can’t see me” routine, but Batista’s music hit and the WWE Champion walked out. Cole mentioned that Batista faces Kofi Kingston later tonight. Fist-drop connected by Cena, but Show got back on his feet. Cena walked into a chokeslam, but Cena kicked out at two. BIG SHOW ANGRY! Show set up for his knockout punch, but he missed and Cena got him up for the Attitude Adjustment. Batista hopped up on the apron, providing the distraction necessary for Show to wiggle free and connect with a right hand to the face. That earned him the win.

Winner: Show, at 7:35.

They replayed the finish of the match. Batista seemed satisfied with his handiwork.

[Commercial Break]

-Lawler thanked Kevin Rudolf for “I Made It,” one of the official Wrestlemania theme songs.

(2) Evan Bourne vs. Sheamus
Bourne was already in the ring. Seriously, I get that Sheamus needs a big win heading into ‘Mania against Triple H, but does he have to squash the guy that is in the MITB match? Sheamus got the mic prior to the match, but just used it to cheap-shot Bourne. Pump kick followed that up, then his Border Toss crucifix slam.

Winner: No Match: OK, this I can deal with a little better.

Sheamus got the mic again and was getting some good heat. He said that growing up, he was always fascinated by the WWE Superstars. There was one man, though, so selfish, a man who would sell his grandmother down the river and use a sledgehammer to get to the top. He forgot “marrying the boss’s daughter.” Sheamus said The Game beat greats like Steve Austin, The Rock, Shawn Michaels and the Undertaker. But in one year, he said, he himself became champion, ended careers, and dominated Raw (and ECW!!). At Wrestlemania, he was supposed to defend his WWE Championship, but he said Hunter ruined it. But then he thanked him for it, saying Trips was the man he wanted to face at Wrestlemania when he came to Raw. He said he’d beat Hunter so badly, he’ll never be the same again. Then they replayed Sheamus’ attack on Little Evan Bourne.

-Steve Austin was in his office watching what was transpiring in the ring. Shawn Michaels walked in and said he just needed to know if Austin thought he could beat the Undertaker. Austin said he can, but doesn’t think he’s going to. Austin said it’s his opinion that Taker will go 18-0. Shawn said he knew he could count on an honest answer from Austin. But after Wrestlemania 14, everyone thought his career was over. He proved them wrong, and he’ll prove them wrong again at ‘Mania this year. Shawn talked about proving it to Jericho tonight when the World Champion walked in to interrupt. He thanked Austin for giving him a match against HBK and providing him one more opportunity to embarrass Michaels again before Taker retires him. Michaels said Taker sent him a message on Smackdown by destroying four guys. So he’s going to send Taker a message tonight…by destroying Jericho. Then he walked away. Jericho and Austin chatted about Michaels going crazy and Jericho playfully tried to get out of his match with Michaels. It didn’t work. Austin told him to get out of his office and go compete.

[Commercial Break]

(2) Kelly Kelly vs. Maryse
Both girls did their taunts for the crowd, and when Kelly went to the second rope, Maryse went on the offensive. They started brawling and Kelly did her flip and then a pretty bad dropkick. Another brawl (see: rolling around) with Kelly coming out on top. Kelly got a near-fall on a fameasser-type move. But soon after, Kelly was caught and given the DDT, followed by the World’s Hottest Pin for the win.

Winner: Maryse, at 1:22. They got their spots in, which seemed to be the only point.

Maryse continued the attack post-match, taking Kelly out of the ring and throwing her into the barricade. Back in the ring, Gail Kim and Eve Torres came out to make the save. Neckbreaker by Kim, but Layla and Michelle McCool then ran out and attacked the two faces. Layla threw Eve out of the ring with some trouble, then McCool and Layla double-teamed Kim. Running knee in the corner showed a lot of light for Michelle, but Kim sold it anyway. Eve took out Layla, but Layla grabbed her ankle and took her down on one knee as McCool was going to kick Eve in the head. McCool had to re-load, and connected with a nice shot. Messy segment, but it looks like it’ll lead to a match at ‘Mania. And what happened to LayCool being upset with Maryse for trash-talking their feud with Mickie? Anyway, Vickie Guerrero was on the top of the ramp and the three heels (LayCool and Maryse) stood tall there to end the segment.

-The contract signing was plugged.

-Also advertised was HBK vs. Jericho, which is next.

[Commercial Break]

- A video package on Undertaker vs. HBK aired. It had the Johnny Cash song, with comments spliced in from WWE Superstars.

-Both Michaels and Jericho came out for their match, which is next.

[Commercial Break]

(3) Shawn Michaels vs. Chris Jericho
It was all Michaels to start. However, Michaels missed a corner charge and went shoulder-first into the steel post. Jericho put his head down too early and Michaels kneed him in the face, then gave him the Thesz Press. Jericho managed to take back over on offense and do some taunting to boot. Hard whip into the buckle caused Michaels to collapse in the corner. Jericho slapped around Michaels telling him he was “nothing.” Crowd got into it as Jericho applied a rear chin-lock. HBK made his trademark comeback at the top of the hour. Small package for Shawn got two. Face-plant by Jericho slowed things down a bit. Lionsault countered by Michaels getting his knees up. Michaels traversed to the top rope for an elbowdrop and it found the mark. The Band (not Hall and Syxx-Pac) warmed up, but Jericho fled the ring. He decided getting counted-out was the safest bet.

Winner: Michaels, via count-out, at 6:23. Fine, formula match.

As soon as the bell rang to end the match, Edge’s music hit. He brawled with Jericho through the crowd, then put him into the ring. Edge speared him, then went to ringside and got the mic. “Spear, spear, spear!” Replay, replay, replay!

-Coming up later, Triple H faces Randy Orton in a Wrestlemania Rewind match.

-They reminded viewers once again of the contract signing.

[Commercial Break]

- Lawler and Cole segued from a clip of Steve Austin’s new movie “Damage,” to discussing the break-up of Legacy. They showed what happened last Monday night between the three men.

-It was officially announced that at Wrestlemania, it would be a Triple-Threat match featuring Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase.

-Orton was interviewed backstage by Josh Mathews. He asked if the match at ‘Mania would affect his focus against Triple H tonight. Orton said if anything, he’s more focused, because he hates Triple H. He respects him and takes him seriously. He doesn’t do either of those for DiBiase and Rhodes. He said those two haven’t existed without him. See now, if they had built this correctly, Orton could get a big win at Wrestlemania against basically two heels on the same page. But the way Rhodes and DiBiase have been treated, as bumbling idiots, Orton winning won’t have the same “beating the odds” effect. And a win by DiBiase or Rhodes wouldn’t be the same because (as of right now), it would pretty much be two-on-one, and certainly wouldn’t mean as much as a one-on-one win over Orton. I can’t believe the people writing this feud are the same that are writing the other really good feuds that are leading up to Wrestlemania.

-Triple H was walking backstage. His match with Orton is next.

[Commercial Break]

-Cole and Lawler talked about what happened earlier tonight, with Cena being distracted by Batista, leading to Big Show socking him in the face.

(4) Triple H vs. Randy Orton
Orton hammered away with right hands to start. Triple H was whipped into the buckle, but charged out with a clothesline. Suplex, then a knee-drop out of the corner that you could’ve driven a truck through. Still, it got a two-count. Trips injured his shoulder after being ushered to the outside. He set up for his rope-assisted DDT, but he ended up back-dropping Orton over the top rope. Orton turned the tables and sent The Game into the ring steps. He propped Hunter up on the steps and DDT’d him, using the stairs in place of the ropes as he usually does them. Break time just over 3:00 into the contest.

[Commercial Break]

Trips was working out of a rear chin-lock out of break. Back-breaker by Orton put an end to that. They did the “boo-yeah” punches with Orton getting the boos, despite some good face heat at times during the match. High knee from Triple H, then a face-buster. Powerslam by Orton, called “WWE’s apex predator” by Cole. Jeez. Spinebuster by Hunter for two. Pedigree set up by Hunter, countered with a back-drop. Double-clothesline in mid-ring. Orton was on the apron, but Trips pulled him in and he landed the Pedigree. Before he could make the cover, Legacy ran in and attacked Triple H.

Winner: Triple H, via DQ, at 10:03. Pretty good match between these two. They had it in second-and-third gear a little more than I expected.

Once Triple H was out of the way, DiBiase and Rhodes concentrated on attacking Orton. When Hunter came in to stop it, Sheamus came out of nowhere and laid out The Game. “You suck” chants from the fans as Legacy continued assaulting Orton on the outside. Cross-Rhodes by Cody. Lawler said things were changing in WWE and Cole said the young guns (Rhodes, DiBiase and Sheamus) were staking their claim.

-Batista was walking backstage. He faces Kofi Kingston next. I’m surprised at how little we’ve seen Austin so far.


[Commercial Break]

-The newest inductee into the 2010 Hall-of-Fame: Gorgeous George. The video included parts of an interview with George’s first wife, Betty as well as Dick “The Destroyer” Beyer, Bob Geigel, Dick Steinborn (opponent of George), Bert Sugar (the boxing analyst with the hat), John Capouya (George biographer), and Angelo Dundee (trainer of Muhammad Ali). Were those interviews for a DVD, or were they done for this induction? They noted that his 96-year old former wife, Betty Wagner, would induct him. I thought she would accept in his honor- maybe Cole misspoke.

-The announcers discussed the Wrestlemania card.

(5) Batista vs. Kofi Kingston
Kingston was going for the bumblebee look tonight. Batista just threw Kingston around the ring with ease. Kingston came back with some kicks and chops. High flying clothesline. Batista escaped the ring before the Boom drop. Batista pulled Kofi out of the ring and attacked him outside. He threw him back in the ring, but missed a corner splash. Springboard by Kofi, but Batista caught him with a clothesline. Hard fall by Kofi. Spinebuster, then a Batista Bomb for the victory. Pretty vicious one at that.

Winner: Batista, at 2:53. I still can’t believe Kofi isn’t in a Wrestlemania match.

Batista stood over Kofi with the belt as referee John Cone had a towel. I guess Batista was busted open, probably from Kofi’s kick in the corner. Maybe that was why the Batista Bomb was particularly brutal. Batista came to somebody wearing a Cena shirt on the side of the ramp. He was booing Batista and giving him the thumbs-down. Batista faked a punch, and the guy hid behind the security wall. Pretty funny.

-The contract signing is next!

[Commercial Break]

-They announced that Pete Rose would be the Raw guest host for next week.

-Rose has already made a match for next week, and it’ll be Randy Orton & Triple H vs. Sheamus, Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes.

-Justin Roberts introduced Bret “The Hitman” Hart for the contract signing. Vince McMahon came out next and pretended to limp down to the ring, mocking Bret. An “Austin” chant led to Steve Austin coming back out. Austin wanted to take care of one more piece of business before the contract signing. He said that last year, he was inducted into the WWE Hall-of-Fame and he’s very proud of it. Austin said that Stu Hart was supposed to go in this year. McMahon stood up but Austin told him to sit his ass down. “Ass” was bleeped this time. Austin said that McMahon reneged on his promise to put Stu in, so Austin said that Stu Hart would be going into the WWE Hall-of-Fame this year. He asked McMahon if he had a problem with that.

McMahon said he didn’t because the entire Hart family will be there. He called every Hart member who stepped in the ring “a dysfunctional derelict.” Vince implored Bret to sign the contract and take his beating like a man at Wrestlemania. He said the contract was iron-clad and if Bret didn’t show up, Vince would sue him for everything he had. Bret said it didn’t matter if both legs were broken, because he can and will beat Vince. He said neither man wanted a wrestling match, so he proposed a No Holds Barred match. McMahon said, in the immortal words of Steve Austin, “hell yeah.” McMahon said he has enjoyed screwing with Bret the past few months, and with this stipulation, this time, Bret has screwed Bret again. Bret signed first, then Vince stared at Bret as the crowd chanted “sign it.” McMahon then angrily put his John Hancock on the papers. Austin announced it as being official. He said he was going to enjoy McMahon taking an ass-kicking (I assume, once again they bleeped “ass” and the rest of his comment).

McMahon stood facing Austin, who had left the ring. Austin stood on the ramp and said there was one thing he forgot to tell Vince, but he thought he’d let Bret tell him. McMahon sat down and said to Bret, “tell me.” Unfortunately, sitting on the table was the cast that was formerly on the leg of Bret. Vince paused and Bret had a very funny smirk on his face. Crowd ate it up. Interesting way to reveal it. Hart said he wouldn’t go into detail about the filming of the stunt to make it look like he broke his leg. Hart said what Vince needed to know was that he was 100% and if McMahon tried to back out of the match, Bret would sue him for everything he’s worth. Hart said that, tonight, Vince screwed Vince. Bret nailed Vince with the cast and sent him toppling over the table. He nailed him once again to keep him down as Bret’s music played. Bret walked to the back as McMahon barely stirred in the ring.


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    Originally posted by geemoney
    McMahon stood facing Austin, who had left the ring. Austin stood on the ramp and said there was one thing he forgot to tell Vince, but he thought he’d let Bret tell him. McMahon sat down and said to Bret, “tell me.” Unfortunately, sitting on the table was the cast that was formerly on the leg of Bret. Vince paused and Bret had a very funny smirk on his face. Crowd ate it up. Interesting way to reveal it. Hart said he wouldn’t go into detail about the filming of the stunt to make it look like he broke his leg. Hart said what Vince needed to know was that he was 100% and if McMahon tried to back out of the match, Bret would sue him for everything he’s worth. Hart said that, tonight, Vince screwed Vince. Bret nailed Vince with the cast and sent him toppling over the table. He nailed him once again to keep him down as Bret’s music played. Bret walked to the back as McMahon barely stirred in the ring.


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On one hand I get why austin didn't do anything, I don't think he could have even if he wanted to. But still the mark in me wanted him to go on a Stunner spree.

NOt a good raw but it was ok for some story advancement. I just don't get the end to the diva match why did mccool and layla run in?



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The smug look on Bret's face was awesome.

I also appreciated how Batista kept shoving the ref with the towel away from him, seemingly trying to get some good bloody poses in.

I can't believe Cena lost. Was there really a good reason for the Mania opener to beat the Mania main eventer? That match was begging for Cena to overcome the distraction, not succumb to it.



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The bleeping of "ass" was ridiculous. Also note that Austin did a four-corner-fist-salute instead of a four-corner-middle finger-salute.

I guess any chance of Kofi getting on WM is gone after he busted up Batista. I thought my prediction for Kofi & Randy vs Legacy was pretty cool, but then I remembered Kofi's mishap with Orton a while ago. Would Orton have even gone for working with Kofi?

So what are we looking at for WM now? Ten matches? That's assuming they come around to announcing Rey vs Punk and they throw a women's match on there (Kelly & Eve & Gail & Beth vs Maryse & Michelle & Layla & Vickie?).

The contract signing was money.



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    Originally posted by geemoney
    McMahon stood facing Austin, who had left the ring. Austin stood on the ramp and said there was one thing he forgot to tell Vince, but he thought he’d let Bret tell him. McMahon sat down and said to Bret, “tell me.” Unfortunately, sitting on the table was the cast that was formerly on the leg of Bret. Vince paused and Bret had a very funny smirk on his face. Crowd ate it up. Interesting way to reveal it. Hart said he wouldn’t go into detail about the filming of the stunt to make it look like he broke his leg. Hart said what Vince needed to know was that he was 100% and if McMahon tried to back out of the match, Bret would sue him for everything he’s worth. Hart said that, tonight, Vince screwed Vince. Bret nailed Vince with the cast and sent him toppling over the table. He nailed him once again to keep him down as Bret’s music played. Bret walked to the back as McMahon barely stirred in the ring.


Did this segment give anyone else flashbacks to when Bret wore that steel plate to dupe Goldberg? I always thought Bret was at his best outsmarting people.




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Surprisingly a few decent matches. Y2J and HBK put on a good show, and Orton and HHH was fresher and more enjoyable than when they were actually feuding.

Bottom line, SCSA should have gave Vinnie Mac a stunner for his troubles.
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    Originally posted by hansen9j
    The smug look on Bret's face was awesome.

    I also appreciated how Batista kept shoving the ref with the towel away from him, seemingly trying to get some good bloody poses in.

    I can't believe Cena lost. Was there really a good reason for the Mania opener to beat the Mania main eventer? That match was begging for Cena to overcome the distraction, not succumb to it.


I see no problem in Cena losing to Show. Show may be in an undercard match at Mania, but he's still the Big Show. And with the storyline being that bad things happen when Batista is in the ring with Cena, I don't have a problem with a Batista distraction being enough to throw Cena off his game and lose. And it really is refreshing NOT to see Cena overcome the odds lately. Now if he could only learn to sell the effects of a beatdown from one week to the next....

All in all, good but not great show. I do have to give them credit for the way they've been booking things lately. They don't seem to be trying to shock smart fans as much as they had been. Instead they go with angles that while they may be predictable to us, are still entertaining ie the Bret reveal tonight.

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This Legacy three-way needs something, like a future title shot or something. It's just not interesting on its own.

They may have held off on adding Kofi for a week in response to Cole being a doofus. If it turns out that they did cut the 10th spot completely though, I have a feeling Cole won't be getting invited to the Kingstons' for dinner any time soon.

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    Bottom line, SCSA should have gave Vinnie Mac a stunner for his troubles.

He probably did so after they turned the cameras off, which is exactly how it should be. Austin is no longer a week-to-week performer, so there's no real need to put highlight-grabbing spots like him stunnering Vince on TV anymore (but they can still certainly be done for the live audience).

Now, if Austin was going to be guest referee for Bret/Vince at WM (and part of me wonders why he isn't), THEN they would have shown Vince getting stunnered too.

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While the switch from Cena to RVD should alleviate some complaints, the inevitability of the belt's return to Cena (note where Summerslam is this year) and the poor initial showing by the new ECW are enough to keep the indicator where it is for now. The pieces are in place, though, especially on RAW, for improvements to be made to the IWC's psyche in the near future.
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Did anyone else notice the use of different camera angles on RAW and close ups as opppposed to the regular camera shot? it was almost like they were going out of their way to avoid the heavy guy in the sleveeless black shirt who was going nuts when Austin came out. Was that just me? I have not watched a whole lot of RAW (mostly DVR) in a while so this may not be a one time thing. Just struck me as odd.

And no Santino/Austin skit backstage? Boooooooooo!



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It was a good Raw mainly due to the contract signing and Batista being a bloody demon. I want to say they used Austin wrong, but Austin brings so much natural charisma like giving the safe sign when Cena slide into the ring and staring down anyone that got into his way that he overcomes most of the crap they give him. Having said that, not one stunner, Really? CM Punk/Rey was the post-Raw match, so no stunners for anyone. PG Austin is weak, but its still Austin.

I have no idea what they are thinking of with Kofi. Not putting him in any match at Mania is stupid considering how over he was during the fall and winter. I hope he at least gets into MITB next week if not, its a waste of good talent. Orton vs. Legacy is a train wreck in what is becoming one of the best builds to Mania in years. I hope they don't go back to back with HHH/Sheamus and the Legacy Triple Threat at Mania, I don't think people need that long of a piss break. I guess we get a clusterfuck for the Divas division, but the division is already a clusterfuck it makes sense. A better Raw then last week, but it still feels like they are buying time til Mania.
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As much as I wanted to see Austin being Austin, I thought it was a good move to not have him as the central focus of the show, but rather the build WM ...

This is actually the first time that I've cared anything about Batista ... and is Randy Orton on his way to being the top face on RAW?
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I'm afraid it was another underwhelming Raw for me... I had high hopes going in because of Austin's return, but it wasn't the fact that he didn't give anyone a Stunner that bothered me. It was how little he was used. I know there's not much room in the build to Wrestlemania for extraneous stuff, but wow. Bob frickin' Barker was used more than him. It was less than a warm homecoming. I almost feel bad for him. Because he's more readily available than The Rock, they almost take his presence for granted. You know that if Rocky were to show up, the whole episode would revolve around him. Bad timing? Sure. But they should have thought that through before they scheduled him. It was entertaining to see the cameras cut away every time someone in the audience flipped the bird for Austin.

The announcement of next week's Orton/HHH vs. Legacy/Sheamus match preyed on one of my biggest pet peeves of the guest host thing. I know they wanna try to make the guest hosts a part of the "business" and a true fan of the product but really? Pete Rose booked that match, by phone or something? It's akin to your aunt and uncle buying you a Christmas present and you thanks them both because you should, but you know damn well your uncle didn't go out shopping or even sign his name to the greeting card. I'd rather see the match made by the "WWE higher-ups" and then maybe next week Pete Rose makes a clause in the match, like special stipulations or something. Or even make the match live next week, or announce it on the website this weekend. It's just more disbelief unsuspended.

And on the flip side of the coin, having Chris Jericho tell Shawn Michaels that he doesn't have a chance in hell of beating the Undertaker and he's gonna be retired, then follow it up with a video package including Jericho talking with a smile about how Michaels brings his A game at Wrestlemania and puts on a great show? I just wish WWE would decide which side of kayfabe they fall on.

The Cena/Batista recap from last week frustrated me even more about Cena's superhuman Wolverine regenerative skills. It made everyone else involved look even worse when they smooshed the whole thing into two minutes.

So does Jericho get his one-up on Edge on Friday, or next Monday? And WTF, even my GIRLFRIEND, who only watches wrestling occasionally, asked me why Jericho was on Raw yet again after being "banned" a couple months ago. They really need some heels on Raw, or need to bump Miz up to Main Event level post-Mania. What else is there, another Big Show push? Hopefully the draft alleviates this, because with Orton as a semi-face right now, they have Batista and Sheamus and that's about it.

They have to work Kofi into the Orton/Legacy thing now, or they have totally dropped the ball on him. He was so promising there for a while, and then the Mania build blew him by. I'd much prefer Orton/Kofi to Orton/Legacy, even though that's been a long time coming.

The Bret/McMahon stuff was really good, but other than that, I'm not really feeling the build to Wrestlemania. And when the best build is being done for two non-wrestlers... Ouch.
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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.53
Bret/Vince was $$$$$$. The car thing was still hokiness but I loved Bret brushing it aside about Cena's pals and whatnot.

Maybe Kofi will beat McIntyre for his spot on Smackdown. And McIntyre will have to get back in one more time. None of my predictions with him have come true, so I'm going to try and get as many wrong as possible until Mania. But I find it impossible to believe that they'll put Evan Bourne on the show and not Kofi Kingston.

Maryse joining Simply Flawless Red & Black would be ****AMAZING****.

    Originally posted by StaggerLee
    Bottom line, SCSA should have gave Vinnie Mac a stunner for his troubles.


Nah, you can't blow off Vince's heat before Bret gets his hands (legs) on him.

    Originally posted by GameCrazy
    I had high hopes going in because of Austin's return, but it wasn't the fact that he didn't give anyone a Stunner that bothered me. It was how little he was used.


Totally agree there. It stinks to sit through all those shit segments with Cheech & Chong & Chiss Angel and then only get to spend three with Austin. But the dude was a pro.


    The Bret/McMahon stuff was really good, but other than that, I'm not really feeling the build to Wrestlemania. And when the best build is being done for two non-wrestlers... Ouch.


Well, I'd say the best build is for Michaels/Undertaker, then Rey/Punk and Batista/Cena, all excellent. Legacy not so much and MITB almost nonexistent except for McIntyre, but this is the best-booked leadup to Wrestlemania since 20.

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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.79
    Originally posted by Wpob
    Did anyone else notice the use of different camera angles on RAW and close ups as opppposed to the regular camera shot? it was almost like they were going out of their way to avoid the heavy guy in the sleveeless black shirt who was going nuts when Austin came out. Was that just me?


Yeah, I noticed that too. I even mentioned it to my wife. The guy definitely was a distraction to what was going on in the ring.

Best ending of a Raw that I've seen in quite awhile.



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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.04
CM Punk was at Raw, but they didn't have him cut a promo on/about him Austin? C'mon.

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#17 Posted on
    Originally posted by Kevintripod
      Originally posted by Wpob
      Did anyone else notice the use of different camera angles on RAW and close ups as opppposed to the regular camera shot? it was almost like they were going out of their way to avoid the heavy guy in the sleveeless black shirt who was going nuts when Austin came out. Was that just me?


    Yeah, I noticed that too. I even mentioned it to my wife. The guy definitely was a distraction to what was going on in the ring.

    Best ending of a Raw that I've seen in quite awhile.


Though I really dug the Ronald MacDonald Sheamus sign-thing someone in the crowd had.
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.13
I only watched this intermittently as I noticed on my PVR that Stone Cold was the guest host. As someone who almost never watches Raw anymore, I have to say I was impressed and the show put me to a point where I'm considering dropping $55.00 to order Wrestlemania*, if only for closure on the Bret/Vince saga (this is what I am telling myself). I like the build for the Cena/Batista and HBK/Undertaker matches as well.


*don't tell my wife
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 2.00
    Originally posted by hansen9j
    I also appreciated how Batista kept shoving the ref with the towel away from him, seemingly trying to get some good bloody poses in.


It was hilarious how the ref tried to give him the towel not the title at the end. Was that The Great Milenko on the back of Batista's tights? I hope they keep his enterence like that, where it just goes black and uses a spot light with no pyro. Its better for the heel to not be so flashy on the way to the ring if your a badass.

I knew Bret's leg wasn't broken because it happened in Iowa. Only animal hospitals are in Iowa and with a broken leg and Bret's age, he wouldn't be with us anymore.

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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.98
Did anyone notice Austin was drinking Corona Extra, not Coors light or Miller Lite? Just an observation.

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