TONIGHT: It’s the three-hour Raw devoted to the Draft Lottery. That means Smackdown vs. Raw matches, with wrestlers changing brands depending on who wins. Also, Extreme Rules fall-out, including a Tag Title match pitting The Hart Dynasty against ShoMiz.
-Fireworks went off in the arena, LIVE in Richmond, Virginia. Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Matt Striker were shown at ringside. Lawler looked less-than-thrilled to be with Striker two nights in a row.
-ShoMiz came to the ring for their title defense against the Hart Dynasty. Prior to the match, Miz got the mic. He complained about having to compete against three teams in three matches in a row. He said the Dynasty has been handed everything thanks to “Uncle Bret.” Miz took a shot at Stu Hart and the rest of the Hart Family, calling them losers. But he said Bret was the biggest loser of all. Miz demanded Bret come out and declare ShoMiz the greatest tag team in WWE history. Bret walked out first as Striker questioned Hart wearing sunglasses indoors. Bret said he was a man of his word, and declared ShoMiz the greatest tag-team of all-time. ShoMiz ate it up. Hart also declared The Mountie as the greatest I.C. Champion of all-time, and David Arquette as greatest World Champion of all-time. Bret said he can say anything he wants, like “Miz is a horse-faced idiot.” Hart said talk is cheap and results are what matter. He said that they’d have to declare the Hart Dynasty the new Unified Tag Champions after the night is over.
(1) ShoMiz vs. The Hart Dynasty – Unified Tag Team Title Match Kidd and Miz began the match for their respective teams. Kidd used some fancy footwork (albeit almost slipping) to get out of an arm-bar. David Hart Smith tagged in and hit the delayed vertical suplex that his father made famous. Kick-out at two by Miz. On the outside, Miz was distracted by Natalya, and Smith took him down with a shoulder-tackle. They went to break about 2:00 in.
Miz had Smith in a reverse chin-lock in the ring. Smith got to his feet and landed a belly-to-back suplex. Both men made tags, and Kidd came in with a springboard dropkick. It didn’t have much effect on Show, who booted Kidd down. He picked Kidd up by the head, then headbutted him. Hard chop to the chest of Kidd. Show continued to toss Kidd around, then tagged Miz. Kidd came back with a roll-up for two. Neck-breaker combo for two. Kidd missed an enziguiri, but finally made the tag to D.H. He cleaned house on Miz and prepared for a running powerslam. Miz countered and rolled Smith up for two. Reversal got two by Smith. The baby bull ran into a big boot and Miz used the ropes for leverage on the pin, but Bret pushed them off. Big Show came over, but Kidd dove onto him. Roll-up for two by Smith. Tag made to Kidd and the Hart Attack was hit. Kidd applied the Sharpshooter as the crowd was electric. Miz tapped out, and folks, we’ve got new champions.
Winners: The Hart Dynasty, at 11:38. Excellent tag match with great crowd heat.
-After showing the celebration of the Hart Dynasty, they showed a graphic of Sheamus standing over Triple H from last night. That situation will be addressed next.
-The announcers talked about the “breaking news” that just happened. During the commercial, Big Show knocked out Miz with a punch after their match. Time for them to go their separate ways with the draft? It would be interesting, since didn’t Miz turn on Morrison at the last draft?
-They showed what happened between Sheamus and Triple H at Extreme Rules last night. Striker said we won’t know how long Triple H is out for, but we will hear from Sheamus later tonight.
-Josh Mathews was backstage with Jack Swagger. Swagger said that what he did last night screams “World Champion.” He said he dominated, just like he promised he’d do. Swagger said if he were on Wall Street, the country would be flourishing, not sinking into debt. As Mathews was about to ask another question, Edge walked in. Edge said he beat Chris Jericho in a steel cage last night, and that makes him next in line for a World Title shot. He said something about if Swagger didn’t get drafted back to Raw (isn’t he still technically on Raw?), that title would be his.
-Michelle McCool, Layla and Vickie Guerrero walked out. There’s a Divas tag match next, with a Divas draft pick on the line.
(2) Michelle McCool & Layla vs. Eve Torres & Maryse Quick cover after a shoulder-tackle by Eve for one. Layla got a boot up in the corner as the crowd chanted, “We Want Mickie.” Ouch. Eve worked the arm of Layla and Eve went for a tag but Maryse kicked her in the gut. The two Raw Divas started brawling on the outside of the ring, as Maryse was thrown into the barricade. Eve got back into the ring at seven. Layla got the advantage and tagged McCool. Clothesline got two. Striker kept talking about his affinity for Vickie Guerrero. McCool and Maryse jawed at each other as Eve got choked in the middle rope. Bit of a Dragon Sleeper applied by McCool to wear down Torres. Eve flipped and reversed it into a DDT. Cole mentioned WWE.com and Striker said he heard Joey Styles was going to get drafted to futureendeavors.org. Eve made her comeback with dropkicks and a neck-breaker. Maryse slapped Eve in the back of the head for a tag and there was more talking goin on between them. Unfortunately, Maryse turned right around into a big boot (looked like it whiffed, but they switched cameras as soon as they hit it so it was tough to tell) and got pinned.
Winners: McCool & Layla, at 4:32. Could’ve been a lot worse.
Going to Smackdown: Kelly Kelly. I couldn’t tell if LayCool were happy or if they were excited about getting to beat her up.
-C.M. Punk and the Straight Edge Society were walking backstage. They have a match next with a draft pick on the line.
(3) Evan Bourne vs. C.M. Punk Headscissors take-over by Bourne, but Punk took back over on offense. It was a spirited bout from both men. Punk got taken to the outside but Bourne couldn’t jump over the top rope because Gallows was protecting him. Bourne went for a Shooting Star Press, but Punk’s masked man from last night came out and tripped Bourne up while the ref was distracted by Gallows. Punk recovered to hit the GTS and score the victory.
Winner: Punk, at 3:41. Good high-energy match.
Going to Smackdown: The Big Show.
-Sheamus was walking backstage- he’s up next.
-The draft picks thus far have been discussed.
-Backstage, Teddy Long was acting buddy-buddy with Big Show, who hugged him with one arm around the neck. Long danced in happiness after Show left. If you’re keeping score on your “Big Show number of heel/face turns” card, apparently he’s back to face.
-Sheamus came out. He said the good news is Triple H won’t be drafted to Smackdown. Uhh…why? The good news: Triple H will never wrestle again. I couldn’t be so lucky. As Sheamus continued to put Triple H down, Randy Orton’s music interrupted and the Viper walked out. The two went face-to-face and Orton said that when he put Triple H on the shelf, he did it like a man, face-to-face. He didn’t jump him from behind with a lead pipe. Orton said if that’s what Sheamus wants his M.O to be, fine, but he shouldn’t expect a title shot. Sheamus said Orton had his title shot last night, and he lost. He told Orton to get out of the ring, or he’d put him on the sidelines just like he did to Triple H. Orton countered with his own offer: an RKO then a punt to take Sheamus’ head off. “I don’t deal with losers,” said Sheamus. He said he’d face John Cena for the WWE Title, and there’s nothing Orton can do about it. Cena’s music then came on, and he entered he arena.
He was on the stage and said the two men can’t seem to decide who the challenger should be. He said there’s no better time than now to introduce tonight’s guest host. Then no one came out. Cena pulled out a phone and said it’s from WWE Global. He answered the phone and questioned the person about Mel Kiper going to the OTHER draft. Then he made fun of Sheamus to the person on the phone until Sheamus interrupted in anger. Cena said he was told at the beginning of the night that only he could name a number one contender for the WWE Title. Therefore, it’d be Sheamus vs. Randy Orton to decide the number one contender, and the match will happen tonight. In the ring, Sheamus missed his pump kick, and then shrugged off an RKO. He left the ring before either man could get the advantage.
(4) 10-Man Battle Royal for Three Draft Picks Rey Mysterio, Kane, Drew McIntyre, Shad Gaspard, and R-Truth came out to represent Smackdown. For Raw: MVP, Mark Henry, Yoshi Tatsu, Santino Marella, and Ted DiBiase. Cole said this is normal battle royal rules, but the last man or men in the ring for a team will get three picks. Santino tried to play captain of the Raw team. Tatsu was almost thrown out by Drew, but he held on. Mac again tried to toss Tatsu, but Tatsu held on and McIntyre went out. Shad threw out Yoshi and Santino tried to go toe-to-toe with him. Shad didn’t seem to want to sell anything. Mark Henry toyed with Rey in the corner. DiBiase tried to work Kane over. Big boot from the big man. MVP and Mark Henry then teamed up on Kane. DiBiase lifted Rey up, but couldn’t get him over. They went to break about 2:40 in.
No one was eliminated during the break, but MVP was hurricanrana’d out by Rey. Santino pushed Shad and R-Truth over, as those two were working on DiBiase. Marella celebrated, only to get chokeslammed by Kane. Henry lifted Kane up and tried to get him out, but Mysterio 619’d Henry in the gut and Kane threw him out. Kane got low bridged out by DiBiase seconds later. It was Rey vs. DiBiase and Santino. Clothesline off the ropes by DiBiase. Santino was still down. Springboard moonsault caught by DiBiase, but Rey hung on as he was almost sent over. Both men ended up on the apron and slid back under the ring. DiBiase pushed Mysterio off the second rope and thought they won, but Rey again held on. Again, they ended up on the apron and fought each other there. DiBiase went for a running splash, but landed on the corner. Rey ran at Teddy, but he got a boot up, sending Rey to the floor.
Winners: Santino and DiBiase, at 8:57. Fine Battle Royal
Santino celebrated after the match, only for DiBiase to send him back down with Dream Street.
Going to Raw: John Morrison, R-Truth and Edge.
-Still to come: For the #1 Contender to the WWE Championship, it’ll be Sheamus vs. Randy Orton.
-Chris Jericho came out for a match. He did some mic work first, and had the bug-eyes going. Jericho complained about Edge trying to break his leg and hurt him last night. He said he didn’t care if Edge was drafted to Raw or not, he wanted Edge to be suspended effective immediately. He said he was too good to lose to anyone in the entire arena. Jericho said he had to blame himself a bit for the loss, as he was off his game since he lost to a nameless rookie on NXT last week. He said he’s still the best in the world at what he does. Jericho pretended to have trouble remembering Heath Slater’s name. He said Slater owes him an apology for costing him the match against Edge last night. “Come on Heath Slater, let me make you famous.” Finally, Slater did come out, dressed in his ring gear. Slater apologized to Jericho, saying he was sorry Jericho wasn’t able to beat Edge last night, and he was sorry that he couldn’t beat him. Oh, and he’s not going to beat his pro Christian either. Then Christian came out for the match. Slater knocked Jericho out of the ring during Christian’s entrance.
(5) Chris Jericho vs. Christian Open-hand slaps by Christian started things. He went to work on the left leg and ankle of Jericho. He dropkicked Jericho through the ropes as the match continued during the break.
-Jericho worked over Christian live as they showed a replay during the break. Roll-up by Christian for two. Jericho fired back with a two-count of his own. Crowd tried to get behind Christian, but Jericho slammed him down and taunted the crowd. Lionsault missed and Christian tried to get back to his feet. He did so, and landed a flying forearm, then a European elbow off the top. Killswitch was countered but Jericho couldn’t do anything offensively. Christian missed coming off the top, and Jericho tried a Walls of Jericho. Christian blocked it, but Jericho hit an enziguiri. Jericho attempted a bulldog, but Christian took him down for a very near-fall. Killswitch again, but again Jericho countered and went for the Walls. Christian tried to punch his way out of it, and the two men continued to go back-and-forth. Jericho finally hooked in the Walls. Christian screamed as he tried to make the ropes, and he finally got it. Jericho argued with the referee, allowing Christian time to re-group. A solid right hand put Jericho down. To the top went Christian, but he jumped right into a Codebreaker. Another draft pick for Smackdown.
Winner: Jericho, at 9:58. Certainly picked up in the second half. I thought they were going to do a losing-streak angle with Jericho.
After the match, Jericho attacked Slater, finishing by giving him the Codebreaker.
Going to Smackdown: Kofi Kingston. Good move. That’s the one that almost had to be done. Kingston ran to the ring and gave Jericho Trouble in Paradise.
-Split screen showed John Morrison and Jack Swagger walking. They’re fighting next, with a draft pick on the line. Also the rubber match between these two.
-They did a re-set, showing how the tag titles changed hands at the outset of the show, and how Big Show turned on Miz.
(6) Jack Swagger vs. John Morrison Swagger pounded away on Morrison with forearms in the corner. Cole did say this match was just announced moments ago (by who?), so they didn’t have time to prepare. Swagger paint-brushed the back of Morrison’s head when he got him down. Morrison didn’t take kindly to that, and after a jumping kick in the face, got a two-count. Bodyslam by Swagger, followed up by an elbow-drop. Head-lock on the mat slowed the pace down as Swagger tried to keep Morrison grounded. Morrison took Swagger to the outside, then landed a corkscrew splash onto Swagger. Back in the ring, Swagger knocked Morrison to the apron with a shoulder to the gut. Morrison tried to recover as they went to break.
Swagger was stretching Morrison in the ring back from break. Victory roll for Morrison by two. Swagger ran at Morrison and got kicked in the gut. He didn’t let that stop him, and applied an abdominal stretch in between the ropes. Unique move. Running kick to the head by the All-American American. Morrison made his comeback, ending with a standing Shooting Star Press for two. Beal out of the corner by Swagger. Vader Bomb, but Morrison moved and Swagger landed on his feet. Catapult into a cover for two by Morrison. Flying Chuck Kick connected solidly, as did the running knee. Cover, but only got two as Swagger got his foot on the rope. The Champion went to the outside to collect himself. Morrison went out after him and threw him into the barricade twice. Doctor Bomb attempt, but Morrison grabbed the ropes to avoid it. Side Russian leg-sweep, then Morrison went for Starship Pain, but Swagger stopped him. He picked him off the top rope and gave him the gutwrench powerbomb for three.
Winner: Swagger, at 14:27. Started slowly, ended up being pretty good.
Going to Smackdown: Christian. Another move that had to be made. He didn’t look incredibly happy, but did make the belt signal when looking at Swagger.
-Still to come, Randy Orton vs. Sheamus in a #1 Contender’s Match.
-Cole announced that Wayne Brady would guest host Raw next week.
-The announcers discussed who has been drafted thus far.
-Carlito and Ted DiBiase were backstage. Carlito was offered a spot with DiBiase and Carlito turned him down. DiBiase looked exasperated. He then turned his attention to R-Truth. He welcomed him to Raw, then offered him a position of confidant. Someone to watch his back, carry his bags and the like. Truth stopped him there. Truth asked if he wanted him to keep his belt clean, wash his clothes and stuff? Truth said DiBiase was looking for a Virgil, just like his daddy had. DiBiase said that’s not it at all- he just wants someone who he can tell to do something, they’ll do it, and he’ll pay them a lot of money. Truth seemed interested when the talk of money came down. He said he’d give him an answer later, then he slapped DiBiase.
-The announcers talked about Sheamus vs. Orton. Michael Cole said it’s almost the start of Military Appreciation Month, and no one appreciates the military more than WWE and John Cena. Wow, talk about patting yourselves on the back. I think they could’ve worded that a little better. We got a video package on Cena doing all his stuff at the Tribute to the Troops Shows, while a Nickelback song played.
-Another plug for Orton vs. Sheamus coming up.
(7) Dolph Ziggler vs. Hornswoggle This is the final match for a draft pick tonight. Hornswoggle was wearing a DX shirt still. Hornswoggle ran around the ring, but Ziggler caught him and threw him into the ring. Every time Ziggler got on the apron, Horny would throw something at him (shoes, his helmet), which would knock him off. Hornswoggle won by count-out.
Winner: Hornswoggle, at :39.
Ziggler got back into the ring and knocked Hornswoggle down. Then he applied his sleeper to knock the tiny man out. Jerry Lawler got in the ring to check on Hornswoggle.
Going to Raw: Chris Jericho.
-Randy Orton was shown walking backstage. His match with Sheamus is next.
-As Justin Roberts prepared ring introductions for the main event, Batista’s music interrupted. He walked out in his tights and angrily took the mic from Roberts. Batista yelled that he’s the number one contender and he should be WWE Champion. He screamed at the top of his lungs about how Cena embarrassed him last week. He said Cena owes him a match and he isn’t leaving ‘til he gets one. But Sheamus’ music hit and the Pale Warrior walked out. The welts on Sheamus’ back were evident from last night’s match. Sheamus said he doesn’t think Batista deserves a shot. He asked when Batista will get it through his skull that he lost. He said he’s like Orton- they’re both losers. Then Randy Orton’s music played and the Viper came out. All three men argued over who really deserved to be number one contender. Finally, John Cena walked out. He said the solution is very simple and the match is now a Triple-Threat match.
(8) Batista vs. Sheamus vs. Randy Orton- Triple-Threat Match to determine #1 Contender for WWE Championship Batista slid outside the ring after the bell rang, which allowed Sheamus to attack Orton. Sheamus yelled at Batista to get in the ring, and Orton took that opportunity to go on offense. Powerslam by Sheamus, who went for a pin. It was broken up by Batista. Sheamus got thrown shoulder-first into the ring post. Orton punched away at Batista, then stomped him in the corner. Uppercut by Orton as Batista almost did a comedic sell to a back-bump. Batista, after kicking out of a pin attempt, went to ringside, leaving Orton alone in the ring. Orton went after Batista and sent him head-first into the barricade. Lawler said Sheamus was still hurt out in front of them. Batista turned the tide in the ring with some hard Irish whips. Batista sent Sheamus into the announcer’s table. Back in the ring, Orton got a boot up on a charge by Batista. Sheamus hopped up onto the apron to attack Orton, but Orton shoved him into the ring-post, knocking him back to the arena floor. Snap-mare by Batista, then a running kick to a seated Orton for two. Chin-lock by Batista with the legs hooked around Orton’s waist. Sheamus came back to break it up, but Orton intensely clubbered him and sent him to ringside again. Big spinebuster by Batista. He seemed to signal for the Batista Bomb…when they went to commercial. Odd timing on that one.
Orton missed a knee-drop out of break, as Sheamus moved out of the way. Batista got sent head-first into the ring post during the break, and he didn’t even bother getting his hands up. Batista got back to his feet and was thrown into the steel steps, also during break. Sheamus continued on offense in the ring against Orton. Knee to the throat in the corner by the Celtic Warrior. He went outside to work again on Batista, using the stairs to his advantage. But that gave Orton a chance to breathe, and he pounded Sheamus’ face into the announcer’s desk. Sheamus held Orton’s foot, which allowed Batista to drive Orton’s back into the ring apron. Cole showing signs of losing his voice here. Batista laid his shoulder into the gut of Sheamus in the ring, but Sheamus gave the Irish Hammer to Batista, knocking him out of the ring. Orton back in and he fell victim to a back-breaker for a two-count. Sheamus charged the corner, but Orton got a boot up. He tried to fight off Batista as well. Scoop slam by Orton. Orton set up for the DDT, but Sheamsu back-dropped Orton to the floor. Front slam by Batista, but Orton pulled him out of the ring on a pin attempt. Orton got Batista hanging into the ring for his DDT, and it connected. Set up for the RKO did Orton, but Sheamus kneed Orton in the head. Orton appeared to be limp as Sheamus tried to get him to his feet. He set up for Pale Justice, but Batista speared Sheamus for a two-count. Back-breaker on Batista, then a pump kick. Powerslam on Sheamus, then Orton set up once again for the RKO. It connected, but Edge ran into the ring to spear Orton. What the what? Happened right at the top of the hour, too. Batista draped an arm over Orton’s chest and picked up the win.
Winner: Batista, at 16:51. Too many lumbering guys in this one, but that said, it still was watchable. Felt like lots of wrestling on this show.
They showed a replay of Edge spearing Orton. Edge looked on from the ramp as the show closed.
Caught almost everything except for the main event. Quick hits;
- I'm digging the Hart Dynasty as faces. They seem to do a lot of little things well. The stalling-vertical suplex while Kidd does the "checking the watch" thing was pretty cool.
Gee, you are also correct; there's been two tag-team turns at the last two drafts. Miz turned on Morrison last year....then in a delightful little bit of irony, the Miz gets clocked in the face THIS year. Which of course makes several portions of sense because the tag title was all Show had, he Miz still has another title.
- I like how they're drawing out the whole mystery man of the SES.
- Overall, I liked most of the matches. THe one that impressed me the msot was Swagger vs Morrison. For some reason I'm really enjoying Swagger's run with the belt. Also of note; STRIKER CALLED IT THE DOCTOR BOMB. I APPROVE OF DOCTOR BOMBS. I also approve of Striker heeling it up.
You know, I really don't know what to put here. Close your eyes and thank of something funny!
Still can't figure out the logic of winning a draft pick match. Why should DiBiase go all out to survive in a Battle Royale that now puts 3 additional members on the roster with him, when by losing it could have taken 3 members off the roster he is on, thus making it easier for him to move up the ranks. Is there some sort of hidden issue between Edge and Christian, or does Vince just not want them on the same show? Unless the supplemental is actually moving day for some top level guys, they really are going to gut SD for the next 6 months.
Originally posted by redsoxnationStill can't figure out the logic of winning a draft pick match. Why should DiBiase go all out to survive in a Battle Royale that now puts 3 additional members on the roster with him, when by losing it could have taken 3 members off the roster he is on, thus making it easier for him to move up the ranks.
Assuming he wants to stay on RAW, if DiBiase ended up drafted to Smackdown, he'd sure regret not trying a little harder to win it for his side.
Is Cody Rhodes still alive? (We'll find out in tomorrow's supplemental draft.)
Jericho returning to RAW just sealed my decision to see the show in Philly in June... I was waiting to see who moved around (i.e. him or Punk) before making up my mind.
I also loved the Kidd-checks-his-Austin-wristtape-watch spot during the suplex. But who do they face? Are there any tag teams left? (JoMo+Truth, MVP+Mark Henry...all faces... do we get some new ones built, post-draft or are we in for a Hart Dynasty vs. Dudebusters feud?)
RAW gets the lion's share of the top draft guys once again...
I think the "Big Show number of heel/face turns card" has exploded at this point...not even the Show remembers how many times he's turned at this point.
"Unless you did something unspeakable with a cactus, 'Shaqtus' is not a real word." - Santino Marella
Originally posted by Spiraling_ShapeI think the "Big Show number of heel/face turns card" has exploded at this point...not even the Show remembers how many times he's turned at this point.
Here's the interesting thing....I don't think Show was even playing a heel on this run with the Miz. For the last few months, even with Jericho, he's really been playing a face who happens to be hanging out with heels.
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Early in the show I thought Morrison moving to Raw was a good move but with Jericho and Edge both moving to Raw and Orton not moving to Smackdown Morrison would have a better chance of being moved up to the Main Event if he was kept on Smackdown. Kofi moving to Smackdown is a good move and hopefully MVP and maybe Dibiase are moved to Smackdown in The Supplemental draft. You can toss Evan Bourne in that pile too. EDGE and Orton really didn't have a full fledged feud after RKO broke up so this will be a pretty fresh feud. I think turning Edge Heel again(it sure seemed like they did) was the right move. He wasn't connecting enough with the fans as a face(although he got a pretty big pop when he was drafted) He is a great Heel though. I was hoping that Punk might be drafted to Raw as he would have fresh feud with a guy like Cena. Big Show is clearly gonna get a big push with Batista on the way out and I bet he'll be facing Swagger at the next ppv for the title. The Main Event was rather plodding. It wasn't a bad match per say but it wasn't too good either. Smackdown defintely lost out to Raw as their Main Event was gutted and Raw added Main Eventers but hey they got Kelly Kelly!
Why did they load Raw up with so many established stars? What do you do with Jericho on Raw unless it's yet more feuding with Edge? Edge's heel turn was the worst kept secret around almost everyone saw that coming. I suspect NXT is going to play a much larger role on Smackdown in the next couple of months.
Originally posted by shawnpatrickWhy did they load Raw up with so many established stars? What do you do with Jericho on Raw unless it's yet more feuding with Edge? Edge's heel turn was the worst kept secret around almost everyone saw that coming. I suspect NXT is going to play a much larger role on Smackdown in the next couple of months.
I liked the triple threat main event tonight.
No mention of Beth Phoenix at all tonight.
What has happened to Cody Rhodes?
I wouldn't be surprised if NXT doesn't get absorbed into being a weekly segment on Smackdown after it gets canceled and SD moves to SciFI.
Interference aside, Orton/Sheamus/Batista was MILES better than it had any right to be. Fantastic match, especially given how long it was. (OTOH, NOTHING is worse in a Randy Orton match than Michael Cole. I am tired of his Orton-catchphrases. Just stop.)
The tag match was quite good, too, but I knew Big Show was going to switch when he turned on Miz at the end. I wish they would've drug that out for a while longer.
As soon as Morrison got drafted I said "please leave R-Truth on SmackDown." Dammit.
And I LOL'd at Cena calling Sheamus a "big jar of mayonaisse with a ketchup hairdo".
Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....
Revenge of the Sith = one thumb up from me. Fuck shit. I want to tittie fuck your ass. -- The Guinness. to Cerebus
As usual, the draft lottery Raw is and was worth watching. However, Raw got a lot of main-eventers back on its show so Smackdown may hinder a little bit unless the supplemental draft does something for them tomorrow.
Swagger and Morrison was pretty solid and so was the triple threat between Sheamus, Orton and Batista (how many title shots is he going to be given before his contract soon runs out?).
The worst part of Raw was Hornswoggle and Dolph Ziggler; after consecutive weeks of winning with the sleeper, he loses via count-out to Hornswoggle (I think Hornswoggle needs to go ASAP and I am tired of him getting wins over guys that the WWE just doesn't seem to care about anymore).
Edge turning heel? It was pretty obvious that his face gimmick was running low and stale pretty quickly and after Extreme Rules, it is no surprise to me to see Edge perhaps going back to heel after spearing Randy Orton (new feud which should be interesting because they did make up Rated RKO which was a pretty good tag team).
It looks like Big Show could be going back to main event status after the breakup of ShowMiz and now Miz can concentrate on defending his US title once again.
I liked when Bret Hart came out to address ShowMiz as the "greatest tag team ever" by also referencing to Dave Arquette as a great world champion or the Mountie as the greatest IC champion ever so Bret still kept his word but added some of the most ridiculous names to hold singles belts as well.
The Hart Dynasty is now finally relevant but I think it is part in due to Bret Hart being the mouthpiece for the tag team and making them noticed by the fans.
Overall, good show but I am definitely hoping a couple main- eventers make it Smackdown to help even out the rosters via supplemental draft. Edge, Jericho and along with Raw's own Orton, Triple H (I know he is out but who knows for how long exactly), John Cena and Batista is going to make it harder for even strong mid-carders to get noticed on Raw with those names headlining. I guess we'll have to wait and see what happens with the other draft and see who else ends up where.
I really dug the little scene where DiBiase tried to enlist R-Truth as a sidekick/valet and Truth totally called him out on wanting his own Virgil. It's so rare to see something in WWE that touches on race but does so in an actually positive way.
I was Totes Surprised that Orton didn't go to Raw and that Raw got both Edge and Jericho. Kofi getting out from underneath the main event weight should be huge for him since he's now the #2 full-time babyface on Smackdown (I guess Big Show is there too). Same for Christian.
But it's just the opposite for Morrison; too bad him and Miz are on Raw because I would be all about with Smackdown as Super-ECW with the underneath guys. That's just a weird group of dudes to tour with. Hopefully they pick up MVP (heel turn) and Bourne in the sup. for reclamation purposes.
Actually another question. Miz (who really has become an excellent wrestler). I can't see how he can get a big push with all the top names being above him now on Raw. Even with HHH taking a bunch of time off, what can you really do with him now that isn't a mid-card level status?
And Big Show on Smackdown. I can't see them being able to do anything with him now.
What they do need is a fresh super-heavyweight monster heel... like Vader and Undertaker were at one time. Feels no pain, can't be put down, doesn't sell etc, that kind of monster heel. Surely they could take an ex-NFL or college super-sized lineman and make him into the next monster heel.
Sheamus certainly has done the job asked of him and has done it well. But he's not in the class of a Vader or Undertaker mega-heel either.
Originally posted by shawnpatrickWhat they do need is a fresh super-heavyweight monster heel... like Vader and Undertaker were at one time. Feels no pain, can't be put down, doesn't sell etc, that kind of monster heel. Surely they could take an ex-NFL or college super-sized lineman and make him into the next monster heel.
Sheamus certainly has done the job asked of him and has done it well. But he's not in the class of a Vader or Undertaker mega-heel either.
If the guy can wrestle like Vader or Undertaker, that'd be awesome. If he wrestles like Great Khali or Mark Henry, forget it.
Originally posted by redsoxnationIs there some sort of hidden issue between Edge and Christian, or does Vince just not want them on the same show?
I thought the same thing. When Edge was drafted to Raw, my first thought was how cool it will be with Edge possibly interacting with Christian again. But then when Christian got drafted to Smackdown, I actually went "Aaaawwwwww!!!".
I also marked out for Morrison coming over to Raw in the hope of future squabbling fights with the Miz. Or maybe they will make up and bring back the Dirt Sheet. But then R-Truth also got drafted to Raw and I went "Aaaaawwwwww!!!".
Speaking of R-Truth, I must say that segment he did with DiBiase was the best work I've seen R-Truth do since coming to the WWE.
Hopefully one of the first things Jericho does is confront HHH and say something like "So you thought you could get rid of me ??? Well here I am and you don't have your little DX buddy anymore to help save your ass."
I have tickets to Smackdown tonight, Let me tell you how happy I am with this draft. Smackdown is WWE/ECW 2.0. Swagger is champ, Christian is going to chase him and they have a ton of young talent sprinkle Rey/CM Punk/Big Show for something resembles ME talent. It was a good Raw, but again the draft is used to cut up Smackdown to feed the Raw beast.
Good show I thought. Swagger v Morrison and the main event were both really good and the tag match was plenty entertaining. I'm still not sold on David Hart Smith right enough. Everything seems kinda mechanical. I'm not sure there's much in the way of natural charisma there, but the crowd were certainly into them last night so I might be on my own there.
I was a little disappointed at first that Kofi got drafted to Smackdown because was hoping for him to wreak revenge on Sheamus, but with the way RAW's loaded now he'll be much better off there.
Originally posted by Spiralling_ShapeIsn't Batista still SD! property?
I guess the deal he made with Vince to let him go after Cena meant he wound up being RAW's.
Originally posted by El NastioI don't think Show was even playing a heel on this run with the Miz. For the last few months, even with Jericho, he's really been playing a face who happens to be hanging out with heels.
Darn tootin'. Show's been a model of respectability for almost a year. He's got questionable taste in tag partners is all.
Originally posted by Big BadIf the guy can wrestle like Vader or Undertaker, that'd be awesome. If he wrestles like Great Khali or Mark Henry, forget it.
Aye, it's not like they haven't tried with a few folk (see also: Jackson, E.) it's just that the results have been pretty average.
Originally posted by Peter The HegemonI really dug the little scene where DiBiase tried to enlist R-Truth as a sidekick/valet and Truth totally called him out on wanting his own Virgil. It's so rare to see something in WWE that touches on race but does so in an actually positive way.
So, R-Truth wasn't actually blown up by MacGruber last week? Teases.
That's what I was thinking was the most likely finish. Although, if they were smart (big if, right?), they'd use this as an opportunity to turn Rusev face. He would be incredible as a face. Other predictions: