TONIGHT: Wrestlemania is under two weeks away, and WWE is in full hype mode. WWE.com has already announced Abdullah The Butcher as the next Hall-of-Fame inductee, so maybe we’ll get a video package on him tonight. Dot com is also plugging Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio tonight, in a Wrestlemania 22 re-match. Plus, how will John Cena respond to Miz’s big beat-down last week? And don’t turn the channel, but Santino Marella is on “Cake Boss” and Chris Jericho debuts on “Dancing with the Stars,” both shows that oppose RAW tonight.
-Justin Roberts introduced Jim Ross to the live crowd. The Boomer Sooner theme song played, and Michael Cole came out dressed as JR. Kind of. Didn’t they just do this last week with Miz and The Rock? And does this mean Roberts was in on the con? Cole limped to the ring, selling the ankle injury JR suffered last week. He also had a huge fake gut and glasses. Cole threw the hat at Jerry Lawler, then ran into the Cole Mine as security protected him. He ranted about Lawler and said it’s not about him or the King, but about the WWE Superstars. Crowd chanted “Jerry.”
-Triple H’s music hit after the crowd’s chant was established to the TV viewers. Cole had to go into straight-man voice-of-WWE to talk up Triple H vs. Undertaker, which is patently absurd. Josh Mathews announced that 16,102 were live in Pittsburgh for Raw tonight. Mixed reaction to Triple H as he paused to hear the fans. He said he’s been in the business a long time, and wonders if it’ll be the last time he’ll work in the building. Trips said that in two weeks, it’ll be a defining moment of both his and The Undertaker’s careers. Triple H said he hears the talk and sees the signs…19-0…18-1…”time to end the streak.” It appeared he was really reading off signs, which was cool. He said he has no idea how much this match will take out of him or Taker, but did say neither man would be the same. He said it would be the biggest match he’s ever been in in his life. Triple H said Taker’s streak is bigger than any championship, maybe all the championships he has ever held combined. Nice. Hunter said that before they go to the ring in two weeks, he wants Taker to show up at Raw next week, so he can look him in the eye and tell him what will happen in two weeks at Wrestlemania. He wants to look Taker in the eye to tell him he will lose. He said he will end the streak, but when it dies, so does Undertaker. He said if he can’t do it, he’ll die trying. But he wants one last opportunity to stand face-to-face with the Dead Man. He said when he ends the streak, that’s it. It’s done. He said at Wrestlemania, Taker will go 18-1. Lots of boos for that. He also said that at ‘Mania, Taker will Rest In Peace.
As Hunter’s music played, Ted DiBiase interrupted on the mic, standing on the stage. He said one year ago, he was one of the rising superstars in WWE. And last week, he was ON Superstars! He didn’t say that, though. He did say this year, he’s an afterthought, but he wants to make his own opportunity. He offered to take on Hunter tonight, and if he wins, people will have no choice but to take notice of him. As he went into the ring, Hunter attacked him before he could even get through the ropes. The two men traded punches on the outside, with DiBiase getting the better of his foe for a short spurt. Trips turned things around and sent DiBiase head-first into the ring steps twice, and whipped him into them as well. This feels like Sheamus all over again. At least Sheamus recovered quickly from the burial. DiBiase was whipped into the barricade, then had a chair driven into him several times. Hunter began dismantling the announce table. Hunter slowly set up for the Pedigree on the table. He gonna do it! He gonna do it! Pedigree did connect and the table broke. “Put him in a bodybag!” yelled a fan.
-Tonight, John Cena responds to his Wrestlemania opponent, live via satellite. Irony much?
-Also tonight, Miz rewrites “Miz-tory.” Whatever that means.
(1) Sheamus vs. Evan Bourne Bourne kicked away at Sheamus’ legs, but Sheamus put him down with a forearm to the face. Sheamus laid in the knees to Evan’s face. It was all Sheamus until Bourne countered a move and went for Air Bourne. It came up empty and Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick for the win.
Winner: Sheamus, at 1:22. Nice to see they’ve kept Bourne’s spot warm for him upon his return from injury.
Sheamus got the mic and proclaimed himself the new champion of the United States of America. Daniel Bryan’s music played and he walked to the ring with a purpose. Bryan said one of the great things about this country is that everyone gets an opportunity, no matter where they’re from. Bryan invoked his rematch clause, and he wanted the match to beat Wrestlemania. Sheamus thought about it, then threw the title to Bryan and gave him the Brogue Kick. I guess we’ve got a match.
-Tonight in a Wrestlemania Rewind match, Rey Mysterio faces Randy Orton from WM 22. I barely even remember that match.
-Randy Orton was backstage, getting off a bus, when he was approached by Scott Stanford. Orton said the bus offers him a chance to think on his own, and also bring his family along to travel with him. Family two weeks in a row? And who loves to torment families? Yes, none other than Orton’s WM opponent! Orton said he even came up with Nexus on that bus, but he has enjoyed destroying Nexus the past few weeks. He said Punk has no idea what sick and twisted is…but he’ll find out soon enough.
(2) Maryse vs. Eve Torres Cole promised another worldwide exclusive for Lawler later on. The women trash talked before even touching. Eve dodged a slap by Maryse and got one in of her own. Maryse faked an injury and attacked Eve, slamming her head into the mat. She whipped Eve into the buckle and slapped her again. Eve was choked in the middle rope, but she got out of the way of a running knee attempt by Eve. Cole got on the mic again and complained about the match. Eve whipped Maryse out of the corner and kicked Maryse in the gut. Clothesline and Eve yelled at Cole. Standing moonsault, but Maryse got her knees up. More yelling from Maryse. Neckbreaker countered and Eve hit a spinning neckbreaker of her own for the win.
Winner: Eve, at 2:20. What happened to Eve incorporating more Jiu-Jitsu into her matches? That would set her apart, which is probably why she can’t do it anymore.
Cole said finally the match was over, and Eve came to ringside to yell at Cole. Security kept her away as Cole taunted her.
-Still to come, Miz rewrites “Miz-tory” tonight.
- The Corre were in the ring, and clips were shown of them destroying Kane and Big Show from Smackdown this past week.
(3) Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater vs. Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov After a hip toss, Marella set up for the Cobra already. Slater provided a distraction and Gabriel took over on offense. Not for long though as he tagged out to Slater. He went into a rear chin lock about 35 seconds into the match. Santino battled out and tried to tag Kozlov. He was finally able to make the tag, to no reaction. Kozlov with a running headbutt, then he sent Slater head-first into the buckle. Wade Barrett , from the outside, stopped Kozlov’s momentum. Slater with his finisher, then he tagged Gabriel in, and he hit the 450 splash for the win.
Winners: Corre, at 1:50. Well…it was a match, I guess.
All four members of Corre went on the attack, until Big Show and Kane ran out to make the save. Gabriel was thrown into the barricade and landed on his head. Show gave a knockout punch to Slater and Kane gave a big boot to Slater. Marella and Kozlov got to their feet as Kane and Show gave a double chokeslam to Zeke Jackson. Tamina helped Marella and Kozlov as they left the ring. Kane set off his pyro (nice that they had it ready) and Marella and Kozlov were back in the ring. They tried to show a sign of respect to Show and Kane. I think we have our 8-man tag for Wrestlemania.
-John Cena was getting ready for his interview via satellite. It’s next.
-Next Monday, The Rock will be live on Raw.
-After showing the Pittsburgh skyline, they showed Miz’s attack on Cena last week.
-Cena then joined the broadcast via satellite. Mathews asked Cena what he planned to do on Raw next week. Cena promised it would be epic and said it won’t be time for jokes. He promised to go face-to-face with Rock and if they have a problem, it gets settled next week. Lawler asked if the attention Cena has given to Rock has taken his focus off of Miz. Cena admitted it has, which is why Miz has been able to do what he’s done for the past four weeks. He said if anyone doubted Miz’s ability, it’s the reason he’s sitting at home this week. He said Miz deserves to be champion, and last week, Miz pulled one hell of a stunt. Cena said he hoped Miz would rewrite history, because at Wrestlemania, he plans on making history. The crowd was not kind to Cena. That was it for Cena, but Cole took over right after. He said Rock and Cena have a lot in common in that they’re not live like he is. Cole said he had another world exclusive and King won’t want to miss it. It’s next.
-Michael Cole and Jack Swagger were doing their celebratory jog inside the ring as they came back from break. Swagger went to ringside and stood in front of the announcers as Cole stood in the ring. He pointed out Swagger, the man who is training him to defeat Lawler at ‘Mania. Cole talked about what he did last week, when Brian Christopher told of what kind of father Lawler had been to him. Cole sarcastically said he was touched by the reunion, so he showed clips of it from last week. Sounds like they managed to edit out most of Christopher’s heavy breathing. “And I quote…ashamed of you!” said Cole. Cole said Christopher was so pleased that he was invited to the show last week that he sent Cole a gift. He presented Cole with the Lawler family photo album. He said to understand a person, you need to know about how they were brought up. They showed a picture of King’s dad, William Jerome Lawler, with King at his feet. Then another photo as Cole spoke ill of King throughout. Another picture of King on graduation day with his father. Cole said his father looked like a midget. He said he went down to Memphis this week, and apparently Lawler and his father have a lot in common: they’re both gutless cowards and big bullies. Cole promised to put King in his place at ‘Mania. Swagger hovered over the announce table, to prevent Lawler from coming after Cole. Cole said King, his father, mother and son are all losers.
King angrily threw his headset off and Swagger punched him in the face. Lawler fired back with a right and bounced Swagger’s head off the announce table. Lawler got a huge grin on his face and charged the ring. He ran after Cole as Cole ran out of the ring, but he ran right into a clothesline. Swagger put Lawler’s face up against the Cole Mine glass, where Cole could yell at him from the inside. Another punch by Swagger, then the ankle-lock was applied. No faces to come out to save the lovable Lawler? Cole put the ankle-lock on Lawler while Swagger menacingly kneeled on the back of Lawler’s head. “Tap out!” shouted Cole, about a dozen times. C’mon Michael, ad-lib! Swagger and Cole stood over Lawler, arms raised, then Cole and Swagger both pointed at the Wrestlemania sign to end the segment. Good, but not as good as their past exchanges.
-Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio, still to come.
-Wrestlemania, just 13 days away.
-More shots of Pittsburgh, outside the Consol Energy Center.
-Cole apologized for letting his emotions get the best of him earlier, but Lawler keeps pushing his buttons, so he’ll try to stay under composure the rest of the night.
-They showed all the press WWE has gotten for Snooki’s appearance last week on Raw, then they showed her involvement. TMZ, Extra, Access Hollywood, E! News and others were those who covered Snooki.
(4) Dolph Ziggler vs. John Morrison LayCool and Vickie came out with Ziggler, while Trish Stratus came out with Morrison. They’ve really taken the luster off of Trish’s return. Mathews plugged the season finale of Jersey Shore this Thursday on MTV. Ziggler aggressively went after Morrison with forearms. Ziggler fired back out of the corner after Morrison had backed him in there. High elbowdrop from Ziggler for two. Cole seemed to completely forget that Ziggler was once World Heavyweight Champion. Wish I could forget it too. Morrison slid under Ziggler and dropkicked his opponent. Morrison clotheslined Ziggler over the top rope. Morrison wanted to come over the top onto him, but Michelle McCool got on the apron to distract. Trish ran over and attacked Layla, then pulled McCool down. She got in the ring and stood by Morrison as the GM buzzed in. I hate these mid-match changes. Cole read the message, which said that the match is now a handicap inter-gender tag match. It’ll be Morrison and Trish vs. Ziggler, LayCool and Vickie. Trish went after Vickie’s hair, but the heels were able to regroup outside.
Winner: No contest (no bell), about 2:10.
(5) Dolph Ziggler & LayCool & Vickie Guerrero vs. John Morrison & Trish Stratus- Inter-gender handicap match The new match was under way out of break, with Ziggler holding Morrison in a headlock on the mat. Kick to the head by Morrison, but Ziggler dodged a running knee. Layla tagged in, so Trish had to come in. Layla missed a clothesline and Trish mounted some offense. Layla got a boot up in the corner, but Trish hit her headscissors off the top, wherein Layla again had to adjust to allow Trish to hit it. Layla came back and made the tag to McCool, who connected on a running knee of her own. Trish hit a twisting headscissors on McCool, but Michelle dragged her over to the heel corner and Layla kicked Trish in the gut. Cover got two. Trish went face-first into the mat courtesy of Layla. Vickie tagged in and tried, but missed a legdrop. Morrison tagged in, as did Ziggler. Couple of tight clotheslines followed by a couple kicks. Mathews pointed out that inter-gender does mean that women can fight men and men can fight women, but that’s not how it has been enforced. Layla pulled Trish off the apron, and Morrison missed Starship Pain. Ziggler hit the Zig Zag and Vickie tagged in to make the pin, which is I guess why Mathews was instructed to point out that women can fight men and vice-versa.
Winners: Ziggler, LayCool and Guerrero, 4:10 shown. Didn’t exactly make me want to see this WM match any more.
- Miz rewrites Miz-tory, still to come.
- The Sin Cara vignette aired.
-Cole, who has his likeness plastered on the sides of the monitor inside his Cole Mine, talked of Triple H and Undertaker. Mathews threw it to a video package of current and former stars speaking about the Wrestlemania match. Included: Cena, Big Show, Arn Anderson, Randy Orton, Ricky Steamboat, Lawler, Morrison, Jim Ross, Steve Austin, Booker T, Harley Race (who looks like he has lost a lot of weight), Shawn Michaels, Dusty Rhodes, and Chris Jericho.
(6) Randy Orton vs. Rey Mysterio – Wrestlemania Rewind Match The audio was screwed up when they tried to show Orton’s interview from earlier. Rey kicked at Orton’s leg, and the reason I couldn’t remember this Wrestlemania rematch is that Kurt Angle was also in it…it was a triple-threat match. Orton paused and tossed Rey under the bottom rope, to the floor. Chinlock by Ortno back in the ring. Rey went to the top and hit the seated senton, but Orton was halfway to the mat anyway. Scoop slam by Orton as Rey went to the apron. Orton grabbed him and went for the DDT. Not much of a reaction for it. Rey got out and went for the 619, but Orton got him anyway. DDT and he prepped for the RKO. But CM Punk came on the video board. He said he doesn’t know sick and twisted, but it’s a really nice bus, and he’s looking forward to meeting his wife. Orton sprinted from the ring and to the back.
Winner: No contest, (no bell), about 3:45. Not much to it.
Orton got to the bus, but Punk came from behind and nailed Orton in the knee with a wrench. Orton’s wife screamed from inside the bus. Punk said Orton wouldn’t be punting anyone anymore. “Ain’t that a kick in the head,” said Punk. Clever. He turned to the bus, where Orton’s wife was safely inside, looking out. He blew a kiss and Orton’s wife seemed disgusted. When Punk walked away, his wife went to Orton’s aid and shouted for help.
-Next week, Triple H will go face to face with Undertaker.
-Also, The Rock will be live in the arena in Chicago for the final Raw before Wrestlemania.
-Alex Riley stood in the ring and the red carpet was down. He said he was fired as Miz’s apprentice three weeks ago, but earlier in the week, he was rehired as vice president of corporate communications. Riley introduced Miz. Miz compared himself to must-see sports attractions of the past. He said that when he first started, people didn’t take him seriously. Some said he was annoying. He said now, people hang on his every word. Last week, he aped The Rock, and while there have been many wannabe Rock clones, the one person who nailed the character is an original. Miz said he has rewritten history. He has more charisma than Shawn Michaels, is more physically dominant than Andre The Giant, and is more intelligent than Cena and Rock combined. He called himself the greatest WWE Champion in history, and said he was bigger than the entire WWE Universe. He said what he was about to reveal symbolizes and celebrates what he has accomplished. He took the WWE logo off the mic and said he has flipped the iconic WWE logo, which is now an “M,” standing for “Miz.” There was a drumroll and the arena went dark, with a spotlight on the covered box inside the ring. It revealed the Spinner belt with Miz’s name plated on there, but with the logo stuck upside-down in “M” position. Miz said the belt will look like that going forward, and it will be the most coveted title in the world. He put it on and it looked like he was just wearing it upside-down. He said he won’t be multi-time champ, because he doesn’t plan on losing it. He did his closing line but his music didn’t play, so you knew something was up. Right on cue, Cena mockingly clapped on the Titan-Tron.
Cena said he hasn’t seen something this emotional since the season finale of Flip This House. Cena said the WWE Universe knows he’s not invincible and can be hurt. Do they? He said Miz has made the wrong man angry. Men in Pittsburgh Penguins jersey disassembled the set backstage, to show that Cena was really in the arena. Cena said he was supposed to be broadcasting from his home, but he is, since WWE has been his home for the last nine years. He said he’s coming to take out the trash. Miz and A-Ri were beside themselves in the ring. I’m guessing Miz escapes and Riley gets beat down. Cena’s music played and he came to the ring. Cena took his shirt off and MIz tried to use the table as a shield, then threw it at the advancing Cena. He dodged it, and a three-way brawl ensued. Miz ran out and to the back. Cena locked Riley in the STF and referees had to come out and stop it. Miz came back out and Cena let go of the hold. He locked it in again. Miz came toward the ring, but then backed up and Cena again locked on the move. More referees came out to pull him off. Riley’s neck wasn’t even off the ground…didn’t look like it was being wrenched at all. Cena had a look of intensity on his face after he let go. It was the last image for the night.
After some good to great Raw shows, I disliked this one quite a bit. Nothing was good outside of the Cole-Lawler stuff. And most of it, like the wrestling of Kozlov to this week's Mrs. Orton and her "acting", was embarrassing.
I hope next week is really good to make me forget this week.
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That's a hell of a hard sell they've got lined up for next week! The inevitable Rock/Miz/Cena confrontation and the big money UT/HHH face-to-face are more than enough to get me to come back.
Nice closing segment. They're about 3 months late with The Miz belt, but better late than never. Hell, they could get mileage out of that, so now I'm hoping Miz retains. Oh, and memo to the writers: "Miz-tory" sounds more like "mystery" than "history". Just saying.
So Cole's TWEETING now? Didn't this entire insipid saga begin when Cole started railing about internet geeks and Twitter ten months ago? And you know, for so many superstars that were openly rooting for Jerry Lawler to beat Miz last month, it's funny that Lawler can't get a single person to run out and fend off Swagger. Is it more funny or sad that Swagger's looked better and drawn more heat in the last two weeks than he did during his entire title reign last year?
Originally posted by Justin in last week's threadDid they put Orton's wife and daughter on camera to set up Punk's second annual Wrestlemania family picnic?
I think Justin either needs to start demanding royalties or stop booking the E's angles for free.
Miz unvieling a belt with the logo turned upside works if he's IC champ defending his belt at Fatal Fourway. That was massively underwhelming for the heel world champion going into WrestleMania. "People didn't take me seriously" - and hey, here's a good reason to think that again.
Michael Cole is a beast. Seriously, if there was ever a reason to bring back heel managers Michael Cole is it. And if Cole could ever wrestle, he'd be the top heel int he company (assuming he isn't already). The man is money on the mic, plays to the crowd great. Cannot say enough good things about Michael Cole, and if Lawler hits him with THE PILE DRIVER at Wrestlemania they will need to reinforce the building due to the noise.
And the thing is, is heat is rubbing off onto Jack Swagger now. Swagger, through his association with Cole, is now instantly reviled. Of course, it helps that Swagger has some great body language and carries himself well. "I got this Cole" indeed.
Bryan vs Sheamus is going to be a great, great match at Mania. One of those matches I don't care if the build up is fine, the match itself is going to be good (see also; Angle vs Beniot).
Nice little trick with the "live via satellite" business, and it did a nice little feat; although it was focused on Miz vs Cena the satellite fakeout reminded people of the Rock.
Next week is going to be big. Probably the biggest go-home show in recent memory. I'm pretty stocked.
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Cole's increasing dislike for Divas matches on RAW is a holdover from his contempt for the all-Divas NXT season 3.
It's also becoming increasingly obvious to me that the Divas who aren't Trish and LayCool not currently booked for WrestleMania will interfere in the Cole vs. Lawler match and play a role in Lawler winning and then humiliating Cole further.
"PUT HIM IN A BODY BAG!! YEAH!!" was the untoppable highlight of this show.
Originally posted by John OrquiolaIt's also becoming increasingly obvious to me that the Divas who aren't Trish and LayCool not currently booked for WrestleMania will interfere in the Cole vs. Lawler match and play a role in Lawler winning and then humiliating Cole further.
Is there anyone that will NOT interfere in that match? That thing's going to be the most over-booked match in history. And it'll be awesome.
Speaking of Divas, you can have your Trish and your Kelly and your Maryse and even your Vickie (if that's what you like)...tonight Michelle McCool became the greatest Diva ever. She takes the tag from Layla, notices that the ref didn't see, asks the ref if he saw it, and then takes the tag again, just to be safe. Then, the look of disgust on her face when the ref tried to raise her hand in victory was Flawless. I <3 Michelle.
That was a pretty good go-home show for the go-home show.
I can't say enough good things about Trish Stratus - that's par for the course with me - but holy shit. She's been retired for almost five years but she bumped tonight like Shawn Michaels in 1992, especially when Layla launched her off the apron. She's incredible.
Honestly, Cole/Lawler is the main thing I wanna see at Mania. It's easily the best booked match for the show and that's cause Lawler probably writing every word that comes outta Michael Cole's mouth. This is total 70's/80's Memphis Wrestling at it's best.
What the hell was Morrison doing in that promo for Undertaker/HHH? One of those things don't belong together... and it was him.
Is Trish back for a while or just for Tough Enough and Wrestlemania? Is she 'training' Snooki?
I kinda felt bad for Pittsburgh tonight at least Buffalo got a Rock promo. I am hating on Chicago for a few reasons, but next week's show is going to be mess. They could have at least had Rock confront Miz. It wouldn't have taken anything away from next week's Cena confrontation. I understand next week is the hard sell for Mana, but they could have taken a piece from next week and added to a show that was somewhat dead.
The entire show was taking everything they did the last month and throwing it in a blender. Bryan/Sheamus is the one of the few matches I am very curious about since either guy could go over. Not a fan of Morrison taking that pinfall when I have a sneaky suspicion Snooki is going to be the one pinning Vickie at Mania. I hope they have something for Kofi, because it looks like Santino and Kozlov are taking Kofi and Christian's rumored spots for Mania. I did love Punk making fun of Orton's wife, he continues to impress me every week.
Hey I went to this show. I have little to say except that Superstars featured two dream tag teams. One was the Great Khali and Yoshi Tatsu. The other was Tyson Kidd and Melina, or as Bret Hart calls them, the two best workers in pro wrestling.
Ziggler and Vickie were awesome during their commercial challenging children in the first row to fight them and demanding she be excused, and Layla kissing Vickie's elbow because she said it was injured last week.
Triple H has taken too many bumps into the corner and over the top. He wonders if it'll be the last time he'll work in the building when it's the first time he's worked in the building. OK it's just across the street from the old one but still. Still.
I wanted HHH vs. Undertaker as a Wrestlemania Rewind match
I wanted Cole to bring out Stacy Carter
Originally posted by It's False
Originally posted by Justin in last week's threadDid they put Orton's wife and daughter on camera to set up Punk's second annual Wrestlemania family picnic?
I think Justin either needs to start demanding royalties or stop booking the E's angles for free.
"This is my bus. I use my bus every week but neglected to mention that until now. I hope nothing bad happens with regard to my bus."
Poor Mrs. Orton(s), always so much distress for her around Wrestlemania.
Originally posted by geemoneyHusky Harris is now “Axel Mulligan,” and wears a metal mask.
He is a Ferrari engine with mulligan axels.
Originally posted by lotjx I hope they have something for Kofi, because it looks like Santino and Kozlov are taking Kofi and Christian's rumored spots for Mania.
Trouble in paradise for KK. They've got 9 matches already, I don't know if Kofi vs. Drew for the IC title for 3 minutes can sneak on the show or if the Jamaican Sensation will make a boom boom boom impact by winning the dark battle royal.
Originally posted by lotjxI kinda felt bad for Pittsburgh tonight at least Buffalo got a Rock promo. I am hating on Chicago for a few reasons, but next week's show is going to be mess. They could have at least had Rock confront Miz. It wouldn't have taken anything away from next week's Cena confrontation. I understand next week is the hard sell for Mana, but they could have taken a piece from next week and added to a show that was somewhat dead.
Dead or not, having one week of "quiet before the storm" is good. No "Rock via satellite....again?" moments. Just Cena vs Miz. And a dig at not being via satellite.
I guess Kofi will have to settle for the battle royal. Santino & Kozlov do make sense tho, considering this will be a throw away match, and people will pop for the cobra and a triple chokeslam..
Originally posted by JustinShapiro"This is my bus. I use my bus every week but neglected to mention that until now. I hope nothing bad happens with regard to my bus."
Yes! Could they have made it any more obvious, short of flashing neon signs on the bus that something was going to happen later with that bus? It was pretty tame, considering what's happened to vehicles on Raw in the past.
-Speaking of the Jamaican Sensation, was any reason ever given why Kofi now hails from Ghana, West Africa instead?
-It looked like Kane and Big Show were the same height, and Kane almost looked bigger at times.
-Did the same middle schooler design t-shirts for The Corre and Daniel Bryan?
-Has John Cena ever NOT worn his merchandise on Raw in the past two years? Dude must sleep in it. To make this angle work, Cena needs to stop smiling. I can't remember Austin, Rock, or even Hogan grinning like a fool in any promos leading up to Wrestlemania. Hell, Undertaker didn't smile on TV for ten years, and even then it was more of a bemused look than a grin.
-Loved Cole challenging Eve from inside "The Cole Mine". Wonder where they're going to go with this after Mania.
Enjoying the videos, and the shift in tone as he simultaneously examines what worked and didn't work about his last effort. Hope he gets a legitimate shot, but I still think he needs more of a total rethink rather than a gradual shift.