First, let me say I loved Raw. I won't repeat what others have already said, but I will repeat myself: I loved Raw.
While several have already posted on the quality (or lack thereof) of the Hall/Austin match, did anyone else get the feeling that the only reason for these two squaring off again was so that Vince McMahon could remind Steve Austin (and, by extension, all his other WWF employees) who the real boss is? Granted, this is all speculation on my part, but I'm presuming that the rumors about Austin walking out on the WWF after WrestleMania because he was dissatisfied about having to wrestle Scott Hall are true. If that is the case, then what better way for McMahon to send a message than to have Austin, in his first televised match since his return, face..........Scott Hall! Again, I don't *know* this to be true, but I can imagine McMahon telling Austin, "Well, Steve, glad you're back. Sorry you hated wrestling Scott Hall so much it caused you to walk out. By the way, for your first match back, you'll be wrestling Scott Hall again. Is that a problem? Because I'm thinking I might just continue this feud for awhile. Perhaps throw in some gimmick matches. Maybe even have Hall win a few. Just something I'm thinking about. Well, anyway Steve, glad you're back."
Again, this is just total speculation on my part. Of course, the above presumes that the real Vince McMahon is dictatorial with a vindictive nature. Has he even been accused of that before? 8-)
What is funny is that I believe most of the 'i hate austin' threats came about after his disappearance/refusal to play along.. Before that it was only WHAT? that was stale..
It is ironic that his first match back is against Hall. And what someone said, that Austin didn't try and Hall cannot perform..It takes two to tango. If Austin didn't put any effort in it then Hall cannot look good..and ofcourse the other way around.
It's great to see the women's division getting some sort of direction. Although ofcourse it is only between three women. Perhaps Lita is off tv because they are tweaking her character?? I also hope that next time Molly and Jazz are around they start to fight. Molly wants that belt and can beat up Jazz regardless if she is face of heel. Jazz is an evil woman and will beat up anyone..Blur the lines a bit, and this thing will become over more interesting..
"...And I use that to fuck them some place fairly uncomfortable." "What, like the back of a volkswagen ?" -Mallrats
Thought of an idea they could've done with the Nash suspension. Instead of having Nash just say, "I'm suing you" (since when does the NWO care about suspensions BTW?), why not base it on a scene from one of my favorite movies of all time, "The Breakfast Club". Picture this...
Flair: "I told you guys when I drafted you, it's gonna be a new day. No more gang warfare, no more two on one, no more three on one - you guys aren't gonna run your own show here, man!"
Nash: (grabs Flair) "Oh yeah? Well WHAT'RE YOU GONNA DO ABOUT IT? Yeah!"
Flair: "I'll TELL you what I'm gonna do about it - I'm gonna suspend you for a month! Without pay! You want some? You want some?"
Nash: "Bite me!"
Flair: "You just got one more right there!"
Nash: "Well, I could use some time off anyway. I'm gonna have to check my calendar!"
Flair: "Good! 'Cause it's gonna be filled, we'll keep goin'! You want another one? Say the word, just say the word! Are you through?"
Flair: "I'm doing society a favor!"
Flair: "That's another one, right now! I've got you for the rest of your career if you don't watch your step! You want another one?"
Flair: "You got it! You got another one, right there! That's another one pal!"
Hall: (to Nash) "Hey, take it easy, mang!"
(Hall mouths the word "Stop" to Nash.)
Flair: "You through?"
Nash: "Not even close, bud!"
Flair: "Good! You got one more, right there!"
Nash: "Do you really think I give a shit?"
(Nash glares at Flair.)
Flair: "You through?"
Nash: "How many is that?"
X-Pac: (jokingly to Nash) "That's seven including the one when you first came in and you asked Flair here whether Barry Manilow knew that he raided his closet."
Flair (to Nash): "Now it's eight." (to X-Pac) "You stay out of it!"
X-Pac: "It's seven!"
Flair: "Shut up, peewee!" (to Nash) "I tell you what, Nash. How about indefinite suspension without pay? You're mine for as long as I see fit. I gotcha! I gotcha!"
Nash: "What can I say? I'm thrilled!"
Flair: "Oh, I'm sure that's exactly what you want these people to believe. You know something, Nash? You ought to spend a little more time trying to do something with yourself and a little less time trying to impress people. You might be better off." (to everyone) "The next time I hafta come in here...I'm cracking skulls!"
(Flair leaves and closes the door.)
Nash: "Oh yeah? I'll sue YOU! Yeah, I'll sue you - how 'bout that, Flair - I'M gonna sue YOU."
Or maybe not. Oh, the things you do to kill the clock at work. ;)
"Say 'what' again. SAY 'WHAT' AGAIN! I dare you, I double dare you, motherf--ker! Say 'what' one more goddamn time!" -- Samuel L. Jackson, Pulp Fiction (1994)
"I tell you what, why don't you say 'what' if you like to sleep with your own sister." -- Undertaker, 4/1/02 RAW, putting an annoying fad in its place
Seems to me that not only would it be logical but since it is scheduled live they are going to be looking for a big ratings boost. Having HBK come back keeps it as "secret" as the WWF possibly can since no spoilers can be posted.