Pretty good bounce-back from last night's disaster.
I thought it would have been more interesting had Linda fired Morley (face it, he's practically a wrestler again) and made Austin chief of staff, instead of giving them literal titular equal power, but whatever.
I PRAY PRAY PRAY that "The Highlight of the Night" wasn't a one-shot deal. Jericho rules all.
And Powell over at the Torch made an interesting point re: the White Boy Challenge: Tenacious Z to break the streak, anyone?
The last segment started with Trish vs. Eric in a no-dq match, with if Trish wins she gets a rematch with Jazz, if Eric wins, he gets her for the night. Victoria and Jazz interfere, leading to Bisch getting the pin. As he celebrates, Linda McMahon pulls up. After a commercial break we come back and she berated Eric for his behavior, and says the Board has appointed a new Co-GM for Raw. Austin returns, and chats with Bisch for a bit before stunning him, since they become co-GM's tomorrow morning according to Linda.
And Goldberg gave Rico the most horribly brutal looking spear in the history of spears during that segment with 3MW and all that.
"It is well that war is so terrible, lest we grow too fond of it." - Robert E. Lee
Jericho, in black/blue "Jericho" shirt and blue/black trunks vs. ... two chairs? Hey, he gets his own segment! Goldberg, in black "Next" tshirt, comes out. Jericho gets his own stamp in the lower-left corner. Now Christian!, with new music, in varied-blue-colored shirt, antagonizes. NOW Ruso, Stevie, Victoris, and Samoan Jobbers are out and they get all Smarky. Well, they defused that Goldberg-bust situation nicely.
The Skittles are trippin'!
Hurricane, in cape and mask, vs. The Chief, in black "Chief" undies. Hey - the Dudleys are suspended...again. An okay match.
Thhhor and Whoo! will have a match. Look-out, RVD and Kane - they're coming to hold you down! (I kid)
Mack, in black sleeveless shirt, and Ol' One Shoe, in green checker-striped sportscoat and khakis, vs. White Boy, in light blue undies. Once more, a squash. Jazz, in jungle-warrioress gear, wearing the belt, gets baloons. Meanwhile, Trish, Tommy Dreamer, and SomeGuy watch in back.
DeadCowMan, in a dead cow, and Trish talk. Eww - she got screwed by Teddy Long. Bisch, what a dirty old man you are; you're married!
Thhhor, in black iron-cross undies, wearing the belt, and Whoo!, in gold and sequined "Nature Boy" robe, vs. Rob, in black "RVD" singlet with crotch-eatin' dragon, belt over the shoulder, and Kane, in straps 'n spandex, with the belt over his shoulder. In back, Shawn talks to CRZ. Damn you, ad-break, my re-occuring archnemesis! Deus ex Machina - your name is Kevin Nash. Okay match. Nash, walking, catches-up to HHH and then assaults an innocent limo.
Rico, in black pants with white lines, and Nowinski, in red "H" undies and mask, vs. SPP, in chainmail and black "Freakzilla" shirt and trunks, and Test, in black fullcuts, with Stacie, in black/white tiger-striped dress. How does Steiner bleed so early? A nice match, especially considering who the "good guys" were. After, the Frenchies are out to surrender - check that, they beat-down Steiner. So, now Steiner is feuding with: Nowinski, Rico, 3-Minute Warning, Test, AND the Frenchies. Wow.
Bisch and Cheif chat. Trish bounces. Booker and Goldberg share a manly hug. And now back to commercials.
Booker, in black hot-crotch flamin' "BookerT" undies, vs. Christian! in black singlet and trunks with gold plates. Samoans and Rico interfere, then Goldberg trots out. Yep - Goldberg's not going away anytime soon.
Puppies, in trenchcoat and black hat, solver pants and black shirt, vs. DeadCowMan, in black karate gear. Um, THIS is our Main Event? Victoria and Jazz, with Ol' One Shoe, interfere. BORING! Ooo - and if it couldn't get even MORE boring, Linda McMahon arrives. Is it to finally get revenge for the whole drugging-and-sticking-her-in-a-sanitarium thing two years ago?
Linda and Bisch talk. Oh fuck it all.
Overall: A nice show up to 9:45. Then it all went down the shitter. I do say that I like Coach as play-by-play. Sure, the timing between him and Lawler isn't there yet, but it could develop (unless Austin fucks it up next week). I do not look forward to next week's show.
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I like the Jericho "Hi-Lite Reel" idea. With Rocky gone, Jericho is the best heel on the mic, and this should give him a chance to shine on a weekly basis.
The "Five-Minute White Boy Challenge" needs to go, though. Fucking Rodney Mack wrestling nameless jobbers does not belong on Raw. He really, really needs to go back to Heat. I don't get the love for Teddy Long, either. The guy is lame as can be. Come to think of it, I don't really like Jazz, either, so that whole stable makes me cringe.
At least we have Test and Steiner in one place. Always look on the bright side.
Lame RVD & Kane / Triple H & Flair match. Does the ref just not give a fuck when Triple H and Flair are in the ring together kicking somebody's ass? He just looks at them like it's perfectly fine. It's pro wrestling, yes, but they should at least try to look like they have actual rules. When Kane gets in the ring to help RVD, the ref blows a fuse. I can only suspend my disbelief so far. Plus, only Kevin Nash doing a stroll-in can let RVD and Kane win? Way to make the tag champs look strong. Why don't they just keep Triple H the fuck away from those guys? He's done enough damage.
Booker is marginalized again, but I'm actually digging Goldberg. That spear through the barrier was awesome.
I'm looking forward to seeing Austin every week. I'm glad Bischoff is sticking around, too, because he is gold. This should be an interesting and entertaining storyline.
Being that close to Stamford, I kind of hoped we’d see Linda tonight. I always pop for Linda, and the sexually harassing Bischoff was the perfect tool for her appearance. But I must admit some disappointment in her not going for the “Actually, you remind me of my husband” line after listing all of Bischoff’s faults.
Do you suppose the last thing Jericho and Goldberg heard before their segment was Vince from the Gorilla position saying “Now I want you to go out there, pop the smarks, and have a really crappy segment. That’ll teach ‘em.” I did love Jericho’s comments about Piper's Pit.
…And now let me tell you the tale of Goldieberg and the Five Jobbers (oh...and Victoria). Now that wasn’t a bad way to market the guy. His handling of 3MW in the run-in during Booker’s match looked good.
If I never hear the word “Playa” again...
Flair may not be much to look at anymore, but he’s still the king of ring heelness.
Dreamer works tonight! For about half a second where he shakes his head in the background as Trish watches Jazz celebrate...(I didn’t even notice Jonah.)
Geez HHH. If you want to get by Nash, just RUN. Nash is just walking like a zombie in a B-movie…
Test! Steiner! Zzzzzzzzzz.
I thought the show overall was an improvement over last week’s crapfest. But not enough to call it "good".
some things are classic. some things are just old.
My favorite part of the show was during the Bischoff - Linda confrontation at the end, some guy in the front row had a wrestlingfigures.com sign he kept holding up when the camera was on him, and immediately the camera would cut to another angle for a few minutes. Once it came back to him, he would hold the sign up again. After a few times, the sign changed (still a wrestlingfigures.com sign, but it was different.) A few more times, and the sign changed again, and this time, after they cut away, they cut back as soon as the sign was down, and one of the security guards escorted the guy off.
I apologize for apologizing for being a Buffy/Angel mark.
Hiring a computer engineer? Its okay. No one else is either...
Originally posted by geemoneyJonah must've been a guest backstage- doesn't he live in Boston?
I am pretty sure, he is from the area. Here is a link to the Cubs fan's review of the first episode of TEIII. He (the cubs fan) keeps refering to her as Boston's Jill (and the affair between the two was well noted). I think they are both from the area.
It's a small shame that Black Reign never met Booker T. It's a bigger shame that a while back i genuinely thought Tomko would be TNA champ within a couple of years, now i have little hope of ever seeing him again.