But watched and wrote about tonights Raw...I don't expect these to be that regular anymore:
TKG: Edge vs. HBK was fine streetfight. It's amusing how far US wrestling has come from its blue collar roots (or if you don't understand spanish you would say its roots in the popular folk). Streetfight used to be about two guys fighting in their work clothes. this streetfight was about two guys wrestling in their clubbing gear. HBK was wearing low riser jeans in an effort to appear as hip as Koscheck, Edge wore designer jeans with really evenly fancy fraying pattern near the knee and a Diesel brand belt. Both were in Kenneth Cole Reaction boots. Still nice street fight with ladder being used as weapon. Normally Shawn Michaels matches with ladders feel like three way dances with the ladder being one of participants if not the star. Here ladder was weapon never overshadowing either Edge or Michaels. Nice blade job by Michaels which really mats neatly against his bald spot and the bump that set up the bladejob was suitably nasy to deserve the color. First half didn't have as many wrestling moves as Tank vs. Big Al and whole match didn't have as big bumps or as nasty strikes...but far better paced than that. You really get the sense that Edge might actually be effective working as top heel on this brand. Instead he really disappears back to the midcard at match end.
PAS: I enjoyed the heck out of this, mostly because Micheals limited his offense to unprotected chair shots, cane shots and a superkick. Unprotected chairshots are his only real useful offense, poor Angle he already has two Orndorff arms, I don't know if he can do his evil Professor X wheelchair GM if he is has full spinal paralysis. Although the idea of heel promos with the Hawking voice box amuses me.
TKG: Uhhh. I really don't want to have to see Vince "Karelin lift" Angle in a special All- Wheelchair Greco match.
TKG: The Few Good Men promo is the only Wrestlemania promo that actually builds to a match and the mic work made me actually kind of want to see that match.
TKG: Candace from the Superbowl commercial has really weirdly long neck. They should bring in Plowboy Frazier to work the Kimala gimmick and have her work as his Masai wife.
WHAT DIDN'T WORK:
TKG: Batista chooses to stay on this shit brand. He's the most over face on RAW. why is he the most over face on RAW? Because he hasn't worked Helmsley yet. Helmsley is a heat killer for over faces. Batista staying on this show is the kiss of death. Helmsley is also really all about making his opponents work old Flair opponent offense. Before working Helmsley, Benjamin did a bunch of springboard dives and suplexes. When Benjamin worked Helmsley, Benjamin dropped all that in exchange for doing stinger splashes and shitty Scorpion Death drops. Eugene pre-Helmsley was all about weird mat workcombos and midget comedy spots. when he worked Helmsley he dropped all that for retard Ric Steiner shitty punches. I don't want to see Batista's torture rack. Batista vs. Bradshaw could have actually been good as lariat vs. lariat is easy match to work and would have been fine bargain basement Rikio vs. bargain basement Kobashi. Idiots.
PAS: Walters only got to use one rope break, can't we at least keep kayfabe and let him use more then one. Masters cripples Stevie Richards and keeps Walters healthy? I'm going to ROH next weekend, he couldn't throw me a bone and aim the polish hammer a little higher? Plus what is with Stevie getting stuck working all the green crowbars, was he in the closet filming when Raven initiated Shane?
TKG: Holy fuck did this show suck. I mean SUCK. So I was watching Jimmy Garvin/Michael PS Hayes vs. Arn Anderson/Eaton match from 91. We were discussing why in fuck Garvin ended up with the "Jimmy Jam" gimmick name. How did he go from "Gorgeous Jimmy" to "Jimmy Jam"? Really weird guy to be working a member of the Time gimmick. They were doing a sort of glamish thing at the time with Gary Glitter makeup. I figure maybe they were working a Paisley Park produced synth gimmick. I'd rather imagine Jimmy Garvin and Hayes singing Computer Blue to each other than ever having to watch Helms vs. Helmsley, Benjamin vs. Schnitsky, Benoit vs. Hassan, Masterpiece vs. John Walters or anything else save the main event from tonight's show.
-Jimmy? -Yes Michael? -Is the water warm enough? -Yes Michael -Shall we begin? Yes Jimmy
I think that's just a funny scan or something. I could have sworn that the belt was blue on the re-release (also, it was the only pic I could find - either way, another wrestler used a colored belt at one point, for something0.