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What Worked

PAS: I really think this feud between the Redneck who takes no shit from anyone and the corporate kingpin who is drunk on power could really turn the business around

TKG: The Vince Mcmahon stunt man was the funniest thing on RAW in ages. I haven't laughed that hard since Prince hired Ron Perlman as his stuntman in the motorcycle scenes in Purple Rain.

TKG: Mark Henry wasn't on tonights show. Man this was the only time I was actually happy not to see Mark Henry. Austin debuts his new Confederate flag shirt and then they lower the burning cross to face pops outside Atlanta. Just as happy not to see Mark Henry have to work on tonights episode of the Lester Maddox Variety Hour.

PAS: Cade + Jindrak are turning into a pretty fun tag team. I have liked Cade since his days as a Shooter Shultz antagonist in TWA, I have liked Jindrak since about a week ago. They have had some really fun tags on Heat and this wasn't as good as those (for some reason RAW rematches of HEAT matches are never as good) it was fun. Rosie is the worlds worst Mike Maverick, but I thought this was fine.

TKG: This was fine lil tag match. I really was excited by this weeks episode of heat where there were two properly applied bulldogs thrown on the same show. Lance Cade throws a really great running bulldog and a great second rope Barry Windham style jumping bulldog. he also does a real nice job with the Barry Windham missed jumping bulldog bump and the Adonis missed running bulldog spot. But it never made sense to bring him up from OVW since he wouldn't be allowed to do any of that. all of a sudden he can do that on Heat and I am stoked. well its pretty lear that there's different backstage road agents for heat than there are for Raw. And what the fuck, Cade and Jindrack are going to Wrestlemania and they can't even get a clean win on Rosey and Hurricane. Rosey didn't wear his SHIT shirt so I assume that Vince decided that he's going to get fired anyway.

PAS: I was shocked at how much I enjoyed the Beniot/Micheals v. Orton/Batista tag. Both Beniot and Micheals are good at face in peril, and Orton is fun working over a face in peril. I really dug the section after the commercial where Orton and Beniot worked a U-Style mat section. That Beniot headbutt was really fucking nasty too. HHH comes in and lays everyone out as usual.

TKG: I dug some of the matwork between Orton and Benoit in a real U style way. For a tattooed up guy in Evolution, Orton isn't as good as Kimura but he was fine. Thought the Michaels sections of the match where actually good too. For a past his prime ex-80s tag wrestler with embarrassing hair extensions this was the first time, it really looked like Michaels was as good as SMW era Stan Lane. Benoit is the worlds greatest Dr Tom.

PAS: I am really amused with Helmsley heading the Monterey Mexico show. The first show in a new territory like that is going to draw big, and HHH can come back and tell Vince "See, we don't need Eddie as champ, look at how much the Mexicans love me." Burying guys not even on your show, shows the dedication to the business that separates Helmsley from the rest.

What Didn't Work

PAS: I appreciated Ross going after the Passion demographic with his "They are crucifying Micheals" call, but it didn't really work. Flair and Helmsley both have big jew noses and Batista could pass as a Sephardim, but Orton is too waspy to even pass as a Roman.

PAS: When you see Jackie and Stacy together, you really have to feel for whoever gets stuck wingmanning for Randy Orton at the bar. Orton sidles up on Stacy and Johnny Blaze is stuck taking home Ozzie Newsome.

PAS: They have done a really nice job building Foley v. Orton as a blood feud, it is kind of crappy they are going to blow it off with a comedy tag match. Rock is like Jimmy Valiant at this point, he is going to hit his comedy spots and pop the crowd, but he shouldn't be stuck in the middle of Tommy Rich v. Buzz Sawyer.

TKG: Last time Rock came back from his time in hollywood he looked like Billy Crystal on roids. this time he looked like Howie Mandell on roids. I like Maivia as much as the next guy but he needs to stop making movies before it gets any worse. I mean no one wants to see a roided Steve Gutenberg.

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