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The W - Pro Wrestling - RAW Workrate Report 3/15/04
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PAS: Really amusing show as the Vince interupt really felt like a cokehead freak out when he saw the chinlock in the titties match. First part of the show felt like they were setting up storylines for RAW as a current brand. Post Russo Restart it felt like guys working with no context around them

What Worked

TKG: Hey Sylvian Grenier is back, maybe some thought will be put into the matches again.

PAS: Benoit looks like a pissed off guy getting stripped of a title, because he just leveled Helmsley with that forearm, and was potatoing people in the tag all night. Helmselys promo was fine and he does have some presence, but he is what 6'2? That is at least 6 inches too tall to hold a world title in the WWE

TKG: That was fun but Benoit really needs some flunkies. Really needs to bring in Malenko and Douglas that way they can sidedrain Helmsley into a Douglas feud. It doesn't matter how many wrestlers they have out injured Helmsley/Douglas could kill 40 minutes on the mic before the Benoit v Batista main event. I was kind of popping for the Bischoff anouncement that there wasn't going to be any Penoit title defenses. as amused at the idea of them booking him Benoit as Ronnie Garvin. When the explanation turned out to be far more ridiculous, well was less amused. Garvin/ Benoit vs. Flair/ Helmsley might be fun n paper but stupid WWF won't let their wrestlers do a piledriver which really hurts Garvin.

TKG: I pretty much exclusively date outside my tribe, but Nora Greenwald with the wig on was quite my fantasy Hasidic wife....My shofar was ready for the start of Rosh Hashana. Yes it was.

PAS: I really liked the wig with a chinstrap.

TKG: Speaking of chinstraps, I really dug Flair stomping on Michaels' extensions. I'm always reading in WON about folks going back down to OVW to watch tapes. Michaels really needs to watch some old Stan Lane SMW. If your going to wrestle with a hair piece you should wear wrestling head gear over it. I think if HBK watched enough Stan Lane, he might even become a good tag worker.

PAS: Dudley's v. RVD + Booker was an ungodly mess for big sections of the match, including Booker blowing everything he tried in the first part of the match. Since this was placed after the Russo restart, it clearly meant nothing, it was face v. face and the crowd was dead. It really felt like Bubba called an audible and started working heel, the second half of the match was actually kind of compelling and fun. Really did feel like a ECW invite match on an FMW show, in how it was worked and what it meant.

TKG: I liked all of Bubba's cursing as its about time Michael Powell got this turd of a show off the air. This match was an absolute mess but so crazy and meaningless as to be amusing. Really disappointed that it didn't end in a draw with a FIVE MORE MINUTES chant.

PAS: Trish and Christian are fun as heels. They of course could be split up by the Russo restart so their promo didn't mean anything, but it was a fun promo.

TKG: Lawler shitting all over the Lottery gimmick. What will happen if they split up the Dudleys? What will happen if they are forced to work as singles?I wonder what that would be like?

PAS: Lawler also stepped on Trish's "Can't Get No Stratisfaction" line about 40 minutes before her promo.

PAS: Last match felt like an Indy make the fans happy match. Beniot was fun beating on people, and Micheals can still carve himself.

What Didn't Work

TKG: DAMMIT.. FUCK...they're going to make Eddie work Helsmley. Never have I wanted to see Scott Steiner recover from injury more.

PAS: Steiner is hurt? Are you sure he is still alive?

PAS: Man this restart sucks, with Brock gone and Angle hurt I was really looking forward to them being forced to bring The Capos to be the main heel stable against Eddie. Helmsley v. Eddie is a real poor mans Cien v. Eddie.

TKG: Won't draw as much either.

PAS: I hope Shawn Morley gets restarted in another gimmick, poor guy is still working his awful 1997 Russo gimmick. You don't see Stasiak working the indies as Meat, why is Morley stuck.

TKG: Wow its week two of RAW is Superstars... I mean they're struggling for talent do they really need to waste Morley as Lanny Poffo killing time reading poetry before Warlord comes out to squash him.

PAS: Boy Jericho is terrible as angry face kicking someones ass.That match went 3 and felt endless.

TKG: The women's match was ugly. Lita was wearing some kind of Airbrushed Wendy wheels outfit that made her look like someone crossbred Uptown Karen with a Ragedy Ann Doll. I think I would have rather watched Raggedy Uptown Karen Anne. And where is Stevie Richards? Vince says the fans want new matchups, meanwhile Richards is stuck working Rico in a dark match.

PAS: Damn Vince can't watch a chinlock for more the five seconds without completely loosing his mind.

TKG: They're going to do a BattleBowl Lethal Lottery? They just released Rip Rogers two weeks ago. These guys are idiots. It really made the rest of entire show meaningless. Why not just have Russo and Bischoff come out and put everyone in the ring and give up their titles.
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