TONIGHT: It’s yet another three-hour Raw, the last for a while thankfully. This week, it’s the Slammy Awards. The award nominees are up on WWE.com. Plus, will John Cena be rehired by Wade Barrett this week? And who will the announcers be this week?
-The voice-over man plugged tonight’s Slammy episode of Raw. Will we get any jokes at the expense of last year’s host, Dennis Miller?
-A fancified Slammy-themed set was shown in the arena as Michael Cole plugged the 2010 Slammy Awards from New Orleans. It was Cole, CM Punk and Jerry Lawler (with Lawler dressing up in his old-school jacket). Lawler said he’d be happy if he got a crack at Cole.
-Justin Roberts introduced David Arquette, billing him among other things as a “former WCW champion.” Arquette got out onto the stage and to the podium and talked about how great a champion he was. He said he beat a man named Eric Bischoff. “I’m sure you all remember him,” he said. Arquette said he should’ve won an Oscar for his role in Ready to Rumble. Crowd booed him as he talked about getting no respect. Looked like he was reading off a Teleprompter. Shocker of the Year was the first category. The nominees: The Miz cashing in his MITB to beat Randy Orton; the formation of Nexus; Paul Bearer turning on the Undertaker; Randy Orton sending Chris Jericho packing with a punt to the head. The Slammy goes to: the debut of Nexus. Out to accept was Wade Barrett. Barrett accepted the award on behalf of Nexus, saying the group wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for him. He called them the most dominant group in WWE. He also said he is the one man with the power to rehire John Cena. He also brought up that he will be excommunicated if he doesn’t rehire Cena. Barrett said he hasn’t made up his mind yet, but will do so before the night is over. He said he’d be creating many more shocking moments in the near future. As he finished up his speech, the GM chimed in and Cole read it. The GM invited Barrett to make another shocking moment in a match that will take place now. And his opponent: The Big Show.
(1) Wade Barrett vs. The Big Show Cole said he invited Arquette tonight. Barrett tried to waste as much time as possible, and went to ringside to stall some more. Barrett got back into the ring at the count of nine. Ladders, tables and chairs were around ringside, to symbolize the TLC PPV coming up on Sunday. Hard chop to the chest of Barrett by Show. Thumb to the eye neutralized Show. Barrett did some bare-knuckle fighting, and some clothed-foot kicking as well. More body shots from Barrett and he finally got the big man down to one knee. Show fired back with shots of his own. Barrett was thrown out of the ring, under the bottom rope. Hard chop to the chest, then back into the ring went Barrett. Barrett grabbed his Slammy from ringside and retreated back to the locker room, taking the count-out loss.
Winner: Show, at 3:42. I wish there were some consequences, other than losing a meaningless match, for losing by deliberate count-out. Otherwise, why wouldn’t wrestlers do that all the time? They probably already do it too often, and they don’t care because the match means nothing.
-There’s still time to vote for Superstar of the Year on WWE.com.
-Downtown New Orleans was shown, then they plugged the Diva of the Year award, to be determined by a battle royal tonight. That seems like a terrible way to determine who had the best YEAR. After all, it’s right in the award name, yet they’re giving it away based on one match.
-The next award was to be given by Kelly Kelly and Tyson Kidd (who are the same size at the podium). Kidd’s bodyguard stood behind both of them, and towered over them. Kidd introduced his bodyguard, Jackson Andrews. He made fun of Kelly having to pronounce big words, and said that should be the Shocker of the Year. Kelly shot back that Kidd has talked more on this night that he had in his entire WWE career. Then she made fun of his hair cut. The Despicable Me Award nominees: Drew McIntyre (clip of him “beating” Teddy Long); Kane (burying Undertaker alive); Mr. McMahon (kicking Bret Hart in the balls); CM Punk (interrupting Rey’s daughter’s birthday). The winner: CM Punk. Punk slapped hands with Michael Cole then went up to accept his award. Will he thank Scotty Goldman again? Punk said if you work hard and believe in yourself, you can make your dreams come true. He then talked about why he did what he did to Rey Mysterio. Backstage, he said there’s someone else who has wronged him. He said there will come a day when he gets even. He said he holds grudges and doesn’t forget. He said if he thinks what he did to Rey and his family is despicable, then he hasn’t seen anything yet. The person was never mentioned by name, but Kofi Kingston then came out after Punk finished. Oh, it’s a match.
-Kingston, Daniel Bryan (w/The Bellas), Dolph Ziggler (w/Vickie) and Ted DiBiase (w/Maryse) all came out for an interbrand tag match, and it’s next.
(2) Kofi Kingston & Daniel Bryan vs. Dolph Ziggler & Ted DiBiase Match was joined in progress out of break, with Bryan in a chinlock by Ziggler. Cole asked Punk who he was trying to send a message to, but Punk wasn’t about to give the name up. DiBiase tagged in and choked Bryan in the ropes. The heels continued to work over Bryan. Eventually, both Bryan and DiBiase were down and needed to make tags. DiBiase rolled to the floor and Kingston made the tag. Ziggler came in as well, but I’m not sure exactly how since DiBiase was on the outside for quite a while. Did he tag in before and Ziggler just never got in until Bryan tagged? That wouldn’t make sense. Anyway, Kingston connected with Trouble in Paradise and picked up the win, with DiBiase coming in too late to break up the pin.
Winners; Kingston and Bryan, 3:10 shown. Basically half a match here.
-John Morrison vs. Sheamus will take place tonight.
-Also, go to WWE.com to vote for WWE Superstar of the Year.
-Guest Star Shining Moment of the Year was to be presented by Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov. Marella talked about how Kozlov was embarrassed by the cast of MacGruber. Kozlov got mad and reminded Santino he crushed MacGruber. Santino then said he apologized and kissed Vlad on the cheeks. Nominees: Mike Tyson, knocking out Chris Jericho; Pee Wee Herman zinging The Miz; Wayne Brady getting RKO’d by Randy Orton; William Shatner singing wrestler’s entrance themes. The winner: Pee Wee Herman. They showed comments from Herman via satellite from New York City. He had his Slammy in hand and thanked Miz and Big Show, saying it was one of the most exciting thing he’s ever experienced. He was quite effusive in his praise, but it is Pee Wee after all. Punk and Lawler were rooting for Shatner.
-Barrette was in the back, safely stowing away his Slammy. Nexus walked in and David Otunga asked Barrett what his decision was. Otunga said if he doesn’t hire Cena back, Nexus will be fine, but Barrett might not; after all, taking a hike against Show didn’t seem promising for his singles career. Barrett said Otunga opened his eyes and now, he knows exactly what he needs to do.
(3) Mark Henry vs. “Dashing” Cody Rhodes” Rhodes stalled to avoid Henry touching his face. Go-behind into a side-headlock, but he was thrown off and clotheslined. Rhdoes got Henry in a side-headlock, but Henry threw Rhodes down and began his comeback. Splash in the corner from Henry, but he missed a second one. Beautiful Disaster kick found the mark. To the second rope, a knee to the back. That got him the win.
Winner: Rhodes, at 2:49. Unique finish there, which is good.
-Next, Holy %&@*! Moment of the Year.
-Jerry Lawler was introduced to present the next award, as well as Vickie Guerrero. Lawler said he was up all night with his pet lizard, as he had reptile dysfunction. Jeez. Vickie said Holy you-know-what was exactly the reaction Vickie had when Cole cost him the championship. Lawler said it’s probably also the reaction Ziggler has when Vickie models lingerie, or when she goes to a restaurant, looks at the menu and says, “I’ll take it.” The nominees: John Morrison jumping off the stage and onto Sheamus and Daniel Bryan; Kofi Kingston with the Boom Drop off the top of the ladder onto Drew McIntyre at MITB; John Cena with the AA on Batista through the stage; Randy Orton’s mid-air RKO on Evan Bourne. The winner: Cena. And the crowd goes wild. Lawler said they’d accept it on behalf of Cena, who is fired and can’t accept. Barrett came out and took the award himself and said if Cena wants it, he can come get it.
Barrett carried the Slammy to the ring with him. He said the whole word is hanging on his word, because he’s going to announce whether or not to rehire Cena. After a long pause, and a few false starts to build intrigue, Barrett said he wasn’t going to make the decision unless Cena came out to face him. Cena came through the crowd to meet Barrett in the ring. Barrett warned Cena to keep his distance, however. He said the decision affects a lot of people. Nexus then walked out to the ring. “Cena, you’re officially rehired,” said Barrett. But he had two conditions: Cena would have to face Barrett at TLC in a chair match (why exactly a chair match? And isn’t that two on the show now?). The second is that Cena will agree to go one-on-one against David Otunga tonight. Otunga was surprised, but played it cool. Nexus got on the apron to surround Cena, then they attacked. Barrett nailed Cena in the back with a chair once Nexus had him subdued. They walked away, leaving Cena lying in the ring.
-They replayed clips of the Nexus attack on John Cena.
-The announcers discussed the awards handed out up to this point.
-David Arquette was back out, dressed as Elvis. It sounded like he was playing a gimmick. He talked about opening a theater at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. He was out to award the WWE Fan Reaction of the Year Award. Was this just made up so they could give it to that Orton girl? The nominees: Kid reacts to Cena joining Nexus; Woman reacts to HBK retiring at ‘Mania; Black guy with hand on head (not sure what the reaction was to); and angry demon girl reacting to Miz winning. That was the only one that got a reaction from the crowd. Accepting the award was Kaylee herself, who came out with her dad. She took the award from Arquette and thanked her dad and sister….but then was interrupted by The Miz. Miz mockingly clapped for her, then got down on his knee in front of her. She looked less-than-amused. Miz said she looked so pretty, and said the Slammy was so shiny and nice. She reluctantly let Miz hold her Slammy and said he should take it for safe keeping. Who is he, the Grinch? Miz asked her to show him the face she made to win the Slammy, and she did do it again. No reaction, though. Miz and Riley walked to the ring with Arquette and the Slammy, while Kaylee walked to the back.
Miz talked about winning the Grand Slam this year and said while tonight is the 2010 Slammy’s, there are still two weeks left in the year. He implored the fans to tune in to TLC to see what he does to Randy Orton. He started in about how the fans are here to see him, but then the GM buzzed in. Miz and Orton will face former champions tonight. Miz’s match, against a former World Champion, starts now. The opponent: Rey Mysterio.
(4) The Miz vs. Rey Mysterio Miz hammered away with lefts, but Mysterio headscissored Miz out of the ring, then landed a seated senton out there. Cole promised Miz would get the upper hand before its over.
Ugly wheelbarrow bulldog was botched as we came out of break. Alberto Del Rio’s music hit and he walked out. No car this week. He was about to hit the 619, but the distraction helped Miz. He bounced Mysterio’s head off the apron on the outside. Back in the ring, Miz was back in control. He set Mysterio up on the top rope but Rey Rey fought out. Another seated senton and then a springboard cross-body for two. Kick to the grill for two. Alex Riley and Del Rio were both cheering Mysterio on. Another 619 try, but Del Rio provided another distraction. Miz accidentally bopped Del Rio and Rey rolled Miz up for a near-fall. Another 619 try, but Riley distracted the ref and Del Rio tripped Rey. Small package from Miz for the win.
Winner: Miz, at 7:04. Just a way to continue the Rey vs. Del Rio feud, and for Miz to continue his chickenshit ways.
The GM chimed in one more time. Later, Randy Orton will compete in a handicap match against Alex Riley and former WCW Champion David Arquette. Arquette seemed excited about it. Miz and Riley? Not so much.
-The Diva Battle Royal for Diva of the Year Slammy is still to come tonight.
-Plus: Sheamus vs. John Morrison.
-The Oh Snap Meltdown of the Year was presented by Edge. HE said Kane was supposed to be his co-presenter, but he’s having a breakdown somewhere. Then he said after TLC, he’ll forget all about Paul Bearer. Edge said he needs a co-presenter, one he knows and has had chemistry with over the years. I guessed Lita, but it was Christian. Wait, weren’t they angry at each other last time they were together in the ring? Christian said his pec is feeling better and he hoped Del Rio would win this award, because he hasn’t forgotten what Del Rio did to him. The nominees: Jack Swagger, after Big Show crushed his awards (I was there live!); Alberto Del Rio putting Rey Mysterio on the shelf; Edge, for his attack on the GM computer; and Batista quitting. The Slammy goes to Edge, for destroying the Raw GM computer. Edge didn’t understand why he won, since he’s always been calm and rational. But he went on a heated rant against the anonymous GM. As he was ranting, Christian was on his phone and had the GM ding go off. He did Cole’s spiel and said he was kidding, just trying to cut the tension. Edge said that some things haven’t changed on Raw, one being that Michael Cole is still a massive tool.
(5) Sheamus vs. John Morrison Sheamus aggressively went after Morrison in the corner, but Morrison charged back and tackled him to the ground. The two continued to brawl as referee Rod Zapata tried to regain control. He finally called for the bell when they wouldn’t separate after a five-count. Other refs intervened as the place was chanting, “Let them fight.”
Winner: No Contest, at :34.
The GM e-mailed Cole, saying the two would compete at TLC, with the winner becoming the next #1 Contender for the WWE Championship. The winner will retrieve the contract that’s suspended above the ring, making it a Ladder Match. Sheamus took Morrison down again, then went to ringside and got a ladder. He seemed to think twice about it, then when Morrison approached him, shoved the ladder into Morrison’s gut. He set the ladder up so it was perched against the apron, and Sheamus, in the ring, but Morrison on his shoulders, then propelled him over the top and onto the ladder.
-Still to come, a handicap match featuring Randy Orton vs. David Arquette and Alex Riley.
-Also, John Cena vs. David Otunga.
-Knucklehead Moment of the Year was presented by JTG and William Regal. Regal no-sold JTG’s shout-outs to the audience. Nominees; CM Punk getting his mask removed to reveal his bald head; Mae Young beating LayCool; Beth Phoenix eliminating the Great Khali in the Royal Rumble; Santino and Vlad in a dance-off. It was LayCool, as JTG announced it as LayCool beating Mae Young. Lawler correctly pointed out it was the other way around. The ladies were excited. Layla said they’d thank Mae but they don’t think they get basic cable in the nursing home where Young resides. Michelle McCool said it was time for them to win the Diva of the year. They pranced to the ring as the match will take place after break.
(6) Divas Battle Royal to determine the Diva of the Year For the record, the participants are Layla, Michelle McCool, Kelly Kelly, Rosa Mendes, Alicia Fox, Kaitlyn, Tamina, Gail Kim, Brie and Nikki Bella, Maryse, Beth Phoenix, Natalya, Melina. The Divas all entered at the same time and surrounded LayCool. Tamina stood in the corner while they attacked LayCool; she then eliminated Kaitlyn and Mendes at :16 and :19. Another elimination at :42, I think one of the Bellas. The other Bella and Fox were gone a little under a minute in. LayCool got rid of the other Bella at 1:10. Maryse was out at 1:30. Kelly tried to hurricanrana McCool over, but Layla kicked her out at 1:52. Down to seven as Fox barely held on with Melina and Beth trying to toss her. Melina went up for the Glam Slam and dropped her on the top rope; she then bounced over at 2:22. Layla gone at 2:58. She tried to get back in and pull Beth out, but Beth fought her off. Instead, McCool pushed her out at 3:12. Kim and Fox were both tossed right after, then McCool kicked Natalya out to win the Diva of the Year.
Winner: McCol, at 3:29. So fast and furious was the action, I could barely keep track of things!
Another e-mail from the GM. At TLC, LayCool will meet Natalya and Beth Phoenix in the first-ever Divas tag-team Tables match.
-Edge was walking backstage. He’s facing Jack Swagger next.
(7) Edge vs. Jack Swagger There will be a triple-threat Ladder Match at TLC, with Swagger and Kingston facing Dolph Ziggler for the IC Title. Swagger got the advantage to start the match. Hard whip into the buckle, and Edge collapsed in the corner. Gut-buster courtesy of Swagger. Edge ran into a big boot after a Swagger rest-hold. Edge fought back, garnering a near-fall against the All-American American. Belly-to-belly throw for two by Swagger. Crowd started getting into it as the men went back-and-forth. Impaler DDT by Edge. Spear caught Swagger coming out of the corner, and that did it.
Winner: Edge, at 4:43. Well, Edge is higher on the totem pole, but this doesn’t say much for Swagger’s chances on Sunday for the IC Title.
-Miz and Riley were backstage. Riley said Arquette hasn’t been in the ring in 10 years, and when he was, he wasn’t that good anyway. Miz said he’ll be out there with him. Arquette walked in and said he’s like Miz: They had their doubters when both were champions, they have extensive Hollywood resumes, and they’re both awesome! He left and Riley called him delusional. Miz said he just wants to put Randy Orton through a table.
-The announcers talked on-camera about the Smackdown vs. Raw video game, and mentioned the winner of the THQ Video Game Moment of the Year. They even showed the video.
-WWE Moment of the Year Slammy was presented by Big Show. Show talked about past big WWE moments, like Hulk Hogan slamming Andre the Giant, or Jimmy Snuka diving off the top of the cage, or Austin 3:16. Nominees for 2010: John Cena, Free or Fired; Sheamus attacking Triple H, putting him on the shelf; Edge spearing Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania; Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels at ‘Mania. The winner: Taker vs. Michaels. Shawn’s music then played, but Cole said Michaels can’t be here tonight. He did appear live via satellite with his Slammy. He said he can’t give away where he is, because WWE might try to track him down and get him to come back. He thanked the fans for helping make his life worth living. He said it was a tough moment but he thanked all the fans for the wonderful ride his career took. He said he didn’t miss it, but missed the fans. That’s odd to say.
-Still to come: John Cena vs. David Otunga in Cena’s first match back.
-Next: Orton vs. Riley and Arquette.
(8) Randy Orton vs. Alex Riley & David Arquette- Handicap Match Hard clothesline by Orton out of the corner on Riley. Punk suggested if Orton did that to Arquette, Arquette would turn to dust. Punk does seem more comfortable this week compared to his first week. Riley finally took Orton down and tagged Arquette. Diving forearm on Orton had little effect. Orton put Arquette down, then set up for the RKO. Arquette slithered to his corner and tagged Riley. Punk said he had never heard of Ready to Rumble. Riley fell victim to Orton’s vintage backbreaker, but came back with a suplex. Knee-lift by Riley and Orton backed into the heel corner. Arquette choked Orton in the corner while the ref was distracted by Riley. Riley hit the ropes but was clotheslined, then scoop slammed. Angle slam by Orton and he then set up for the RKO. He connected and picked up the win.
Winner: Orton, at 3:21. You think they’d give Riley a win here or there to get some cred. Not here, obviously, but still….
The Miz attacked Orton immediately after the match. He and Arquette set up a table in the ring. They tried to double suplex Orton through the table. Orton blocked it and tossed Arquette into the corner. While working on Miz, Arquette hit Orton in the back. Orton kicked Arquette in the gut as Miz escaped. Orton powerbombed Arquette through the table as Miz looked on from the aisle. After a few replay, medics came to put a neckbrace on Arquette and strap him in. No concern whatsoever for him…the announcers acted like that was secondary to Orton and Miz staring at each other.
-Another plug for Orton vs. Otunga.
-Punk thanked Dirty Diddy Money for “Hello Good Morning,” the official theme to TLC.
-The announcers discussed the TLC card.
-Michael Cole came out for the next award. It was the “…and I quote” Line of the Year Slammy. “Do you take your tea dark or milky,” from Santino. The Miz, telling Bret Hart he was 17 wins from tying Undertaker at ‘Mania. Triple H telling Punk he looks like he’s been on a week-long binge with Amy Winehouse; John Cena saying Heath Slater looked like Wendy from the Wendy’s commercial; and there were a bunch others, including from NXT, Titus O’Neil’s “Make it a Win” and Eli Cottonwood’s discussion of mustaches. I can’t tell which ones are official and which ones are jokes. The winner: Cole. He gave an acceptance speech saying he wasn’t expecting it, then brought out glasses and his speech. The Raw theme played him off before too long, which was funny.
-The Slammy for Superstar of the Year will be up next.
-To present the final Slammy of the night, Teddy Long. Nominees: Edge, The Miz, Kane, John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Randy Orton. Winner: John Cena. He came out to accept the award. He thanked the fans for not giving up on him and said it’s been a crazy year for him. He talked about joining Nexus and peeing in Wade Barrett’s coffee. Cena said it’s a PG show, but there is magic on Bourbon Street. Cena said he’s back full-time on Raw, and by accepting the award, he’ll continue to be a man of his word. He said he has gotten to ever member of Nexus except Otunga and Barrett. Cena said tonight, Otunga will get hurt. That will only leave Barrett, and Sunday, at TLC, every ounce of frustration will be taken out on the Nexus leader. He gave the fans his word that Wade Barrett will be destroyed on Sunday.
(9) John Cena vs. David Otunga 12 Stones were shown at ringside, as they are responsible for the Nexus theme song. Barrett got a mic on the stage and reminded Cena what happened earlier, what’s going to happen again and what will happen at TLC. They showed the Nexus attack from earlier. Otunga bopped forearms with Nexus on the stage before heading out, but just exchanged looks with Barrett. Like last week to Barrett, each member of Nexus walked off the stage and to the back.
Cena brought Otunga in the hard way from the apron, and slapped Otunga in the chest in the corner. Gutwrench suplex by Cena, as he seemed to be in a zone. Hard clothesline put Otunga on the mat. Otunga found an opening and went to work on Cena, beating him down in the head area. Pounce-like move by Otunga for a two-count. Cena took Otunga down and locked in the STF. He tapped.
Winner: Cena, at 1:45.
After the match, Cena got a chair from ringside, and poked Otunga in the gut with it. Otunga looked up the ramp for some help from Barrett, who just stood on the stage. Cena hit Otunga with a chair to the back, and another one. And another. Cena lined up for yet another and the crowd approved. Cena kept swinging until Otunga rolled out of the ring. Barrett held up his own chair as if to say he’d use the chair best on Sunday. Louisianaentertainment.gov was plugged with a logo in the corner before they faded out.
And THAT is how you deal with an insubordinate #2. (Hmm...there's a joke in there somewhere)
Making Sheamus and Morrison for a title shot? Unless they're planning to make Miz's reign shorter than anyone thought, it looks like the tag team of the 00's will soon collide again, only this time, for the big prize! They've done some good throwaway world title matches at the Rumble before, so why not give Morrison a shot?
I agree with It's False about Miz/Morrison at Royal Rumble. Can't be any worse than Brock vs. Bob Holly at RR 04, so why not? Then Sheamus can win the Rumble and everything will be great.
Speaking of great, Miz's girl stole the show. And it wasn't a hard show to steal when the only highlights of the night are her, David Arquette's outfit and a few of the quotes of the year (Mustache done got robbed). Other than that, this was a terrible show.
It's been quite a while when the two worst storylines in WWE are the top two storylines on each brand ("face" Edge and his evil ways and the Cena "I'm a man of my word" vs. Barrett feud).
"Put on your helmets, we'll be reaching speeds of 3!" "It was nice of you to give that dead woman another chance." "All right, look alive everybody...oh sorry Susan."- MST3K: Space Mutiny Click Here (myspace.com)
It would've been great to have that little girl come out to the ring with Orton or something, but she looked pretty petrified on the stage as it was. I have no doubt WWE gave her and her family the royal treatment backstage --- cool move on the company's part.
This was the first time in a while that Orton and Edge both actually hit their finishers after their big set-ups without at least one reversal.
So now we have two tables matches (Orton/Miz and the divas tag), two chair matches (Cena/Barrett and Del Rio/Mysterio), a ladder match (Sheamus/Morrison) and the TLC bout between Edge and Kane. Wow, talk about overkill.
Originally posted by I Breastfeed John MaddenThis show was begging for Miz Girl to somehow get her Slammy back. That was seriously the only storyline I cared about tonight.
Quoted for truth.
Way to put over your newest diva, WWE. That along with NXT 3 not even getting a single nomination in AND I QUOTE offends me greatly. HHH's horrible line on CM Punk gets a nod but "Aaaaaand....scene!" doesn't?? I will use every birthday candle, turkey wishbone and falling star wish I get to ensure whoever picked them gets beaten with shovels.
I am about done with Cole. Yes, someone people like his heel antics on NXT and it was a good twist for awhile now it has become old. Last week's show with Todd, Punk and Lawler doing commentary was fine. I also got sick of the GM piping into to quick book the PPV this week. They also missed a golden opportunity for a face not named Cena or Orton to come out to make the save on the little girl to get that person a nice push. Instead, we get another GM note and Rey of all people well after Miz does the same promo he has done for the last three months just adding world champion into the section. Also, why the hell does he still have the briefcase, shouldn't that have been claimed by upper management by now. Oh, thats right, the upper management is a Dell computer.
Raw has now become old hat and minus Miz having the belt nothing has really changed on Raw since the summer. Cena is still feuding with Nexus, Orton is chasing the title and everyone else is lost in the shuffle. These three hour Raws have shown on how tired the show looks. Plus, if they are going to just ship Smackdown stars once a month, just combine the roster already. Cut the dead weight of the divas division and call it a day.
Originally posted by geemoneyBlack guy with hand on head (not sure what the reaction was to)
Kofi's Boom Drop off the top of the ladder onto Drew McIntyre?
"All RAW is these days is a cheap version of Saturday Night Live, so if you wanna tune in to watch the amazing star power of Al Sharpton and Nancy O'Dell, go ahead! Who's gonna host next week, Big Bird? Wow, that's must-see TV!" - John Morrison (10/16/09 Smackdown!)
Originally posted by lotjxRaw has now become old hat and minus Miz having the belt nothing has really changed on Raw since the summer. Cena is still feuding with Nexus, Orton is chasing the title and everyone else is lost in the shuffle.
I would classify myself as Very Pleased with the position of John Morrison and Daniel Bryan. R-Truth is about where he should be as well-liked midcard guy. I'd say it's now at a point where Smackdown utilizes its dudes worse than Raw does.
Originally posted by lotjx They also missed a golden opportunity for a face not named Cena or Orton to come out to make the save on the little girl to get that person a nice push.
And -- assuming they plan on putting Morrison over Sheamus on Sunday to face the heel Miz at Royal Rumble -- that would have worked perfectly with John Morrison's recent "bullies suck" schtick. Would have tied that right into a title match.
Originally posted by Mayhem I loved Arquette ... you could tell that he is genuinely a fan ... I could totally see him as a manager (if they still had those), wearing that Elvis get-up ...
He was terrible the first time out. He had to have been just reading a prompter, but he wasn't giving any pauses or the proper reaction to really anything. The second time out was a little better, but I just think it was the outfit that distracted the terribleness. He's no K-Fed.
Wow, great to see John Cena back, he still looks like he's in great shape ... and was anyone really waiting for him to get his hands on Otunga? Otunga, doesn't seem to be such a bad guy, he's just poor at taking instruction.
A three hour wrestling show should feature at least one 15 minute match.
Originally posted by Big BadIt would've been great to have that little girl come out to the ring with Orton or something, but she looked pretty petrified on the stage as it was. I have no doubt WWE gave her and her family the royal treatment backstage --- cool move on the company's part.
I really interested in the story of the Demon Scowl girl and how they were able to track her down. Did they take her name and number before the Raw she was at was over? If not, did they take out an ad in the local paper or something?
The Cena/Nexus thing has really fizzled out after such a cool start. Fired/Hired/Fired. It has no meaning if John "Grimace" Cena is on every week.
What happened to Edge and his once-interesting character?
Anyone else think the GM would stay anonymous this long?
Originally posted by dwatersI really interested in the story of the Demon Scowl girl and how they were able to track her down. Did they take her name and number before the Raw she was at was over? If not, did they take out an ad in the local paper or something?
Her sister has a YouTube page and I'm guessing thats how she was tracked down. If you noticed, Miz Girl thanked her sister by her internet name.
I'm hoping they at least let her keep that Slammy, legit. I'm sure the other nominees ("weird kid", "loser crying girl", "black Michael Cole") only get the consolation of being ridiculed by David Arquette and all of their family/friends.
I've been saying they should try to track that kid down and put her on the show! We were speculating whether WWE could get any info from Ticketmaster, et. al., about who was in that seating section.
Of course, now every kid under 12 at a show is going to be making an complete nuisance of him or herself trying to get on camera... no, wait...
My favorite line of the night (though I didn't pay close attention to the whole show) was Punk's remark about Big Show stealing Barrett's Slammy: "He probably thinks there's chocolate under that gold."
Personally, I think Book & Cena have meshed very well in the ring over the course of the last month or so. Granted, they've been involved in mostly multi-man matches, but the segments with Book & Cena have been better (IMO)