I thought it was a decent show. It would have been a good show had Lawler shut his frickin mouth. I was suprised the Un-Americans held on to the belts, but I liked Regal joining them, and I liked the fact that they didnt try to burn the flag this week. Booker is the man and if that guy is not wearing the gold by this time next year I will be shocked. Even Vince isnt that stupid. I was kind of pissed about the lesbian thing. When I'm watching wrestling, I want to see wrestling. I was expecting Molly to come out and protest Bischoff demeaning women, the 3 minutes thing was a nice touch to it. And just in case you missed it, the reason Jamal and Rosey do not wrestle is because one of them is hurt. I loved Regal's promo on Nowinski because I was getting sick of Chris, too. Hopefully now they will use him as more as a cocky smart kid, and not some stereotypical frat boy. The women's match was awful, and it wasn't just Terri's fault. I loved the main event, it was predictable, and so is Unforgiven, but it was good entertainment.
That is why evil will always win, because good is dumb!
Could have lived without Trip using the sleeper as a finisher (is this the first person in the past decade other than Piper to actually finish a match with a sleeper?). This week the sleeper, next week, the abdominal stretch. You know its bad when JR is wishing for Bruno to return to do color commentary. Only way this 3 minute idea really pays off is when the Island Boyz turn on Uncle Eric and give him 3 minutes.
Thank you Mr. Wanz for the check, now you get an AWA World Title Reign. But be careful, my boy Greg is a heat machine.
An ok show. Better than last weeks. The 3 Minute gimmick cracks me up. Booker T should get a push. Triple H and Jericho didn't suck too badly this week. Bubba and Stevie had a good match. Give credit to Stevie, the guy can take bumps like nobody's business.
-Did anybody else notice how poor the womens match was? Even by WWE women wrestling standards. Trish kicked Victoria in the face the hard way trying her version of a hurricanranna. At least we could see Stacy's legs.
watching the main event live, i didn't really like it. i thought it was pretty plodding, with no real direction (i think we all knew that rvd was going to win). watching it taped (off of my "best of raw 2k2" collection), it came off a lot better. i think the bit before the commercial, and the commercial itself, ruined the match. on second viewing, i only watched the finale of the match, after it returned from commercial, and it seemed to be a lot better.
when big show was eliminated, did anybody notice that he was supposed to PUNCH the chair, and hit jericho in the face with it, which the ref would have seen? THAT was supposed to cause the disqualification! watch him blindly swat at the chair, which was in perfect position to bash jericho in the face, and miss horribly. then jericho plays dead to make up for the non-hit.
the bookdust, kaneshaw promo was pretty good. i'm an unamerican (to an extent), and i still dug it. "how about those oakland a's?!?!" was hilarious, and is a line that i already use regularily to change subjects in conversation. "how about that local sports team?!"
the chyron "THE LESBIANS" made me laugh out loud.. that was the best part about this whole hla crap. of course, we didn't even get to see the payoff, as beating up broads isn't allowed to be broadcast in canada.
over-all.. the show was *okay*. i didn't really pay so much attention, the hla thing had me changing channels, and the matches weren't the most interesting ever.. maybe it's my blind devotion to the wwe that keeps me from saying "this show wasn't good at all." well, nevermind, i just said it.
Sorry, I didn't feel like there was enough good wrestling to counteract Lawler. He basically overshadowed every single match, and I wish I had just muted him. I probably would've enjoyed RAW more.
Oh, and I did like the HHH/Spike match, and HHH's heel schtick going on. But the finish? I have no problem with the sleeper working, but couldn't we have at least made the finish a bit more real? Why wasn't there a raising and dropping of Spike's hands? Why this stupid, "Oh let's see, I'll just wriggle his arms a bit... oops, they wriggled, must mean he passed out!" That blew the whole damn thing for me.
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-Wintermute to Case in William Gibson's Neuromancer
First of all I dont' understand why you're all whining about Booker not being in the main event and Big Show being in the main event. I mean let's look at what's goin on. 1. Booker T is feuding with the UnAmericans with his pal GOldust as well as Bradshaw and Kane. 2. RVD pins HHH in a tag team match. 3. Jericho is supposed to get an IC Title Match but because HHH wants RVD he is in a tag match instead. So a) he wants his revenge on HHH for messing up his shot and b) he still wants a piece of RVD. 4. Jeff Hardy gets attacked by Rosie and Jamal is pissed so Bischoff wants to make it up to him. 5. Big show, same as Jeff.
So you see by putting Booker in a tag match with Goldust against the UnAmericans and giving RVD, Jericho, Jeff, and Big Show a shot at the title, they do what is called FOLLOWING STORYLINES. Everybody complains about stuff not going anywhere and there not being any continuity and when they finally follow through with storylines everyone still complains!!
And Jericho is more boring than Jeff Hardy?? Booker is as good on the mic as The Rock??
Funnily enough, the skits you guys mention were all the work of one Vince Russo. As much as we don't like the guy, his work (before he was known by the wrestling public) was responsible for getting the WWE back into competition with WCW.