I wasn't particularly blown away by Raw, but I've got to agree with the good moments. The fivestar/swanton was cool, although I must admit I cringed thinking Eddie was too far away for Jeff to actually get the move done right.
Put me into the crowd that thinks Flair's going *against* Austin instead of *pro* NWO. Flair's shown that he's willing to do just about anything to get at the people he hates... and Austin's been throwing his good intentions back in his face enough to make for some good hate.
And, while I agree that Trish's tablebombing was NASTY, I've gotta say I can think of a nastier ladies' bump... a couple of years back, Eddie powerbombed Lita on the floor in a SICK, SICK, SICK little spot. Not to take anything away from Trish, that was a brutal table bump.
And I cannot wait for Goldust's next devious (deviant?) disguise. Maybe he'll dress like Stevie Ray and do a little announcing.
Kansas-born and deeply ashamed The last living La Parka Marka: HE raised the briefcase!
Ric Flair aligning with the nWo disrespects history?
History lesson: France and Britain hated each other. But an new upstart nation started rising to be the powerhouse in Europe, Germany. Since neither France nor Britain wanted that, they aligned. They are allies against Germany in World War I, and again during World War II.
There is precedent for people and countries joining together against a common enemy, even when they are not friends themselves.
Ric Flair has plenty of reason not to be a Stone Cold fan. And whether he likes the nWo or not, at least they aren't giving him Stunners week in and week out. And back in the day, before the nWo and all that, Ric Flair was known as "the dirtiest player in the game". He was bad, evil, and did anything to get his way. Hell, back in the day, The Four Horseman WAS the nWo.
Of course, an explanation should be given in a promo next week. I agree with those who say that Flair is only aligning with the nWo, not joining up, to fight a common enemy. He did warn Austin, that if he touched him, there would be "hell to pay". I think it will fit together just fine (at least in the wrestling sense).
I hope Ric flair just kicks the whole NWO out all together. Get X-Pac into some matches, because he can still work (and if he stinks up the joint, make him curtain-jerk on heat) and just trash the NWO. It's tired, it's old, and it's now worth it.
"You gotta hate somebody before this is over. Them, me, it doesn't matter."
"Hate, who do I hate? You tell me."
"Who do you love?"
-Wintermute to Case in William Gibson's Neuromancer
Well, without Hall, and with Hogan doing the Hulkamania thing, having the nWo does seem pretty pointless now. I think they could turn this into an angle that Flair and Big Show was just using the nWo, and now they are kicking them to the curb. That could work too.
All right, me thinks we're overanalyzing Punk a tad much. He's a midcarder in a C brand. They're not exactly throwing him out there to light the world on fire. Let's wait till he gets a match over 10 minutes before we start grading his outings.