PAS: It was pretty clear that Big Show was going to come out as the first draft pick, but my heart was actually beating in fear that Eddie or Rey was going to be the guy stuck on RAW, but instead the Franchise came out and did some shootin'. I know RVD smokes alot of pot, but he has the real raspy voice of a chain smoking woman. How much pot do you have to smoke to get throat cancer. Interview was nothing, feud was nothing, but thank god no Eddie or Rey.
TKG: Big Show has nice punches. At this point I think him and Flair are the only two people on this brand I can say that about. Nice pajama pants on Viscera. Its a shame about his spin kick on Hef's cages.
PAS: Match against Angle may have been Flair's best match in ten years, I loved the fifty different cheating spots Flair worked in, especially the fish hook and the nostril rip, the three insane bumps, and the fucking hanging vertical suplex. Angle looks like current anorexic Christine Ricci with his gigantic HGH head and Orndorff arms, but I got to give him some love for this match. You forget Ric Flair man, until you watch Ric Flair.
TKG: Most I've enjoyed a Raw match in ages. Flair is a guy who, for the last ten years has desperately wanted to turn heel but really can't and is at his best working cheating face who takes ridiculously big bumps at this point. He worked within his limitations and Angle worked within Angles limitations. For Eigen vs. Marafuji this actually smoked Eigen vs. Marafuji. Not as good as Momota vs. Lyger but I don't know if either of these guys is as good as current Momota.
What Didn't Work
PAS: Diva search really drags when you have this many strippers to get through in one night. The girl who looks like Mallory Keaton bragging about her natural tits shows a real misunderstanding about the audience she is aiming towards. Also how do they keep finding black girls with such small asses.
TKG: i could live forever without having to see Christy and Coachman do their Burns and Allen routines.Slaughter's Bikini Boot Camp? I don't know. Ashley looked like she belonged in Private Terry Daniels' Fox Hole.
TKG: So the complaint is that they can't edit Cena's punches on the live brand. Apparently the solution is too tag him up with two guys whose punches are even more embarrassing. For a guy with busted up leg tagging with Hogan, HBK really is a poor man's Zach Gowen. HBK's face in peril facials made me long for the Hogan/Leslie tag team. Cena really did nothing in this. Hogan's lariats still stink and he didn't do any matwork or suplexes. He did have a really nice leg drop for a guy who I thought couldn't do a leg drop anymore due to his busted up hip. Shame he didn't have better tag partners.
PAS: If he isn't working Chono I don't want to creepy old Hogan do the same nostalgia act he has been milking for ten years. I am not looking forward to 2022 watching 51 year old Tommy Dreamer come out with a singapore cane and tears in his eyes.
I agree that D-Von's better as a tag worker, but I don't wanna see Buh Buh with him anymore. Don't get me wrong, they're one of my favorite teams ever. But, IMHO, Buh Buh's one of the few guys whom the split has discernibly helped.