A little over 24 hours fresh off a Battleground Pay-Per-View, fans in Buffalo and all across the globe were clamoring for a refund for a subpar show with a shitty finish. The second PPV in a row where refunds were demanded (and possible low buyrates), it didn’t take long for WWE to go into Code Red for their next PPV Hell In A Cell. Coupled with a drawn-out episode of Raw that picked up at the end, we were left with a ton of questions heading into the next PPV three weeks from now. Without further ado, let’s get underway with a Three Points of Monday Night Raw and where I can see these angles going from here on out:
Bret Hart just seems bitter and always a Debbie downer when it comes to wrestlers outside his friend zone. Bret lives in “mark” for him self Hitman world. Bret speaks with animosity, and its always directed towards Vince, Hunter and Shawn Michaels.
As much as I respect The Hitman, I cant help but shake my head in disbelief over certain statements. I was never a huge Hunter fan but Hunter was that guy for some time in the company. I really enjoyed the Evolution days and thought the McMahon-Helmsley Era was entertaining.
For years people have talked shit about HHH. How he abuses his power backstage, constantly going over on people that were much more over with the fans then him, (Shawn Michaels, RVD, Chris Jericho, Booker T, Randy Orton). Whether you agree with Bret or want to believe what you hear about back stage politics, HHH’s contributions to WWE and wrestling should be respected. HHH was always a decent mic skills and can wrestle. Some of my twitter followers say not as technically sound as HBK, but HBK is in another atmosphere.
I think Bret saying Hunter never had a great match, is foolish. Triple H in 2000/2001 was headlining almost all the pay-per-views. Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H vs. Chris Benoit at WrestleMania 20, Stone cold 3 stages of hell, Shawn Michaels 2 out of 3 falls, John Cena at night of champions, are just some that come to mind.
Triple H vs Taker at Wrestlemania 28, wasn’t about wrestling. I was more of a brawl. There was nothing fancy about the match, personally I didn’t want a catch can between these two. I wanted brawl and that’s what I got. I enjoyed everything intertwined with the hell in a cell gimmick, the streak, near falls, and HBK’s dramatic emotion made the match that much more.
Triple H vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania 27, NOW that was an overrated match, but the end of an era match was far from mediocre
Ive have been asked, why is this column entitled “The Week In Wrestling” if all you cover is Monday Night RAW. My response is why watch Smackdown theres a “super show” for that. Why do I have to sit through a Wade Barrett match when I can see Mark Henry (Smackdown’s World Champion) on the RAW “super show”.
I also got an email asking why haven’t I covered TNA Impact Wrestling? My response is Id rather listen to Racks or that Tony Montana record on repeat then sit through “impact Wrestling”. Once Vice Russo, Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan get fired then Ill consider viewing that shit show.
Even WWE’s sub par story lines as of late are far more engaging than anything TNA can conger up. So with that lets start this review…
If you remember last week John Cena asked “The Great One” to be his tag partner against The Miz & R-Truth at Survivor Series. So yea RAW starts off with The Rock in a prerecorded promo. Its Dwayne, the actor who used to wrestle. Who’s part time wrestling again. Side note What the hell is The Rock on? HGH? Maybe Anadrol, Dianabol or Sustanon to bulk with Anavar or Primobolan to lean out? The villain goatee with gray hairs might foreshadow a turn maybe.
The Rock does the typical Rock stick. The people this that people that add a few candy asses and close with catchphrase. So the “People’s Champion” The Rock, John Cena’s WrestleMania XXVIII opponent will be Cena’s partner at the Survivor Series.
That is how this past Monday RAW Halloween Supershow started. O yeah The Muppets are the Guest host of RAW. Yeah I can careless about that nonsense as well.
Thank goodness for DVR, the invention really is a lifesaver. For numerous reason DVR is a helpful tool the fast forward factor is very underrated. Now your thinking did he really breeze through RAW, will this review be total shit? No heres why.
I speed through the fluff now that could be most if not all of the program, yet I still have faith so with remote in hand lets start GO….. Triple H started off Monday Night RAW, Im getting flash backs of 2003. In 03 hunter had beef with both HBK and Kevin Nash. 8 years later the old man beef continues.
Triple H said that he could make friends or make money. He said he’s always lived by those words. Hunter said he considered himself the lucky one who was able to make money and have a strong group of friends. He mentioned Shawn Michaels, Sean Waltman, and Kevin Nash. No mention of Scott Hall, REALLY Hunter.. Not cool bro not cool.
Buy this point the crowd eating out of Hunters hands. Hunter said Kevin Nash broke my heart,” The broken hearted went on to say he wants to kick Nash’s ass. Johnny Ace makes an appearance and stared to say something raspy but Hunter told Laurinaitis to shut up and not walk through the ropes. Hunter said Laurinaitis’s job for tonight was to search the building and find Nash, and bring him to the ring.
So I just watched the entire Vengeance pay-per-veiw WWE held last Sunday, I know its Thursday but I work late… I know this review is a few days late you wanna fight about it? WWE should have entitled this PPV Jank city, I would have watched Desprate House Wives over what I streamed for free Sunday. Before Sunday the last time WWE held Vengeance was on the weekend of the Chris Benoit double murder and suicide case. Benoit, who was originally booked to face CM Punk for the vacant ECW World Championship, but no-showed due to “personal reasons”. This PPV should have stayed Benoit’d
The card did not have any matches I cared to see other than The tag team title match and Randy Orton vs Cody Rhodes. Its not that I didn’t like the PPV all the matches were solid, I just got the feeling this was the fluff PPV since no titles changed hands and most feuds will continue on for Survivor Series.
Tag Team Title match Air Boom vs Dolph Ziggler/Jack Swagger: Great back and fourth between both teams. Kingston hit Trouble in paradise on Ziggler, Bourne followed up with AirBourne for the pin. I have lost count how many times I have said that Zigg’s and Swagger are a great pairing. Zigg’s and Swagger are entertaining to watch, but I think Ziggs is better suited a a singles wrestler anyone else get the Curt Hennig vibe when watching Ziggler?
Monday Night RAW reminds me of my pervious relationship a FUCKEN LET DOWN. If you’re already lost stay with me, there will be a tie in. Think about it. We have a relationship with this program and with the WWE, I know the WWE has been my main squeeze since I was 4 years old. Thats a long time and I’m emotionally invested with this product. There is anticipation to the build up then its the honeymoon stage where they can do no wrong. When things are great things are comfortable, after a while that comfortably turns into irritability. So every little thing they don’t do is note worthy, another con on an ever growing list of shit.
When you’re in a relationship sometimes you need a kick in the ass to realize shit isn’t as sweet as you think. Maybe sensing the audience’s disappointment with the current product WWE decided to change for a while. WWE was on their toes with the Punk promo. The walkout had us wanting more, but then they reverted back to their comfortable ways.
Like most who avoid confrontation in a relationship I wasn’t going to talk about the on going problems with the program, I was going to say nothing in hopes that it would go away. I wasn’t in the most healthy relationship, I dated someone who had the communication skills of a snow pea. Fortunately, Kaz reminded me of my due diligence. So here is my review of the Monday Night RAW before the Pay-Per-View Vengeance.
John Laurinaitis starts the program off. The crowd boos as Ace introduces himself to the crowd. He says tonight marks the return of Rey Mysterio and the crowd pops. Returning to San Diego to see his doctor, Laurinaitis says. He won’t be here tonight. The crowd boo’s and Laurinaitis says he was just kidding. Ace talks about firing Jim Ross last week. Laurinaitis introduces Ross and out he comes we see footage from last week where Michael Cole led Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez in singing goodbye to Ross. Laurinaitis announces Cole and Del Rio vs. Ross and John Cena for tonight.
RAW opens with a video package,cut to crowd with empty announcing area. Cut to an empty backstage with Hunter being the only BABYFACE on the roster walking to the ring. Remember when CM Punk kicked started this angle? The roster is outside refusing to come into the building unless Hunter leaves.
Hunter is asking the crowd if he should walk away they say NO.. yeah they booked this ALL WRONG. HUNTER WILL NOT QUIT. So tonight wrestling fans will we get 2 hours of complete shit. Hunter says he’ll wrestle a broomstick for 2 hours if he has to. Then says he’s wrestled some of the guys in the parking lot and a broomstick would give him a better match
I needed a few days to porcess what went down this past Monday Night RAW. RAW has been a title wave of good and bad since the summer of Punk. WWE has shown glimpses of brilliance yet reverts back to old ways at times. Its like going back to the same pussy after a break up its comfortable, yet you know change needs to come. Granted some steam has been lost like involving Kevin Nash, but for the most part the level of confusion WWE creative has thrown at us isn’t stale. After Sunday’s PPV Hell In The Cell it seems like some shit is about to go down. Shockingly no promo starts the show. What opens RAW was Orton vs Drew McIntyre. Yeah Drew McIntyre, he used to be a big deal..not anymore. Guess who wins?
After the match Mizzzark Henry came out held the heavyweight title in the air. Its good to see Henry rubbing shit in Orton’s face.. Orton and Henry exchange punches. Johnny Ace is out with security to separate them seconds. We see a promo video hyping the return of the Big Show before Mark Henry’s match with John Morrison. Yea I know I was like WTF Morrison. Henry made fast work of Morrison killed him dead in minutes.
Alberto, Christian, Cody, Dolph, Swagger, Otunga and Vickie hit the ring to announce they are contemplating legal action against Hunter. Hunter tells them to just shut up and fight in the main event. The Main event is a 6 on 6 against Cena, Punk, Air Boom, Sheamus & Mason Ryan. ITS TAG TEAM MANIA TONIGHT ON RAW.
Remember when cage matches has a build up, blood/violence and an actually ending? Yea that didn’t happen at last nights Hell In The Cell. It was more like hey chain link seems like a nifty idea lets sell a few million buy rates. The announcers for the show are Michael Cole, Booker T. and Jim Ross. Lawler is still out selling the anal bleeding.
The show starts and we see Miz and R-Truth had brought tickets to see the show but Laurentis came down with security and had them escorted out of the arena. I’m sure that’s the last we’ll see of them.
Sheamus vs. Christian: Heres how this match went. Christian does all the wrestling, Sheamus HULKS UP powerslam for two. Sheamus then attempted the razor edge which Christian reversed to set up the killswitch before Sheamus countered with the brogue kick. Decent show opener.
Sin Cara vs. Sin Cara: AKA The Lucha Off AKA The rudo vs the tecnico AKA doppleganger city AKA the crowd gave two fucks less. They should have cared this was a great match, readers please start watching Lucha libre. We all have a spanish friend who can translate plus Telemundo is free on your TV. I’ll refer to each guy as Sin Cara Blue and All Black Everything Sin Cara. This match had a whole bunch of flippy do’s and flying head-scissors. All Black Everything gets put on the floor with a senton dive, which leads to a sequence of both guys bumping heads. More flying head-scissors and flippy do’s occur until All Black Everything tries his third powerbomb of the night but Sin Cara Blue pulls out a rollup for victory. Highlight of the Match Booker T screaming Sin Cara Negro.