Monday, April 27, 2009

Kick-Out's Raw Thoughts - April 27, 2009

For a post-PPV edition of Raw, tonight's show was rather underwhelming. Let's take a look at what worked and what didn't:

Randy Orton, I know you're basking in the glory of winning the WWE Title, but it's only a two hour show, we don't need to spend half of it on your entrance. I haven't talked much about this since I started Kick-Out!! Wrestling, but I always go back and forth on how I feel about Randy Orton. Sometimes, he's just so good at what he does and makes me absolutely loathe him, other times, he bores me to tears... tonight was the latter. Boring, monotone promo, a video montage of stuff we've seen a million times (that they just had to show again later), and then a couple more monotone lines. Surprisingly, MVP saved this entire segment by coming out and displaying some actual energy. Great stuff from MVP, even if it is still really weird to see him as a face.

Kofi Kingston vs. The Brian Kendrick was criminally short, but I guess time needed to be made for Orton's ten minute entrance. I hate to pass judgment after only one match, but I worry my fears about Kendrick moving to Raw may be true. Hopefully he can bounce back from the loss and go onto bigger things, but at least he lost to someone on a roll like Kofi Kingston, who was looking impressive as always.

8-Diva Tag (well, 7-Diva Tag + Santina) wasn't anything special, but the comedy bits with the Bella Twins and Hornswoggle was pretty funny. Considering they set the bar so low with that dreadful segment last night, it didn't take much to deliver on the laughs here. Hornswoggle and Santino being on screen together at any time has potential to be comedy gold.

Tough break for Matt Hardy, they finally end the uncomfortable feud with his brother and breaks his hand in the process. But as I said today on Twitter, every cloud has a silver lining and Matt can use the Cowboy Bob Orton cast gimmick. Crowds love to boo a guy that they think might be faking an injury and the cast is always an easy way to score a cheap victory, so maybe Matt can use it to his advantage? That said, why did Goldust have to be the first victim? You want some good comedy, let Goldust get on the microphone!

Randy Orton vs. MVP was one of the shining moments of the evening. MVP continued to flourish in his new role, Orton looked strong and both men were protected with the DQ finish. I have to admit, I could watch various people beat on Randy Orton with a Singapore cane every week.

I don't know if this is a testament to the man's talent or a sign of just how dull Raw was tonight, but The Miz's promo was the best moment of the show. I'm going to say that again, because even I don't believe it - The Miz was the highlight of the entire Monday Night Raw broadcast. He showed more emotion and more passion on the mic than the WWE Champion did and while he was talking, I was wondering why this guy wasn't headlining PPVs. Everyone expects John Morrison to be the breakout star of the team, but I'd be willing to be money that The Miz earns a World Championship first. The self-professed "Chick Magnet" won me over tonight.

The
Colóns vs. Chavo Guerrero & Jamie Noble was just strange. Noble and Guerrero teaming up doesn't make any sense, I think ol' Chavito was better off pushing Vickie around in her wheelchair. Carlito looked impressive though, the double springboard twisting senton was beautifully executed, he just needs some actual opponents in the tag division. With him slated to face Ted DiBiase on Superstars this week, I think Carlito & Primo, are just keeping the titles warm for Orton's teammates and it won't be long before all members of Legacy have gold.

Main event just didn't do it for me at all. Batista and Big Show are good with the right opponent, but those two have never clicked against each other. Remember when they got booed out of The Hammerstein Ballroom shortly after ECW's revival? Well, tonight was like that, but with a crowd that didn't even care enough to boo. The highlight of the match was a broken John Cena making an unexpected appearance to distract Big Show; yes, John Cena standing at the top of the ramp was more fun to watch than this match. Batista is the number one contender though, and he tore the house down with Orton at Armageddon, so I hope they'll give an even more memorable performance with the WWE Title being on the line.

Not the show I was hoping for considering the Draft went into effect tonight and we just had a PPV yesterday. Lots of filler (Hardy/Goldust, Kofi/Kendrick, tag match) and not a whole lot of story progression besides a continuation of the McMahon/Orton saga. The only parts of the show I really enjoyed were MVP and The Miz, who were really on their game tonight. I don't get it, Raw cleaned up in the Draft, getting stacked main event scene and a solid midcard, but we didn't really see any of that on display here. I don't know how long they plan on keeping Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Cena will be out of the ring, but Orton and Batista can't carry this show on their own.

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