Monday, April 6, 2009

Kick-Out's Raw Thoughts - April 6, 2009

I wasn't quite sure what we were going to get out of this Raw tonight. The Raw after WrestleMania traditionally is a pretty big deal, but with the Draft looming next Monday, I didn't expect a whole lot to be shaken up, and I was only partially right.

Randy Orton sure took his time getting to the ring for that opening promo. I get it, you're hurt, but it's only a two hour show, The Sandman could've finished off a 12 pack in the crowd and got to the ring faster than that. Unsurprisingly, Orton wants his rematch, but Vince comes out and says no dice! Six-man tag at Backlash with the McMahon-Helmsley regime taking on Legacy. I like it, there's not enough big tag matches on PPVs anymore. Remember the old days when Hulk Hogan and Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake could team up and headline a show like SummerSlam?

So this was the match everyone was so angry that was left off the card last night? Don't get me wrong, Carlito, Primo, Miz and Morrison put on a fine match, but aside from Miz nearly killing himself by falling off the turnbuckle and Morrison's Shooting Star Knee to DJ Gabriel's teeth, it wasn't much different than the matches they've been having for the last month. I like Carlito & Primo, but those belts really belong to Miz & Morrison, who have been working pretty much every Raw, Smackdown and ECW for the last year and consistently putting on entertaining matches. Wonder if we'll get a redesigned set of tag belts soon?

Okay, so after a pretty terrible battle royal last night, the Divas came to work in that 10-Diva Tag Match. Am I alone in thinking they put on a hell of a match tonight? Between Gail Kim and Melina's battle to see who was more flexible and then Natalya coming in and knocking everyone around like she was working in the Hart Dungeon, I thought this was one of the best Divas matches in months.

So Vickie Guerrero is the new GM of Raw? Isn't that somewhat unfair to the rest of the heels on the Raw roster? No one's going to get booed like Vickie! I don't really like the idea of the six-man tag being for the WWE Title, it makes sense and all, I just hate when multi-man matches are for singles titles. That's the kind of match that gave us David Arquette, WCW Champion. I do like Edge vs. Cena in a Last Man Standing Match though, sure they've wrestled a billion times, but they always bring the goods.

WrestleMania All-Star Ten Man Tag was nothing short of fantastic. While it by no means came close to it in terms of quality, I don't remember a big tag match being this fun since Canadian Stampede in 1997. The crowd wasn't kidding when they were chanting "you still got it" to Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, I don't know if Ricky's up for it, but can we get him and Chris Jericho one-on-one at Backlash? Give those two twenty minutes and every jaw in that arena will be on the floor.

Okay, Santina Marella might be the most ridiculous thing I've seen on WWE television in years, but damn it's just plain funny. Not since the glory days of Goldust have I laughed this hard at one character, but Marella just has the gift. I cannot wait until he either gets the Womens Championship or Beth Phoenix beats him within an inch of his life... or both.

I was wondering where they were going with the last segment because it was just dragging along -- OMG IT'S BATISTA! Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of Davetista, but that was a really cool return... I thought he wasn't due back until SummerSlam?! He'll make a nice replacement for Vince at Backlash and Raw goes off the air with an awesome night-after WrestleMania surprise, which we haven't had in a couple years.

So at 11:02 pm, we didn't exactly have a Raw that rocked the very foundation of sports entertainment, but it was a nice way to close out WrestleMania week. Obviously the big shake-up is coming next week, so I'm not expecting too much out of ECW and Smackdown, which will likely be placeholder shows to tide us over. As for the Draft, make sure to check back at Kick-Out!! Wrestling later in the week for my predictions... which will probably be even worse than my Mania predictions.

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