Big Raw tonight, the three-hour 3 For All, I joked last week that the best way to get Raw out of its slump was to bring on ECW and Smackdown. Judging by tonight's show, it was funny because it was true.
Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio kicks off the in-ring action and I'm sorry, I don't think I can get tired of watching these two wrestle. Another awesome match and my personal pick for Match of the Night: great storytelling, loads of dramatic near falls and a brilliant finish with Jericho twisting around Mysterio's mask and nailing him with a nasty Codebreaker. Jericho's words continue to be 100% accurate from his promo running down Raw to saying Mysterio's mask will be his downfall. Loving this feud and loving the boost it's giving to the IC Title.
Vince McMahon has sold Monday Night Raw?!
Tommy Dreamer vs. Christian was way too short, but a fun match nonetheless. I have a feeling they'll have another rematch at the PPV, hopefully getting more time. Not a whole lot to say about this one since it was kept short and there were no Swagger run-in, but I'm sure the plot will thicken tomorrow night on ECW.
Okay, so let me get this straight. Randy Orton is the WWE Champion, despite being injured Batista demolishes Orton at Extreme Rules and becomes WWE Champion. Batista gets written out 24 hours later, WWE Title vacated, Triple H returns, Fatal Four Way set up for the vacant WWE Championship with Orton, HHH, John Cena and Big Show. We go through all that just to have Randy Orton win the title back? Seriously? Are you freaking kidding me?! Here's a thought, how about Randy Orton just remains WWE Champion at Extreme Rules and you spare me the trouble of all this? Utterly pointless.
Vince McMahon has sold Raw to... Donald Trump! What's hilarious is I jokingly mentioned Trump to my girlfriend earlier in the night, fully expecting Ric Flair to be revealed as the owner, but I never thought it would actually happen! Trump confirmed that next week's Raw will be presented commercial free and that he will be there in person. Trump's last involvement with WWE got them tons of press coverage, so I can't see how this storyline is a bad idea. I like it. Vince also announces a 10-man Battle Royal to set up a new number one contender for the WWE Title, hopefully something interesting will come out of that.
Not much to say about Mickie James vs. Rosa Mendes except that DDT at the end made me literally scream "AHHHHH" because I thought Rosa may have been seriously hurt, she landed right on the top of her head! Luckily Rosa appeared to be okay and the slow tease for Mickie vs. Maryse continues.
Once again, The Miz shines as the brightest star on Raw. Goldust deserves his props as well, an Ahmed Johnson reference is always going to make me laugh, but Miz took the Bizarre One out and then shot poor Hornswoggle with the t-shirt gun! Ouch. Shooting leprechauns aside, The Miz is still AWESOME!
CM Punk vs. Edge vs. Jeff Hardy was a great match, but it's a bit odd that JR was saying Punk went too far for driving Hardy into the stairs just a few minutes after Hardy assaulted CM Punk's injured leg. The more I think about it, it's really a brilliant way to turn Punk heel, he gets booed for doing stuff to Jeff Hardy, but cheered for doing the same thing to Edge... if there's a surefire way of getting under the crowd's skin, it's calling them hypocrites, just ask Chris Jericho. I'm psyched for Punk vs. Hardy at The Bash, should be an awesome match and perhaps the culmination of this heel turn that might be happening? Just another reason why Smackdown is the superior brand, engaging storylines with a bit of mystery that aren't too complicated.
Carlito & Primo vs. The Hart Dynasty didn't have time to get interesting because Rhodes & DiBiase ruined it. Apparently they weren't content with ruining it with their horrid commentary, they had to cause a disqualification as well.
Okay, so if Randy Orton regaining the WWE Title was utterly pointless, Triple H winning the Battle Royal was just plain stupid. Why not keep them apart for a bit, let the feud heat up a bit and finally reach its conclusion at SummerSlam? No, we go through something even more complicated to make Triple H the number one contender when he could've just as easily got on the mic and said "fight me at The Bash, Orton!" MVP should've won the Battle Royal, would've helped him get even more over and given us a fresh match at The Bash... but no, we go with something completely unsurprising.
Oh but wait, it gets better. Donald Trump appears on the TitanTron and announces that HHH vs. Orton is happening next week on Raw and it's a Last Man Standing Match! And the match is listed on WWE.com to still be happening at The Bash (seriously). So unless we get some of those WWE shenanigans (which is very possible), we get to see Orton vs. Triple H next Monday and then again six days later. Double ugh.
So this was easily the best Raw since the Draft, as long as you ignore all the Raw parts (Miz got robbed in the Battle Royal!). Trump as owner is interesting and I'll have more on that on this week's Kick-Out!! Radio, but the WWE Title situation is reaching a new level of absurdity. So much wasted potential by putting the title back on Orton and having Triple H as the #1 contender, I was bored with this feud in April. I knew we were due for more Orton/HHH when The Game returned, but there is something to be said for the slow build. By taking the most complicated path to reach the most predictable destination, it made me go from bored to angry.