Thursday, July 9, 2009

Raw Thoughts - July 6, 2009

Okay, so I realize I'm way late on this one (sorry, I've been having a rockin' good time at various concerts throughout the midwest... not that I'm bragging... okay I'm bragging) and you've probably seen and forgotten the show by now, so how about I keep it short(ish) and sweet? We've got a busy next few days ahead of us with ECW and Superstars on tomorrow, plus Smackdown on Friday and I still have to do something about this week's Kick-Out!! Radio! Agh, there are not enough hours in the day. But the show must go on, so let's talk Raw.

Ted DiBiase is still amazing. It's been far too long since we've seen The Million Dollar Man cut a promo in-character and he even brought out the Million Dollar Belt! Great interactions with Legacy and I enjoyed him playing the father character who expects way too much out of his son by putting Ted Jr. in a match with the WWE Champ.

Carlito & Primo vs. Edge & Jericho was way too short and way too sad because all I could keep thinking about is the fact that Edge is going to be out for quite some time. The Codebreaker/Spear combo was awesome too, I really REALLY don't want this team to come to an end, they barely even got started. I'm also not digging the idea of splitting up Carlito & Primo as they've been a terrific team and it's completely revitalized Carlito's career, but I guess that's the reason why they're splitting up. WWE has done a lot to keep Carlito happy and motivated, they've obviously had huge plans for him since the moment he debuted, perhaps this is his time? But what about Primo?

Mickie James & Gail Kim vs. Maryse & Alicia Fox was a decent Divas tag match, moving Gail to Raw seems to be a brilliant move as she got more of a reaction in this match than she ever has. Mickie James is always a good partner for a new face in the Divas division, so hopefully they'll let these two work together more.

Mark Henry vs. Cody Rhodes was not what I was expecting for week two of Mark's face turn. Why not have him just completely destroy Cody? It's not like Cody losing clean to Henry after he just beat Orton would hurt him and the walk-out finish is just lame when there's no title involved. If this face turn is going to work, I want to see Mark absolutely dominate.

Randy Orton vs. Ted DiBiase (Junior) was actually a really good match. DiBiase is really being held back by being aligned with Legacy, he needs a personality injection, but I think that'll come after he strikes out on his own. This match showed he's ready to go it alone in the ring, but he's never going to get anywhere as a lackey.

Loved the VIP Lounge segment with MVP & Jack Swagger. I was wondering how long it would take to bring up MVP's storied past, but they played it really well here and this is a natural feud considering their different backgrounds. This is definitely the ideal first feud for Swagger as a member of Raw.

Evan Bourne vs. Kofi Kingston was criminally short, I hope these two get another chance to lock horns someday... without Big Show being involved. I like Show and I'm glad we've finally put an end to his feud with John Cena, but I really don't think I'm going to get much enjoyment out of watching him toss around Kofi and Bourne. And does Show really need to be involved in the US Title scene?

Triple H vs. John Cena was okay, but they obviously held back in this one, which is bittersweet. On one hand, it's good because they didn't give too much away for the eventual PPV epic that I'm sure they'll have soon, but on the other hand, these two have been kept apart for most of Cena's WWE career, so I feel like it's somewhat wasted to have them pull back. If you're going to have them go at it, have them go at it, you know? Triple Threat at Night of Champions isn't surprising, but how many times can we see some combination of Orton/Triple H/Cena? Raw's starting to get a Smackdown vibe to it with fresh faces like Jack Swagger, Evan Bourne, MVP, Kofi Kingston and even Mark Henry, but what's it going to take to get one of them in a PPV main event?

Overall, I'd say it was a good Raw and definitely another step in the right direction for the show that was looking pretty bad for the last two months. But seriously, no Miz?! Are you kidding me!? This better be rectified next week, especially considering that his epic Twitter feud with Chris Jericho has taken the internet by storm.


  1. My Christ, has Raw really had three pretty solid shows? Bizarro world has officially taken over. Same with me thinking that Ted Jr. was the star of the show by far with a great starmaking match with Orton plus a segment that thanks to Ted Sr.'s emotion made you just want to HATE Ted Jr., which is another great method of building some heat for the guy.

    But yeah, solid show. Minor nitpicks here and there, but WWE's mostly delivered on the programming lately.

  2. Is it me or does the Big Show/Bourne/Kingston deal seem a lot like Kane/Rey/Bourne? I know it's a bit early to judge, but I can't help but wonder if they're just going to do the same thing with different guys. Instead of Rey & Evan teaming up on Kane you'll have Evan & Kofi teaming up on Show.

  3. Anon -

    Yeah I can see that. And the Bourne/Kane stuff did get cut short due to his injury, right? Maybe this is take two.