Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Raw Thoughts - September 14, 2009

Raw kicks off and it's THE ANIMAL! Davetista is in the house, and the Toronto fans are going nuts, which is always strange to me. I like Batista, but live crowds LOVE Batista, the guy's always good for a massive reaction. Anyway, Batista, still in his arm brace tells the fans it's time for him to say goodbye. Unsurprisingly, that's the Fun Killer's cue and Randy Orton heads to the ring to run his mouth. In what might be the coolest Batista moment since he gave the thumbs down to Triple H and Ric Flair, he calls Randy predictable, removes his brace and beats the hell out of him. Batista's saying goodbye, but not to WWE, to Monday Night Raw! Batista's heading to Friday Night Smackdown, but not before he faces Orton in the main event, which is No Holds Barred!

I forgot to mention this in the Breaking Point review, and it's not wrestling related, but if you play video games, make sure you pick up Batman: Arkham Asylum. Easily the best game I've played this year, the fact that it sponsored the PPV just gives me an excuse to talk about it... go play it!

Trish Stratus is out next, on top of being the Diva of the Decade, she's also the first ever female guest host for Monday Night Raw. Trish reminds us that Randy Orton has a rematch clause (ugh) and he'll be taking on John Cena inside Hell in a Cell. See, this is what I was talking about on Kick-Out!! Radio, with these new concept PPVs, it takes all the surprise out of an announcement this big. John Cena vs. Randy Orton inside the Cell should be huge news, it's a major match and the first time there will be a HIAC match on PPV not featuring The Undertaker or Triple H, but since we all new the HIAC PPV was coming, there's no surprise in this announcement. I'm sure the match will be great, but it takes away some of the Cell's bang to be used like this.

The Miz & Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston & Primo wasn't as good as their match last week on Superstars, but still enjoyable. Before I get into the match, I have to say that Primo's music may be the worst in WWE's right now, congrats on finding something to fill the void left by Candice Michelle's release. Anyway, the match was rock solid, exactly what I expect to see on Raw every week and further advanced the feud between Miz and Kofi. Stolen belt storyline? Hell yes. A heel stealing a belt is one of my favorite, underused angles, I hope they go somewhere with it. I do have to question what the deal is with Jack Swagger though, the guy came into Raw as a pretty big deal and seems to fizzle out more and more with each passing week. Considering how crowded the brand is, I'm sure he's just in the same territory of MVP, Mark Henry, and Carlito are in, just waiting around.

Alicia Fox vs. Gail Kim battled for the #1 contender spot for the Diva's Title and the match wouldn't have been that bad had it not been for the outcome. Gail Kim and Mickie James need a rematch to make up for that debacle from a few weeks back; Alicia Fox in a high-profile match is just a debacle waiting to happen.

Lot of trash talking from Legacy coming off their big win at Breaking Point. Yeah, you're the first team to ever make DX tap-out, but you're still dorks... I'm just sayin. I do have to give Cody & Ted credit though, they've looked more impressive since SummerSlam than Randy Orton has in months, maybe he's the lackey?

Good match between Ted DiBiase and Shawn Michaels, you're never going to hear me complain when HBK is in the ring, especially when it's singles competition. Despite my constant bashing, I do think DiBiase has greater potential to be a breakout star than Cody, so it's good to see him rubbing elbows with someone on HBK's level. The no-contest finish wasn't too surprising, especially after we found out that DX and Legacy will compete one more time, this time inside Hell in a Cell.

You know, I'm starting to get the feeling that Breaking Point is going to be the most pointless PPV of the year if Hell in a Cell sticks around. There are only three weeks separating the PPVs, so it looks like Breaking Point is just something to push feuds along into HIAC. DX/Legacy, Orton/Cena and I'm sure Punk/Undertaker are all going to happen again on October 4th, so none of the main events at the last PPV were resolved. I liked the PPV, it had some good matches, but in terms of storyline progression, Breaking Point is essentially pointless.

Evan Bourne & Hornswoggle vs. Chavo Guerrero & Carlito was what it was, but it looks like it's FINALLY over between Chavo and Hornswoggle, thank you! Maybe now Evan Bourne can do something of substance, but I'm worried he'll fall into the same trap with Jack Swagger that I mentioned earlier. One other thing I noticed, Carlito, Chavo & Rosa looked cool together, perhaps Raw's answer to the Hart Dynasty?

Trish Stratus & MVP vs. Beth Phoenix & Chris Jericho... which later became Trish Stratus, MVP & Mark Henry vs. Beth Phoenix, Chris Jericho & Big Show was a lot of fun. Seeing Trish wrestle was a nice treat, but there wasn't nearly enough of her in the ring. The Glamazon looked great in there too, especially when she was shoving MVP around. I feel like this is all a slow-build towards a WrestleMania match between Trish and Beth, but I felt that way last year when Trish returned to team up with Cena against Glamarella, so I suppose we'll just have to wait and see. Also, are Mark Henry & MVP still going after the tag belts or will JeriShow move onto other opponents?

Batista vs. Randy Orton was pretty short, but there was a lot going on the show, so I wouldn't be surprised if they were running low on time. Nothing really to say here, I think the whole purpose was to add fuel to the Orton/Cena fire and give Big Dave a sendoff from Raw. I liked it though, anytime Randy Orton gets demolished two nights in a row is okay with me!

Overall, good show that went by really fast. Perhaps because this was one of the rare occasions that I was unable to watch Raw live, so I got to fast-forward through all the commercials and "moments ago" segments (which are really getting out of hand). I'm iffy on the idea of Batista on Smackdown, which has been perfect just the way it is, but there's also no denying the fact that there's a major void left by Jeff Hardy's departure. Undertaker is serving as the top face of the brand right now, but we all know The Phenom comes and goes. Batista will hopefully be good in that role, at least until Edge returns from injury.


  1. Is it just me, or do you have the feeling that if (WHEN) Edge returns from injury WWE will make him a face? Something about his interview on Smackdown a couple months ago just had that air to it. Or I could be crazy. Either one.

  2. And I'm sincerely hoping to see a new United States Champion after HIAC in the form of The Miz. He's really showed his true potential, and I think WWE should capitalize on the raw talent he has.

  3. Edge will undoubtedly be a face when he returns. The crowd won't have it any other way.

  4. Razor, you sure you ain't confusing heel heat with your boredom? :-P

    I love what they've done with Legacy. I didn't stand them two months earlier, but a DX feud has MADE THEM WORTHWHILE. You see, giving them big wins MAKES PEOPLE GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THEM. I now give a damn about Cody Rhodes. I feel that this proves that mis-handling is a good part of WWE's current problems. Swagger, Miz, MVP, Primo, Kofi. And even if the intent of the characters is that they're modeling themselves after the most boring main eventer in wrestling today, there's SUBSTANTIAL improvement in their work. These are not the same guys that won the tag titles in Hardcore Holly's last match with the fed, much less Cody isn't the same guy that fought Randy two years earlier.

  5. And here I was thinking MVP was finally getting a good push... maybe not to the top of the card, but he is getting some good exposure rubbing elbows with Jericho.

    And speaking of people who have had losing streaks... last night, I actually started to root for Chavo... how'd that happen?

  6. Trey - I'm kinda coming around to Legacy, I wouldn't say they don't deserve their spot, they just don't do it for me. Pretty much exactly how I feel about Orton.

  7. The only problem I see with Batista on Smackdown is that the brand's #1 heel right now is CM Punk, and though WWE has let him stand toe to toe with guys his own size, and has let him dabble in a huge profile feud with the Undertaker, I shudder when I think about how Punk fared when he went up against Batista the first time he won the title on RAW, he was treated as a push-over champion that dimwit Dave couldn't wait to demolish. If Dave Batista coming back is solely to squash Punk and stomp around for a year before retiring, I'd rather not see it all. Thoughts?

  8. Punk's the #1 guy in all of WWE right now. WWE realizes that, no way they'd ruin it already.

  9. Man, Raw did nothing for me. It's probably because I'm not a big Trish Stratus fan, but other than the opening seg with Batister and the Miz/Kingston angle, I couldn't get into the show at all.