Monday, July 26, 2010

WWE Raw thoughts - July 26, 2010

Tonight's live blog is post #491 here at Kick-Out!!, suggestions for #500?

It's the first Raw since the Cenavengers assembled, make sure you're refreshing your page for ongoing coverage of tonight's show!

After a looooooooooooo(breath)oooooong intro, recapping the end to last week's Raw, John Cena kicks things off on Monday Night Raw! Cena promises to prove that Nexus is not invincible at SummerSlam to keep them from taking over Raw, but before he can finish his thought, he's joined (interrupted?) by one of his teammates, Chris Jericho! Jericho has taken issue with Cena calling it "his" team, but c'mon Chris, JerichOvengers just doesn't work! Turns out, John Cena doesn't care whose team it is, and despite the tension, Cena's clearly trying to get everyone on the same page for the sake of SummerSlam. Jericho sees the bigger picture, but accuses Cena of being more like Nexus than he'd like to admit, and when the Nexus problem is solved, he's turning his sights on the former champ. Interesting.

G?M chimes in before things get physical though and announces that the SummerSlam match will be elimination style. I like it... even if Survivor Series is just a couple months away. Cena and Jericho have to team together tonight though against opponents of the GM's choosing. "And if they're not down with that..." Funny.

The WWE Champion, Sheamus is out to scout our opening contest, Randy Orton vs. Jey Uso. Yes, I'm serious. Weird, it says USA at the bottom of my screen, but surely a match like this could only be seen on WGN, right? Randy Orton made quick work of Local Competitor, picking up an easy win with the RKO, and the RKOing Sheamus after the match just for the hell of it.

AWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMEEEE! The Miz rushes to the ring to cash in his Money in the Bank contract... but is RKO'd too and the match never starts. What an RKOhole.

Backstage, Edge is with Ted DiBiase talking about replacing The Great Khali. Is DiBiase really much of an upgrade though?

Back from commercial, both Miz and Sheamus have headaches and aren't happy with each other. COLE'S GOT MAIL! G?M has declared that Sheamus and Miz will team up tonight to take on John Cena and Chris Jericho. I am all for that match.

SummerSlam Recall from 1988 with The Honky Tonk Man's historic Intercontinental Title reign coming to an end at the hands of The Ultimate Warrior!

Great Khali is so mad at Edge, he even called him a "raflaghghar" and challenged him to a match later tonight... but if Edge wins, Khali's off the SummerSlam team.

Edge vs. The Great Khali never really got started before Nexus ran both men off. They had Khali surrounded, but let him walk away... I wonder if that means he's dropping out of the match voluntarily?

In a SummerSlam preview, Nexus is in action next in a 7-on-7 elimination match against Mark Henry, Evan Bourne, The Hart Dynasty, Jerry Lawler (?), Yoshi Tatsu (!) & Goldust(!!) The Yoshi/Goldust team has been reunited! Michael Tarver, in his human form, makes quick work of Yoshi Tatsu with a badass reverse powerslam of sorts. This man will EAT YOUR SOUL! During commercial, Heath Slater eliminated Jerry Lawler with Dolph Ziggler's finisher, then did it again to David Hart Smith. Okay, one: Heath Slater's finisher is terrible, two: Heath Slater dominating is terrible, and three: Heath Slater is terrible. Crowd is red hot for Goldust, but unfortunately is quickly eliminated by David Otunga. Mark Henry tries to tip the scales back to his team, but can't overcome the Clothesline From Slightly North of Hell from Skip Sheffield. Tyson Kidd tries, but Darren Young puts him away, leaving Evan Bourne completely alone with all seven members of Nexus. One meeting with Wade Barrett later, it's a clean sweep for The Nexus. For the record, it was all the power of Michael Tarver.

I know people are going to bitch about this, but come on, we're supposed to believe these guys can go toe-to-toe with John Cena, Edge, Chris Jericho, John Morrison, R-Truth, Great Khali and Bret Hart, they HAD to look dominant here. These guys are nobodies, and they haven't really had a lot of in-ring work since they arrived on Raw, this was undoubtedly the right call.

Alicia Fox vs. Brie Bella? What have I, what have I, what have I done to deserve this? Alicia wins, Jillian tries to sing of her and gets a scissor kick. NACHOS! GETCHA NACHOS! ICE COLD BEER HERE!

And the next match isn't a much better idea, Ted DiBiase vs. John Morrison, with R-Truth on commentary. Painful match, DiBiase steals one with his feet on the ropes, but Truth makes the save, only for Morrison to be thrown into Truth to give DiBiase the win anyway. Morrison's pissed, and he's got facial hair, and any Star Trek fan knows, facial hair = heel! Tension grows within the Cenavengers.


The Miz & Sheamus vs. John Cena & Chris Jericho is next, and I assume the main event for the evening? Kinda early, so I'm getting a slight scent of shenanigans. Surprisingly no shenanigans here... well, not really. Very fun tag match, until Jericho got tired of dealing with Cena's shit and nailed him with a Codebreaker, allowing THE MIZ to pin Cena! That's right, Miz - 1, Cena - 0, the streak returns! After the match, Jericho tries to put Cena in the Walls, but Cena reverses into the STF, Great Khali tries to split it up, then all of the Cenavengers hit the ring and argue to close Raw.

Not the greatest Raw on a technical level, the wrestling wasn't there, there wasn't a match even a percent as good as the triple threat from last week, but the overarching storyline is very entertaining. I love the Nexus storyline and the fact that WWE can't seem to mount any sort of counterattack without Bret Hart to rally the troops is one of those little details that I love. This show was all about Nexus bouncing back after last week, and they accomplished that well, let's just hope the in-ring action bounces back next week.

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  1. Tom in Belfast/UKJuly 26, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    post number 500:

    "The Five Hundred Best Posts at Kick Out Wrestling" :)


    I liked it when Cena used Jericho's line! :)


    Wouldn't it be bloody great if the GM were Shawn Michaels? I mean, he could get into scraps now and again, but stay retired, coz he doesn't actually need to wrestle :)

    sounds good to me.

    But ... if the past few weeks are anything to go by, of course he won't but we CAN dream right??

  2. Tom in Belfast/UKJuly 26, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Tamina Snuka is dressed to be a referee!

  3. Tom in Belfast/UKJuly 26, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    you know the following people are jobbers

    -Hart Dynasty
    -King Lawler
    -Even Evan Bourne ...

    as the one whose music plays is MARK BORING HENRY! :(

    just look at how yoshi was jobbed... i had high hopes for that guy :(

  4. Tom in Belfast/UKJuly 26, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Please Lord... let Jerry Lawler pin someone. Thanks ... Amen.

  5. Michael Tarvers clearly going to be the last one left, and then defeat the remaining 6 on his own.

  6. Tom in Belfast/UKJuly 26, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    heath fuckin stinkin, no good for nothing, shit eating, dumbass slater


    an actual, real bona fide legend HOF'er King Lawler :(

    there is no justice in the world.

    In my mind Slater smells of fusty tuna.

  7. Tom in Belfast/UKJuly 26, 2010 at 10:01 PM

    Goldust is as popular as Stone Cold ... with the fans... not with the bookers :(

  8. Tom in Belfast/UKJuly 26, 2010 at 10:03 PM

    Razor's tweets:


    take any Chuck Norris quip...

    replace Chuck with "Michael Tarver"

    Rinse and repeat


  9. Chuck Norris' soul fears Michael Tarver.

  10. Tom in Belfast/UKJuly 26, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    Michael Tarver no know how to kung fu with Tsuck Norris!

    (submitted by tom on behalf of loyal follower "Jackie Chan")

  11. Tom in Belfast/UKJuly 26, 2010 at 10:17 PM

    I was thinking earlier whilst watching NXT ... that .. that young jock who's Miz's rookie ... he looks like Miz has produced a child with JBL!

    heil! ze mazta race!

  12. Dude what's with all the Slater hate? Sure he's no Barrett, but seriously what has he done to piss everyone off?

  13. Tom in Belfast/UKJuly 26, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    Slater is ... well, in my opinion, he just looks like he smells of fusty tuna. That's the number one reason I don't like him.

    Secondly, I don't like his face. His face is just wrong. Mine is much better. I have a better face than Heath Slater.

    Nextly, his name. Heath is a stupid punk-ass name.
    Slater is a shit-eater name!


    also ... his in ring work is just slightly below mediocre.



    heath slater

    in all seriousness......

    slater: he was groomed to be a "rock star wannabe future superstar" rather than being a guy who ...

    a guy who loves the business and always wanted to be a wrestler.

    Only my opinion.

    But, my opinion is final :)


  14. Tom in Belfast/UKJuly 26, 2010 at 10:26 PM

    Brie Bella, the next big thing :)


    I am amazed at Alicia Fox.

    Hot, Athletic, Sassy ... yah, she's hot :) Very hot!!!

  15. A Pet Shop Boys/Dusty Springfield reference? Awesome!

  16. Heath Slater makes me angry just by looking at him.

  17. Glad someone caught the Pet Shot Boys reference... not surprised it was you, Sledge!

  18. Tom in Belfast/UKJuly 26, 2010 at 10:54 PM

    Michael cole and the miz has a baby together .... and the outcome?

    I'll get back to ya :)

  19. Razor - considering it's a 22 year-old song, I don't think too many wrestling fans would "get" it.

    But it was a Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single. The one before it?


  20. Tom my friend...I just leased a flat in Belfast for september, id love to meet up for a pint and discuss this Heath Slater hatred further...

  21. I'm totally liking the whole Nexus angle. Its kinda fresh, yesh, I know of the nWo and stuff...But, you have all this mystery abound with it...What I am hating is that they are still jobbing people like Goldust, Bourne and The Hart Dynasty...I mean..I for one am sick of Orton and Cena headlining every damm PPV...

  22. Bourne and The Harts will be fine. Tyson and Evan looked as good as they could have in this match.

  23. matt said
    ""Tom my friend...I just leased a flat in Belfast for september, id love to meet up for a pint and discuss this Heath Slater hatred further...""

    my reply@
    sure matt, no problem ... if you let me know your email :)

    Click on my name here, and then you'll get to the BMAc, just email me thru there :)


  24. Speaking of facial hair = evil, did you see the Daily Show last night Razor?

  25. I did see Jon Stewart doing his Col. Sanders impression, yes.

  26. For post 500, you should write it like Tom in Belfast/Da UK/Da Philippines writes everything :)

    You know, with unnecessary linebreaks in between individual sentences :)

    ......Don't forget the stupidly long ellipses thrown in at random and smiley faces at the end of every damn sentence :)

  27. Saving that for Tom's guest post!


  28. well,

    thanks everyone

    for noticing





    it's great ....


    really :)