Monday, August 2, 2010

WWE Raw thoughts - August 2, 2010

I am indeed live blogging a taped show tonight, the universe may collapse on itself. Somehow, I managed to avoid most of the spoilers heading into tonight's show, so it should pretty much be business as usual. Keep refreshing your page for live coverage of tonight's un-live Raw!

No intro video tonight? That's weird.

One long ass recap video out of the way, Edge kicks things off for Monday Night Raw! Edge is talking about doing things his own way, he doesn't like, trust, or know Team WWE, so he's challenging Wade Barrett to a one-on-one match here tonight. Edge, you can ask for one-on-one, but I don't think you're gonna get it. Before we can hear from Nexus, R-Truth interrupts to tell Edge that a match with Barrett isn't going to do anything. Before this confrontation can escalate, COLE'S GOT MAIL! G?M has granted Edge his wish, a match with Wade Barrett - next!

Wade Barrett vs. Edge is our opening contest this evening, and honestly, I think this is the first real test for Nexus since their arrival on Raw. Sure, this may only be their third official match or so, but it's Edge, so that's a pretty big deal. Edge is definitely making Barrett look like a threat here, but just as Edge gets the upper hand, Barrett calls in the troops and Edge hauls ass through the crowd. Shouldn't be surprised, but it's exactly what Nexus should be doing, so I get it. Had the makings of a good match though.

Backstage, Edge is mad at John Cena for not helping him out, even though Edge specifically asked to be left alone. Cena tries to make the case for sticking together, but Edge quits the team. A smarmy faced Chris Jericho is lingering over Cena's shoulder, telling him that the only person who needs to quit the team is John Cena. Jericho challenges Cena to a loser leaves the team match later tonight. Either John Cena's playing luring Nexus into a false sense of security or Team WWE needs Bret Hart.

Speaking of The Hitman, the SummerSlam recall is his match with Mr. Perfect from SummerSlam 91, which is one of my favorite SummerSlam matches ever. Also one of my favorite Hart matches and Mr. Perfect matches. Hell, it's one of my favorite matches, period. Brilliant match.

Going back to the backstage area, Nexus is playing mind games with Great Khali, inviting the behemoth to their side. They lost Daniel Bryan, but could gain The Great Khali? Sounds like an upgrade to me!

Six Diva Tag Action next with Eve, Gail Kim & Natalya vs. Alicia Fox, Jillian & Tamina, well, at least we get to see Tamina and Natalya wrestle. And wait a minute, this match is actually... good? No one's believing that Alicia Fox could even get a surprise win over Natalya, but other than that, the match was kinda fun thanks to Natalya, and Gail Kim, who showed some of that flare that's been missing since she returned to WWE. Fox trash talks after the match, calling herself the greatest diva ever, blah, blah, blah, which was the cue for Melina to return! This was the one thing that got spoiled for me on this week's show, so it didn't quite have the proper impact for me, but I've always liked Melina, so I'm glad to see her back.

WWE Champion Sheamus in action next against Goldust and kudos to WWE for bringing up their feud in ECW last year. This match was nothing like their series of matches from then though, total squash for Sheamus. Good news, they renamed his Razor's Edge to the "High Cross," instead of the incredibly lame "Pale Justice." After the match, Sheamus talked about what a difference a year makes, because last year, he was in "Eh See Dobel-Yah, trying to make a name for me-self," and now he's a two-time WWE Champion. He doesn't need a briefcase like The Miz, or a pedigree like Randy Orton, he's just that damn good. Speaking of Pedigrees, the Dobel-Yah Dobel-Yah Eee Champion name-dropped Triple H, and said he'd do the same thing to Orton at SummerSlam. Get him, Sheamus!

Chris Jericho vs. John Cena up next in a Loser Leaves Team WWE match. I always enjoy Cena vs. Jericho, they've always meshed well in the ring, but let's be honest, who doesn't Jericho mesh well with? Jericho has firm control in the early goings, even introducing another fantastic Jerichoism, by slapping Cena and calling him a "stupid man." Jericho locks in the Walls, but Cena reverses, going for the STF, but before he can even lock it in, Jericho taps out, effectively quitting the team! John Cena's left with Great Khali, R-Truth and John Morrison, which has to be the most underwhelming foursome since Paul Roma was a Horseman. Cena practically begs Jericho to stay, but the best in the world at what he does just walks away. Bret Hart's gotta be the glue to get these guys back together next week.

After Cena's failed attempt at reconciling with Jericho, Chris Jericho & Edge show us what bromance is all about backstage. The two agree to let bygones be bygones, but The G?M orders them to compete against John Cena and Bret "The Hitman" Hart next week... with all seven members of Nexus at ringside as lumberjacks. I'm calling it now, Team WWE is laying a trap.

I really have no idea what to make of Legendary starring John Cena and Danny Glover. C'mon, you get Cena and Glover in a movie together and it's a drama? Surely that has "buddy cop flick" written all over it. "I'm getting to old for this STF."

Ted DiBiase vs. The Great Khali up next, and yes, it's as dreadful as it sounds. Khali picks up the win with the Vice Grip after Nexus provides a distraction in his favor. And yeah, that's about it.

The Miz is here and he is even more awesome than ever for trash talking Randy Orton, which is our main event (I think?) this evening. Apparently, Orton threw another one of his famous temper tantrums at The Miz last week, which aside from the usual staggering levels of unprofessionalism, I have to laugh since Miz has been way more entertaining in just the last year, month, week and day than Randy Orton has been in his entire career. Just sayin. Anyhoo, Sheamus is on the ramp to watch this one, and The Miz is firmly in control, so those two things are combining to help me forget that I'm watching a Randy Orton match. Miz had control throughout the majority of the match (awesome), but one RKO later (not so awesome), Orton turned things around and got the win (totally not awesome!) Sheamus teased rushing to the ring, but Orton scared him away and that was the end of Raw.

Solid Raw, obviously a bit of a placeholder show since it was taped, but there was more wrestling than usual and the SummerSlam main events were hyped well. But uh... WWE, you only have two Smackdowns and a Raw left before SummerSlam, the second biggest show of the year, can we add some more matches to the card, please? Oh and no new logo introduced tonightm, as was rumored, but how would WWE go about introducing a new logo on a taped show where the arena is covered in the old one? Not sure if the logo is changing or not, but it definitely wasn't happening tonight.

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  1. OK, i have 2 questions.

    1) Why is Raw taped tonight? I wasn't aware it would be.
    2) What is a "Slim Jim"?

  2. 1. I think Raw is taped because they're gearing up for, or are in the middle of an international tour.

    2. A Slim Jim is junk food. Kinda like beef jerky, but not really.

  3. OK, if it weren't for "Maddox", I would be asking the follow up question of what Jerky is! lol! But i understand it's the Manliest of all foods, right? :)

    Thx for the answers.

    The only spoiler I have read ... filled me with joy :) I'm sure you already know what it is, but don't want to mention it until it airs :)

  4. "stay down... you are a STOOPID MAN! A STOOPID man"! lolz :D

    I love PG, and i love Christo Jericho :D

  5. If you live on a part of the planet where there is no beef jerky, I'm so sorry.

  6. I accept your apology! ;)

    Indeed, on the same vein, I live in a part of the world with no 7-11 either!

    Nevertheless, after my time living in Philippines and frequent trips to HK, i have seen more than my share of them!

    I fear that sans Jerky, I shall never become a real man.

  7. Yeah, The Miz has won me over. I even made a reference to him in a blog post title... and I was getting emails from people because they thought I made a grammar error.