Monday, May 31, 2010

WWE Raw thoughts - May 31, 2010

We are live blogging tonight's Raw! Keep refreshing your page for ongoing coverage of the Ashton Kutcher edition of Monday Night Raw!

Raw begins, we don't even get the usual "ladies and gentleman, we promised you a great main event," intro, it's just Edge beating the hell out of Evan Bourne? Wait, what? Evan did get a nice burst of offense, but he missed Air Bourne and Edge hit the, you guessed it, SPEAR! Edge is now running down his list of opponents at Fatal Four Way, but I'm still confused as to why exactly Raw started with a brawl between Edge and Evan Bourne. Oh and Edge, you can't mock the fans for chanting "RKO" when you had them chanting "SPEAR!" for the last three months.

Speaking of RKO, here comes Randy Orton, complete with two functioning shoulders. Edge mentions that Orton isn't 100%, but I don't think any of the guys in the match are; Cena's supposedly had back issues for the last couple months, Orton's shoulder is messed up, Edge has a laundry list of injuries over the years and Sheamus is just coming off a concussion, so it should be interesting to see how that match plays out in three weeks. Oh, Randy Orton hit Edge with an RKO, and that concludes the weirdest Raw intro in recent memory.

Ashton Kutcher is putting a hit out on Zack Ryder and setting up The Miz vs. DANIEL F'N BRYAN! I hope Michael Cole has renewed his health insurance.

If you happen to be touching my person, remove yourself from your seat and say WUTS UP?! The new United States Champion, R-Truth, is here... and wrestling Chris Jericho! I approve. This is exactly who I want to see Truth feud with, the United States Title is the one championship that eludes Chris Jericho, if he wins it, I believe he'll be the only man in WWE history to have held the WWE, World Heavyweight, WCW, Intercontinental, United States, European, Hardcore, WCW Television, Cruiserweight, WWE Tag Team, and World Tag Team championships. Well, if they are entering a feud, R-Truth has the momentum, picking up the win after reversing the Walls of Jericho into a quick roll-up. Good match, although I would've liked to see it get more time, I wonder if we'll see these two go at it again tomorrow night on the season finale of NXT.

Mixed tag team action, Santino Marella & Eve vs. William Regal & Maryse... odd. I figured it would be Maryse and DiBiase due to the events of last week, but Regal getting airtime is always a pleasant surprise. Santino is still begging Vladimir Kozlov to be his tag team partner, which could be funny, but now that I'm watching this, how about Santino and Regal? Regal plays a great straight man to any goofy character and he can pick up Santino's slack in the ring. Of course, my hopes have been dashed since Kozlov interfered and gave Santino his first win in months. Years? Beware the Cobra! And hey, Regal had it coming to him after what him and Zeke did to Kozlov.

USA! USA! USA! Happy Memorial Day, Kick-Out!! fans, remember those who sacrificed their lives for their country today and every day.

The new general manager of Raw, Bret "The Hitman" Hart is here! Bret's got a big announcement, he's worked out a deal with Teddy Long for another three-hour Raw featuring Superstars from both Raw and Smackdown! Of course, as the new GM, Bret has to get used to being interrupted, and the first guy to do so is Ted DiBiase (junior)... and Virgil! Bret Hart and Virgil are in a WWE ring in 2010, let that sink in for a minute. Anyhoo, DiBiase wants to be General Manager next week, but Ashton Kutcher had a better idea, making next week's show a Viewer's Choice Raw! Basically it sounds like Cyber Sunday, and using that idea on a three-hour Raw is something I've wanted them to do since they dropped the PPV, so I'm pretty excited for this.

HOLY CRAP VINCE McMAHON IS HERE! The rumors have been flying that the Mr. McMahon character is finished, and that seemed to be the case here. Vince was awfully happy-go-lucky and wished Bret good luck as General Manager, then danced around the ring. And that my friends, is why Vince is awesome.

Backstage, Edge slamms a door into Randy Orton's injured shoulder.

Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz, and this is the match we've been waiting for since day one on NXT! Little weird to see it so suddenly on Raw, but this could be a way to keep Bryan around permanently, hey if he beats Miz, why wouldn't Bret Hart sign him? Damn fun match, with Bryan locking in a nasty version of the crossface, Miz rolls into a pin, but Bryan reverses and picks up the win! Miz attacks after the match and tries to force Bryan to apologize to Michael Cole, but Bryan throws Miz like a lawn dart into the leader of the Cole Miners! In the year 2010, we've seen the return of Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels retire, and Bryan Danielson involved in the most entertaining storyline of the year, which also features Michael Cole. Not to sound like a broken record, but "let that sink in for a minute."

The Usos and Tamina are in the ring calling out The Hart Dynasty, and they're playing up their family history, being part of the famous wrestling Samoan family. They get quite a bit of time on the mic (unfortunately), and The Hart Dynasty eventually rush to ringside to get their revenge, but are once again dominated. Didn't like them on the mic, but I do enjoy this 3-on-3 dynamic, hopefully they can get it done in the ring and keep up the resurgence of tag team wrestling.

Alicia Fox's walk is more ridiculous than Vince McMahon's. Anyway, the Lord of Long Island, Zack Ryder is here and he wants to know who Ashton Kutcher hired to take him out, and it's The Great Khali! Sorry, can't care about Khali anymore unless he's wearing a tuxedo. Wait, it's not Khali, it's Goldust! Nope, not Goldust, it's Alicia Fox! Yeah... would've rather seen Khali in a tuxedo. Yawn.

The cast of the A-Team host Monday Night Raw next week. It's a three-hour Raw in Miami though, where the hell is The Rock!?

Awesome video package for Junkyard Dog though. I need to renew my subscription to WWE Classics on Demand.

Main Event time! Edge & Sheamus vs. John Cena & Randy Orton, but Orton's hurt! Who's going to fill in for The Viper? Evan Bourne!? Sure, it all makes sense now with the confusing intro, but let that sink in for a minute, EVAN BOURNE is in the main event of Monday Night Raw! This is a huge opportunity for Bourne and his chance to prove that he can in fact hang with the big guys, and that he's the heir apparent to Rey Mysterio. Evan Bourne is getting a hell of a showcase here too, working the majority of the match while the crowd is dying for the hog tag to Cena, I'm loving this. Cena gets the hot tag and the crowd EXPLODES for the WWE Champion, you wouldn't get anything this exciting if Randy Orton was involved! Cena hits a rotating Attitude Adjustment, tags in Evan Bourne, Air Bourne...

EVAN BOURNE JUST WON A MAIN EVENT MATCH ON MONDAY NIGHT RAW!

Raw ends with Evan Bourne's music playing and him holding up the WWE Title with John Cena. Greatest. Raw. Ever.

Okay, maybe not the greatest Raw ever, but that was pretty awesome... and bizarre. Don't get me wrong, there was some crap (like the Zack Ryder angle), but the good far outweighed the bad here, and the show just felt fresh and exciting, which is something that's been missing from Raw for awhile now. Give me more shows like this, and an Evan Bourne push, and I'll be a very happy Razor. Evan freaking Bourne!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Five Count: Highway to the Danger Zone

This week on Kick-Out!! Radio, I brought back The Five Count, the weekly round-up of my top five moments in wrestling. Today's Five Count, the top five wrestlers who are in the "danger zone." What is the "danger zone?" It's wrestlers who are currently "on the bubble," their ship is sailing, and it's quite possible that they could never realize their full potential for whatever reason. Not all hope is lost for these Superstars, but they could become one of wrestling's famous missed opportunities if things don't change.

5. Ezekiel Jackson
Big Zeke was riding a huge wave of momentum on ECW, and as the last ECW Champion, he was sure to bring that momentum with him to Smackdown... where he only wrestled one match. Zeke got overshadowed by WrestleMania hype, which is typical for "newer" guys around that time, but then Jackson faced a personal tragedy, and then an injury right after his return. He was drafted to Raw in the Supplemental Draft last month, but by the time he comes back, all the momentum will be long gone. Big Zeke will have to start over, and quite possibly on the very crowded Raw brand, and that could prove tricky for the final ECW Champ. I don't doubt Zeke's abilities, he's a very underrated performer, but bad luck has put the brakes on many promising careers in wrestling, and I hope it's not the case here.

4. Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler had tons of momentum over the summer, but after his feud with Mysterio concluded, it's been all downhill from there. Two weeks ago, I would've put Ziggler at number one on this list and even boldly claim that his ship had sailed, but putting him in a feud with Christian and making him the new lust interest for Vickie Guerrero could be a renewed sign of interest in him from WWE. Now with that said, Eric Escobar was introduced to WWE audiences as the object of Vickie's affection, and look how that turned out.

3. Primo
Without Carlito, what is there for Primo? The guy certainly isn't bad in the ring, I'd argue that he's been even more entertaining than Carlito in the last two years, but he doesn't really have the elusive "it factor." He floundered when they split up the Colon Bros., but with one of them released? I don't think that bodes well for young Primo.

2. MVP
Moving MVP to Raw was nothing short of a disaster. The guy came in a house of fire, even looked like he was going to become a contender for the WWE Title, and just a couple months later, all that momentum was gone. I predicted earlier this year that MVP would be the 2010 version of Mr. Kennedy, but then they made the right call and moved him back to Smackdown... where he's done absolutely nothing. Smackdown's a lot more wide open than Raw, yet all MVP has done on Smackdown is wrestle members of the Straight Edge Society (including Friday's loss to Luke Gallows), and team up with JTG one time. Smackdown was supposed to be MVP's return to glory, but arguably, he's worse off than he was on Raw.

1. John Morrison
Now hear me out on this one, John Morrison is a surefire future World Champion, right? Well, judging by the last couple months, I'm not so sure. Remember when Miz got drafted to Raw last year and everyone thought he'd do nothing while Morrison would go on to become a main eventer? Remember when Miz was considered the weak link of the team? Now Miz is working with guys like Big Show, Chris Jericho, and even Bret freaking Hart, while John Morrison's done absolutely nothing since losing the Intercontinental Title. They argued last year about who was the "Marty Jannetty" of the team, and if things keep going like this, Morrison might want to call Leif Cassidy.

Now keep in mind, this is wrestling, none of these guys are lost causes. Just a few months ago, Jack Swagger was losing to Santino, now he's the World Champion and the star of Friday Night Smackdown. Anyone damage can be repaired, anyone can get a push at any time, and yesterday's loser could be tomorrow's World Heavyweight Champion, but if things don't change for these guys soon, will they ever?

Saturday, May 29, 2010

WWE Smackdown Thoughts - May 28, 2010

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, thanks for spending part of it on Kick-Out!! Alright, big Smackdown last night featuring the return of The Undertaker, so let's get right into it.

T-Lo, Teddy Long kicked things off for the Blue Brand, he had to holla at you playas with a major announcement regarding the Fatal Four Way main event. Since Big Show got a disqualification victory at Over the Limit, he automatically qualifies for the match, and the other two qualifying matches are CM Punk vs. Kane and Rey Mysterio vs... The Undertaker! Awesome.

But before Teddy Long could finish his announcement, he was interrupted by the former Intercontinental Champion, Drew McIntyre. Drew was upset about losing the title to Kofi Kingston and had a letter from Mr. McMahon that he wanted Teddy Long to read "oat load," that said that Matt Hardy has been suspended for his actions after McIntyre's match at Over the Limit. But apparently Matt Hardy didn't get the memo, he tried to go after McIntyre, but was held back by T-Lo and security.

Drew McIntyre & Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston & Big Show was our opening contest for the evening, and once again, I have to say how much I love WWE mixing the Intercontinental and World Heavyweight Championship scenes, it's perfectly logical and makes the IC-level guys look like a big deal. Quite a long TV match, but pretty enjoyable, and Swagger pulling Kofi off the ropes as he tried to springboard back into the ring... NASTY! Kofi worked the majority of the match, but Big Show got the hot tag and finished off Drew McIntyre with the KO(!!) Punch. Malignant fist, FTW!

Vickie Guerrero worked her cougar charms on Dolph Ziggler and set up a tag match with him and Chavo taking on Christian & Hornswoggle. I really miss ECW.

Thankfully, CM Punk was here to save the day (shave the day?), and entered the arena with a towel on his head to hide the damage from Over the Limit. When Punk removed the towel, he revealed his new look, Lucha Punk! Awesomely hilarious, but I have a feeling it's a way to drag out the feud with Mysterio a little longer, getting us to a mask vs. mask match where we'll finally see Punk's bald head.

CM Punk vs. Kane was the first of two Fatal Four Way qualifying matches, and ya know, it was a Kane match. Nothing too offensive, but nothing earth-shattering either; hey Punk is awesome, but there are limits to even his power. Long match too, but thanks to a little help from Luke Gallows, Serena, and a very messy GTS allowed CM Punk to pick up the win and a spot in the main event at Fatal Four Way. Hey, the fact that CM Punk could even get Kane on his shoulders for the GTS was pretty damn impressive, but I don't think basic physics were in his favor.

Christian & Hornswoggle vs. Chavo Guerrero & Dolph Ziggler, there are so many things wrong with this match, not even counting what went on between bells. I don't have a problem with Christian wrestling Chavo or Dolph, but an actual storyline involving these guys? Christian going from putting on classic TV matches with Edge and Kofi Kingston a couple weeks ago to working with these two guys, who haven't done anything in months, or in Chavo's case, years? Resuming the Chavo/Hornswoggle feud? And perhaps trying to resurrect Dolph Ziggler's career at the expense of Christian? Lame, lame, and lame. At least Christian picked up the win, but that should tell you the quality of opponent he was facing. Ziggler locked in the sleeper on Captain Charisma after the match, but this is me still not caring. It's not like I expected Christian to dive right into the World Title scene or anything, but this is really the best WWE could do with him right now? Really?

Luke Gallows vs. MVP was up next, and I thought it would be an easy win for MVP, but thanks to help from the Masked Stranger, Luke Gallows got the win! That was pretty damn surprising. Of course, the big question is who's under the hood, and I'm curious to find out who it will be, it's been a long time since we've had a fun "who is that masked man" storyline.

Main Event time! Rey Mysterio vs. The Undertaker! It's been too long since we've seen The Phenom in action on Friday nights, and I'm hopeful that this qualifying match means we'll be seeing more of Taker in the coming weeks. That's down the road though, focusing on this match from last night is what's important, because it was a blast. These two had an awesome encounter at the Royal Rumble this year, and while I don't think this match was better (Rey didn't get enough offense in this time), these two have a surprising amount chemistry (despite Rey always busting Taker's nose) and I'm thrilled that the Dead Man is heading into the main event of Fatal Four Way. But if Punk is in that match too and Mysterio isn't, what's next for Rey Rey?

I enjoyed Smackdown, though it relied primarily on the opening tag match, Punk/Kane and Taker/Rey to fill time. Not that I'm complaining, a wrestling-heavy show is always what I prefer, especially for Smackdown, but aside from Mysterio vs. Undertaker, I wasn't exactly enthralled with the matches this week. They weren't bad, they just didn't really do it for me. What did you think? Let me know in the comments section!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Poll: Overdue DVDs

Apparently, the long overdue Chris Jericho DVD set is finally in the works and set for release this fall (fingers crossed).  It was really the glaring omission from WWE's DVD library, but there are definitely DVDs that need to be put out, especially with documentaries chronicling the person's career.  So that got me thinking, what is the big DVD set that you want to see that still isn't out there? Vote in our new poll to the right of your screen, and if your choice isn't on there, leave a comment and let me know what it is.

Kick-Out!! Radio - Episode 37



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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

WWE Raw thoughts - May 24, 2010

Sorry for no live blog last night, on top of missing my first PPV in three years, I missed Raw for the first time in months.  I had to work late, and the big series finale of 24 kept me from watching Raw live, it's easier to avoid wrestling spoilers than network TV spoilers.

Over the Limit sounded interesting though (I still haven't seen it), and the recap video of Cena vs. Batista really bummed me out because the match seemed pretty awesome.  Cena hitting the Attitude Adjustment off that car was pretty sick.

Speaking of the Cena vs. Batista, Davetista kicked off last night's episode of Raw!  Well, since he needed referees to walk him to the ring, "kicked off" might not be the best phrase, "stumbled off" perhaps?  Batista in a wheelchair demanding his spotlight might be the funniest damn thing I've seen in awhile though, at least since Ric Flair was in a wheelchair.  What is it about wrestling that makes it the only venue you'd actively boo someone for being in a wheelchair?  Batista was pissed though and wanted his rematch once he's healthy, but Justin Roberts quickly interrupted The Animal to introduce the new General Manager of Raw...

BRET "THE HITMAN" HART!


Wow, I honestly did not see that coming.  Bret Hart?  Definitely a far cry from the "top name on the list" that the dirtsheets were reporting, Abraham Washingston.  Bret Hart announced the Fatal Four Way PPV and told Batista he could qualify for the main event if he beat Randy Orton.  Batista argued that he was hurt, Bret responded that Orton was hurt too, but Batista still didn't want to fight, forfeited the match and quit WWE altogether!  Looks like Batista will be taking an extended vacation after all, but I doubt this is the last we've seen of Big Dave.

Sheamus vs. Mark Henry was our first actual qualifying match for Fatal Four Way, and you don't have to be a lifelong wrestling fan to figure out how this one went down.  Sheamus attacked Cena after his win at Over the Limit and has set his sights on the WWE Championship since he put Triple H on the shelf, so it was pretty much a forgone conclusion that Sheamus would get in the main event for Fatal Four Way.  Mark Henry put up a hell of a fight though and looked like a credible threat (which he should since he's the "World's Strongest Man"), but obviously this one was going to the Celtic Warrior.

Jon Lovitz is awesome.  I haven't seen him do much of anything lately, but I was a huge fan of The Critic and his work on SNL, so it was nice to see him on Raw.

Bret Hart set up a triple threat match with John Cena, Edge & Chris Jericho to determine the last spot in Fatal Four Way, but if Cena won, neither one of them would get the shot.

Maryse & Alicia Fox vs. Gail Kim & Eve was up next, and hey, Gail Kim actually did stuff in the match!  Don't think we've seen that since she returned to the company.  Once Eve got in the ring though, things took a turn for the worse and Maryse picked up an anticlimactic win for her team.

I wasn't a big fan of vacating the United States Championship and putting it up for grabs in a simple one-on-one match, I feel like we just did that on Smackdown with the IC Title, even though it was quickly rendered meaningless by Drew McIntyre.  I get it, Bret Hart obviously isn't going to be defending the US Title or wrestling anymore matches, and The Miz did get robbed, so he deserves a rematch, but I would've liked to see something a little more in depth.  There are enough guys on Raw to justify a tournament heading into Fatal Four Way: R-Truth, Mark Henry, Evan Bourne, Ted DiBiase, Zack Ryder, William Regal, etc., and they could even give Miz a bye into the semifinals since he was the former champ.  But hey, can't always get what you want, I suppose.

The Miz vs. R-Truth was the match to determine the new United States Champion.  R-Truth was fresh off a surprising win over Ted DiBiase and this was the first Raw that Miz wasn't carrying gold since October!  That didn't change for Cap'n Awesome though, R-Truth picked up a hard-fought win to earn his first championship in WWE history!  I'm happy for Truth, he's worked his ass off since coming back to WWE and has been a consistent fan favorite from day one.  Damn good match too, and considering how drastically he has improved with each passing year, I think it may be time to elevate The Miz to the WWE Title scene.  That may sound crazy, but Batista's on his way out, so someone's got to take his place, right?  I nominate The Miz, because he's awesome... he's just not United States Champ anymore!

Jon Lovitz's Superstar Search had all the potential to be a massive trainwreck, and once The Great Khali & Ranjin Singh came out to sing "Puttin' on the Ritz," it lived up to it.  Khali in the biggest tuxedo on the planet though?  Awesome.  Then a dude came out of the crowd to pull out his glass eye (no, I'm not making that up), and I never thought I'd say this, but Ted DiBiase came out to save this segment.  Well, DiBiase will get the credit, be we all know it was Virgil that made this entertaining!  Turns out, Teddy wanted to buy the dude's glass eye, which is really gross, the guy refused to sell and... Santino came to save the "cyclops boy!"  One Dream Street later, things didn't really go according to Santino's plan, and we wasted a good portion of TV time on something that probably could've been accomplished in 25% of the time.

The Hart Dynasty vs. William Regal & Vladimir Kozlov was incredibly underwhelming.  Too short, and an another anticlimactic finish, but the real story came after the match when all three members of the Hart Dynasty were attacked by two dudes I didn't recognize and a woman I didn't recognize.  A quick Google search tells me they're The Uso Brothers, Rikishi's twin sons, along with Sarona Snuka, daughter of "Superfly" himself.  My guess is they were brought up since Carlito was released, which put the kibosh on Carlito & Primo going after the Tag Titles.  I liked it though, it's been a long time since anyone got to debut like this, let alone a whole trio.

Tonight on NXT, Michael Cole is going to call Daniel Bryan out and force him to apologize, or else he'll SUE!  Going to be hard for him to talk to his attorney when he gets his head kicked in.

Ashton Kutcher is next week's guest host?  That's pretty huge.  I pretty much can't stand the guy as an actor, but he's actually a pretty bright guy and should be a fun guest host.

Main Event time! Edge vs. Chris Jericho vs. John Cena was a hell of a triple threat match and that STF/Walls of Jericho combo was freaking awesome.  Lots of drama and Edge picking up the win and final spot in the Fatal Four Way main event rounds out the match well, and the final image of all four guys in line looked really cool, but what's Jericho going to do?!  My suggestion?  Feud him R-Truth, the US Title is literally the only championship in WWE he's never held, so have him go after it.

Decent Raw, kinda fell off in the second hour, but the strong main event helped pull it back up.  A lot of stuff going on here: Bret Hart is the new GM, Batista quit, PPV main event set up, new US Champ, and a brand new tag team debuted, but for some reason the show didn't just "feel" as big as it should have been.  Maybe that's just me since I watched on DVR rather than live like I usually do, so let me know what you thought of last night's Raw in the comments section.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

WWE Over the Limit 2010 Preview

Tonight will be the first ever WWE Over the Limit PPV, but as I mentioned in my predictions, I will not be watching live due to the series finale of Lost tonight on ABC.  Sorry WWE, it looks like a solid PPV, and it's nice to see a new PPV concept not centered around a gimmick, but Lost is the television event of the decade!  Even though I won't be watching, and I've already done my predictions, I wanted to go back to something I haven't done in awhile, a list!  Here are the top 5 things I want to see at tonight's PPV:

5. Big Show vs. Jack Swagger given a definitive finish.
I expect there will be shenanigans in this one, but Big Show has had the upper hand throughout this entire feud, he's the largest athlete in the world, and always a credible title contender, he does not need to be "protected" with a DQ finish.  I won't mind if Swagger cheats to win (in fact, he should cheat), but let's just give the match an actual pinfall finish.  Next month is Fatal Four Way anyway, so it's not like Big Show is going to get a one-on-one rematch on PPV any time soon, so I hope WWE will take the opportunity to make Swagger look like a top level heel.

4. Don't leave me, Davetista!
Batista's been too awesome lately to take time off like the rumors are suggesting.  I want to see awesomely evil heel Dave feud with Triple H heading into SummerSlam!  Remember, this is dirtsheet reporting, so take it with a grain of salt, but an "I Quit" match seems like a pretty good way to write out Big Dave for the time being.  Hopefully he'll get his spotlight as he leaves the arena.

3. The Stranger, unmasked at last!
It's been awhile since WWE ran a good masked man storyline, but c'mon, this isn't TNA, so let's not drag it out too long.  Sure, it's only been a month, but if ever there was a good time to do it, it would be to save CM Punk from losing his pure, drug-free, unwashed hair.  Plus, I just really want to know who the hell it is.

2. All the big matches given enough time
Usually when I do one of these lists, I ask that at least one match gets 20+ minutes, but at Over the Limit, there are a lot of matches I'd like to see get that much time.  Edge vs. Orton, Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston, Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk, and The Hart Dynasty vs. Jericho & Miz, these could all be show-stealing matches that could keep the crowd red hot all night long.  If I had to pick one though, it would be the Tag Title match since we rarely get to see tag matches get that much time, and I really want to see Tyson Kidd and Chris Jericho tear it up.

1. Someone explains to me what the freaking Island is!
C'mon, what is this damn thing?!  Why does it need to be protected?  What's the gold light?  Why does it heal the sick?  What is the Smoke Monster?! And what is up with the Sideways Universe?!

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And now, the results from our Over the Limit poll:

WHICH OVER THE LIMIT MATCH ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT?
Edge vs. Randy Orton - 23%
John Cena vs. Batista - 14%
Jack Swagger vs. Big Show - 6%
Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk - 20%
Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston - 4%
Hart Dynasty vs. Jericho/Miz - 18%
Doesn't matter, I'll be watching LOST - 12%

Edge vs. Randy Orton just barely edging out CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio, and the Tag Title match rounds out the top three.  Not surprised Edge vs. Orton took the top spot, WWE is presenting it as the main event and it's a match we haven't seen in years, and we've never seen it with these incarnations of Edge and Orton's characters.  Punk vs. Mysterio is guaranteed to bring the goods in the ring and is my pick for Match of the Night, but you can't count out The Harts, Miz and Chris Jericho.  Those four could really surprise us tonight at the very first Over the Limit.

And make sure to check Kick-Out!! sometime tomorrow for my full review of the PPV, and of course, my live blog for tomorrow's Monday Night Raw!

WWE Smackdown Thoughts - May 21, 2010

When Smackdown began with CM Punk & The Straight Edge Society inducting three new members into the fold, I asked myself if anyone in WWE is consistently getting more airtime than CM Punk?  John Cena, perhaps?  Jack Swagger's gotten a lot of time since winning the World Championship, but CM Punk has been getting tons of time since his feud with Rey Mysterio began several months ago.  He hasn't been World Champion since October, but I'd say that Friday nights belong to your Straight Edge Savior.  Nothing you haven't seen or heard here before, but solid last-minute hype for what I assume will be their final match.

Okay, I can't believe I'm about to say this, but Michelle McCool & Layla vs. Kelly Kelly & Tiffany was the best women's match I've seen from WWE in quite some time.  Layla's lightning-fast roll-up, Kelly Kelly's springboard backflip into an arm drag, her crossbody to the outside, Tiffany's diving sunset flip, and McCool reversing a monkey flip into the Faith Breaker, there may not have been a lot more than that, but it's more than the snoozefests Michelle McCool usually treats us to.

Big Show stealing the Jack Facts (which were stolen from the Matt Facts), was highly amusing.

Did Matt Striker just say "jigga j-hova?"  Seriously?  SERIOUSLY?!  He was saying it in reference to JTG, who was in singles action against Caylen Croft of The Dudebusters.  Decent match, not much to it, but JTG looked solid.

Up next, Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer vs. Local Competitors... yeah, you read that right, both Hawkins and Archer have returned from obscurity, re-debuting on Superstars last week, and now they're here on Smackdown, which I'm not particularly thrilled about.  Archer was painfully boring in the final days of ECW and Curt Hawkins... well, he's not wearing pants with one leg, so who cares?  Maybe putting them together in a team will work, but I've had more than my share of local competitor destruction since Ezekiel Jackson and Vladimir Kozlov were doing their thing, so I'm not going to come around on these guys just yet.

Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston was our hour 1 main event, as far as I know, the first time these two have ever had a one-on-one encounter, and a very enjoyable match to boot.  Swagger looked like a dominant champion, Kofi looked like he was ready to hang with the top dogs, even if he did get a little help from Big Show to pick up the shock win!  This is why the ship has never sailed on anyone in wrestling, Jack Swagger was losing to Santino, Kofi experienced one of the biggest de-pushes I've ever seen, but now Swagger is World Champ and Kofi just pinned him in a non-title match.  So never count anyone out in wrestling, there are no lost causes, a little change of scenery may be all they need.

And by the way, how NASTY! was that kick that Swagger hit as Kofi was diving off the top rope?  Matt Striker insisted it hit Kofi's "inner thigh," which it did... after it caught him square in the crotch!  Ouch.


Perhaps the most important part of this Friday's Smackdown, The Peep Show returned!  Christian had a guest lined up that he has never really "seen eye to eye" with... Hornswoggle!  Get it, because Hornswoggle's short, no one sees eye to eye with him.  Hornswoggle's still rocking the DX gear, even though Shawn Michaels has been gone since WrestleMania and Triple H has been gone since Extreme Rules.  Obviously Hornswoggle's shtick has run its course, but if anyone could make a segment with him amusing, it's Christian.  Christian taught Hornswoggle to speak important Canadian words like "eh," "hockey," and "beer," sadly "sorey" and "Bryan Adams" were not included in the lesson plan.  Vickie Guerrero wasn't happy about Hornswoggle being picked as Christian's first guest over her and brought Chavo Guerrero with her.  Oh no, Chavo and Hornswoggle within a 50-foot radius of each other never leads to good things.  Vickie sends Chavo in to deal with her Christian problem, but Dolph Ziggler attacks Captain Charisma from behind!  Really, Christian's reduced to dealing with Ziggler and Chavo?  Two guys that haven't done anything in months/years?  Lame.

MVP & Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk & Luke Gallows was up next in a rematch from MVP's first night back on Smackdown.  Very fast paced and exciting, Punk almost decapitating Mysterio with his springboard clothesline was (you guessed it) NASTY!  A little short for my liking, but like I said, it was a very exciting and packed a lot of action into a little bit of time.  The Masked Stranger made an appearance, but it was not enough to stop Mysterio from catching Punk with a quick hurricanrana to pick up the win.

Nice little exchange backstage with Kofi Kingston & Drew McIntyre, their match could be the sleeper hit of the PPV.

Main Event time! For the first time ever, Big Show vs. Drew McIntyre in a non-title match.  I liked the idea of combining the World/IC Title matches from the PPV with Show vs. McIntyre and Kofi vs. Swagger, WWE should do that more often to hype PPVs.  Crowd was really behind Big Show in this one, especially after he started the "Sssshhhhhhh" chops in the corner.  Big Show's handprint was on McIntyre's chest throughout the rest of the night (it's probably still there), and I don't think there's any amount of money you could pay me that would get me to agree to letting the Big Show slapping me in the chest as hard as he can... I wouldn't be alive to spend it.  Unfortunately, there wasn't much match after that thanks to Jack Swagger's interference, which caused the DQ.  Swagger got a little bit of an upper hand (for the first time in this feud), but once he went to attack with a steel chair, Show did the whole punch-the-chair bit and got really angry, and believe me Jack, you wouldn't like Big Show when he's angry.

Not a particularly great episode of Smackdown.  Swagger vs. Kofi, MVP & Rey vs. Punk & Gallows, and (surprisingly) the Diva's tag were all enjoyable, but that's about it.  JTG vs. Croft and the Archer/Hawkins matches were pure filler, the main event had a screwy finish, and Christian being used to try to make Dolph Ziggler relevant is less than ideal.  Hopefully things can get back on track tonight for Over the Limit.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Carlito released

From WWE.com:

WWE Superstar Carlito (Carlos Colon) has been released from his World Wrestling Entertainmentcontract as of today May 21, 2010. Carlito’s termination was due to his first violation of the WWE Wellness Program and his subsequent refusal to attend a rehabilitation facility.

I find it a little strange that they'd ask Carlito to go into rehab after one Wellness Program violation, but we don't know the nature of the offense and I won't speculate. The writing has been on the wall for Carlito for more than three years though and it wouldn't shock me if this was more of a "last straw" scenario. It is a shame, Carlito has shown himself to be a capable entertainer, but to say that his work is inconsistent would be a bit of an understatement, even the most casual of fan could notice that.

WWE has given Carlito numerous opportunities, but nothing seems to come from them, whether that's Carlito's fault, WWE's fault or a combination of both is up for debate, but this release is far from shocking, especially considering the reason. Perhaps Carlito can find success in a different environment, but I hope if there are any other issues related to his release, he gets those sorted out beforehand.

Over the Limit 2010 Predictions

This Sunday is the very first Over the Limit PPV, and it will also be the first PPV I don't watch live in over three years.  Nothing against WWE or this PPV, I think the card looks really strong and I've been really into the product since the Draft, but sorry WWE, you just can't compete with:


Yeah, I don't know if WWE just didn't realize that their PPV was scheduled the same night as the series finale of Lost, or if ABC decided to do a Sunday finale after the PPV date had already been set in stone, but it's an unfortunate set of circumstances for WWE.  There's no way I'm not watching the finale of Lost live, because if I get on Twitter at 11pm after watching Over the Limit to find out that the entire series of Lost has been a day dream of an autistic boy with a snow globe, I'll kill someone.  I'll likely go dark from the internet between Lost finale and when I can watch a PPV replay, but if Swagger vs. Big Show gets spoiled for me, I won't be nearly as upset.

So a big apology in advance if you were just dying to read my review of the PPV around 11:30 pm Sunday night, but it won't be happening this month.  I will have a review up eventually though, so wipe away the tears!   Anyhoo, even though I won't be watching the show live, I'm still going to do my predictions, so here you go!

I Quit Match for the WWE Championship
John Cena © vs. Batista
Well, this is probably it for "The Animal," at least for now.  Of course, the dirtsheets said that last month too, so I wouldn't be flat-out stunned if Batista wound up walking away with the WWE Title.  I highly doubt that will happen, but I just like to root against the dirtsheets, it makes me smile when they're wrong.  Anyway, the feud comes to an end with this match, and I'm extremely confident that John Cena will walk away still holding the WWE Championship.  Cena will never tap out or say "I quit," so bad guys should probably take note of that in the future before getting into this type of match with him.

World Heavyweight Championship
Jack Swagger © vs. Big Show
This feud has been all Big Show, and I'm always weary of any match that seems too one-sided going in.  Jack Swagger will definitely retain the title, but I'm not 100% convinced he'll win, I could see this feud continuing after Swagger gets himself counted out or disqualified.  But as a result of not winning the belt, expect Big Show to look like a monster after the match, probably KOing Swagger to the crowd's delight.

Grudge Match
Edge vs. Randy Orton
One of the most anticipated matches on this card, one could even argue that this is more of a main event than the two title matches.  This match has been brewing since the Rated RKO days and the crowd has been red hot for it so far.  Randy Orton has all the momentum and is the biggest name in the company right now, so my money is on "The Viper," blurgh.

SES Pledge vs. Hair
Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk
I've loved every moment of this feud and it looks like it'll finally come to an end with this match, but I also think it's the least predictable match on the card.  Mysterio obviously won't join the Straight Edge Society (I expect he'll take some time off if he loses), and Punk getting his head shaved seems plausible, so where are they going with this?  Punk getting humiliated would go over huge with the crowd, but him humiliating Rey Mysterio would put him in the upper echelon of evil heels.  I'm going to go out on a limb and pick CM Punk  for the win, and my only reason behind that is the x-factor of the mysterious "masked stranger."

Intercontinental Championship
Drew McIntyre © vs. Kofi Kingston
McIntyre has all the momentum behind him with his losses being erased, but Kofi's getting his push repaired after being unceremoniously shelved for the first part of the year.  I say Drew McIntyre wins, likely through some sort of shenanigans, just to keep turning up the heat on this guy.  Not that I want them to get too gimmicky with it, but I could see Kofi "winning" the title again, only to get the decision reversed through some sort of BS decision.

Unified Tag Team Championship
The Hart Dynasty © vs. Chris Jericho & The Miz
The big question here is, will United States Champion Bret Hart get involved?!  The Hart Dynasty just won the belts, so I expect they'll retain here, but I hope this feud doesn't end Sunday.  The possibility of Chris Jericho and Tyson Kidd mixing it up in the ring in a singles match is just too awesome to have this rivalry end already.

VirgilMania
Ted DiBiase vs. R-Truth
Ted DiBiase has all the momentum, I can't see any other outcome, and that's the truth.

Divas Championship
Eve © vs. Maryse
Maryse isn't Michelle McCool, she doesn't get a belt back just weeks after losing it.  Eve wins, but wake me up when Beth Phoenix returns.

Let me know your predictions in the comments and keep checking Kick-Out!! throughout the weekend for ongoing coverage and thoughts on WWE Over the Limit.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bulbous Bubba bungles big time

Our good friend Bubba the Love Sponge is at it again, and by "it," I mean making himself look like a total tool. On his show today, an "anonymous caller," claiming to work for Spike TV, told Bubba that the head of the network was furious at TNA for firing Bubba and may outright cancel Impact for it!  Bubba naturally took it at face value, the dirtsheets jumped all over it, and it was quickly shot down by Spike TV's David Scwartz in a statement to ProWrestling.net (really, ProWrestling.net?  I'm surprised they didn't totally distort it to make it sound like TNA was moving to the Game Show Network):

"I can assure you the caller was a fake and TNA Impact is not only among the highest rated shows with young men on Spike, but on Thursday nights as well," Schwarz wrote. "This past Thursday, Among Basic Cable Networks between 9p-11p, TNA ranked #3 in M18-49 behind ESPN and TBS (Disturbia, Family Guy). And our relationship with Dixie (Carter) and TNA has never been stronger."

Yeah, total network spin bullshit in there, but the idea that Spike would cancel Impact because of Bubba the Love Sponge getting fired makes that quote smell like roses wrapped in chocolate bacon. The "anonymous caller" claimed the head of Spike was upset because of all the promotion TNA could've gotten from Bubba's show. Pardon me for a moment...

....AHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Okay thanks. Since Bubba the Love Sponge joined TNA, they lost more than half their audience! Their ratings went from all-time highs to all-time lows in the span of two months! Now, obviously I'm not blaming that on Bubba, I don't even think the racist comments he made about Awesome Kong had any effect on TNA, but clearly Bubba's radio show did absolutely nothing to help TNA. At best, his g-list celebrity status was completely unrelated to TNA's disastrous numbers on Mondays, and at worst, he contributed to them. If this caused Spike President Kevin Kay to flip out and consider canceling the show, then clearly this guy doesn't know how to run a network.

What's hilarious about this whole Bubba debacle is the fact that he continues to blame all of TNA's problems on the fact that Dixie Carter is a "mark."  Yeah, Dixie's the mark, yet you're the increasingly irrelevant shock jock that believes anything some random caller tells you, as long as it's good news about you. Bubba, YOU are the mark, you're a complete mark for yourself and your show, just like every other morning zoo host that couldn't carry Howard Stern's sunglasses. You're not some "edgy genius," you're lowest common denominator nonsense that appeals to people who think pretending to torture an animal on-air and asking underage girls if they're wearing panties is entertainment.

You got fired, you work in radio, it happens! Accept it, move on, and keep doing your little show for the Army of None, but let the Kong incident go. You said some hateful, stupid shit, your staff went on Twitter and Facebook to say even more hateful, stupid shit, and now you still can't let it go when someone calls your show and claims to work for Spike TV. You're embarrassing yourself.

WWE NXT Thoughts - May 18, 2010

Daniel Bryan Danielson is awesome.

There you go, my thoughts on last night's NXT.

I've grown increasingly frustrated with this show because it's such an awesome concept and it got off to a hell of a start, but WWE blew it with almost two months of useless filler.  The only bright spot of this show has been Daniel Bryan, Bryan Danielson, whatever they're going to wind up calling him, and seeing the way he's been handled, I have to wonder if WWE creative is wildly inept or absolutely brilliant.  The entire show was built around Bryan, but then he can't win a match, but his losing streak seems like it's going somewhere, then he loses to people like Michael Tarver and Darren Young who were presented as jokes, but he also takes Batista to the limit and gets a pretty big win on Raw, but then they go an eliminate him anyway... but then he becomes even more awesome!  Either WWE has had this planned from the get-go, or Danielson is so good, he can turn all this confusion into a launchpad for his WWE career.

With his promo last night, I knew I was watching something special, and anyone who said that Bryan doesn't have the "it factor" was proven wrong, he has more of an "it factor" than anyone on this show.  Once he got in Michael Cole's face and became a hero to all of us that know he'll never be a true replacement for JR, he solidified his spot as a WWE Superstar.  I can't believe WWE would even greenlight something like that, and all it tells me is that the potential for this company to be cutting-edge is there, and they don't even need to be TV14 to do it.  It's just a shame WWE drove away the audience for this show, if people actually watched it, Bryan Danielson would be the next big thing.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Raw Thoughts - May 17, 2010

Tonight's Raw is commercial-free, which is going to make this live blog pretty damn difficult, but stick around and refresh your page for ongoing coverage of tonight's Raw!

Well, there's really no better way to start off a Raw in Canada than with Bret Hart.  The crowd is absolutely batshit insane for The Hitman, but c'mon, who else are they going to cheer for, Bryan Adams?  Bret also just said "WWF," which is pretty awesome, and will surely get the internet buzzing over nothing.  Just wait until every dirtsheet has "IS WWE CHANGING BACK TO WWF?" as their headline tomorrow morning.  Anyway, Bret clarifies that he won't be wrestling tonight, because he doesn't want to be one of those aging wrestlers that hangs on way too long (good call), and that's Chris Jericho's cue, who gets almost as big of a reaction as The Hitman... until he starts the trash talking.  Jericho and Bret in the same ring together though?  I'm honestly not sure if I've ever seen this before, at least not on a national stage, and I might be as giddy as a school girl right now.  Great verbal battle here and if you're not watching this, you kinda suck... don't get mad at me, I'm just saying!

After Jericho just lays into Hart, the Hitman changes his mind on the match, but Jericho goads him into a no-disqualification match.  Hmm... could someone maybe help The Hitman win the United States Title?  Perhaps he can assist by kicking the Miz's head in?

WWE just ran a Geico commercial spoof... hey, quit stealing my material!

Edge is here and Toronto is bonkers for the Rated-R Superstar.  Edge and Orton will be involved in "Pick Your Poison" matches tonight where they get to pick each other's opponent, and Orton has selected CHRISTIAN for Edge!  Oh. Hell. Yes.  Honestly, I was hoping they'd keep these two separated until WrestleMania 27, but I'm sorry, I can't complain when E&C are in the ring together.  Pretty good strategy from WWE as well, you know when they're in Canada, they're going to cheer for the Canadians no matter what, so if you want to keep Edge heel, put him up against another Canadian!  Edge is working brutal in this match too, throwing Christian into the barricade, stomping him to the mat when he tries for his corner kick, slapping him in the face, etc.  I figure these guys have to know each other so well, they know how far they can go and it probably has to be one of the easiest matches they'll work this year.  Much like Cole & King have been saying throughout the match, it's gotta be like wrestling yourself.  It definitely shows, these guys are putting on an absolute clinic and the lack of commercial breaks is just making it even better.  Edge capitalizes on Christian's injured shoulder, nailing the Spear after throwing Captain Charisma into the ringpost and picks up the win, but what a freaking match.  More like this, please.

Randy Orton appears on the TitanTron while Edge is collecting himself, but he doesn't understand why Christian is at ringside, because that wasn't his opponent for tonight.  Wait, what?

GONG!

The Undertaker vs. Edge is the real Pick Your Poison match, I guess Christian just wanted to take advantage of the situation, and the Air Canada Center is electric.  It's only the second time we've seen The Phenom since WrestleMania, but Edge doesn't want to see him at all, getting himself intentionally counted out, but thankfully Christian is still at ringside and throws Edge back in for a chokeslam!

Maryse is backstage to remind us that she's not Canadian, she's FRENCH-Canadian.  Eve wanted a little revenge though, attacking her from behind and slamming her face in the make-up table.

Buzz Aldrin and Vickie Guerrero are in the middle of a power struggle.  There's a sentence that's never been typed before.

Mark Henry is out next with his shoulder taped up after the assault from Batista last week, but before he can get to the ring, "Hacksaw" Dave Batista smashes a 2x4 across his back!  HOOO!!!!!  Davetista wants his damn spotlight!

Ted DiBiase MasterCard spoof for R-Truth?  Even better than the fake Geico commercial, but WWE keeps stealing my jokes... and theirs are actually funny!

Speaking of Ted DiBiase, he's out next with... VIRGIL!  Not gonna lie, Virgil's pop rivaled Bret Hart's.  DiBiase is taking on Yoshi Tatsu, and it's nice to see Yoshi get TV time on Raw, but I assume he's just here to make Ted look good, which sucks.  I get it though, Ted's got a newly-added match at Over the Limit with R-Truth, but Yoshi should be doing more.  Decent match though, and DiBiase is going to "treat" us with some mic work, but he actually winds up coming up with a brilliant catchphrase, "if I can't buy it, I'll beat it."  I don't think it's a coincidence that the first time I enjoy Ted DiBiase Jr, Virgil is with him.

Mad Miz Beyond Thunderdome is here!  Miz officially has to talk so much, that he can't even be bothered to let his music play, he has to trash talk Bret Hart as he makes his entrance.  Bret Hart makes his way to the ring for the second time tonight and The Hitman is rocking the jorts!  Bret is seeking his fifth United States Championship here tonight (lol, late 90s WCW), and the match is underway... and Miz rolls outside the ring.  Miz doesn't trust Bret in this no-DQ match and has hired Vladimir Kozlov & William Regal to keep The Hart Dynasty from interfering, but it doesn't take long for the Unified Tag Champs to make sure Miz gets his money's worth!  But then that brings out Chris Jericho, which brings out Natalya, who slaps Jericho in the face!  This is a total clusterfuck, the Harts interfere, Jericho gets thrown from the ring, The Miz gets a Hart Attack and Bret locks in the Sharpshooter and wins the freakin' United States Title!!!

I'm going to type that again, it's 2010 and Bret Hart is the United States Champion!!!  In Canada, no less!  How's that for closure?

Santino Marella spoofing the "Most Interesting Man in the World" Dos Equis commercials?  Brilliant.  But again, stealing my gimmick!

Well, the awesomeness of this show had to slow down eventually, here comes Michelle McCool.  It's six-diva tag action with Michelle McCool, Layla & Maryse vs. Eve & The Bella Twins.  Both members of LayCool are wearing Women's Titles too, which implies to me that they're now treating them both as champion, and hey, the Women's division is completely worthless now anyway, so why not?  Honestly though, I was pretty impressed with Layla in this match, she had some pretty slick moves and showed some stuff I'd never seen from her before.  Maryse gets the win, but Layla was definitely the star of this one.
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The Reverend John Cena is backstage cutting one of his passionate promos.  Good stuff, but Canada's not having it.  They get a pass for the ridiculous Cena hating though, it's Canada!

Randy Orton is out next for his Pick Your Poison match and he's not wearing wrist tape, which is really weird looking.  Anyway, Orton's opponent for tonight?  The All-American American American, the man that's better than all your children, the National Ballroom Champion, the World Heavyweight Champion, Jackie Swaggs himself, Jack Swagger!  I was hoping for something a little more surprising (like a Triple H return), but Swagger makes sense, he did pin Orton in the center of the ring at Extreme Rules.  Decent match, not as fun as their bout at Over the Limit, but mainly because it was cut short by Edge interference.  Randy Orton gets the win by DQ, and Jack Swagger eats an RKO anyway, but Edge stands tall after the match.

Probably not the best idea to send American hero, Buzz Aldrin in front of a Canadian crowd.  But this segment just got a lot better thanks to the addition of Zack Ryder, you know it!  What's awesome is they showed the clip of Buzz punching that dude in the face that said the moon landing was fake.  Elderly men punching a-holes in the face is why we have YouTube!  Anyway, this bit of awkward was all to set up Zack Ryder & Alicia Fox vs. Evan Bourne & Gail Kim (Toronto's own Gail Kim).  Fun little match though and Gail Kim actually got a win!  When's the last time that happened?  Hey, Evan Bourne got a win too!  How about that?  All it took was drunken Buzz Aldrin!

Jon Lovitz is hosting Raw next week?!  Here's hoping for a return of The Critic!

WWE's fake sponsors still have nothing on Orton's Orthodontics.

Main Event time! Sheamus vs. John Cena, and Sheamus has a lot in his favor in this match, he beat John Cena for the WWE Title, and he didn't lose that title in one-on-one competition either.  These two are beating the holy hell out of each other, Sheamus' dead man's flop to the outside of the ring was gross, but then his knee strikes to Cena on the apron were simply NASTY!  Pretty long match here, but it looks like another big match is going to end with a disqualification, because Davetista just hit Cena with a spinebuster!  Yeah, definitely a PPV on Sunday, get that last minute hype in!  Batista locks Cena in his new submission, which probably has a proper name, but reminds me a bit of the old Rings of Saturn.  Show ends with Batista screaming at Cena to quit.  Damn, I was hoping for a Triple H save.

Well, Canada got one hell of a show tonight and for those of us at home, we got one hell of a commercial-free show.  Sure, the DQ finishes in Swagger vs. Orton and Cena vs. Sheamus were lame, but there was strong wrestling all night long.  I get that they had more time to work with, but even with Smackdown having a pretty heavy influence on this show, there's no reason why Raw can't be this good (or at least almost this good) every week.  But this show definitely felt special, especially when get got stuff like Christian vs. Edge, Bret Hart winning the United States Championship, and Virgil making his triumphant return! Good hype for Over the Limit too, but good luck competing with the LOST finale this Sunday, which might take a big chunk out of the buyrate. That in mind though, WWE should be used to it by now, Impact has way more confusing storylines and WWE survived that war.

Poll: Over the Limit matches

First, the results from our previous poll:

BEST MOVE OF THE 2010 WWE DRAFT?
Chris Jericho to Raw - 7%
Edge to Raw - 7%
John Morrison to Raw - 6%
R-Truth to Raw - 4%
Christian to SD - 38%
Kofi Kingston to SD - 20%
Big Show to SD - 1%
MVP to SD - 1%
Cody Rhodes to SD - 9%
Other - 3%

No surprise there, getting Christian off Raw was obviously a good decision, and Kofi Kingston desperately needed a change of scenery as well, no wonder why they got the most votes.

Our New Poll is pretty self-explanatory, which Over the Limit match are you most excited about?  Voting closes Sunday before the PPV.

Smackdown Thoughts - May 14, 2010

Back in town to review Smackdown!

Kofi Kingston vs. Christian was our opening contest to determine a new Intercontinental Champion after Teddy Long stripped Drew McIntyre of the title last week.  A match I've been eager to see since Christian's return to the company and it certainly did not disappoint.  I don't know what more anyone could ask for in a free TV match, just absolutely fantastic back and forth wrestling between two of the most underrated performers in the industry today.  The finish with Kofi hitting Trouble in Paradise out of nowhere was beautifully executed, but that was just one of the many things that made this match so awesome.  Track it down on Hulu or WWE.com if you missed it because you must watch this match. Matches like this are the hardest to review because there's nothing else I can say aside from "TV wrestling perfection."

But Drew McIntyre (in a sweet white suit that would make Don Johnson jealous) was out next to ruin our fun.  He handed an envelope to Teddy Long (it did not say "DOCTOR'S NOTE" on the front though), and it turns out Kofi Kingston is not the new Intercontinental Champion and Drew McIntyre's firing and title loss have been overturned.  It's the next logical step in his winning streak* storyline where his losses would be stricken from the record, and if you want people to hate Drew McIntyre, this certainly works.  Having Matt Striker read Vince McMahon's letter after commercial was just the icing on the cake.  So much for that Vince face turn?

Shad Gaspard vs. Local Competitor, been a long time since we've seen Local Competitor, glad he could find work even after ECW's cancellation.  Spoiler: Shad won.


The Dudebusters vs. MVP & JTG (aka "The Dude's with Letters for Names") was our next contest, and I kinda like the MVP/JTG tag team.  Perhaps it's less than ideal to have these guys team up since they just got out of tag teams and have potential as singles competitors, but I think they could have a lot of really fun matches.  They were both the stronger links of their respective teams, and I'd love to see them mix it up with The Hart Dynasty or Miz & Jericho.  Good debut match for this team too, The Dudebusters played their role perfectly, and MVP picked up the win for his team.  The only real bad part of this match is MVP getting the win with the Play of the Day, which would be the worst finisher in WWE if MVP didn't also have The Playmaker in his arsenal.

Next up was Jack Swagger, taking us on a tour of the Jackie Swag's Museum of Natural Awesomeness, a collection of every trophy that he's accumulated throughout his entire life.  Trophies, medals, ribbons, Homecoming King, and at age 5, he was better than all your children!  He's even a master of ballroom dancing and the famous Perry Deli named a sandwich after him, "The Swaggie," and it tastes like freedom!  Swagger was absolutely on fire here, which he has been since Extreme Rules, but of course all these trophies and medals was an excuse for The Big Show to come in and King Kong the place.  That's just mean!  Swagger hasn't even done anything to Big Show, while the World's Largest Athlete has been sucker punching him and chokeslamming him through tables!  Hilarious stuff though, and it's been awhile since we've had genuinely funny bits surrounding the main event scene.  Show's a very funny guy and Swagger plays a great Kurt Angle-esque goofball villain, so I'm really enjoying this feud.  SHOW SMASH!

Beth Phoenix came home to Buffalo to take on Rosa Mendes, but things didn't go exactly as planned for The Glamazon.  Vickie Guerrero made some changes to the match, turning it into Beth Phoenix vs. Michelle McCool & Layla for the Women's Championship, with Layla surprisingly grabbing the gold.  Well, at least it wasn't Michelle McCool reign #4319.  Beth Phoenix tore her ACL last week and will be out for several months, which is a damn shame and there's literally no one on Smackdown even remotely qualified to fill the void.  May as well just unify the Women's titles at this point.

Kane vs. Chavo Guerrero... Kane wins, no one cares.

Drew McIntyre will defend the Intercontinental Championship against Kofi Kingston at Over the Limit, but before that, he has to face The Big Show next week on Smackdown!

Main Event time! CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio and I have to question the logic behind this match just nine days before Over the Limit.  It's not a huge deal since people will be watching their match at the PPV because of the SES pledge vs. Punk's hair stipulation, but it's still pretty weird, especially when they went all out in this great main event.  Unsurprisingly though, we got some shenanigans at the end, with the Masked Stranger causing a disqualification.  Rey gets beatdown and hoisted onto Punk's shoulders for the GTS to end the show.

Another great episode of Smackdown, with three major angles feeling like main event-worthy stories.  The IC Title drama, Big Show vs. Swagger and Punk vs. Rey were all given equal attention and nothing felt rushed or half-assed.  A dramatic shift from last Monday's mind-boggling Raw, which will hopefully see a jump in quality thanks to the commercial-free gimmick tonight.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Kick-Out!! Radio - The Best of Commercials



This week, a special edition of Kick-Out!! Radio, the Best of Commercials!  Please enjoy these words from our fake sponsors.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Raw Thoughts - May 10, 2010

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After a lengthy video package recapping the Edge/Orton confrontation, Raw begins with "The Viper" himself, Randy Orton.  But before he can really get into his promo, he's interrupted by... MEAT LOAF?!  What in the Bat Out of Hell is going on here?  Flava Flav is still guest host, but apparently Meat Loaf wants to sing to Randy Orton, but you know where this is going... RKO!  I will say this though, Meat Loaf cuts a better promo than Randy Orton.  Anyhoo, Edge is out after the unprovoked attack on Mr. Loaf, and announces that he complained to WWE brass about the guest hosts.  Guest hosts no longer have any authority (so what's the point of having them?), but Raw has a new general manager... Vickie Guerrero!  Vickie gets MASSIVE heat before she can even say "EXCUSE ME!" and lets Orton (or "Orn" as she calls him) that he can't go around attacking celebrities anymore, so his punishment is a match tonight against Edge and a partner of his choosing in a 2-on-1 handicap match (blargh).  Vickie amuses me, but I'm not a fan of messing with the guest host concept, all this says to me is they'll be used strictly for comedy purposes and good hosts like Shaq, Bob Barker and Jesse Ventura will be few and far between.

Chris Jericho vs. David Hart Smith is our opening contest though, and that's definitely a way to wash the bad taste out of my mouth from that opening segment.  The match is good, but criminally short, with Jericho picking up the win after nailing the Codebreaker.  As a result, Jericho and Miz get a shot at the Hart Dynasty's Unified Tag Team Titles, so at least we have that going for us.

R-Truth is out next, with Flavor Flav as his hype man!  YEEAAAAH BOY!  That's fun.  Flav's suit is also the greatest fashion choice I've seen since Vince McMahon's canary yellow suit.  Good usage of Flav, and it's nice to see him in something that reminds of Public Enemy, rather than crap reality shows on VH1.  William Regal is Truth's opponent for tonight, and Will, welcome to the Terrordome!  Match doesn't even get started before Primo & Carlito interfered and caused a DQ, which sucks because this match could've been really good, but it's also nice to see the Colons have something to do.  Turns out, Ted DiBiase paid them off to attack Truth, and if he was responsible for Primo cutting his hair and shaving off that crustache, maybe I was wrong about the Million Dollar Champion.

Maryse, I don't think that's proper Jiu-Jitsu attire.  And get rid of those damn hair extensions, you look ridiculous.

Buzz Aldrin is hosting next week's commercial free Raw... he sure is everywhere lately.  New agent or something?

Zack Ryder vs. Evan Bourne is next and this actually could be a really good match, but I have a feeling it will be way too short and it'll just make me want WWE to bring back ECW.  Evan Bourne picks up a quick, but entertaining win, after nailing the Lord of Long Island with the Shooting Star Press.  Particularly NASTY! since Ryder was half way off the mat when Bourne landed on him.  Evan Bourne left with Gail Kim, who Zack Ryder was trying to impress, and you know, I really like that pairing.  Bourne and Gail could make for a very cool Essa Rios/Lita-esque combination.

Fresh off joining Twitter, John Cena is HERE!  John Cena has taken offense to people calling his win at Extreme Rules "cowardly," so he's decided not to take the easy way out at Over the Limit and will face Batista one last time in an I Quit Match!  Cena wants to thank Sheamus for giving him a week to think about it in person and it doesn't take long for The Celtic Warrior to accept the invitation.  Sheamus heads to the ring, but Cena is blindsided by Batista, and this dastardly duo demolishes the WWE Champ, until Mark Henry makes the save?!  Really? Mark Henry?  Man, this show is light on faces.

Don't worry, Vickie, Randy Orn creeps me out too.

I'm all for this next match, Tyson Kidd vs. The Miz!  And of course, when I type that sentence, the match ends.  For fuck's sake, can we have a single match go more than 30 seconds?  Regardless, The Miz lost so he has to defend the US Title next week against a member of the Hart Family of his choosing... and he chooses Bret Hart!?  WHAAAT?  That should be interesting... honestly I was kinda hoping for Natalya to win the US Championship.

All 8 NXT Rookies are in an 8-on-4 handicap match against Goldust, Yoshi Tatsu, Santino Marella & John Morrison.  Wow, if I would've told you two years ago that when they broke up, Miz would be US Champion scheduled to defend against Bret Hart and John Morrison would be working with Goldust and Santino in a throwaway match, you would've laughed in my face.  I have little interest in this match since NXT has been inexcusably terrible lately and most of the Raw team gets less TV time than Michael Tarver.  But holy shit, Daniel Bryan just won a match!  Oh sure, he beat Santino with a small package, but that's more impressive than beating Darren Young.

Flavor Flav, Vladimir Kozlov, Santino Marella, William Regal and The Bella Twins are all backstage together... and William Regal is rapping.  And I just typed that sentence.  Regal's rap was pretty awesome as well.

Davetista vs. Mark Henry is next!  Dave is sitting in a chair with the spotlight on him as Raw goes to commercial, please tell me this guy isn't taking time off.  I feel like I'm just getting to know this Batista, I don't want him to leave yet!  Batista is still in his chair when Mizark makes his entrance, and I can't be the only one that just wants to see Davetista go apeshit with the chair, right?  Well, ask and you shall receive!  The Animal, as some may say, is "unleashed," beats Henry with the chair, locks him in a submission and drools all over him.  "How ya like being in business with me?!"  Pure evil awesomeness.

John Cena vs. Sheamus and Bret Hart vs. The Miz on next week's commercial-free Raw, already sounds better than tonight's show!

Considering that every active Raw Superstar has been used in some form or another tonight, I thought Edge's mystery partner would be Drew McIntyre.  It would've made sense too, T-Lo fired him, Vickie's the new Raw GM, so she signed him.  Nope, instead we get Randy Orton vs. Edge & Ted DiBiase. Yawn.  And really, I have to wonder what the Ultimate Opportunist is thinking here, he partners up with the guy that needs help from Primo to deal with R-Truth?  Speaking of Truth, he provides the distraction, Orton hits an easy RKO and this one is over quick. Yawn²

After the match, Orton stalks Vickie, she threatens to fire him, but as he gets closer, she resigns!  Well, that was a humorous one night story arc.

Okay, Raw sucked.  But it was the best suck I've seen in quite some time.  There was decent storyline advancement, Over the Limit got a good build and there were a lot of amusing promos, but the wrestling simply wasn't there.  When there's potential to see matches like Jericho vs. David Hart Smith or The Miz vs. Tyson Kidd and you don't deliver, I'm less than thrilled, but I'm excited to see what they'll do next in the feud, so I guess WWE did what they set out to do.  Tough to review a show like this because it wasn't outright awful like most of the 2009 Raws, but it certainly wasn't good.  It was every smark cliché you've ever heard about WWE style, it was Sports Entertastic!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Smackdown Thoughts - May 7, 2010

Apologies for the delay, but I had a busy weekend filled with work, Iron Man 2, and spending time with my mom for Mother's Day... and spending time with your mom for Mother's Day!  OH SNAP!

Sorry.

Matt Hardy kicked things off for this week's episode of Friday Night Smackdown and he wasn't happy about the attacks from the Intercontinental Champion, Drew McIntyre.  Didn't take long for a war of words to devolve into a brawl, and once McIntyre got the advantage, he brutally beat Hardy (again), and assaulted several WWE officials.  Teddy Long came to ringside to break things up, but McIntyre wouldn't stop, so T-Lo suspended him, but McIntyre continued and T-Lo stripped him of the IC Title, and when that wouldn't stop the vicious Scot, Long fired him!  Very strange situation, and I have no idea where they're going with this, but with McIntyre constantly name-dropping Vince McMahon as he was being escorted from the building, I assume we'll be getting an appearance from the chairman sooner than later.

MVP vs. Luke Gallows was our opening contest and a fairly enjoyable one, and things got much more exciting at the end of the match when Rey Mysterio appeared out of nowhere to attack CM Punk, who was standing at ringside.  Rey's interference provided the distraction that allowed MVP to pick up his second win since coming back to Friday Night Smackdown... more wins than he's had in the last six months!

After commercial, CM Punk was less than pleased with Rey Mysterio's attack and the two rivals set up a Hair vs. Straight Edge Society Pledge match for Over The Limit, which I'm pretty sure was originally the stipulation for Extreme Rules.  I look forward to seeing these two lock up again, and I'll gladly spend money on it.  Will be a tough one to predict, because I was expecting Punk to shave his head last month, but the introduction of the Masked Stranger doesn't help Rey's chances.

Tiffany & Kelly Kelly vs. Michelle McCool & Layla was your typical Divas tag. Not much to write home about, but not awful.

Teddy Long announced a mini tournament for the vacant Intercontinental Championship - Cody Rhodes vs. Christian and Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler are the semifinal matches.

Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler was the first match in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament and I don't think we've ever seen these two lock up before, so I was excited for this one.  And did I just hear a Prince Nana reference from Matt Striker?  I really enjoyed this match, just got increasingly exciting with every move, every reversal and every near fall, and the crowd was red hot for it, especially when Kofi picked up the win.  You can't really ask for much more in TV wrestling.

Christian vs. Cody Rhodes was the next semifinal match in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament, and I'm not a fan of Captain Charisma being thrown in the ring with former Legacy members.  WWE's lucky that my Christian fanboyism outweighs my hatred for all things Legacy, which is nearing self-parody levels at this point.  Anyway, Christian proved once again why he's the most consistent performer in WWE with this match, he can even make Cody Rhodes look good!  Big NASTY! moment in this one too when Cody threw Christian into the steel stairs, but it wasn't enough to keep Captain Charisma down, who picked up the win with the Killswitch!  Honestly, a very good match (and not just good for Cody Rhodes), and Christian vs. Kofi Kingston next week for the Intercontinental Title should be awesome.


Main Event time! More Jack Swagger talking, you can't beat that!  Swagger talked through a commercial break, getting the crowd all fired up, and then fire literally went off and Kane had to come down and ruin the whole thing!  Kane vs. Jack Swagger was our actual main event of the evening, and Big Show joined Striker and Grisham on commentary, and looked hilarious sitting at the table in the world's largest three-piece suit.  Show was the best part of this match too, he really sold Swagger as a threat and made it sound like he was really scouting his opponent for Over the Limit.  Swagger got himself disqualified for repeatedly slamming Kane into an exposed turnbuckle, and the match wasn't really anything to get excited about to begin with, so I gotta give this one a thumbs down.  Big Show did give us a cool visual to end the show though, chokeslamming Swagger through the announce table and then posing with the World Heavyweight Championship.

Another good Smackdown, not quite as good as last week's, and not a lot of matches, but the two matches in the IC Title Tournament made it well worth the time investment.  I'm very excited about Christian vs. Kofi next week, and the Swagger/Show & Rey/Punk feuds continue to entertain, so as always, it's a good time to be a fan of the Blue Brand. Watch this show!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kick-Out!! Radio - Episode 36



This week, the WWE Draft goes into full effect, TNA moves back to Thursdays, WrestleMania’s buyrate goes down, and we make fun of Bubba the Love Sponge.*

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

WWE NXT Thoughts - May 4, 2010

Wow, this show was terrible.

Okay, so I figured WWE would do a bunch of filler between the first Pro's Poll and the beginning of eliminations, but I had no idea they would pad it out with completely useless nonsense.  If you wonder why Syfy isn't keeping the show around when Smackdown moves over in October, or why the ratings are rapidly declining, just watch this episode of NXT and you'll understand.  Here's what I liked about this show:

Daniel Bryan got to wrestle.

And yeah, that's about it.  I'm not complaining because he lost again, in fact I think his losing streak will wind up turning in his favor eventually, I'm complaining that he was literally the only thing worth watching this week.  Let me put it this way, someone in WWE thought it would be entertaining to watch guys drinking sodas at the concession stand, seriously.  How does that, or the rest of the "obstacle course" (aka, shit we had lying around) make this show entertaining?  Do they really think someone was sitting on their couch watching this show and then frantically reached for their phone to call a friend and say "Dude! You gotta turn on NXT, they're climbing a rope ladder!!!"?

The eliminations start next week, which could help this show turn the corner in terms of quality, but after this disaster, and weeks of filler before it, I don't know if anything's going to help them in the ratings.  With numbers declining and WWE scrambling to find a new network, the possibility of a Season 2 isn't looking very good, which is a shame since it is (was?) such an interesting concept.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Raw Thoughts - May 3, 2010

I'm running a little behind on tonight's live blog, just getting started at 9:12, so consider this blog on a heavy tape delay!  Keep refreshing your page for ongoing updates though and I should be caught up eventually.

New intro looks pretty slick, Cole & King are giving us a traditional open and hype the return of The Cutting Edge tonight with special guest, Randy Orton. Rated RKO in the Cutting Edge tonight!

First music of the night is Davetista's and he's walking aloooooone!  Big Dave is the new #1 contender, but he was the previous #1 contender as well, so I guess he's really not that new now, is he?  Batista's really not happy about being duct taped to the turnbuckle at Extreme Rules and claims he didn't lose the Last Man Standing match, calling it the most embarrassing moment of John Cena's career, something Hornswoggle would do!  Come on Dave, now that's just low (get it, low? Hornswoggle's short. Funny, right?)  Apparently there's a Beat the Clock Challenge tonight with Cena and Dave, and the winner gets to choose the stipulation at Over the Limit.  Batista's opponent is supposed to be The Miz, but we're joined by Sheamus!


The Celtic Warrior is proud of beating Triple "Haitch" at Extreme Rules and thinks the only reason he doesn't get a title shot at Over the Limit is because he took out "the son-in-law."  Poor Pauly Shore.  Sheamus wants a match with Batista tonight with the #1 contendership on the line, but Dave declines and tells Sheamus to hit the bricks.  Something tells me this isn't the last we've seen of Sheamus tonight.

After commercial, The Miz is on his way to ringside and he is not dressed to compete against The Animal.  Turns out, Miz can't compete tonight after being attacked by Big Show last week, he even has a doctor's note, oh excuse me DOCTOR'S NOTE.  Luckily for Batista, The Miz has a suitable replacement, his NXT Rookie, Daniel Bryan!  Oh dear, this is going to get ugly.

Daniel Bryan vs. Batista is our opening contest and here we go with a Batista Bomb... but Bryan counters!  Looks like we might actually have a match here, even if Bryan doesn't have a chance in hell of winning.  Batista turns Bryan inside out with a NASTY! clothesline, and even Michael Cole is impressed with Daniel Bryan tonight.  Bryan put up quite a fight, but five minutes and six seconds later, the Batista Bomb ends the dream.  Two more Batista Bombs after the match for good measure, I suppose that's what you get for trying to make The Animal tap out.

Wayne Brady is backstage with Eve and I think Jillian will be taking the place of Hornswoggle to joke around with the guest host.  Eve returns to her photo shoot, but is clocked by Maryse, who has stolen the Diva's Championship.  I'm all for a stolen belt storyline with the Divas, certainly better than having them fight with mops and brooms.

Edge promises to make the PG Raw, "Rated R" tonight.  Is Lita in the building?

Ted DiBiase is out next, still looking for his Virgil, but here's hoping we stay away from any more thinly veiled racism.  We just had to put up with it from Bubba the Love Sponge, we certainly don't need it from the Million Dollar Champion.  Ted's opponent tonight is John Morrison and this could actually be an entertaining match.  And as I type that sentence, John Morrison hits a springboard somersault plancha to the outside!  Crowd rightfully chants "THIS IS AWESOME," but what isn't awesome is Ted DiBiase walking out of the match for a count-out.  Morrison tries to get DiBiase to come back and restart the match, DiBiase declines, but Morrison sweetens the deal; if he loses, he'll become his Virgil.  That is not a deal I would make, but that's probably why no one calls me the "Monday Night Delight."  Lots of near falls keeping this match exciting, DiBiase goes for Dream Street, but Morrison reverses ala Bret Hart vs. Roddy Piper at WrestleMania 8 and gets the win!  DiBiase tries for the post-match beat down, but R-Truth is here to make the save!  Good match.

John Cena vs. Chris Jericho is the next Beat the Clock Challenge, but Chris Jericho, much like The Miz, doesn't want to compete tonight.  Not because he was knocked out by the Big Show, but because he just doesn't want to bother with John Cena.  Cena's new opponent tonight is Chris Jericho's NXT Rookie, Wade Barrett!  This could actually be really fun, but I assume Cena's going to make short work of the rookie.  Maybe not though, I forgot about the Jericho factor in this match, he's working brilliantly here, interfering and also finding time to talk trash to King and Cole on commentary.  Have I mentioned lately how much I love Chris Jericho?  Barrett's in control with just 30 seconds left, but Cena manages to reverse the rookie and locks in the STF for the win, he's beaten the clock!  Cena gets to pick the stipulation for Over the Limit, but Sheamus doesn't care, attacking the WWE Champion before he can tell us what it is.  Jerkface!

"TALK MORE!!"  Seriously, how awesome is Chris Jericho?

Maryse vs. Nikki Bella up next, and at least tonight, the Bellas are in different clothes so we won't get any ridiculous switcheroo nonsense.  Well, no need for it because Maryse almost instantly nails a NASTY!!! (that's three exclamation points) French Kiss DDT for the win.  Maryse unveils her new photo shoot, posing with the Divas Title over Eve's prone body.  Not quite as fun as a stolen belt angle, but easily the most amusing thing Maryse has done since returning.  And will someone please rip those ridiculous hair extensions off Maryse's head?


Oh wow, Zack Ryder is on Raw! When's the last time that happened?  Now that Rosa Mendes is on Smackdown, the Lord of Long Island is single and looking to mingle.  Ryder calls out Primo, but Wayne Brady has another opponent in mind, Mark Henry!  Looks like the Zack Attack will need to be... Saved by the Bell.  Ryder's actually looking impressive here, hitting most of his signature moves, but I don't think he could physically hit the Zack Attack on Mizark, he'd break his kneecap.  Mark turns the tide in his favor and picks up the win with the World's Strongest Slam, leaving a big pomade stain in the middle of the ring.

Backstage, Chris Jericho & The Miz are commiserating about tagging with Big Show.  Looks like they've set aside their Twitter feud and are going to "make a statement."  If these two team up to face the Hart Dynasty, I might lose my shit.

The new Unified Tag Team Champions, The Hart Dynasty vs. Vladimir Kozlov & William Regal is our next match, glad to see 2/3 of the Ruthless Roundtable have put their differences aside.  The big story here is that The Miz & Chris Jericho are on commentary, this is getting interesting.  Hart Dynasty pick up a win in a hard fought match, but Jericho & Miz attack after the match, setting up my new favorite tag team and quite possibly the most exciting match for Over the Limit?  Oh and does this mean Chris Jericho and Bret Hart could interact on WWE television?  Oh. Hell. Yeah.

FLAVA FLAV is hosting next week's Monday Night Raw.  I'd rather have Chuck D.

Main Event time!  And our main event this evening is The Cutting Edge with the Rated-R Superstar.  Yeah, Edge is really too good as a heel to even bother with him as a face, maybe try again somewhere down the road, but I'm already ten times more interested in this promo than any of the "SPEAR SPEAR SPEAR SPEAR, SPEAR-SPEAR-SPEAR-SPEAR SPEAR SPEAR" promos.  Before Edge can introduce his guest tonight, Wayne Brady makes an appearance on The Cutting Edge...? That's a little weird.  And it gets weirder with Wayne Brady cutting a promo, challenging all the other guest hosts, even calling himself "Bob Darker," which is an even better nickname than Long Island Iced Z.  Randy Orton's had enough of the shenanigans and RKOs Wayne Brady?!  Oh Wayne Brady's gonna have to choke a bitch!

Edge starts explaining his actions from last week, and I this is turning out to be one of Edge's best performances on the mic to date.  He came back, won the Royal Rumble, filmed commercials, came up with catchphrases, and yet the crowd still didn't fully get behind him.  He didn't win the World Championship at WrestleMania, he got drafted in a battle royal and lost all the momentum he built up on Smackdown, and yet people cheer for Randy Orton, for no good reason.  Like I've said before, the best heels are the ones that speak the truth, and Edge definitely has a point here.  Orton goes for an RKO, but gets kicked in the face, Edge tries the spear, but gets RKO'd.  Dammit.

I loved this Raw, a couple pointless matches here and there, but for the most part, a great post-Draft show.  If they keep this up, all my concerns about Raw being overcrowded will quickly fade, because almost everything on this show worked very well.  I'm not thrilled about Orton becoming the top name on the brand, but I can't argue with crowd response and it should be fun to see him and Edge finally lock up in the ring since the Rated RKO feud never really got started back in 2007.  Yeah, I just said an Orton match could be fun, Raw was good, don't ruin my mood!