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time for some new angles...
I haven’t been able to get the tape yet, but reading
the results, I’m a little concerned about directions
right now. Vince dropped the N-Bomb on John Cena, which
got Booker furious. That’s an ugly thing to have done.
That’s what got Pillman in trouble with New Jack so
very long ago.
and Booker started their series, which sounded like a good
match. I’m hoping it gets over and that the matches
are good. Everyone is talking about the brutality of the
Flair vs. HHH match. It went 27 minutes and was kinda slow
according to most folks that I’ve talked to. Trish
held on to the woman’s title over Melina, and it was
said to be the best woman’s match in a while. Angle
vs. Cena was supposedly an OK match, because of Angle, who
was the most over face on the show.
direction seemed to take a positive when they debuted Edge’s
new segment, The Cutting Edge. They had Dmitri Young come
on and Edge made fun of him and the Tigers and they ended
it with Edge saying he was going to be like GM and Ford
and leave Detroit. The idea of giving Edge a talk show thingee
might be over-done, but if he gets a chance, I’m sure
he’ll be the biggest heel on RAW who isn’t in
the McMahon family.
direction again as they had Bischoff and Teddy Long fight.
The Boogeyman gave Bisch the PumphandleSlam to give Long
the win. The elimination match seems to have been good,
but the ending with Orton getting the win and having UT
return in the casket, which was on fire, wasn’t right
for the night. I understand that they have to get Orton
more over so he can take the title, and giving SmackDown!
the win made sense since they are the weaker brand, but
they’d have been better off getting over a guy like
Lashley instead of Orton. I’ll do more notes after
I’ve seen the tape.
I thought this was a really good show. There was some good
wrestling, they went a long way towards rebuilding John
Cena as some guy that the main audience can root for and
not just the kids and ladies, and they had a couple of smart
had Bischoff call out all the RAW SuperStars, but no one
came. It turned out that Vince came out and told Bisch that
he said none of the RAWster had to come out. Nice way to
show Vince flexing his muscles on and off camera. He said
that Bisch had failed him. Vince said that Eric had to set
a goal and achieve it tonight, or he’d be fired. He
chose getting the belt off of Cena. I liked this segment.
Michaels and Carlito had a match that I really enjoyed.
It was long, and Carlito worked hard, actually doing most
of the offense in the match and playing old-time mean heel,
which is a good role for him.
reference to this in the column, but come ON...
on Shawn’s leg, so when he went for Sweet Chin Music,
he collapsed. Nice booking there. He finally hit it and
got the pin on Carlito. This was a good match with a smart
story and both guys look better coming out of it.
Angle complained to Bischoff about the Survivor Series,
and he said he wanted the WWE title. Maria then asked Bisch
if he thought he’d be fired, so he put her in a match
with Kurt Angle.
match was interesting as they had Daivari take out Referee
Chad Patton so that he’d be Kurt’s ref. Kurt
took the mic and said that he was a competitor and that
he wouldn’t hurt Maria. He then said that he’d
like to give her a hug, which she did, only to take the
AngleSlam. This really raised Maria in my eyes because she
took it like a champ.
ran in and brawled with Angle a bit before Masters ran in.
They set up Angle vs. Cena vs. Masters in a Triple Threat
Submissions match, and Joey Styles played up that Cena did
have a submission move. Hmmmmm…..
in the segment of the night to me, they had Shane face off
with Eric Bischoff. Bisch said that Shane was a member of
the lucky sperm club. Nice. Shane went off and pushed Bischoff
against the wall. Hot segment.
Benjamin lost to Trevor Murdoch in a match that really wasn’t
very good. I think that they’ve shelved Cade for some
reason (coughNewDrugPolicycough) and they’re trying
to push Murdoch. Shelton always tries hard in matches where
he’s losing, including doing a clothesline from the
top rope to the floor. The guy may as well start thinking
about going to TNA where he’d be huge. The WWE has
shown that they don’t really want to push him for
whatever reason. Joey Styles played this up as an upset
and that kinda made it OK.
came out and said that Ric Flair should stay down and not
come back. He also said that he got Flair the best hospital
care you could get. Big Show came out and faced H down and
he smartly left. This could get interesting. Show and Kane
then beat Tomko and Snitsky. IT wasn’t much of a match,
but they had a storyline and they followed it logically.
don't know why, but I hear banjo music...
Cena won the Triple Threat with a Step-over Toehold Face
lock, better known as the STF on Masters. This match went
really fast, but it was smartly worked and Angle carried
a good deal of the action. Masters and Angle started out
working together, but then they started in-fighting. Masters
got Angle in the Masterlock and Kurt had to wait until Cena
made the save. Cena got caught in it later, and Angle saved
him and put Masters in the Anklelock.
finished things when Angle brought a chair in while Masters
had Cena held. Cena kicked the chair into Angle’s
face, which sent him out of the ring as he dropped the chair.
Cena then got the chair and hit Master’s leg with
it. This got a good pop and the guys seem to like him more.
He got a big pop when he got the STF win.
in all, a good show, and a strong cap to a spotty two weeks.
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