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I am hoping for an Evan Bourne/Justin Gabriel team after NXT is over. Ted Dibiase and his little brother will probably be a tag team for a while as well(with Joe Henning as the 3rd). Sheamus/McIntyre wouldnt be a bad team either.

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But, you know, we could sit here all day and argue about the contempt that each one of us has for something in the WWE. I don't really like to post on wrestling forums because people become so strongly adversarial and opinionated that it just feels like the discussion is missing. I prefer to usually be more diplomatic in my posts, but I do have very strong opinions of my own and sometimes, like tonight, they will make themselves known. I wouldn't term them to be hostile as much as I believe that wrestling forum posters tend to show their contempt for other people's line of thinking. It just seems to be the way it is because, let's face it, we're basically talking about who we think should win. It's not like sports where real competition takes place, we're discussing why we think someone should be getting pushed etc.

 

On that note, I can easily let my strong opinions on the WWE be known that some of you may feel passionately about disagreeing with, you might even feel your own sense of contempt for these ideas.

 

-- John Morrison is the new Shawn Michaels. He has the same good looks, he has the same natural charisma, he has great in-ring wrestling abilities and he should be getting pushed to the top. He should be either the WWE Champion or World Heavyweight Champion right now. If I was working with what the WWE draft had recently put into place. I would have Morrison defeat Cena at Over The Limit to become WWE Champion and then feud with a mixture of Edge (as a heel), Sheamus and then a bigger feud with Chris Jericho that would go into Summerslam and then past it.

 

-- Christian should be main eventing. He hasn't gone anywhere with the WWE like Edge has, but he has all the same tools. Edge made it because of a real life affair with Lita that turned into an explosive WWE storyline. It got Edge major heat and he just rolled with it. He got lucky, but Christian never really did. I'd have Christian take the World Heavyweight Championship from Jack Swagger and then maybe a quick feud with someone for a month before turning heel. I just think that, like Edge and Jericho, these Canadians work as better heels. Some say its easier to get people to boo you, but I don't know. I think a face Christian vs. heel CM Punk feud could be good, but I think a heel Christian vs. face Undertaker could be better.

 

-- CM Punk is awesome. He, along with Jericho, is the best heel in the WWE right now and I don't want his Straight Edged Society to go anywhere. Hopefully Joey Mercury joins the gang as it seems and Punk helps Gallows and Mercury to either become a tag team or start some IC/US title programs. Punk meanwhile should continue to have title/main event feuds like he has been. You have some great faces like Taker, Triple H, Orton etc. who really work well in 1 vs. a stable program.

 

-- John Cena should be chasing titles and not be a champion. We're all sick of John Cena, but he actually is more bearable when he's chasing titles rather then being the champ. He shouldn't be getting those title matches, but he should be running into heels who want to make a name off him. He should be helping to get the likes of Sheamus, Christian, CM Punk etc. more over to main event status.

 

-- Undertaker should lose his Wrestlemania streak and NOT to John Cena. He's 18-0 now, right? Those 18 wins in a row will never be matched and losing next year doesn't take anything away from that record. Do we think any less of a hitting streak when its over? No, we marvel at how long they were able to do it and what a great accomplishment it was. Undertaker can REALLY put someone over by letting them end his streak. John Cena doesn't need it, Triple H doesn't need it.... a CM Punk or Christian or Big Show or even Edge would benefit a LOT by this.

 

-- Sheamus needs to stay away from the title for now, but should be chasing it down by trying to make a name for himself like he has been. He needs to continue to be like Randy "The Legend Killer" Orton was a few years ago, that's basically what he's doing now. He wants to put people on the shelf and, as he does so, his next world title reign will be more credible.

 

-- Batista needs to go away.

 

-- Triple H needs to continue what he's doing, put people over and maybe have one more title run before he retires in the next few years. I'd like to see one more heel run for him where he's the badass Triple H like he was in 2000 and onwards for many years.

 

-- Jack Swagger has some potential, but I don't think he should have another world title reign.

 

-- Tag team title scene needs to continue to be what it is: throw failing single stars together to see if they can make it and throw rookies together to help them get over with the crowd. Evan Bourne and Matt Hardy... Bourne Extreme. Tommy Dreamer (I know he's gone) and Kane.... The Dream Machine.

 

-- Hart Dynasty are the best tag team by far in the WWE right now, I love their in-ring work. They need some teams thrown together to have some credible challengers though. By the time they're done in a few years, I believe Tyson Kidd can move onto IC contendership and even the world title years later. He has that same Rey Mysterio vibe going for him and I believe he can be very credible in the future. David Hart Smith is harder to read as a singles competitor and he might be confined to the same fate as his Dad.

 

-- The IC and US titles need to be treated with more respect. Not being defended at Wrestlemania? Really? REALLY? The Miz has done his tag team thing and, sure, it was somewhat entertaining, but his US title run would be moreso. The guy shouldn't be feuding for the world title any time soon, but a credible US title run through Summerslam with constant title defenses against the likes of R-Truth, MVP etc. would be good to see. Actually... I'd prefer R-Truth and MVP to just go away for good, but that's not going to happen.

 

-- Drew McIntyre is the next big thing for Vince McMahon? Eh... I see potential, but just like the Miz... he needs to continue his IC title scene. He needs to have that kind of feud where he drops the title, wins it back, drops it again and you just never know who is the better man. Foley and Rock had this at the end of 98, start of 99 with the WWE title where it was changing all the time. Sure, that can be somewhat demeaning to the standing and credibility of a world title, but this is the IC belt and he needs a good feud with someone better then Matt Hardy.

 

-- Matt Hardy has had his chances and, sure, he's good in the ring, but its been the same for many years now and something needs to change. Its just not working.

 

I could go on for a long time, but... you know, that's it for now from me. I doubt many, if any, of those things would happen in the WWE, but that's part of what us wrestling forum posters do... its like fantasy sports in that way... we all think we can do it better and we disagree with others on how that should be done.

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I would actually like a CM Punk vs. McIntyre feud for the IC Title. Heel vs. Heel feuds can be quite good. Kofi Kingston needs to be elevated. I agree with you about John Morrison and the secondary titles.

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The tag team scene is NEVER going to be on the same level as the WWE championship or even the IC championship. Why? People crave individual success. We are all alone in this world, we live and die alone. You didn't see Bret Hart or Shawn Michaels turn down their singles pushes when their tag team success was so high, they were willing to risk being midcard singles wrestlers fighting for the IC title over being a tag team champion. Of course, those guys went onto bigger things, but singles competition is valued more highly. It's not just wrestling either, look at other solo sports like Tennis. Sure, you have those double specialists out there who win doubles titles, but they're nothing on their own. I bet when they were 8 years old and starting to play Tennis seriously, they weren't dreaming of winning the Wimbledon Doubles title.

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I never said specifially at, but the tag teams should be near the level of intensity of the championship. Of course, the lone dog is always praised more. And I hugely disagree there... the IC is not bigger than the Tag teams. It's the lesser of all championships in the WWE.

 

The championship will always be at least one level above the tag teams. But that is not to say that the tag teams cannot be taken seriously.

 

 

With the rest of it... just agree to disagree. The most important thing is like what you said... the tag team scene is stale. They are not treating it with too much respect.

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The IC is not bigger than the Tag teams. It's the lesser of all championships in the WWE.

 

 

In one respect, you're right. The WWE has Wrestlemanias where the IC and/or US title go undefended. They have PPVs where it goes undefended so, yeah, they don't really treat those two titles in a very high manner.

 

The natural progression of wrestlers can be different, but for the most part it goes: Tag titles-IC/US title-World title.

 

I could run off a list of names whose progression went that way. Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Steve Austin, Edge, Christian, Jeff Hardy and then there's others who didn't make the world title but at least got the IC title like a Miz. Then there are others who just never need to go the tag team route because they work nicely as singles like a Triple H or Kurt Angle.

 

Even legendary tag teams like the Dudleys have had their moments where they were split up and attempted to break into the singles scene. They failed, just like the New Age Outlaws, and then realized the only thing they had going for them was their tag team. None of them ever said "No, I don't want a singles push, I want to be a tag team still." and they saw the IC/US title as the next step. It was the first step in their singles progression.

 

So, really, comparing the tag titles to the IC/US title is like comparing apples and oranges. The simple fact of the matter is that none of the titles less then the World titles are treated with the amount of respect that they once were or should be again.

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Anyone here watch TNA iMPACT? Looks like Tara (aka Victoria) is on her way out due to not getting a pay raise. She's being greedy, but with her maybe going into MMA and having her own business, eh.

 

She's really not. Both Gail Kim and Awesome Kong also left over TNA refusing to increase their pay. The highest-paid woman on the roster? Non-wrestler Christy Hemme.

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I'm bored, so I'll go point-by-point through this:

 

-- John Morrison is the new Shawn Michaels. He has the same good looks, he has the same natural charisma, he has great in-ring wrestling abilities and he should be getting pushed to the top. He should be either the WWE Champion or World Heavyweight Champion right now. If I was working with what the WWE draft had recently put into place. I would have Morrison defeat Cena at Over The Limit to become WWE Champion and then feud with a mixture of Edge (as a heel), Sheamus and then a bigger feud with Chris Jericho that would go into Summerslam and then past it.

 

 

You wouldn't be the first one to compare Morrison and Michaels. I think he'll reach main event status sooner rather than later, but I don't see it coming within the next month (or two). His promos are still weak and pretty gimmicky to fit into the main event scene.

 

-- Christian should be main eventing. He hasn't gone anywhere with the WWE like Edge has, but he has all the same tools. Edge made it because of a real life affair with Lita that turned into an explosive WWE storyline. It got Edge major heat and he just rolled with it. He got lucky, but Christian never really did. I'd have Christian take the World Heavyweight Championship from Jack Swagger and then maybe a quick feud with someone for a month before turning heel. I just think that, like Edge and Jericho, these Canadians work as better heels. Some say its easier to get people to boo you, but I don't know. I think a face Christian vs. heel CM Punk feud could be good, but I think a heel Christian vs. face Undertaker could be better.

 

 

This complaint seems to fit in with the "push Shelton Benjamin" crowd in that no matter how many times you complain, it ain't happening. Christian just doesn't get Vince McMahon's dick hard (in a manner of speaking). McMahon just doesn't see dollar signs with this guy. Sad? Yeah, but it's just the way it is. I'm hoping for something to do with Edge and Christian down the line as well, whether feuding or as a team. World Champ? Not likely.

 

-- CM Punk is awesome. He, along with Jericho, is the best heel in the WWE right now and I don't want his Straight Edged Society to go anywhere. Hopefully Joey Mercury joins the gang as it seems and Punk helps Gallows and Mercury to either become a tag team or start some IC/US title programs. Punk meanwhile should continue to have title/main event feuds like he has been. You have some great faces like Taker, Triple H, Orton etc. who really work well in 1 vs. a stable program.

 

 

I agree here. It seems like they're teasing dissension with Punk and Gallows, but there's so much still there to work with, even adding Joey Mercury to the group and maybe having he and Luke be a full-time tag team.

 

-- John Cena should be chasing titles and not be a champion. We're all sick of John Cena, but he actually is more bearable when he's chasing titles rather then being the champ. He shouldn't be getting those title matches, but he should be running into heels who want to make a name off him. He should be helping to get the likes of Sheamus, Christian, CM Punk etc. more over to main event status.

 

 

I'm a little confused....you say he should be chasing titles, then you say he he shouldn't be getting title matches. So he's going to chase the title, but never get a title match? So, he's going to be a failure? He just makes too damn much money for the company to not have him headline. It's the way it is.

 

-- Undertaker should lose his Wrestlemania streak and NOT to John Cena. He's 18-0 now, right? Those 18 wins in a row will never be matched and losing next year doesn't take anything away from that record. Do we think any less of a hitting streak when its over? No, we marvel at how long they were able to do it and what a great accomplishment it was. Undertaker can REALLY put someone over by letting them end his streak. John Cena doesn't need it, Triple H doesn't need it.... a CM Punk or Christian or Big Show or even Edge would benefit a LOT by this.

 

 

The way the streak has been built up, I don't think there's anyone worthy of beating the streak at this point. Plus, as much as Wrestlemania the name sells itself, the streak is also a great selling point for 'Mania that likely increases the buys every year. If he loses, there goes an angle that WWE can hang their hat on around that time to get people to buy.

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-- Sheamus needs to stay away from the title for now, but should be chasing it down by trying to make a name for himself like he has been. He needs to continue to be like Randy "The Legend Killer" Orton was a few years ago, that's basically what he's doing now. He wants to put people on the shelf and, as he does so, his next world title reign will be more credible.

 

 

I pretty much agree with this.

 

-- Batista needs to go away.

 

 

From the sounds of it, he will be soon enough. But I think he's been playing the "too cool for school" character perfectly, and he had the best match on the card at Extreme Rules with Cena.

 

-- Triple H needs to continue what he's doing, put people over and maybe have one more title run before he retires in the next few years. I'd like to see one more heel run for him where he's the badass Triple H like he was in 2000 and onwards for many years.

 

I also like him better as a heel.

 

-- Jack Swagger has some potential, but I don't think he should have another world title reign.

 

...at least, until they build him up better.

 

-- Tag team title scene needs to continue to be what it is: throw failing single stars together to see if they can make it and throw rookies together to help them get over with the crowd. Evan Bourne and Matt Hardy... Bourne Extreme. Tommy Dreamer (I know he's gone) and Kane.... The Dream Machine.

 

I'd prefer the tag division get a bit heavier emphasis than it's getting now.

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-- Hart Dynasty are the best tag team by far in the WWE right now, I love their in-ring work. They need some teams thrown together to have some credible challengers though. By the time they're done in a few years, I believe Tyson Kidd can move onto IC contendership and even the world title years later. He has that same Rey Mysterio vibe going for him and I believe he can be very credible in the future. David Hart Smith is harder to read as a singles competitor and he might be confined to the same fate as his Dad.

 

D.H. Smith is kinda bland, but I do like the Dynasty.

 

-- The IC and US titles need to be treated with more respect. Not being defended at Wrestlemania? Really? REALLY? The Miz has done his tag team thing and, sure, it was somewhat entertaining, but his US title run would be moreso. The guy shouldn't be feuding for the world title any time soon, but a credible US title run through Summerslam with constant title defenses against the likes of R-Truth, MVP etc. would be good to see. Actually... I'd prefer R-Truth and MVP to just go away for good, but that's not going to happen.

 

Agreed. At least, about the titles.

 

-- Drew McIntyre is the next big thing for Vince McMahon? Eh... I see potential, but just like the Miz... he needs to continue his IC title scene. He needs to have that kind of feud where he drops the title, wins it back, drops it again and you just never know who is the better man. Foley and Rock had this at the end of 98, start of 99 with the WWE title where it was changing all the time. Sure, that can be somewhat demeaning to the standing and credibility of a world title, but this is the IC belt and he needs a good feud with someone better then Matt Hardy.

 

McIntyre's theme song kicks ass. That's all I've got.

 

-- Matt Hardy has had his chances and, sure, he's good in the ring, but its been the same for many years now and something needs to change. Its just not working.

 

 

Not a big fan of Hardy, at least, in his current version. I think he has peaked as a performer and a character. Right now, he's a good hand in the ring and nothing more.

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Heh. Nice feedback, dude, I agree with your points on how someone like Cena makes too much to be doing what I would have him doing. It's a tough thing to really "book" though because I wouldn't want him around at all. So, yeah, what I was trying to say is that he is more bearable and entertaining when he's after his title. When it gets there, he becomes even more of a bland, annoying champion. I prefer title chasing Cena over title champion Cena.

 

If I had to use him, I'd have his same motivation be "I want the title", but then you have the likes of Shemaus, CM Punk, Christian, Edge, John Morrison, Jericho, Big Show... interrupting him by going "I want the title too and I'm better then you" so then Cena gets distracted by this feud in kayfabe sense and hopefully, with a few good matches or losses, he can some of those guys over. Then when he's done with the feud, he goes "I want the title" and then someone else interrupts him. The belt just needs to stay off him for a while.

 

I think back to 2004/2005 time when people were really starting to get sick of Triple H and him always being the champion. He even took a few non-injury breaks where he wasn't on Tv and allowed the audience to miss him a bit. He would then come back and, in the last few years, he's had a few title reigns, but for the most part... he's been putting other people over. I think Cena needs to get to this point now.

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Dixie Carter had been plugging a huge announcement that will take place on Impact tonight that will mark "the next evolution of the brand." According to prowrestling.net, the announcement is....

 

 

 

 

Impact is moving back to Thursday nights.

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TONIGHT: Edge makes his full-time Raw return by welcoming Randy Orton onto his interview segment, “The Cutting Edge.� Plus, Emmy Award-winner Wayne Brady is your guest host.

 

-WWE Open.

 

-They aired clips of the Triple-Threat #1 Contender’s Match from last week.

 

-Raw Open.

 

-Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler intro’d the show as the camera panned the crowd. They plugged The Cutting Edge with Randy Orton as special guest.

 

-But first! It’s Batista’s music, and the Animal came out dressed to compete. He did get the spotlight on the stage, which followed him to the ring. He had a microphone and talked about becoming #1 Contender for the WWE Title….again. But he wasn’t satisfied with that: He thought he should be WWE Champion. He asked the fans if they even know what a Last Man Standing Match is. I think they chanted “you tapped out,� so clearly they don’t. He explained the rules to them, then said he wasn’t beaten to the point that he couldn’t get up at ten; he was hoodwinked by John Cena (my words). They showed Cena duct-tapping Batista’s legs together from Extreme Rules. Back live, the crowd chanted “Cena� as Batista tried to talk. He said it was the most embarrassing moment….of John Cena’s career. He took that back and said it was the most embarrassing moment of Cena’s life. I don’t know, Cena’s done a lot of embarrassing stuff in WWE. He said duct-taping someone like that is something Hornswoggle would do. Apparently, there’s going to be a Beat-the-Clock tournament tonight between Batista and Cena to find out who picks the stipulations for the match at Over the Limit. And apparently, Batista faces Miz. That’s weird. He told Miz to come out so he could beat him, but instead, Sheamus’ music played and the Pale Warrior came out.

 

Sheamus called Batista pathetic for talking about the WWE Title match at Extreme Rules. He’s saying “fella� a lot more than he used to in his promos is Sheamus, and I approve. He reminded Batista that he won at Extreme Rules, and he did something Batista never could: he took out Triple H. He said maybe the reason he doesn’t have a title match at Over the Limit is because he took out the Son-in-Law. A match was proposed by Sheamus between him and Batista tonight. If he loses, Sheamus will shut his gob and leave; but if he wins, he usurps Batista’s #1 contendership and will face Cena at Over the Limit. Batista told Sheamus he had his chance and blew it. Sheamus said he wasn’t pinned in that match. Batista told Sheamus he has a match to win; “in other words, get out of my ring!� Sheamus didn’t leave too quickly, and said he’d get his shot at the title sooner than Batista thinks.

 

-Next, it’s Batista vs. The Miz in a Beat-the-Clock challenge match.

 

[Commercial Break]

 

-Miz was coming to the ring out of break, but he wasn’t dressed to wrestle. He did have a letter with him. He said there’s nothing he’d like more than to face Batista now. But he said the trauma suffered in the facial region last week due to Big Show’s punch has put him out of action, and he even had a doctor’s note. Hilariously, the envelope was even labeled “Doctor’s Note� in big letters. Miz said he had just the guy to face Batista in the Beat-the-Clock challenge: His NXT Rookie, Daniel Bryan. Interesting. When Bryan came to the ring, Miz told him to put up a fight and not lose in 30 seconds. Bryan said he’d do one better and make Batista tap out.

 

(1) Batista vs. Daniel Bryan- Beat-the-Clock Challenge

Kick to the gut by Batista, and he got Bryan up for a powerbomb, but Bryan countered with a roll-up for two. Bryan got Batista in an ankle-lock, but Batista escaped and went to ringside. Back in the ring, Batista pounded away at Bryan in the corner as the match reached the 1:00 mark. Bryan avoided Batista and jumped on his back for a sleeper. Batista flipped him down and booted him in the face. That got a near-fall. Hard whip into the buckle by Batista. This time, Bryan locked in a front face-lock, wrapping his legs around Batista’s waist. Batista flipped him over his head again in an impressive move. He threw Bryan out of the ring, as both announcers questioned this strategy. He slammed Bryan’s back into the apron. Over the 3:00 mark at this point. Hard clothesline flipped Bryan inside out, but he kicked out of a pin. Bryan fought back, but the crowd wasn’t into it. Kick to the head by Bryan, but he walked into a boot himself. Pin, but Bryan kicked out at 3:47. More kicks from Bryan, and he locked in some sort of arm-bar, pulling back on the neck. Batista got to the ropes to break it. A kick to the knee of Bryan put the youngster in a fair amount of pain. Spear knocked Bryan down, then a Batista Bomb finished it.

 

Winner: Batista, at 5:06. Bryan showed good fight here; unfortunately, he showed great selling ability that will probably make WWE want to put the big guys over him (a la Evan Bourne) when he makes it to the main roster.

 

Another Batista Bomb by the Animal for Bryan. He left the ring, then came back and gave him yet another one. How could Miz just stand idly by and let this happen to his rookie!

 

-John Cena’s Beat-the-Clock opponent: Chris Jericho.

 

-Up next, Wayne Brady.

 

[Commercial Break]

 

-More clips from last week’s three-way, specifically, Edge spearing Orton. Orton will be on the Cutting Edge tonight.

 

-Eve Torres was doing a photo-shoot backstage when Wayne Brady walked in. She hugged him and thanked him for hosting Raw tonight. He said he should be thanking her- she’s his favorite Diva and he congratulated her for winning the title. Jillian Hall walked in and said she wanted to sing Wayne Brady’s theme song when he came out to the arena. She offered to sing a few bars and did so. Wayne joined in on dancing with her, until he danced her right out of the room. Eve went back to the photo-shoot, but Maryse barged in and nailed Eve with the title.

 

-Edge was talking to a production assistant backstage. He was talking about some videos of past matches that he wanted to use for his return. The stage-hand didn’t seem like they’d be usable. Josh Mathews walked up to Edge and asked about the Cutting Edge. Edge said WWE is PG now, but he’s Rated R, and he won’t have people tell him what he can and can’t use tonight. He said he’s bringing controversy back to Monday Night Raw. About time!

 

[Commercial Break]

 

-Lawler thanked Fit For Rivals for providing the official theme song to Over the Limit, titled “Crash.�

 

- Ted DiBiase came out for a match. Cole dropped the name “The Fortunate Son� when talking about DiBiase; it’s also supposed to be the name of his new group set to debut soon. They showed him trying to recruit R-Truth last week. DiBiase got the mic and said you’d think someone from the streets like R-Truth would appreciate the opportunity to make money. He then said he probably makes good money in WWE, but what happens when that’s over? He can’t rap- he only has one song, and it’s terrible. He said when he gets his personal assistant, the person will help him slap some sense into R-Truth.

 

(2) Ted DiBiase vs. John Morrison

Cole called Morrison “The Monday Night Delight.� Morrison got the better of DiBiase, then did a 450 off the top rope and onto DiBiase on the outside. “That was awesome� chant by the fans. DiBiase was in no hurry getting back in the ring, and at eight, decided he’d had enough.

 

Winner: Morrison, via count-out, at 1:13.

 

Morrison got the mic and said that’s not how he wants to start things on Monday nights. He asked DiBiase to forget about the count-out and re-start the match. He wasn’t receptive to that, but Morrison said he’d be DiBiase’s Virgil if he loses. That caught DiBiase’s attention, and he walked back to the ring for the re-match. It is next.

 

[Commercial Break]

 

(2a) John Morrison vs. Ted DiBiase

Body-scissors by DiBiase, as the match was joined in progress out of break. Thankfully, Lawler filled the fans in on who Virgil was. Knee-lift by DiBiase. He continued working over Morrison, then got upset when he couldn’t get the pinfall. They’re acting like this is a continuation of the first match, but not in my book. I’ll label it “2a� but I’m timing them both out separately. Morrison made his comeback and went for the Flying Chuck Kick, but DiBiase tripped him up and got a near-fall. Dream Street countered into a snapmare, but a scoop slam by DiBiase got two again. Morrison tried to out-sell Bryan’s clothesline in the first match, doing a Jannetty sell of his own. Another Dream Street attempt, but Morrison climbed the ropes with it still hooked and flipped over. DiBiase’s shoulders were pinned with Morrison still in the move, but Morrison got the three-count.

 

Winner: Morrison, at 3:58 (5:11 combined). OK, so I did combine the times. Match was good enough, and this assistant angle could be interesting.

 

DiBiase beat Morrison down after the match until R-Truth made the save.

 

-They showed highlights of the Bryan vs. Batista match from earlier tonight.

 

-Next: John Cena vs. Chris Jericho in a Beat-the-Clock Challenge match.

 

[Commercial Break]

 

-Cena came to the ring for the match, followed by Jericho. Jericho, though, was wearing a suit and like Miz before him, was not dressed to compete. Jericho said he won’t use the same flimsy excuse to get out of his match as Miz did. Instead, he’s opting out because he’s beaten Cena so many times, doing it again would be a waste of time. He did hand-pick his opponent; someone who has been begging for the opportunity to embarrass Cena. I thought it’d be Sheamus, but it was his NXT Rookie, Wade Barrett. Jericho complimented Barrett, calling him a bona-fide future WWE Superstar. Jericho said he wouldn’t beat the clock, and Barrett said Cena wouldn’t beat him, period.

 

(3) John Cena vs. Wade Barrett- Beat-the-Clock Challenge

Cena grappled Barrett to the ground early and went for a few quick pins. Cena dumped Barrett to ringside, and right on his NXT Pro Chris Jericho. Jericho pulled the leg of Cena as he tried to get back in the ring, allowing Barrett to capitalize on the distraction. Barrett punished Cena in the ring, not even going for a cover. Jericho yelled at Cole, telling him Barrett is a “machine.� Barrett stretched the back and neck of Cena. Cena fought to his feet, but ran right into a big boot from Barrett. Pin attempt got two. Back-breaker on the WWE Champion and another cover got him two. Barrett only had to survive one more minute. Knee to the back by Barrett. With :40 to go, Cena out of nowhere locked in the STF. With :27 to go, Barrett tapped.

 

Winner: Cena, at 4:39. Another good performance from an NXT Rookie. But I thought Barrett won his own theme music? Like, several weeks ago?

 

Cena announced that he wasn’t going to waste time picking a match at Over the Limit. Before he could get it out, Barrett got Cena’s attention and Sheamus ran in to attack Cena. Pump kick put Cena down before he could announce the match. Shouldn’t Batista have won, then Cena would get to win at the PPV and overcome the stipulation Batista put into place?

 

-The Cutting Edge, with Randy Orton as guest, is yet to come tonight.

 

[Commercial Break]

 

(4) Maryse vs. Nikki Bella

Lock-up, and the ladies traded rights. Jumping snap mare from Nikki, then she slammed Maryse’s head into the buckle a few times. A distraction by Brie on the outside allowed Nikki to throw Maryse back in. Nikki went to the top, but Maryse pulled her down by her hair. A sweet-looking French Kiss ended things.

 

Winner: Maryse, at 1:04. Just about the right length for this match.

 

Maryse got on the mic and spoke in French, then said she wanted to present her new photo-shoot to the world. It’s called “Maryse: The Sexiest of Sexy.� It was Maryse posing next to a fallen Eve, who she attacked earlier in the night. She told Eve, “I’ve never seen you look so good.� As Maryse posed, Eve ran to the ring but the referee held her back from attacking. Lucky ref. Maryse left the ring and taunted Eve.

 

[Commercial Break]

 

-Zack Ryder was in the ring with the mic as Alicia Fox and Gail Kim sat at ringside. He said because he stayed on Raw, he’s single and ready to mingle (which explains the ladies at ringside). Apparently, they have no lives outside these shows, which caused him and Rosa Mendes to break up. Ryder said that on Superstars, he Zack Attacked Primo, and he’s going to do it again tonight. Wayne Brady appeared on the Titan-Tron and got Ryder’s attention. He said if Ryder really wanted to impress, he can’t think of a better opponent than this man: Mark Henry then came out.

 

(5) Zack Ryder vs. Mark Henry

Man, I was looking for another swank Ryder vs. Primo match. Bodyslam from Henry, then another, then a third. He went for a splash, but missed. Ryder tried to take out Henry’s legs, then hit a missile dropkick off the top for two. Rough Rider leg lariat got him two. Forearms to the back didn’t have much of an effect. Cole said Ryder calls himself “Long Island Iced Z.� That’s pretty clever. Big collision, and Henry got the better of it. Henry caught a Ryder punch and picked him up for the World’s Strongest Slam. Fin.

 

Winner: Henry, at 1:52.

 

Henry went to ringside, and the Divas left with him. Sexual Chocolate strikes again.

 

-Backstage, Chris Jericho and Miz were comparing war stories about Big Show. Neither was happy about Show knocking them out. Miz said there’s nothing they can do about it, since Show is on Smackdown now. Jericho said there IS something they can do…make a statement. Jericho had an idea, and the two walked down the hallway to end the segment.

 

-Last Monday, Edge cost Randy Orton a shot at being the #1 Contender to the WWE Title. Tonight, Orton will be the guest on Edge’s Cutting Edge talk show.

 

[Commercial Break]

 

-Backstage, Vladimir Kozlov asked Wayne Brady for competition. Santino Marella was there dressed in 70s get-up, thinking Brady was part of the Brady Bunch. He asked Wayne Brady if he could tag team with Vladimir Kozlov. Then William Regal piped in and told Kozlov not to listen to Marella, as they have a match to prepare for. After all three left, the camera focused in on Brady and he asked someone next to him who he was supposed to be, Alice? It was Goldust, and he said he was Goldust-witch. Then he breathed in, and out onto Brady.

 

-The announcers talked about some of the wrestlers that came to Raw in the Supplemental Draft, including The Great Khali, Ezekiel Jackson, and the Hart Dynasty.

 

-The Dynasty was walking backstage. They’re in action next.

 

 

[Commercial Break]

 

-Jericho and Miz joined the commentary team for the next match. Cole introduced Miz as the man who tapped out last week. Both Miz and Jericho gave him the evil eye. “How is that relevant?� asked Jericho.

 

(6) The Hart Dynasty vs. Vladimir Kozlov & William Regal

Kidd went to the top rope and pulled Kidd off and to the arena floor by his arm. Ouch. Can I say that Miz and Jericho would make an awesome tag team? It looks like that’s what they’re going for too. Kozlov used an overhead throw on Kidd, with the arm-barred. It was pretty sweet. The two heels worked over Kidd in the corner. Tag in to David Hart Smith (who Jericho called “Harry Smith�), who took it to the both men. He locked Regal in the Sharpshooter, and Regal tapped immediately.

 

Winners: The Hart Dynasty, at 2:43. Well, the commentary was good.

 

After the match, Miz attacked Smith, but Smith tackled him. Then Jericho came in and gave a one-kneed Codebreaker to the youngster. Miz got back to his feet gave Smith the Skull-Crushing Finale.

 

-Ugh, and we’re seeing Edge attacking Orton last week AGAIN. Yes, we understand Orton is on the Cutting Edge. Thankfully, it’s next.

 

[Commercial Break]

 

-Next week’s guest host: Flavor Flav. Just don’t let him live in the arena.

 

-Edge came out for the Cutting Edge. Edge said he, the most controversial superstar in WWE, is back on Raw. He said the fans didn’t deserve an explanation for his attack on Orton last week. Ah, the ol’ heel move. But he was pulling the fans’ legs, as he ended up letting them in on the secret, which went back to the Royal Rumble. He said he was upset about having to go to Raw last week, and his spear of Orton was very cathartic. But in the end, he was the most talked-about star in WWE. Finally, he was about to introduce Orton, when Wayne Brady interrupted and came out. Edge applauded for him and they shook hands upon his entrance into the ring. Polite applause for Edge introducing Brady. He talked about what a big wrestling fan he’s been, and how he grew up on WWE. He said he wanted to see Edge do his thing. He asked to feel what it’s like to walk in Edge’s shoes. Edge OK’d that and Brady talked to the crowd. He trash-talked the guest hosts of the past and future, saying they’re not him. Edge pointed him to the hard camera as Brady got the crowd into it, but Orton’s music interrupted and he came out.

 

Orton stared coldly at both Brady and Edge. Brady walked over toward Orton and extended his hand, but Orton gave him an RKO. It looked like it was going to be botched, but Brady ended up making it look nice. Orton knocked over the chairs going after Edge, but Edge said he knows Orton wants to RKO him, but last week was just a case of Orton being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He said Orton would’ve done the same thing. Edge reminded Orton of the last time he was on the Cutting Edge: They became a tag-team, Rated RKO. Edge said they dominated DX and the entire show, and he knows it can happen again. He said no one would be able to stop them; they can be the two-man power trip. Fans wanted an RKO. Edge then went off on Orton, asking if he was too big a star to consider that now. He said he was glad he speared Orton, because he just doesn’t get it. He said he did everything you’re supposed to do: Came back from injury, did commercials, came up with a catchphrase for fans to chant, yet they didn’t fully accept him. Then, there’s Orton: Someone who cares about no one, but the people support him anyway. Edge said the fact that he’s not World Champion right now is not fair. The fact that he got drafted to Raw because of a Battle Royal is not fair. He said Orton WILL join him, as the spear last week was the tip of the iceberg. He’ll do it every week until Orton is just an afterthought on the show. Edge was perturbed by Orton’s lack of a response. Orton went for an RKO, but Edge booted him in the head. He shooed a medic out of the ring, who was checking on Brady. Edge set up for the spear, but Orton caught him in mid-spear for an RKO. Orton’s music played and they replayed the RKO on Brady and Edge. The medic was back to check on Brady, who was at least moving at this point. Orton stood over Edge as the show ended.

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Here's a great story from a Knoxville house show:

 

PWI just confirmed the story. It was during a live show in Knoxville, TN and from the report it was an elderly women who took offense to Punk's rhetoric during a promo. According to the report, "Punk was getting heat and this woman just walked up to him, told him he wasn't Jesus and wailed away with a hard slap. Punk smiled and told her he forgave her while security pulled her out of the show, then genuflected, making it even more insanely funny."

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I cant even watch RAW anymore, like i catch little pieces but its not getting to me anymore, i dont even bother to record the shows.

 

I love TNA, yes the stories are stupid and its kind of predictable,alot of old guys on the show, and results of matches are ended by objects or distractions way to much...but i dont care I love the roster.

 

Im PRO TNA.

 

I really hope they can get the show going, the monday experiment failed, so did the 8-10 so maybe going back to thursdays 9-11 will some how in the end work out for them...one more thing, im not a fan of the tape shows, is anybody with me on this?

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Obviously there is a strong agreement here that Batista isn't great. However did you guys like the use of him when he was in Evolution with HHH, Orton and Flair?

 

 

Evolution > Now.

 

He seems like the kinda guy who needs to be around Vince McMahon. Or perhaps do managing. Or something. Other than what he is doing.

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I for the life of me still cant fathom what they are doing with Danielson. He lost to Michael flipping Tarver tonight. Skip Sheffield a few weeks ago. "Thanks for signing with WWE, go f*** yourself". It is ridiculous. Its like they brought him in just so he could job to talentless hosses.

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