Hey gang : )
I realize that I can't expect to compete with Scott
Keith or the menagerie of other recaps out there. That
said, if you want a match breakdown, try
411wrestling.com or 1wrestling. I'll just throw out a
couple of quick thoughts here.
Un-official projections for "Raw X"
Unfortunately, I hope these projections prove
Although I would absolutely love it if somebody like
Bret Hart decided to show up, I just can't see it
happening. Given the WWWhatever's track record on
delivering surprises that they try and play up (e.g.:
Vince McMahon as the higher power?). The only thing
that conflicts this is that they have been pretty
quiet about names, but we'll just have to see.
As far as coverage, I think it will shake out
something like this:
First episode: 5%
Now, I realize that some of the material from the
earlier years was of questionable quality, but I'd
like to mention that there has always been something
around that sucked. And, given the track record, it
seems like every time they have something like this,
instead of giving newer fans a decent perspective on
what things used to be like, they generally focus on
whatever has happened over the last year or so, even
if it is the case that the quality has diminished to
Now, on to the Raw Thoughts:
Vince McMahon's return: I may be in the minority here,
but I enjoyed all the interruptions, even if they
tended to be a little long. Now, if it only leads to
some improvement in the near future.
O'Haire and Jones vignettes: This works so much better
than just throwing somebody new out there and
expecting people to care. GIVE THEM A REASON! And the
Orton stuff is hilarious.
D'lo and Raven on TV: Although the booking sucks, I'll
give them credit for getting them on the air, at
Women's 4-way: I respect what Jackie did (note the
past tense) as a wrestler, but with those 48EEE
implants, it's a joke to see her try and work around
them. I have to admit, I only passively care about
women's matches, and this kind of thing doesn't help.
Super Posedown: This was cute in 1989, but it's just
not working for me. I mean they didn't even get to the
lifting. More on the beatdown below.
Over-The-Top-Rope: Why include Batista? He hasn't even
done anything of late to even warrant a spot.the
action wasn't particularly good, and the ending was
Royal Ru"m"ble hype: Way to increase interest by
plugging in a bunch of midcarders into the Rumble
match. Hopefully Smackdown can field more intriguing
entrants. The SmackDown title match is the only thing
this show really has going for it. Steiner had better
win the belt, and hopefully he can work an injury
angle with HHH so that he's laid out until, say, 2
weeks before WM, in order to freshen up.
Booking projection: HHH retains, since after all, he's
been putting Steiner over for the last month. Too bad
he doesn't realize that it's the action in the ring
that counts the most.
Booker T and Goldust
Lawler: He's really been getting on my nerves as a
commentator, and now he has to wrestle against Regal,
which knocks him down even more. I would be all for
bringing in Heenan or Ventura.
All told, not a good effort leading into one of the 2
or 3 biggest shows of the year. I wish them luck in
trying to pull it off, but stranger things have
Comments? You know where to send 'em.