So I’m about a third of the way through watching RAW last night when it hits me that I’m actually ENJOYING at and looking forward to the rest of the show! So far we had Jesse Ventura come out as the night’s Host. He was doing a fine job and told us that we’ve been seeing too many of the same faces in the Championship scene. He set up a battle royal filled with wrestlers that have never had a title shot. The winner of the battle royal will receive a shot at his brand’s championship at the next Pay Per View, “TLC” (Tables, Ladders and Chairs).
SWEET! Somebody gets a chance to break through to the top of the scene! As much as I love Shawn Michaels and Triple H, there’s only so many times I can get excited about seeing one of them fight in the main event, and goodness knows the world doesn’t need another Cena/Orton match.
Side note about Orton: I’m really liking him! I disliked him personally for a few years because he’s been pretty immature behind the scenes, but getting married and having a kid has done him good. I can feel good about liking him again.
We got a pretty good Cena / CM Punk match. My favorite part was before the match when Punk told Cena, “Through these sober eyes, I can see you.” I’ve mentioned before how awesome I think Punk is, but I don’t think I’ve brought up how bored I am of Cena. BORED. Turn him bad and I’ll like him again, but I was pissed off when he pinned Punk.
CM Punk is Straight Edge. That means he's better than you.
I think the thing I was most excited about was the DX vs. Hart Dynasty match. Here we have TJ Wilson and David Hart Smith (the son of the legendary British Bulldog, Davey Boy Smith). The Hart Foundation in the past had huge issues with DX (Shawn Michaels and Triple H) and this would be the first time in over TEN YEARS that DX would face members of the Hart Family. There was so much history between the two factions and I couldn’t wait to see this explored! You’ve got the legitimate screwing over of Bret Hart for the WWE title at the Survivor Series in 1997, you’ve got Shawn beating the British Bulldog for the European title in the UK after Bulldog dedicated the match to his dying sister, and so much more!
The Hart Foundation... coolest group ever (provided you disregard Davy Boy's fanny pack)
We get to the match. NOT ONE WORD of the history between the two groups is mentioned. You could have had TJ and Smith do an interview before the match and really tear into DX vowing revenge for all sorts of deeds. Nothing. DX wins a five minute match after a superkick from Shawn and a pedigree from Trips.
Fuck you guys. Seriously. Fuck you guys.
Then Chris Jericho came out and talked smack to DX. Jericho is exactly what he says he is: the best in the world at what he does.
It’s the week of Thanksgiving, and thankfully we all got to relive the Survivor Series moment from 1990 when the Gobblygooker was unleashed! Back in ’90 they had a big egg that Mean Gene promised us would hatch at the pay per view and every week speculated as to what could be in it. I speculated as well! I was sure that Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake was ready to return and would POUNCE out of that egg ready for action! Some people thought that Ric Flair was coming in. Instead we got this:
Yup. This friggin’ turkey-or-what-have-you popped out of the egg, danced around the ring, did some gymnastics, then clucked off, not to be seen or heard from for many years until the fine folks at WWE realized it could be brought out as a joke to remind us of how goofy things were at one point.
SPEAKING OF GOOFY: there was a six woman tag match featuring the Pilgrims (the bad team) vs. the Indians (the good team). Normally I fast forward through woman wrestling matches because it’s pretty much tna but I was watching the show live and didn’t have the option. And it’s a good thing, because the entrance music used for the Indians was TATANKA’s old entrance music!!:
Oh, the hilarity!
So speaking of hilarity and golden moments from the past, it was decided that Jesse Ventura and Vince McMahon would do commentary on the main event – just like they did in the ’80s! Vince even put on his tuxedo with the red tie! It was amazing and … well, just all sorts of amazing!
Now the main event itself? The next challenger to John Cena’s championship is this guy:
If he wins the title at the ppv I’ll eat my hat.
I’ll purchase a hat, then eat it. But best of luck to you, Sheamus. Hopefully this gives you some credibility and is a jump start to a big career. You’ve been handed the ball – how far can you run with it? Personally I’m skeptical but keeping an open mind.
I had texted my friend Ray who was still at work and told him, “best RAW in years”. I was clearly wrong, but was going off the potential of the night. A fresh contender for the title? A DX/Hart match? Jesse and Vince on commentary (granted, that did pay off).
This night should have ruled. When the part of the night that got me most excited was a tie hearing Tatanka’s old music and seeing the Gobbledygooker… there’s trouble a’brewin’.
Well Enough is Enough, and it’s Time for a Change!