I’ve always maintained that three-hour Monday Night Raw “specials” really aren’t that special at all and are, in fact, just filled with more filler than your traditional two-hour shows.
And I think this week’s Raw proved that.
While we did get that great match between Kofi Kingston and Chris Jericho as well as that awesome Edge promo, we also sat through that Brock Lesnar video package twice, about 274 replays hyping up the Lesnar/Cena contract signing and a number of short tag team matches.
The Great Khali and The Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes and Alberto Del Rio? Pretty bad.
Zack Ryder and Santino Marella over Epico and Primo? Not very good.
But the worst tag team match, and the worst match in general, of the night? That dubious distinction has to go to Hornswoggle and Brodus Clay taking on Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger.
Look, I get that “The Funksaurus” is a comedy character. I really do.
Comedy characters are fine and definitely have a place in pro wrestling. But Hornswoggle is not a comedy character—he attempts to be one, but really isn’t—and using these comedy characters to embarrass guys who can actually wrestle is absolutely terrible booking.
Just a month or two ago, Swagger was the United States Champion. Just three months ago, Ziggler was wrestling CM Punk for the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble.
Now, they need Vickie Guerrero to interfere in their match against Clay and Hornswoggle?
What a joke.
In fact, I wouldn’t even call this a “match” as much as it was an angle or a lame attempt at comedy. And a failed one at that.
People within the WWE always wonder why the company has so much trouble creating new stars and filling the void left by the departures of guys like Triple H and The Undertaker.
But it’s not hard to figure out: This is why.
You’re booking two extremely talented guys like Ziggler and Swagger in a laughable match and then expecting people to still take them seriously.
Not gonna happen.
The sad part, though, is that the WWE will continue to put on “matches” like these to get a little person leprechaun over while the former No. 1 contender to the WWE title actually sells for him.