In The Crosshair: Raw End Of The Deal, The Champ Is Here, And The WWE Draft

Sulayman H.Senior Writer IApril 14, 2009

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the late edition of In the Crosshair.

Well, last night was the WWE Draft that promised to shake things up big time. Did they succeed? Let's take a look.

Batista's Comeback Promo

His mic work is average at best, and Batista doesn't talk for long before being interrupted by Shane and Triple H. The three argue over who gets a piece of Orton tonight, when they are interrupted by Vickie Guerrero.

Vickie basically tells them that now she is all-powerful and reminds them of the Backlash tag match. She puts them in a 3-on-2 match against Legacy tonight, and whomever scores the pin fall will meet Orton next week in a match.

Overall, this promo did nothing to further the HHH/Orton rivalry; it only showcased each other's egos and the inability to work together.

Once again, Shane stands there in the ring like an idiot. Does he not have some power or has he completely forgotten? Once more, we have been made to look like idiots.

Bravo, Vince. You can come out to have a match with a rising star but you can't put Vickie in her place.

Rey Mysterio vs. Evan Bourne

Solid matchup between the two, with Rey getting the pin and Raw getting its first pick. MVP is coming to Raw, which is a good start for him to rise among the ranks.

By the way, did I mention how good Striker is on commentary? This guy has just blown my mind.

Kane vs. The Brian Kendrick with Ezekiel Jackson

Where are they going with the whole Kendrick gimmick? He just looks so stupid out there; I seriously cannot understand why he is given camera time.

A very short and unsatisfying, match with Kane getting the win.

The draft pick was the Big Show to Raw. Show comes out to celebrate and this has me wondering why they would bring him to Monday nights. The only logical reason is that they want to continue the whole Vickie/Show angle, which is just borderline retarded.

Orton/Vickie Promo

Poor Chavo, what a tool. He gets silenced by Randy.

Orton says she better know what she's doing since the board of directors are watching her every move. She tells him if Ted & Cody win tonight, the loser has to face Legacy next week in a 3-on-1 match. Vickie listens to just about anybody, doesn't she?

I bet if Santino asked her for a title shot, she wouldn't think twice.

Cena/Swagger Talk Backstage

Cena welcomes the All-American to Raw and tells him tonight he's going to teach the ECW Champion respect. It was a funny promo from Cena and Swagger. It's nice to see Swagger on Raw declaring that he is the next big-time player for the WWE.

Divas Match — Team SD vs. Team RAW

Another short match-up which sees McCool getting the pin and Melina going to Smackdown. The King is going to miss her entrance, and so will I, but life goes on, Jerry.

Swagger vs. Cena

The winner gets two picks, cool.

Cole talks up Cena and his will to win. A good technical match-up, with Swagger chants here and there.

Cena always has good matches with technicians. and Cena showcases six of his seven moves of doom. Swagger is showing a lot of improvement, and this match allowed him to shine.

Cena wins and Raw gets Matt Hardy and Triple H. The announcers really overreacted with Triple H's announcement, and it came off sounding very unconvincing.

Wait a minute, both titles are on Raw now.

Legacy Promo

Apparently, Orton wants to know the game plan for the match tonight. Orton reminds them of the stips in tonight's match up and discusses the strategy.

Cody and Ted are going to try to bring tension between HHH, Shane and Boretista, and will disqualify either one at Backlash.

Santino vs. Khali

Squash match which sees Khali take the pin and CM Punk comes to Smackdown. Can you say MITB? (Money in the Backlash).

The Miz vs. Kofi Kingston

I always look forward to seeing special K—yes, that's what I'm going to call Kofi from now on. Once again, Cole makes a mockery of himself on live TV. Vintage embarrassment.

The highlight was Miz turning on Morrison. Some can argue that the lesser talented should have broke up the duo, but I feel Morrison could've easily been the one to break the team. Kofi gets the win via DQ and Miz comes to Raw.

15 Man TriBand Battle Royal

Highlight was Big Show picking up Mark Henry. Edge wins the Battle Royal by using Show's momentum against himself. SD picks Kane and Chris Jericho.

Christian vs. Shelton

Highlight:- Shelton's jump to the top rope, great athleticism. For a match as short as this, I gotta say it was pretty good. Christian gets the pin with the Killswitch.

ECW gets its first pick and Koslov's going to ECW. Did Striker refer to the Molotov cocktail as a drink?

Triple H/Shane/Batista in the Locker Room

The trio argue with one another; each wants to get their hands on Orton. Nothing new here, let's move on.

Cm Punk vs. Matt Hardy

The match ends up pretty quickly, as Jeff interferes, giving Matt a spear and a DQ victory. RAW pick yet again, and they go with Maryse (obvious choice, but I like it nonetheless).

Where the hell is this draft going? I also wonder where the Brother vs. Brother feud is going since Jeff is still on SD.

Chris Jericho vs. Tommy Dreamer

Is anyone tired of seeing Dreamer in action, or is this a necessary Jericho-type match pitting him against a has-been superstar. Jericho wins with a mid-air Codebreaker, and SD gets Rey Rey.

Priceless vs. The Trio—Main Event

The trio argue over who is going in and the match mostly consists of each of the trio tagging in each other and breaking pin falls. Shane opens up a can of whoop ass on Batista as Triple H takes the window of opportunity and gets the pin fall.

Boo...who cares?

Randy comes out to end the show with a typical staredown between two opponents. Let's hope next week's match doesn't stink as bad as their WM match did.

Final Thoughts

The draft was supposed to shake up the WWE, but just failed to register on the Richter scale. Last year, we saw some major switches, but I guess you can't always get what you want.


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