WWE Raw's Three Hour Special: Random Thoughts, Hits, and Misses

Daniel MayCorrespondent IJune 16, 2009

LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 2:  (U.S. TABLOIDS OUT)   WWE wrestlers Rey Mysterio (in gold) and Chris Jericho perform on stage during the '1st Annual Video Game Awards' at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 2, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The show premieres on Spike T.V. Thursday, December 4 at 9:00PM ET/PT.  (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Ok, so I did not get to see all 3 hours of the show, but hey, with a sick wife, 15 month old, and a new puppy, what's a guy to do? 

These are thoughts on what I did see:

Match of the Night: Jericho and Mysterio stole the show again. There were some gaps and a couple of missed spots, but on the whole, they both put on PPV worthy performances. The go-home sequence was well done with lots of counters. 

There were at least four really good 619 fakes, including Jericho considering attempting the move. Well done, and hopefully WWE will give this program a chance to work and possibly be the best feud in a while.  (Note the article pic: from Jericho's last WWE go-around).

Biggest Disappointment: Battle Royal for No. 1 Contender's Spot. You knew as of last week that Triple H would battle Orton for the title, but still, they missed on this one.  There was a chance to build Show, and he could work a decent program with Orton. 

The Miz should have had a bigger shot at Cena. The Cena/Game over the top ending left a lot to be desired. A possible chance to swerve with Legacy and create some internal strife was also there, but they chose not to go that route yet.

Very disappointing, both in outcome and substance.

The Are you Kidding Moment?  Ok, admit it. When Vince announced he was "selling" Raw, you're first thought was in the words of JR, "Stone Cold! Stone Cold! Stone Cold!"  Personally, that would not have worked for me.

Eric Bischoff makes his return? No, because he would not participate on the downfall of WCW DVD. Ric Flair was also out as we have seen the Flair owns part of WWE before. 

So maybe there was a new power stable or maybe we would have Triple H buy Raw (then announce his intention to retire and serve as full-time GM—ok, not gonna happen, but I can dream right?), but instead, it's the Donald. 

The only question about Trump is with NBC owning USA, when is the Apprentice going to debut this season? That's the only way to explain what will be a short-lived quirk. NBC is trying to get the Apprentice to a new demographic. 

The move works because having a fan of the "people" like Trump allows WWE to move in some new directions that the McMahon character cannot. For instance, the commercial-free Raw next week—good move on that account, Vince.

Trump will likely take us into the fall, and then will be gone. The McMahon character can stay as a hell, and hopefully by that time, the evil Mr. McMahon might be rejuvenated and refreshed.