In my last column, I wrote about how I felt the WWE should possible start looking towards the days of the "Attitude Era" for inspiration on how to make the business more interesting once again.
I was met with some positive, and some negative reviews on it, but I figured since last week's episode of Monday Night Raw is what spurred the column, I'd write one continuing my views regarding this "shocker" of a storyline the WWE is going with.
As I stated, the WWE has come to a point where, anytime Vince thinks he has thrown a "surprise" into the mix, it turns out to be easily seen as to where it's going. Last week, Vince hoped that the "selling" of Monday Night Raw's franchise to Donald Trump would be a "shocker."
In a sense, it was. But not in a good way.
Why Vince would see Donald Trump as the catalyst for Raw's so-so numbers, I'm not sure, nor will I pretend I can put myself in that spot where I would understand. Regardless, after this "announcement" the USA Network was forced to send out a press release stating that this was all a storyline anyway.
First off, who actually believed this was legit? Why would Vince McMahon sell his moneymaker to anyone? To whoever actually caused USA to release that, you're an idiot!
Now back to the rant...
Tonight's episode of Raw is, in my opinion, predictable as always. Sure, it has some things that may make it more "unpredictable," like the fact there will be no commercials.
The storyline of this, is that Trump had made this superb decision to run with no commercials, when in fact it was released to the public a few weeks ago. It's an idea USA and WWE have been toying with to see if it'll help keep people from flipping channels during the commercials. I can guarantee that if the ratings don't breach the 4.0 mark, Raw will be back to commercials next week.
IF Monday Night Raw can eclipse the 4.0 mark, it could potentially set a trend for cable television.
What could happen if Raw can set higher marks could mean advertisers would shift commercials from forcing shows to break, to having them placed into the shows themselves, have the announcers perform live reads like in radio, or be like TBS and simply have them appear at the bottom of the screen.
If this proves an effective manner of circumventing the changing of channels during commercials, it could be more widely adopted.
As for the storyline of the show, here's what to most likely expect.
To open the show, expect Trump to come out and make some canned speech about how he's made Raw go commercial free, and going to make it bigger and better than ever.
From there, I'd expect a special entry from none other than Randy Orton to confront his new boss and declare that this was "his show," like he does for everyone who is an authority figure on Raw, and say that Trump better reconsider his little idea of he and HHH fighting tonight.
Already I'm sensing a stellar Raw!
Then you can expect Trump to get cranky with Orton, and announce that he has selected his General Manager for Raw, and it'll be someone who he can guarantee will run Raw with the authority Trump would as well, to which Orton, as usual, makes goofy face, foams at the mouth, and gets in Trump's face.
The suspense is killing me!
Trump will stand up to Orton, and announce that the new General Manager is none other than Ric Flair, most likely, and Orton will jump around, whine, cry and plead for Trump to reconsider.
Flair will then come out, cut one of his classic promos (no sarcasm there), say something to the effect of Orton will be fighting HHH, and that is that.
Since that will eat up a good 15 minutes of the opening of Raw, they'll probably have a match or two scattered right after this.
Sometime, backstage, I would presume we'd see a meeting of Vince and Trump to discuss how Vince feels about Trump's decisions so far, and boy can I not wait to see more of Donald Trump try and be valid in wrestling (plenty of sarcasm there)!
The high point of Raw will be probably be somewhere near the top of the second hour, and most likely come from one of the following people(s), MVP, The Oddities 2.0 (Santino, Goldust, Festus, and Hornswoggle), or, well I think that may sum up where the high point may be.
The bulk of the second hour, I will guess, will be the match between HHH and Orton version 3.14^937464e3. Since it's supposedly going to be a Last Man Standing Match, I would bank on this being a lengthier match.
Don't get me wrong, it'll be a long match, but it won't be stellar.
What we've seen from these two is, they cannot carry a big match. Vince just simply feels safe in using them, and he feels that he can count on them to "deliver."
What matches Vince thinks he sees I will never know!
In the end, I'm guessing we'll see Legacy get involved to take out HHH, and somehow Flair comes down to join the fray. Ultimately I don't see this match having a decision so that they can push the actual outcome over to The Bash.
The Trump angle I don't see going on very many weeks. It won't boost ratings like Vince hopes, and it won't garner the reaction he is hoping for either.
I honestly am not holding out much hope for the "positive reviews" of Raw tonight. I sincerely hope I'm wrong in a lot of these predictions, so that maybe I'll begin to see that Vince is finally starting to change things up, but I doubt it.
So please, let me be wrong!