First things first; I am not one of those guys who moan and complain all the time. I really do like wrestling, and watch it every chance I get. While I do own stock in WWE, I am really a fan.
I watch (or try to watch) TNA, and even the old AWA on ESPN Classic. When I decided to do this review of the industry and the televised shows, I wanted to talk about how awesome this was, or how good that looked.
I did not want to be another internet junkie complaining about how bad the show was, and how I wished the "Attitude Era" was back...I always wondered why those guys just didn't stop watching, if it caused them so much pain.
So to get that off of my chest, I will say that I will keep watching, as a fan, and hope to keep the griping to a minimum.
I know that is hard to do with the current Russo storylines in TNA and the cartoon that has become Raw, but hopefully Smackdown and ROH will help lift those up.
So, for the August 3, 2009, Monday Night Raw, here are my thoughts and opinions.
Jeremy Piven seemed to enjoy himself, and despite the many empty seats I saw through the building, it seems like the fans had fun too. At least during the skits, as they seemed disinterested in the matches.
Dr. Ken was a nice addition. I knew it would be hard to follow last week and Shaq, but Piven did as well as he could with what they gave him to work with.
Like many others, I am really tired of the whole HHH/Orton/Cena story lines and fights; while I realize that the company is down on talent and have a lot of injuries, there is still some things that could be done to freshen up the genre.
I mean, you have a really good wrestler getting beaten by a leprechaun every week, for crying out loud. With the potential DX/Legacy feud and the hint that Mark Henry is being positioned for a push, that gives me a lot of hope. An Orton/Henry program would be fresh and a change that I, at least, could believe in.
Am I the only one who does not like Miz? Seems like he should be the one fighting Hornswoggle and let Chavo and Cena make a run at it. While I want to keep the complaints to a minimum, I get frustrated at the Scooby-Doo writing for Raw.
Same scenario, same characters, same matches, same outcomes, etc. maybe Stephanie should recruit the writers from Smackdown and bring them over. You know, have a wrestling show with more than four matches on it. Man, I am a genius!
Evan Bourne continues to impress me, although I am curious as to how a guy who you beat last week could totally whip your a** a week later, I still like this kid, despite one of the sloppiest matches I have seen since...well since the Divas match at Nite of Champions.
I pray that they out him in a program with Mysterio soon! MVP/Swagger may be good, but they need to do a better job at telling their storyline, because I am not enthused yet, and I am easily entertained.
A Divas match in which all the participants are actual, trained wrestlers...now there's a concept! I hope to see more of these, and really hope Gail Kim goes back to her former look. The schoolgirl pony tail seemed to get in her way, but a decent match by all.
Even though everyone saw this coming a mile away, I still liked the HHH/Orton angle. They (DX) will be good for Rhodes and DiBiase to learn from, and to actually do some wrestling.
I think that with them being around Orton all the time, we forget how little they have actually wrestled. Both have huge potential, and I cannot wait to see them eventually branch off and become singles competitors...AFTER they learn all they can from these two veterans.
Carlito and Primo put on a good match, as expected. I hope they let this story line fester a little, because both are able to put on PPV quality matches every week. Carlos would be very proud!
Chavo/Hornswoggle...what a waste of good talent and TV time. Odd that for a company with so few active talents would put someone like Chavo in this program.
He is a good wrestler, and has been dragged through the mud enough...couldn't we put Festus or that rapper guy who used to be Jesse in with Horny, since they are doing nothing anyway?
Kingston and the Big Show was an OK match, but it is time to move on and let the Big Show bully someone else.
And finally the Cena/Miz debacle. A nice twist at the end, but this reminds me of Hulk Hogan too much; put him in insurmountable odds for weeks and and then have him miraculously pull it off at a PPV. Cena deserves better than the Miz, and I am at a loss to explain what the writers are trying to do here.
It is hard for someone who has stuck by this company through all of the times they have been down to see the company going the way of WCW...no I correct myself, it is not the company because ECW and Smackdown still do pretty good, but the premier show should actually have premier matches and talent.
I apologize for all the whining, because that is really not what this comumn is about. Like I said I will keep watching, and keep hoping. Please help, Vince!