For a while now, the sharks have been circling WWE's "A" show, Monday Night Raw, anxious to tear it apart.
Well I'm here to tell all of the haters to back off!
I decided to watch Raw for what it is...a great show that entertains the fans. I wasn't paying attention to the repercussions of certain matches, I was just enjoying the show.
It started off with the usual promo, this time by WWE Champion Randy Orton. He started droning on about how he was going to walk out of SummerSlam still the champion. John Cena came out and cut one of his best promos of the year. He mentioned how Orton is always running his mouth when he should be backing up his words with his actions.
We honestly take Cena for granted. He has excellent mic skills, and can really get the crowd pumped. Sure, he only has five or so signature moves in the ring, but so does everybody else.
The Calgary crowd was incredibly hot throughout the show. They were popping for almost every superstar, and that really adds to the matches.
Chris Jericho vs. John Cena was announced as the main event, while Big Show was going to take on Randy Orton.
The first match was a Diva's fatal four way, with the winner receiving a Diva's title match in the future. It was Kelly Kelly vs. Alicia Fox, who got absolutely no reaction from the crowd, vs. Gail Kim, who only got a reaction after it was announced that she was from Canada, vs. "The Glamazon" Beth Phoenix.
Kim and Fox both looked very good, with Kim eventually getting the win by pinning Fox.
The guest host of the night, Sgt. Slaughter, came out next and got some cheap heat from the fans by saying USA was better than Canada...blah, blah, blah. I was just waiting for all the Canadians to start yelling, "Get oot!"
Jack Swagger vs. Evan Bourne was the next match on the card. During the entrances, Lawler and Cole were talking up the pair's matches from the last two weeks, and Lawler gave what I believe to be his best quote of the year.
When talking about the match from two weeks ago, Lawler said, "Not only did Swagger not win the match, but he lost the match too!"
Swagger got the win after hitting the Gutwrench Powerbomb. He exerted his strength over Bourne throughout the match, but Bourne also got in some good offense. MVP came out after the match and called Swagger a few names, before challenging him to a match later in the night. Swagger said maybe next week.
Bourne vs. Kidd vs. Morrison would be one of the most exciting and innovative matches in WWE's history.
A segment aired next about Triple H trying to hunt down Shawn Michaels to get him to come back to WWE. HBK has apparently been flipping burgers in some office cafeteria in Texas for the last few months.
The segment finished without answering any questions.
Sgt. Slaughter came out again and apologized to the Canadian crowd, and then claimed that Celine Dion was going to come out to sing the Canadian National Anthem. It turned out to be Jillian Hall that sang the National Anthem dressed in an Uncle Sam outfit, much to the crowd's disgust.
Up next was a short WWE contract on a pole match between the returning Eugene and a newcomer by the name of "The Calgary Kid." After a few moves by both competitors, The Calgary Kid won the contract, and revealed himself to be "The Miz".
The next match was Randy Orton vs. Big Show. After Big Show got in virtually all of the offense in the match, Orton slithered out of the ring and Big Show won by count out.
Another Triple H and Shawn Michaels segment aired next. HBK said he would consider returning to the ring.
MVP vs. Chris Masters was the following match. MVP got the win after countering an attempted Master Lock into the playmaker. Swagger came out after the match to play mind games with MVP as Masters locked in his master lock.
Are Masters and Swagger a possible tag team? The All-American Masters?
What turned out to be the last Triple H and Shawn Michaels promo followed. DX is indeed reuniting after HBK super kicked his boss and quit his job.
Slaughter came out once again trying to befriend the crowd, and said that he had brought a friend to Raw. He is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be. Bret Hart's music played and after a while out came "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan waving his American flag.
Hornswoggle and Mark Henry vs. Legacy was next after Chavo Guerrero claimed that he couldn't wrestle and found a good replacement in Dibiase and Rhodes. Henry suplexed both Dibiase and Rhodes at the same time during the match, which was pretty impressive. Legacy got the win after an awesome Dream Street on Hornswoggle by Dibiase.
Legacy cut a promo after their match about DX. They said they would take on DX and defeat them at SummerSlam.
Jericho was then interviewed backstage. Big Show interfered and pulled Jericho to the side to talk to him. Jericho said the Canadian fans were easy to manipulate and that he wasn't even born in Canada, in an attempt to get some heat from the crowd.
Freddie Prinze Jr. was announced as next week's special guest host.
John Cena vs. Chris Jericho was the final match. After a few signature moves and a couple of reversals, Randy Orton came out and attacked Cena.
Out next was Big Show and the four took turns to deliver a few signature moves before Sgt. Slaughter came out once again and announced that on next week's show there was going to be a tag team match between the team of Jericho and Big Show, and Cena and Orton.
Cena picked up Jericho, ready to hit an attitude adjuster, when Orton instead hit him with a nasty RKO. The show finished with Orton and Cena staring at each other, while circling Jericho's lifeless body.
Overall it was a very solid show. I enjoyed it, and I think it was because I didn't over-analyze everything. We should all sit back and enjoy the product they deliver instead of being so critical.
Thanks for reading!