It's not often that I go outside my normal "reactions" article, but this is a special occasion. Joe Gibbs teammates Kyle Busch and Joey Logano last night were the guest hosts of WWE Monday Night Raw, taking place in Buffalo, New York.
To say the least, Logano and Busch did a spectacular job. So, in a special edition of ""Parks Race Reactions," I will look back at last night's program on the USA Network.
The evening began with WWE's tag team champions, Chris Jericho and the Big Show, talking about the previous night's pay-per-view event, Bragging Rights. Jericho and Big Show were discussing how the main event tag team match ended between team Raw and team Smackdown. Soon, the two got in an argument.
And then, enter your guest hosts, and what an entrance it was. As Jericho and Big Show continued arguing, on the screen came a picture of the No. 18 and 20 Nationwide Series cars of Busch and Logano. Both cars were decorated in the colors of WWE's new video game, Smackdown vs. Raw 2010.
How did the two make their entrance?
The teammates were burning the tires off in the parking lot of the arena, smoke billowing from under the cars. After about 30 seconds of smoking tires, the two entered the arena and made their way into the ring.
After discussing the match from the previous night, Busch decided to make himself the "heel" of the two hosts. After a quote about being in Buffalo, Busch then said "A city that hasn't won a playoff game since Hulkamania."
Logano then followed up by making his first official match of the night, pitting Big Show against Triple H as the main event.
Busch then followed up with putting Jericho in a match against Kofi Kingston. Well, he actually said Kofi "Johnson", and then corrected himself. I guess he had the No. 48 team on his mind.
After the Kingston-Jericho match, Randy Orton was backstage with his Legacy members, Ted Dibiase and Cody Rhodes. After a discussion about Orton's loss at Bragging Rights, the two presented Orton with a gift.
That gift was Busch's No. 18 Nationwide car decked out in a paint scheme for Orton himself. I have to tell you, the car looked phenomenal. The black and gold colors looked spectacular under the lights.
Unfortunately, that would be the best the car would look as later in the night, Kingston got back at Orton for an earlier attack. After standing on top of Orton's new car, Kingston took his car keys and scored the entire passenger side of the car.
He wasn't done, as he then took a crowbar and pounded the hood as if he was driving a railroad spike into the ground.
Finally, Kofi grabbed a five-gallon bucket of paint, stood on top of the car, and poured the entire contents onto the car. As kind of a sponsor plug, the paint he poured on the car was orange, referencing Logano's sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series, the Home Depot.
Seeing that car covered in paint really stunk as it looked spectacular. I hope that car will be on the track sometime because it would be a big hit with the crowd.
At the end of the night, following the main event of Triple H vs. the Big Show, Logano and Busch came out on stage to announce the new No. 1 contender for WWE Champion John Cena.
The two decided on the duo of Triple H and Shawn Michaels, better known as DX, to face Cena at WWE's next pay-per-view event, Survivor Series.
Overall, the two did a great job. I was more surprised at Logano and how he handled being in front of such a huge crowd, especially on live television. He really went over with the crowd.
Busch held his own in front of the audience, but his botched line early in the evening really made him look bad.
I'm sure the media is going to have a lot of fun with this as the week progresses leading up to Talladega. Still, it was a very impressive night for the true baby face and heel of NASCAR.
The cars that Logano and Busch drove at the beginning of the night will be raced on November 7 in the O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Coverage of the race will be on ESPN2 at 12 p.m.
Video of Busch and Logano from Monday night is on YouTube, search "Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, WWE Raw." Video of the Orton car is also available, search "Randy Orton race car."