WWE Raw Review Monday March 1st
Segment 1) HBK/HHH Promo
This was a very good promo buy both men which really hyped the upcoming epic match at WM26. Hickenbottom was really into it and it was a really solid performance.
Excellent work by both men - 4/5
Segment 2) The Guest Host Hasslers
Once again, WWE uses the Bella Twins as eye candy for lackluster host. Please just release them from their contracts if you have nothing better to do with them. Also, since when is broadcasting drug effects PG? WWE really need to make rules and stick to them instead of picking and choosing when they want to PG. I'm not even going to bother reviewing the rest of these appalling tragedies.
Another waste of time - 0/5
Segment 3) Orton vs DiBiase
This was actually a pretty good match. Both men put on a good showing. The finish worked well into the storyline and furthers the splitting up of Legacy nicely. A nice post match double team without making Orton look weak too.
Segment 4) MITB Qualifier Swagger vs Santino.
Complete squash. Might as well have just announced that Swagger was being inserted into the match. At least Santino got some ring time.
Segment 5) Batista & Cena Promo
I was actually really surprised at how good of a promo Batista cut. I would argue that it was his best ever. Really solid work by the Animal. Cena wasn't bad either but was a failure by comparison. However, I still think Batista has another gear and Cena was poor so:
3.5/5 (Mostly because of Cena. If he was better, it would have been at least a 4)
Segment 6) MITB Qualifier MVP vs Ryder
Another complete squash. 1/5
Segment 7) PJ's Pillow Fight Divas Match
What was the point? An angle furthering the Kim-Maryse feud would have been much better. Please give the divas their own show before they become even more irrelevent(if thats possible)
Segment 8) Bret's Third Final Farewell of 2010
Not a bad angle. Lacked something. Is it just me or has Vice completely lost the ability to draw massive heel heat. Go back 4 years and you couldn't hear him talk-much like Vickie Guerrero last year-now, the fans just seem to ignore him. However, after months of drawn out exaggerations, we finally have the match announced. Why couldnt they announce it at RR and have a good 2 months build?
Segment 9) DX vs Showmiz UTT Match
This wasn't a bad match despite the fact it was used as an angle to further the Taker-HBK match at WM26. Crowd seemed into it, pity the creative team weren't.
Segment 10) Sheamas attacks HHH
A good segment to further get Sheamas over with the fans as a heel. It seems that all he does these days is kick people though. I think its far too late to be putting together a match for WM. Should've been announced after EC on Raw.
Another really storyline-heavy Raw but thats expected so close to WM. Orton and DiBiase had the best match of the night with Batista having the most surprising promo.
However, where was Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne, William Regal or Christian? Scrapped in favor of 2 cereal addicted fossils.
Final Rating: 2.3/5. Hopefully next week will be better in regardds to in - ring action. If not, we're guaranteed something special when the Texas Rattlesnake returns to Raw in 2 weeks.
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