Memorial Day's Monday night RAW started out a little odd and without an intro. We were greeted by images of Edge taking out a seemingly unlikely adversary. The King of the Top Turnbuckle, Evan Bourne, came out during a pre-show promo by Edge, stating that he "wasn't going to wait for his opportunity" and "was going to make something happen."
While others might not think so, Evan has been a little hard to latch onto. (Disclaimer: I didn't follow his TNA or ROH careers.) The ear-to-ear grinning, peace-signing, high-flying face was usually subjected to the throw-away matches. He hasn't been given much time with the mic and the most we saw of him recently was his victory against the likes of Zack Ryder, leaving the ring with arm-in-arm with Gail Kim.
What else is one supposed to think? Up until now, he's been a delight to see in the air, but the flying's been stuck in a holding pattern. That is, until tonight.
After Edge asserted his authority, RAW continued without much of a hitch. The Viewer's Choice episode next week will be interesting to watch and the Chairman of the Board was mysteriously devious as always. The Uso's first promo was bearable and Ashton was a guest host.
Edge re-injures Orton and Cena comes out to confirm that The Viper wouldn't be joining him. His replacement? A superstar half the size of Cena in Evan Bourne.
Skeptical? Yes. But as Jerry said, Evan was given a huge push and a chance to "make a name for himself" by facing two of the fiercest heels on the RAW roster. Say what you want about Cena, but when he is given a chance to tag-team, he makes the experience worthwhile. Evan got the majority of the ring time and proved that he could strike down both heels, even if it took a few extra kicks. When Cena was tagged in, it was ultimately to give Evan another nod, with their grand finale being an awesome Attitude Adjustment/Air Bourne combo.
So it was a big win for Evan and definitely the highlight of tonight's episode. Still, I couldn't help but speculate and daydream about what this could possibly mean. Could this be a one-night thing? Probably, but I'm doubtful.
It was a very welcome breath of fresh air to see the Evan be the "giant killer" of RAW. As much as I love Ray Mysterio, being the only one of his kind can be a little tiring. We need our high-profile, high-flyers back. No, Jack Swagger doing his silly finisher off of the middle rope doesn't count.
So let's speculate some more. Where do you see Evan Bourne going? A push for some gold? Mr. Money in the Bank in July? The reemergence of the cruiserweights? Mysterio/Bourne?