First of all, apologies for not posting a review of SmackDown! this week. My county (state for the US readers) was participating in a provincial final which I had to attend. I probably won't be able to post a review of this coming SmackDown! either, as the match ended in a draw and the rematch is on Saturday.
John Cena/Wade Barrett Promo
Cena came out to start things off and received a massive pop from the live crowd. If only Cena could please everyone older than 14 the way he amuses children.
There was some good mic work from Cena again—as I said last week, the serious style suits him better.
Wade Barrett's mic skills are improving every week, and he drew some nice heat with his comments.
Beep, Beep! The Anonymous General Manager has spoken! Seriously, quit with the red herrings. Steve Austin last week and Rowdy Roddy Piper this week?
Next week, they should have every email end with a massive ''WOOOOOOOOOO!'' just to piss off Vince.
Alicia Fox vs. Gail Kim
Simply put, ''short, but not very sweet.''
I cheered when the match was over because it was painful to see talent disrespected like that.
The Hart Dynasty & Natalya vs. The Usos & Tamina
Not a bad match here. I was considering writing an article about which Tag Team division was in better shape: TNA's or WWE's?
But the Motor City Machine Guns vs. Beer Money tag team match at Victory Road completely ruined the article!
The match featured a few nice moves and double team action, but it was too short to be a great match.
The match itself also featured some nice spots but as I said, it was way too short.
WWE, take a page out of TNA's book, and book a decent tag team match! Yes, TNA have cocked up there tag division in recent months, but at least they're trying to fix it!
Nexus Attack Yoshi Tatsu
What a cheap way to get Tatsu on TV! He claims to be friends with Cena?
I can't remember him coming to save Cena from Nexus attack. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
It did make sense storyline-wise for Nexus to take out Cena's allies, though.
Ted DiBiase Promo/ Morrison Confrontation
Ted DiBiase: The Million Dollar Flop. He can't get over with the fans no matter what he does, and creative aren't helping him either.
He's been an official ''singles competitor'' for a few months now and he hasn't had one title shot.
Yet, he carries an unrecognised belt around for no apparent reason? Go figure.
If Morrison didn't need the win more, I'd be pulling for DiBiase in Money in the Bank.
The physical confrontation was okay and the segment itself was average. If these wrestlers had any direction as characters, it would have been better.
Edge vs. Randy Orton
A solid TV match here. The fans were into it, the competitors told a story, and their kayfabe feud was evident in the match.
Scoop slams, powerslams, clotheslines, and roll-ups a-plenty here.
The DQ finish worked really well here. I think inserting Jericho into the feud would add another dimension to their story.
Imagine, Jericho vs. Edge vs. Orton in a TLC triple-threat at Summerslam.
Post Edge vs. Orton run-ins
Jericho hits the codebreaker on Edge, Orton hits the RKO on Jericho and then, Bourne kicks Orton and sets up the Shooting Star Press.
Then...one of the most amazing spectacles of athletic brilliance...Orton counters Airbourne into an RKO!
It was simply phenomenal. For that, and that alone, it scores full marks.
Mark Henry vs. The Miz
Henry to replace R-Truth in Money in the Bank? Really? What about Ryder? Tatsu? No?
Not even a match here. Another angle. Miz hits Henry with trashcans and thats about it.
William Regal, Primo, Zack Ryder, and Doink the Clown vs. Santino, Vladimir Kozlov, Goldust, and The Great Khali
The only good thing about this match was that we received a blast from the past with the return of Doink the Clown.
I wouldn't be surprised if he stuck around for an ill-tempered, ''feud of the summer'' rivalry with Santino.
Edge Interview/Nexus Attack Bourne
Once again, WWE rewrite history and change it to suit Edge, as an eagled-eyed writer pointed out in a good article.
Again, it made sense for Nexus to attack Bourne.
Nexus vs. John Cena in a six-on-one Handicap Match/Post-Match
The Nexus in an actual wrestling match?
I found it telling that Barrett took the majority of the bumps in this match. To all the other NXT rookies (Gabriel & Young excluded), start inquiring about working for TNA.
Again, Nexus take turns hitting their finishers on Cena before picking up the win.
After the match, Cena fends off Nexus with a steel chair, with the help of Sheamus. That makes sense!
Hang on a second, blood on a wrestler and not a towel in sight? Is WWE coming to their senses?
Not anytime soon.
Tonight's RAW was very hard to assess. It had some good matches: Edge vs Orton and possibly the tag match.
However, it also had some stinkers: the divas match and that ridiculous eight-man tag.
It featured two promos, one that was confusing (Ted's), and one that hyped the main event.
The guest host skit was its usual disaster. WWE, give us one more guest host before you put this dead-in-the-water gimmick to rest once and for all, if you smell what I'm cookin'...
Final Rating: 2.8/5
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Thanks for reading. By the way, if any of you know of a website where I could watch full episodes of RAW, I'd be grateful if you would send me the link as my subscription sports package has expired. Thanks,
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