Ellerbusch's WWE RAW Examinations (7/26/2010)
Welcome to my second installment of Ellerbusch’s WWE RAW Examinations. If you recall, this brand new article idea of mine will be posted in bullet paragraph format as I will be blogging about anything and everything that pops into my head during the two-hour long episode of Monday Night RAW.
This will not be like other RAW reviews you might have previously read.
I would like to try to point out some of the more unnoticeable events during each RAW episode and offer some humorous analysis and predictions along the way.
I hope you enjoy. Also, please feel free to leave a comment if you would like to discuss or have something on your mind regarding news from the wrestling world, this past week on RAW, or an upcoming/past WWE pay-per-view event. I will be sure to respond to every comment in a very timely manner.
- RAW takes place in San Antonio this week and next week. Both RAW and Superstars matches will be taped in one night. However, I have already decided I will not be reading spoilers for next week’s RAW episode so I can write an excellent recap next week without any pre-match knowledge to affect my blogging thoughts.
- I liked this John Cena and Wade Barrett promo, but after the millionth time, it gets old quickly—much like how Nexus and specific team members such as Darren Young and Michael Tarver have worn out their welcome in the WWE.
- Also, has Bret Hart worn out his comeback to the WWE? I mean, all he wanted to do was make peace with Vince McMahon. But now he is involved in a seven vs. seven match against The Nexus.
- I always love it when John Cena kicks off RAW. And boy, is he pumped up, as is the CeNation.
- “Every thing is bigger in Texas.” John Cena playing to his haters early on and sucking up to the crowd.
- I raise the question again: Will The Nexus lose at SummerSlam and call it quits?
- The Nexus taking over RAW. Boy, oh boy, would that be terrible.
- Jericho interrupting Cena cutting a promo. My guess is that Jericho and his heel personality will somehow anger Cena and turn against him…but we’ll see.
- Chris Jericho’s face during the “Y2J, Y2J, Y2J” chant was priceless!
- Great promo by Jericho. And, I have to agree with him. Team RAW vs. Team Nexus—that’s how it should be advertised.
- Cena showed Jericho up big-time. Now, there is a little tension in the ring between these two “teammates” at SummerSlam.
- In general, I think Jericho wears his suit and tie more than wrestling attire.
- John Cena is amazing on the mic. The Miz is good also and brings out the humorous side of things, but John Cena knows just what to say at the right time to get the crowd all pumped and fired up.
- How is John Cena a threat to this company? That makes no sense. He is the ultimate face of the WWE. What a dumb comment made by Jericho.
- Jericho thinks the next biggest threat, excluding Nexus in the WWE, is John Cena. Last time I checked, Sheamus is the current WWE Champion on RAW. Another dumb comment tonight by Jericho.
- Although I believe the San Antonio fans have been questionable thus far chanting-wise, I got to say I always love the WHAT chants while Michael Cole is reading the e-mail from the anonymous RAW GM (who I believe is Michael Cole himself anyway).
- Shawn Michaels or Triple H as the new RAW GM? I guarantee you that Michaels is not it. Since retiring following Wrestlemania, he’s made some questionable comments that drew some heat from Mr. McMahon. Regarding Triple H though, I don’t think it’s him, but he’s the one guy who I’m not counting out, that’s for sure.
- We’re back from commercial and a big white glare hits the TV. No, it’s not a jar of mayonnaise, it’s the first-ever Irish born WWE champion, Sheamus!
- Jey Uso vs. Randy Orton. I think we all know who is going to win this match. I just hope we see Evan Bourne wrestle tonight. Evan Bourne vs. The Miz for the U.S. Championship belt at SummerSlam?
- Got to admit, that was a pretty cool course of events: how Sheamus booted Jimmy Uso then promptly received an RKO from Randy Orton. All in all, a great night for Randy Orton just three weeks until his match against Sheamus at SummerSlam.
- But wait, it’s The Miz with a briefcase. I can’t believe how soon after the Money In The Bank pay-per-view that the winners want to cash in their briefcase/contracts. However, Kane already succeeded and is currently the World Heavyweight Champ heading into SummerSlam with the belt on the line against the No. 1 contender in Rey Mysterio.
- I think there will be interference though from another RAW Superstar, and indeed, there is. Randy Orton takes out both Sheamus and The Miz. How stupid on his part. Would you rather be the No. 1 contender at SummerSlam and face Sheamus or face the newly acquired WWE Championship for the first time in his career, The Miz?
- This is going to be fun in the coming weeks to watch RAW superstars ruin The Miz’s chance to cash in his Money In The Bank contract.
- Is it just me, or does anyone not like Randy Orton as a face. It just seems wrong. He was a great heel for all these years.
- Instead of seven vs. seven, why doesn’t the WWE just make it an eight vs. eight match and add Ted DiBiase and Daniel Bryan. Wouldn’t that make a good storyline?
- Edge states he wants to and will take out The Great Khali from Team RAW for their match at SummerSlam. What a slap in the face to the Punjabi Playboy from India.
- The Miz and Sheamus on the same team? Can these matches be set up anymore poorly? Hopefully we’ll see The Miz betray Sheamus and get his first championship later tonight.
- Did The Great Khali get a haircut? I don’t know why, but it’s always fun to watch The Great Khali wrestle in matches with a meaning. Not matches set up by Mrs. Brady Bunch…that was a disgrace.
- Edge is considered a heel, but he always gets a great reaction from the crowd and I know why—his entrance.
- The Great Khali is unstoppable, when is the WWE going to give him a push. They gave the smallest wrestler in the WWE, Evan Bourne, a push—why not The Great Khali?
- That was definitely weird and kind of pointless for Nexus to let The Great Khali off the hook. Maybe it was to save themselves for their next upcoming match against random superstars and Jerry “The King” Lawler.
- Jerry “The King” Lawler and his age in wrestling attire…that deserves an LOL!
- The King almost pinned Justin Gabriel, although it might help if he actually hooked Gabriel’s legs.
- Goldust was definitely injured in this match. Wow, everyone could see it too and then he got jumped by Nexus on the side of the ring when the ref wasn’t looking. I sure hope he’s alright.
- I’m calling it right now, Skip Sheffield uses steroids.
- Wade Barrett is the only athlete and the best wrestler on this Nexus team.
- This was actually an awesome match and I’m actually kind of excited they won this match by a clean sweep. Definitely didn’t see this coming. However, if the WWE has taught us anything over the past years, whoever has the momentum heading into a WWE pay-per-view actually loses more than not.
- Justin Gabriel is a baby. He always comes up crying and wincing in pain after his 450 splash. There is no crying in sports, but this is technically sports entertainment so crying allowed.
- One thing I credit The Nexus for is that they show teamwork. Team RAW does not, especially with the feuds of Cena-Jericho, Edge-Great Khali, and Morrison-DiBiase. Even their ring entrance song “We Are One,” shows that they are one unified team of believers.
- It’s been awhile since we’ve seen The Bella Twins wrestle…let’s see if they remember how to.
- Alicia Fox really walks to the ring with that belt held high above her head. I think she worries more about how sexy she looks rather than her wrestling abilities and talents.
- That Divas match had to be under two minutes. Definitely a filler before they got to the tag team match main event tonight.
- John Morrison in a muscle and fitness magazine…seriously?
- Why does “The King” always, and I mean always, have to comment on John Morrison’s slow-mo entrance.
- R-Truth is a pretty funny guy.
- Two matches on RAW this week that ended when another superstar was trying to help another fellow superstar and it backfired as they lost the match in the end.
- Thank you Josh Matthews for asking my question I stated earlier: Would you rather be the No. 1 contender at SummerSlam and face Sheamus or The Miz?
- Has anybody ever been to a live WWE event and watched the cameraman sprint behind John Cena as he runs and slides into the ring?
- Question: Do you think the WWE even knows who the anonymous RAW GM is? Technically, I don’t believe they have even secretly hired one yet when they could change it at any unexpected moment in time.
- Jericho is having a great match as he is flying all around the ring. By far, putting on the best performance out of the four RAW superstars.
- I am very surprised that the spear on the Great Khali actually happened. It’s now official, Edge can spear anyone at any given time.
The point of this RAW episode is obvious, to make Team RAW seem dysfunctional as they head into their SummerSlam elimination match against The Nexus. A great deal of arguing between each and every superstar on tonight’s show.
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