RAW Recap 10/27/08 Or Batista Dominates Monday Nights

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2008

It's the aftermath show from Cyber Sunday and it's time to see if the WWE is going in the right direction for Survivor Series.

We open the show with the now infamous talking segment.  Jericho comes out to no fan fare to address the audience.  I found it strange that Lilian Garcia announced him as former World Champion.  I don't see a reason to introduce any wrestler as a former champion or why Lilian had to give Jericho a receipt for last week.

Jericho blames everyone for losing his title and Adamle is comes out to discuss it.  Jericho demands a rematch and Adamle makes it a steel cage match next week.

As Jericho leaves, Randy Orton makes an unwanted appearance.  He tells Adamle that he is a terrible GM and that if Stephanie and Shane don't fire him next week, Orton's going to quit.

I thought this was kind of interesting.  I don't know where this story is going so it makes it very interesting for me.  Adamle is getting paid way too much to get him off such an important role on TV but they're not going to move Orton off TV or to Smackdown.  Next week should be interesting.

The first match of the night was C.M. Punk and Kofi Kingston versus Priceless for the World Tag Team Championship.  When they announced that this match was going to take place on RAW because it didn't happen at Cyber Sunday, that was the biggest tell that Priceless was losing the titles.

The match had some really good tandems and was very fast paced whenever the faces were in control.  Overall, a good match that really showcased all four men.

C.M. Punk wins the match with the GTS.  I'm wondering now how much longer this feud is going to last seeing as Punk has gotten his revenge.  Hopefully not much longer as I think it would be better for The Miz and Morrison to chase this title now.

The next segment sees Roddy Piper, Goldust, and Honky Tonk Man come out to do commentary.  I thought it was pointless to have all three of them come out as none of them really talked.

Santino comes out and continues to claim that he is the greatest Intercontinental Champion ever.  Charlie Haas comes out for the match dressed as Beth Phoenix, which was one of the funniest things I've seen.  Haas was never introduced.

Santino throws Haas to the outside and follows him.  He then slaps Honky Tonk Man to instigate a fight.  Piper and Goldust surround the ring and Honky hits him with the guitar.

This segment came off too quick and seemed misplaced for whatever reason.  I don't think there should have been as many people as there was for this.

The next segment sees an in ring interview with Batista.  Nothing came from this.  It was the typical "I'm champion now and no one will beat me" promo.  They shouldn't have wasted TV time on this.

The top of the hour match sees Kelly Kelly, Candice Michelle, and Mickie James versus Jillian Hall, Layla, and Katie Lea.  The first thing I have to talk about this match is Candice's entrance. 

As much as I don't like Candice, it was terrible to cut off her music right before she hit her beat.  This came off as the WWE just not caring about her anymore.  Which in turn means that everyone that was pushed to the side when she returned looks bad now.  If the WWE doesn't want to spend the time on someone that they pushed heavily on return and took away TV time from other women from, why should the fans care?

It must have also been such a terrible feeling she had to be embarrassed like that on national television.

The match went the way I expected it to.  Mickie James and Katie Lea went out of their way to make everyone look good while some with little talent, like Kelly, gets the pinfall.

I'm upset that Layla was in this match as she should have involved with a segment that had William Regal and Jamie Noble in it.  That story is possibly the best one going on RAW right now and it's losing a lot of steam because it's never pushed.

Rey Mysterio versus Evan Bourne is next.  I like the fact that this match was in the spirit of competition and not a feud.  Bourne goes for the ROH open and shakes Rey's hand before the match.  I thought that was a great touch.

This match was very quick paced and very well done.  These two worked so well with each other that it's a shame they're both faces.

Bourne showed how quick he can think in a match when he turned a botched move from Rey to a near fall and submission situation.  Rey falls off the middle rope and without missing a beat, Bourne is on him for a cover.  When Rey kicks out, Bourne immediately goes for a leg lock on the knee Rey was holding when he fell.

The end sees Rey counter a sunset flip for the win.  They both shake hands and Kane comes out.  They double team Kane before Mark Henry runs down.  Kane and Henry lay both of them out.  I'm assuming this is the main event match for the next ECW show.

The Miz and John Morrison come out and continue to rag on D-Generation X. They challenge them to a match next week.  I'm actually looking forward to the match but not to the fact that DX is going to bury another young tag team.

Chris Jericho and JBL versus Batista and Shawn Michaels is the main event.  Before the match, JBL beats the hell out of Shawn and leaves him locked in a room somewhere.  This is obviously the handicap situation when the tag partner comes down for the save at the end.

The match was not done well.  Batista came off way too strong and he easily fought off two top heels on RAW like it was nothing. 

The momentum shift was done over the break but the heels didn't have control long.  By the time Shawn came back, it really didn't matter if he tagged in or not.  Batista really had everything under control.

The end was planned perfectly.  When Jericho goes for the title and JBL is holding Batista, the typical spot is Batista ducks and JBL gets the hit.  Instead, both men ducked and Batista hits the Batista bomb for the win.  It was different and unexpected, which is always good.

Overall, it was an alright episode.  Mysterio/Bourne really stole the show and the Punk/Kofi title win was so early that it lost it's shock value by the end of the show.  The 800th Celebration is next week and they're really going to need to turn it up if they want people to stay on the channel for three hours.  My rating: B-