This hasn’t happened in a while, two good, solid RAWs in a row. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Vince flipping out because really, doesn’t he do it every six months? However, with Triple H’s comic timing, it once again, even if we’ve seen Vince do the Luna Vachon voice before, works out to good television. The most satisfactory aspect of RAW was Jeff Hardy’s big time face push since he is now the number one contender against Randy Orton for the Royal Rumble.
It’s Hardy’s time and the fans are loving it. Jeff Hardy and Triple H had one of the best matches together at Armageddon with a very compelling storyline, and was honestly one of best matches of their careers this year. Props to Triple H for putting Hardy cleanly over. You thought it was good in Buffalo? In two weeks, RAW returns to Flair/Hardy Country in Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina to close out the year. Obviously this is no accident and we can expect more elevation of fandom for Hardy in his own back yard. It’s really refreshing to see a fresh face in the main event picture. What would make a Jeff Hardy title run special would be three factors: he has never won the “big one”, they can play up the childhood dream buildup similar to WrestleMania 12 with Shawn Michaels and finally, fighting off the personal demons to be in the position he is in right now. Whether he should headline WrestleMania is unknown at this point as a champion or the number one contender, but being the number one contender in Madison Square Garden, remembering the matches he’s given the Garden in the past, is perfect. WWE needs to surprise the audience again and let’s see the underdog enigma get the strap. If Hardy gets the strap, let’s go ahead and see Triple H versus Hardy 2, with Triple H as the heel.
The other big aspect of RAW would be the wonderful money promo between JBL and Jericho. Out of everything bizarre that happened at Armageddon, JBL’s retaliation on Y2J didn’t bother me because I knew it would lead to some amazing work between them both. The idea that JBL and Jericho are going to make appearances on both shows keeps things fresh. Y2J really hit his promo stride halfway through when he was dissecting the Wrestling God/Wall Street JBL image. It was really his best promo since his return when he wasn’t relaying on being cute. This promo was one of the most compelling aspects of RAW.
The handling of Ric Flair’s “who will take his career” storyline against Umaga and other superstars in the future was handled very well. Flair will be riding high with WWE’s return to North Carolina and NC fans are not going to handle the burial of Flair’s legacy here at home if WWE goes that route. It seems to me every time WWE returns to NC, Flair has to put someone else over and get buried.
Finally, my major complaint about Armageddon was the finish of the Edge versus Batista versus Undertaker match. I realize it’s not a far fetched idea that Edge would bring in Edges to steal a victory, but it cheapens the show as a whole and not just his title reign. The worst part was how the announce team didn’t freak out enough. I thought their lack of shock and outrage, which JR and Jerry Lawler would have shown with more passion, really caused that twist to lose it’s effect. Basically, we got some commentary, confusing shots of the identical Edges with their head down on the outside and the audience going “who is that guy??” You can never underestimate the power of a good accompanying commentary to tell a storyline and during their main event match, the Smackdown announce team dropped the ball.
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Tags: Raw, Smackdown, WWE