Counterfeit Pennies: Raw is SmackDown!

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something happens to shatter that sentiment. It happened twice to me this weekend, first with the NY Mets, and then with the WWE European tour.

As far as the Mets are concerned, it was simply crazy having to withstand all the twists and turns that occurred during their 6-hour and 53-minute, 20-inning marathon win over the Cardinals. It was such a bizarre and compelling experience that it even overshadowed the first no-hitter in Colorado Rockies history (props to Ubaldo Jiminez for that, by the way).

After the dust finally settled from Saturday’s baseball action, I woke up on Sunday to check out the latest wrestling headlines as I prepared for the TNA Lockdown PPV. However, instead of all the usual tidbits about backstage preparations and last-minute updates, I poured through all of the WWE-related links and tweets and simply became fascinated with the saga of WWE vs. the Volcano.

After all, it’s not too often that the world of pro wrestling gets stopped in its tracks by lingering Icelandic volcanic ash, and the wrestlers who took to Twitter — particularly The Miz (@mikethemiz) and Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) — were definitely displaying themselves as even wearier warriors than usual. I guess that’s what 47 hours without a bed will do to you (as Chris Jericho reported), regardless of how battle-tested you are in the ring and on the road.

Flash forward to tonight, and while the SmacDown! crew finally made it back to the U.S., the Raw superstars are still stuck in Europe as I write this.

And so for tonight’s go-home episode of Raw, which was supposed to solidify this Sunday’s Extreme Rules PPV, we’ve received word that a completely rewritten Monday Night offering will feature a “SmackDown” invasion that will be spearheaded by The Undertaker’s first return to WWE since HBK’s retirement speech (another rare Raw appearance and a smart on-the-fly-move to promote tonight’s show), along with Triple H (the only Raw main eventer who’s not stuck overseas) and the cast of MacGruber (as originally advertised).

Also speculated for tonight are clips from the European tour and use of the mid-card Raw and NXT superstars who did not spend the past few grueling days on boats, trains, ferries, cars, hot air balloons, and finally, flights back home.

Like they say, anything can happen in the WWE. But usually, it’s because of the writing and creative teams, not natural disasters. Speaking of which, forget all this volcano stuff. Earthquake and Typhoon, we miss you dearly………

That’s all from me this week – CB.

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