Weâ€™ve got no guest host, an anonymous GM, a title shot, seven new hires and lots of bizarre male/female pairings. Oh, and 10 THOUGHTS on Raw…
1 – So Vince McMahon fires Bret Hart – blaming him for the Fatal 4-Way chaos – and hires a new, anonymous General Manager of Raw – one who issues decisions via Michael Coleâ€™s laptop? The first decision: hiring the â€œNXT Seven.â€ Hereâ€™s to hoping the new GM is someone fun like Jericho, â€œsurprisingâ€ like Daniel Bryan or … well, anyone BUT Vince.
2 – I liked Sheamusâ€™ fake giving up of the title, but donâ€™t understand why the man who was so bold about beating HHH is showing fear/worry when the new GM books a Cena/Sheamus title bout (with Vince as special guest ref). Iâ€™d rather he be a killer than a typical scared heel.
3 – Chris Jericho, putting his career on the line if he doesnâ€™t beat Evan Bourne? Way to build up that stip, eh? I was actually thinking heâ€™d lose, since that was the least logical ending to the match (with the DVD coming out soon, etc.). That said, I loved this match and want to see a best of 15 series between these two.
4 – First Bret Hart fired, now Virgil? What will Chantal write about? Oh yes, I remember nowâ€¦
5 – Oh Nattie Neidhart, your debut Raw wrestling match was ruined by the NXT crew. Nice to see the Harts rallying behind their uncle, at least. Also glad to see Otunga â€œresorting to normalâ€ and to see them all apologizing while getting booed out of the arena. The NXT Seven, or Nexus, or whatever theyâ€™ll be called (but never the Radicalz, especially if they want to get rid of any Benoit thoughts), were great here, capped off by Wade Barrettâ€™s WWE title challenge. (Oh and â€œI remember when I was on NXT, people used to call me â€˜the black John Cenaâ€™â€ made Raw worth the two-plus hours on its own.)
6 – Zack Ryder a â€œsuitable replacementâ€ for Ted DiBiase? I actually wouldnâ€™t mind the former Major brother if heâ€™d cover up his left thigh.
7 – Iâ€™m not a Cena hater or lover, but do think somethingâ€™s off with his character. Why, for example, was he so lighthearted in the opening segment, the day after he LOST his title, the most important thing in the company, but then super-serious after the NXT Seven apologized to him? I understand that in the grand scheme of things, getting stretchered out of the arena is worse than losing a title, but Iâ€™d think he would be seriously upset about both. That said, I liked his backstage interview with Mathews, and would rather see him channel that part of his persona more.
8 – Alicia Fox has come a long way from Edge and Vickyâ€™s wedding planner to Divas Champion, but sheâ€™s picking PRIMO as her associate? Nothing against Mr. Colon, but unless WWE thinks heâ€™ll get a rub off of her (who wouldnâ€™t want that?), I think sheâ€™d prefer to hang out with one of the other champions, be it Sheamus, Miz or even DiBiase & his million dollar belt.
9 – Great promo from Randy Orton, and surprising interruption by The Miz. Wasnâ€™t expecting these two to feud, but I like it. Also: anyone up for fact-checking whether or not someoneâ€™s ever held the U.S. and WWE Championship simultaneously? (And if not, if they did in WCW?) Oh wait, nevermind. Back to Edge/Orton.
10 – Is it bad that I watched the title match main event waiting for the NXT Seven to show up? I mean whatâ€™s it say about me that I canâ€™t take a heel stable at their word that they were truly sorry for what they did? Well, I guess I was right, and Cena once again got punked out. Too bad Sheamus ran away, but I guess they were saving the beat-down on him and instead chose to go the route of Vince simultaneously trying to take credit for it all, while ignoring the â€œDaniel Bryanâ€ chants and trying to talk his way out of an asskicking. He sold the beating great, though, I give him that. (And kudos to Justin Gabriel for sticking the splash perfectly without injuring the boss, and the camera man for delivering his lines like a pro.)
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