King Of Pain's Raw Review
Sorry this is late, KOP
~ From a purely booking sense, this opening promo absolutely reeked of awesomeness. Placing guys of the calibre of McMahon, HBK, Orton, Austin, Edge, Cena, Christian, Flair, and Triple H in the same ring is really quite mind blowing. You write with Vince exceptionally well, and it is nice that you have kept him prominent in this thread. I felt McMahon basically carried this promo, and did a great job of it. The ultimatum to HBK has a nice ring to it, although I'm not sure I fully understand it: so Michaels has to choose between whether he or his teammates get the ultimate title shots? I'm probably just being dumb, but you might have to point me in the right direction here, KOP. HBK's interaction was good as well, although overshadowed by McMahon until the Sweet Chin Music. No real surprise to see the brawl at the end, but now I'll say what I didn't like about this segment. Firstly, guys like Christian, Edge and Orton seem WAY to big to be coming out to Triple H's music like lackeys (is Hunter even the Captain?) and the same goes for Cena, Flair and Austin coming out to Michaels' music. I know it seems like I'm nit picking, but it acually grated on me quite a bit. Also, with only HBK and Vince doing the talking, the others were made to look way too passive, basically relegated to henchmen, which I always feel is something to be wary of. Still, hell of an opening, KOP.
~ Well, I guess that's the end of Matt Striker's push in this thread, now that he's jobbing to the #1 Contender to the Intercontinental title, Jeff Hardy. It's a shame, but I would quite like to see Striker in the managerial role that he is right now with Big Daddy V but with Test, since I think he could very well be the new Jim Cornette. No real surprise to see Hardy win, since he has picked up a hell of a lot of momentum heading into SummerSlam, where I can definately see him getting the belt from Benjy.
~ Once again, McMahon carries this entire promo on his back [although Coach acting like a fool is always great entertainment] whilst HUGE stars like Hunter, Christina, Randy and Edge don't utter a single word. Be careful not too demote them. If Christian doesn't go over Stone Cold tonight then I will be very shocked, although it is a little harsh on Austin to have him job on a weekly show, especially at this point in his career. If the 3 on 1 Handicap match gets a clean finish tonight then I will be stunned; but more than likely there will be multiple run ins.
~ Okay, now I know you said very specifically last week not to take anything from the Benjamin/Haas confrontation, but having another one soon after just can't be coicidence. I think your trying to trick us, KOP. Having Haas at ringside at SummerSlam will have some significance, probably with Haas getting involved somehow. Haas' auditions next week should be quite amusing to see, but I have to say that I'm reall enjoying Benjy's heel turn of late, as he has become an incredible egomaniac, and, dare I say it ... quite charismatic
~ A quick squash for Benjamin, much like Hardy received earlier. It's good to see you giving the IC title this much hype heading into a big PPV like SummerSlam, especially with two young guys like Benjy and Hardy involved. I feel it is a mistake to turn the Highlanders into jobbers, especially with the lack of depth in your tag division.
~ Wow, you have really worked at turning this feud between Booker T and Carlito into something very high profile, which I am a fan of, since both men are favourites of mine. I didn't really have any problem with Carly here except for the overuse of the "Das not cool" line. Once or twice is enough in my opinion. Booker was presented as extremely angry and was exciting to read, but I feel his 'gangster' talk was laughably OTT at times and should probably be toned down in future. 'Lito clears house at the end unsurprisingy, but I hope this doesn't mean he loses at S'Slam, since I think he could benefit from the victory a lot more than the Book Man.
~ I'm not a great fan of Handicap matches, so I found it quite tricky to get into this contest between HBK and Team McMahon. It's a bit wierd that Michaels had it won until Edge cracked him with the chair. Making Rated RKO and Hunter look weak is a bad move in my books, especially with SummerSlam right around the corner. Team Showstopper came off stronger thanks to the run in from Flair and Cena, and hopefully this means that they are in line for the loss at SummerSlam, mainly because young guys like Orton, Edge and Christian NEED the win right now to push them back into their respective title hunts.
~ Another good promo from Crynme Tyme, quite a funny one, even though I loathe their gimmick. MNM are in real need of some face competition though.
~ Great interview from Christian next, really putting over his intensity ahead of his contest with Austin later, as opposed to a simple comedy one. Plenty of "tonight's the night" cliches and all that, but also a very entertaining one. Hell of a main event on the cards tonight.
~ LMAO @ Snitsky as Haas' partner this week. Haas really must be desperate to sink this low. No surprise to see MNM pin Snitsky, as it was a good way to get both the tag Champs and Haas on the card.
~ Pretty impressive main event between Austin and Christian, and it was no real surprise to see Christian pull out the win. However, I got a little confused by the ending, as to where Christian got the brass knucks from. His trunks? I might have actually preferred a clean finish, but I'll reiterate that I think that Christian's team HAS to win to ensure their momentum.
~ I just wasn't really feeling this closing promo, which is a real shame seeing as it was the final major hype before the WWE title match. It was a good idea as a set up before SummerSlam as a final promo, but RVD killed it really in my opinion. He was incredibly generic, and Jericho was only marginally better, even if he was quite off as well. Thankfully the brawl at the end and the security run in saved it in the end, adding some real excitement. Leaving it like this really throws it up in the air as to who will leave this Sunday as the Champ. It might ne time for RVD to drop the strap, but then again I can't see Y2J getting it at his first shot. He might get it in a later match between the two.
Overall this was a good, if not great, show before SummerSlam. The build for Hardy/Benjamin and the Steel Cage Showdown was handled very well, whilst the WWE title was a tad underdeveloped. This worked well at hyping me up for Raw's side of SummerSlam, and I anticipate SmackDown