Sorry I didn't review you sooner, Mac, but you (Mac quote) "know I'm good for it.
Interesting start to the show, placing a lot of emphasis on JBL's more, dare I say it, human
side. It almost seems as though this relationship with Angelina has brought out a side of his character previously unseen, i.e. his humanity towards others. The issue is raised, does JBL, in fact, need
a manager (or a valet) to survive in this industry? It could make for some interesting interaction later on. You certainly love to use that long, lingering look from a superstar towards a sign or something don't you? I think you first utilized it with Batista and the Triple H banner, and since then it's become quite a familiar feature in BTB for subtle
storyline advancement. Once again, DDMac raises the bar
Glad to see Tully now a regular feature of Monday nights.
Some huge announcements from The Coach to kick of proceedings, not least the announcement of the WWE Championship match. I, like many, thought that you might hold off with the straight one-on-one match between Van Dam and Edge until Bad Blood or maybe even Survivor Series, but I suppose it makes sense to capitalize on RVD's incredible momentum as quickly as possible. As Wolfy noted, it's especially nice to see Van Dam now a bonafide main event WWE Title contender in this thread, rather than the wishy-washy, Intercontinental/MITB/multi-man WWE Title match player he has been for much of the year. He'll certainly liven up your title picture after months of nothing but Edge, Orton, HBK and Angle. Speaking of freshening up the title scene, part of me hope that his role at SNME with the two combatants indicates that MVP isn't quite done with this thing yet. Perhaps he initiates an assault on both men, or even joins forces with Edge to attack RVD and further Edge's turn to the dark side? We shall see. Huge main event for tonight also, though I expect Angle and Umaga to be the focal points once again (not like I've made that mistake before eh?).
Well, I think I could definitely be on the right lines with my earlier guess about where JBL angle is going, as this rather (poor) attempt to get Paul Heyman on his side came off as incredibly needy. Bradshaw seems incapable of grovelling properly, or even acting moderately polite. Maybe that's something he can build on.
Another interesting story starts to take shape here as young Rhodes & Smith fail once again on the big stage and fail once again to get over with the crowd. Everyone has suggested a heel turn, but given the lack of face tandems you currently have on Raw, I don't see that really happening. Glad to see that Cade & Murdoch just keep going from strength to strength though.
Ah, so we finally get a brief glimpse into the conspiracy that unfolded during the Summer Games Gauntlet at SummerSlam:
“Haha, just think, it could be worse. Ju could’ve won the title, then ju would have to give me 50 instead of 25. And as for the second part of our deal, mi amigo, I won’t be cashing in that favor anytime soon, so relax, enjoy jour time in the main event spotlight … and jour welcome.”
I guess that means 'VP & Co. paid Estrada & 'Mags to take the fall, with $25,000 up front and then $50,000 should Porter be fortunate enough to win the title. That all makes sense, but I'm not really sure what Armando could be referring to in the second part of this. A "favor"? Hmmm.
Yeah, I think we all pretty much guessed that it was Nattie Neidhart. It makes perfect sense really, what with their Canadian roots and all, as well as them both being blonde
Not sure if that really means anything though. Good win for Trish as she continues her (inevitable) push towards being named the Number One Contender for Unforgiven. Lita being highlighted makes me think that she might fancy her chances once again now.
Saturday Night's Main Event is certainly shaping up nicely at this point. The RWC/CC match in particular should be an absolute treat, since both teams are great (admit that C&M are great). Matt will probably go over JBL to cement his misery, but as for the other two matches ... nice
. The Number One Contender's match at such a prestigious show only increases the prestige you've worked so hard to put on the Women's Title, and Angle and Umaga's partners guarantee a crazy match. One question though, what would happen if (I know they won't but I just mean hypothetically speaking) 'Mags or Kurt were traded?
I'm glad that Beth Phoenix is still around. She's definitely the (hottest) best Diva on your roster, and I can certainly see a babyface turn for her on the horizon what with Mickie sidelined and Trish & Nattie now the aplha females of the heel world. I must say, what an amazing Women's division you have. The future looks better than bright for it. The mere suggestion
of a Nattie/Beth feud though has me excited.
I'm still not entirely sure why you've decided (I'm going to make an assumption now) to turn Edge heel again. You seemed so proud of making him a successful face a few months back, but I suppose if you're running with the Austin Aries-Jimmy Jacobs thing, it could work perfectly. Think about it, we all thought
Edge won the feud because he won the matches and the belt, but has all this business with Orton finally driven him over the proverbial (no pun intended) edge? Perhaps it continues tonight when he costs his team the match?
Wow, talk about impressive resumes; I'm pretty sure Ken Doane is now 3 and 0 against JBL in singles competition. Not bad when you consider what Bradshaw is and what he has been in the past. A Intercontinental Title shot could be coming Kenny's way soon I think, though I hope Haas still gets in on the act. Oh, and the fact that Layfield lost his first match without his manager is well and truly noted. See: storyline development 101.
Nothing for Morrison & Melina tonight? Fair enough.
I love the way Angle is basically a tweener who just gets lumped with the babyfaces all of the time. If only we could get another epic implosion like we did from him in the run up to the Battle Royal before SummerSlam. Carlito and Sabu need to find something too, though with the draft coming up that shouldn't take too long.
Oh my word, JBL is not having the best of nights at all is he? Lots of exposure for the Intercontinental Champ has pretty much confirmed this angle as the premiere one on Raw for the moment. Jillian Hall serving as another reminder of where his treatment of his colleagues will get him? Nice. Very good character development from you tonight. I agree with Wolfy, I think we will be able to see where this is all going by the time SNME rolls around, as I don't see JBL keeping quiet for that entire show, or even remaining backstage.
Doane gets his title shot as predicted (yeah, not really a hard prediction to make, but I need something
); but, as with the Haas situation, since Kenny just
beat JBL, it makes the outcome of their match at Unforgiven rather obvious.
Mixed reaction for Edge? Oh, how I love slow, calculated character development and, in this case in particular, heel turns.
Surprised to see Orton taking the fall in the main event, as (once again kissing Wolfy's ass) I thought either Sabu or Reigns were thrown in there for that very purpose. Both Van Dam and Angle get a hell of a lot of momentum though going into their respective feuds as they slay a former WWE Champion who is clearly on his way out of Raw. He'll be joining the rest of the Evolution mess on SD, I'm almost certain.
I doubt that the Spear after the match will be the moment Edge truly turns heel, as it seems just a bit too easy for you, Mac; you're usually much more cerebral than that. I can see this story having a few more twists and turns down the road yet, but Edge's turn is almost inevitable at this point. It doesn't really matter, as once he leaves his post as top face on Raw, RVD and the obvious SD Draft pick (Rock?) will fill that slot.
Solid recap, with both Unforgiven and (especially) SNME shaping up very nicely.