Renegade's Raw Review
~ Sorry this is so late, 'Gade, I've been very busy
Anyway, on with the review; I was pretty excited last week with the escalation of either a Christian/Foley or a Christian/Stone Cold feud, so I was glad to see Christian kicking things off tonight. It seems as though this Raw/SmackDown match at SS is a good way to give Main Event guys like Christian and Monty Brown some good exposure, whilst not having them clutter up the already vast WWE title scene. Christian is the main man in this group though really, and will benefit from it much more I'm sure. Nice announcement tonight of Tomko/Austin, and I love the fact that Christian is throwing a fit with the GM, since he does that perfectly. Odds are the match wont finish tonight, since Christian will undoubtedly get involved.
~ I have certainly been enjoying the Styles/Striker feud over the Intercontinental title, and the Survivor Series match up is a great escalation of this. Good to see it getting a good deal of exposure with Rhyno taking on Test. Odds are this wouldn't be the greatest of matches, even though I am strangely fond of both men. Rhyno's victory gives Team Styles some momentum, and I think they may very well pick up the face victory at SS. With Carlito/Masters later tonight as well, this feud looks to be getting a nice push.
~ A nice bit of chaos with the Divas, which is always nice. A bit of exposure is all they need. A mass brawl means lots of scantily clad women rolling around together ... nice
~ The weekly problems between Christian and Tomko next, as Christian tricks his buddy into agreeing with the match up. I'm not sure whether Christian will interfere or whether he will simply allow his 'Problem Solver' to take the beating.
~ Damn, I really hope The Coach is speaking the truth about Survivor Series, as I would love to see Monty Brown continue on his huge push. Odds are he will run into trouble in the SS match, possibly getting himself disqualified or something, like Umaga or Brock Lesnar would, staying strong. His push has been worked to a tee of late, so I'm not sure if I want it to continue as it has, or whether I think he is actually ready for a title shot. You seem to be a good judge of character though
~ I really wasn't expecting Gail Kim to pick up the win there, but it was certainly a nice touch, and the aftermath not only helped to get over Lita's psychotic edge, but also gave us another excellent Diva brawl
~ I would like it if in fact Cade and Jindrak did actually reclaim the titles, since I have always been a fan of their reign, despite its length. Odds are they won't though, since it seems a multi-team match is seemingly in the making for Survivor Series, and after that Cryme Tyme will likely have a new rival.
~ Nice to see RVD really soldifying himself in the WWE title picture at Survivor Series, even though I can't see him winning. I may have expressed some concerns last week that he went over Kane so easily, but that was only because I think Kane should look stronger, and not that RVD should look weaker, if that makes sense.
~ Yeah, as I thought, Cade and Murdoch are unable to reclaim the tag belts, but the multi-team can surely only be leading to one thing, especially with Survivor Series around the corner. Sure enough, Foley makes the announcement: a Tag Team Tables Gauntlet match! Damn, that will be fun for sure. Cryme Tyme will retain of course, but it should still be a total blast. SS looks stacked.
~ Oh yes, this looks very, very nice for the aftermath of Survivor Series. Since I think Triple H will retain, it looks very hot that a possible Cena/Rock feud could be on the cards. Just a recap was good here, but once you get back to writing these things in full, the promos are going to be amazing. Odds are, Rock eliminates Cena at SS, but Cena costs Rocky. Nice
~ And right on cue, here we get the meeting between the two men who I think will be feuding over the WWE title following SS: Edge and Triple H. With Rock/Cena looking nice, I think that these two could really work well together in a card.
~ Ha ha, I wonder if this show of domination from Kane was a response to my comments last week. Maybe, maybe not, but they certainly helped ease my concerns, since A-Train is no jobber, and crushing him like Kane does would be impressive to see. I'm rooting for Kane come SS, don't ask me why.
~ Your typical Stone Cold promo to slot in somewhere, which would work well mocking Todd Grisham with the beer and all. Stone Cold is either going to annihilate Tomko tonight, or Christian is going to interfere, but I'm not sure which.
~ Nice little segment from the tag teams next to show that Cryme Tyme are still as entertaining as ever even with the tag team belts. It seems like they are getting a good push.
~ Good confrontation between the two major faces on Raw, though I can't really see it leading anywhere past Survivor Series, since Cena/Rock and HHH/Edge seem to be the logical next step. It was still entertaining though, and Rocky owned Hunter, which is how it would always be, even as faces, since Rocky tends to own most people really.
~ I thought that Masters would probably pick up the win, since Rhyno did earlier. Nice way for Masters to win too, reversing the BackCracker into a roll up. I actually like Masters, though I fear he may job come Survivor Series. With it currently 2-1 to Team Striker, odds are the Dudleys will pick up the win next week making it all level for the PPV showdown.
~ Ha ha, I guess I was nearly right. Christian didn't interfere and Tomko ended up getting his ass kicked. Nice to see Tomko not looking too weak though, especially with Austin's age and all. The match seemed unimportant though, with the aftermath providing the real excitement. The Christian/Austin business escalates, and Team Smackdown get the jump on Raw and the beat down. I guess SD playing the heels was a given with the current GMs, Heyman a heel and Foley a face, but it was still quite surprising, especially from someone like Batista.
Overall this was a very entertaining recapped Raw, with no real spelling errors and examples of very, very nice booking. Survivor Series has the depth in the card to be one of the best PPVs in a long time, and I anticipate it greatly