Opening segment- FREAKING AWESOME! I loved how long this went and how both Lesnar and Heyman were talking down to Benoit and hyping themselves, completely in character, making Benoit feel like nothing. I also loved Benoit finally having enough and saying his words, keeping the 'silent but deadly' thing going, not needed to say much since he speaks loudest in the ring. Great, great, great segment and a nice ending with the inevitable brawl between the two. Their match will be something special, I'm sure.
Good to see Tajiri get a match and win it, as he is my favorite cruiserweight ever in the WWE, so much talent
HHH interview seemed good, hyped the match with Taker but going off about how he's so great, as he always does. I don't think it'll be Taker/HHH at Mania since it's happening at SNME, unless there's a gimmick involved at WM. Which makes me wonder...what will HHH do, especially if he doesn't get into the main event?
Hardy over Snitsky and Maven? Eh, couldn't you have used two other wrestlers that actually matter and are credible to earn a US title shot? Didn't like the opponent for Hardy, but nice to see Hardy get the push and I see him beating JBL for the belt at WM...since there is no way Rock is winning
Nice little segment with Angle, breaking a new ankle every week would be awesome hype for his match with Bret, sending a message. I hope these two don't touch each other before their WM encounter
Benoit squashes someone, and uses the crossface to win, making him seem more and more dangerous, good booking here
Brock Promo- Another fantastic promo, you really capture Brock's character well, and kept it a nice length. I also love the announcement, it's really interesting and different, and good hype for their feud. Really, really loving this
Meh, decent segment with some nice lines from Noble, and some sub-par lines from London. Neither man is great on the mic, so nice job keeping it short, and their match should be great, I see London winning however. Nice way to end it with JBL laughing at Hardy
Jericho promo- Really...different. Started off in character and halfway through, something seemed to snap in Jericho's head. I smell a heel turn, but I have no idea what Jericho has planned, and I didn't understand the clue he gave at the end. Really intriguing...WM is going to be freakin' amazing with all these twists and turns...
Good to see AMW get on the show, even if it's a simple title defense against two jobbers. I love AMW and hope they have a long reign, and could use a good feud right now leading into WM
Rock vs JBL- Fantastic way to end the show, and great booking of the match, having the heels jump Rock but he makes a comeback and dominates until the end, where he once again gets jumped and screwed over. A great main event (not as good as last week though
) which hypes Rock/HBK nicely leading into SNME.
Overall- 10/10. Recapped or not, I don't care. That opening segment honestly had me in awe, something that hasn't happened since I read one of AMP's James Mitchell promos. Everything was so perfect and just...wow. This show did a GREAT job of hyping the big stuff coming up at SNME and especially WM. I'm looking foward to Benoit/Lesnar at WM more than anything right now, and also want to see what happens to Jericho. Very intriguing
World Heavyweight Championship; Steel Cage Match:
John Cena vs. Edge -Another tough decision, but since Edge will have nothing left to do (except maybe a Taker feud) if he loses this, then I'm gonna say he wins this and RAW has a triple threat main event at WM using the rising stars of the WWE.
Cruiserweight Championship Match:
Jamie Noble vs. Paul London- Definitely going to win this, Noble has had a long run and the Cabinet has helped him retain each time, but this time the face is going to prevail and take the title back.
Womens Championship Match:
vs. Lita [ b]Trish is going to retain and proabaly lose it at WM. To be honest, I forget why this match is happening so it's hard to know who will win. Gotta go back and re-read RAW[/b]
Raw vs. Smackdown; Showcase of Talent:
vs. Triple H -Really could go either way here. HHH has been acting way too cocky and not focused on Taker, which could give Taker the win, but if this leads to a feud at WM, Taker has to lose here and win at WM...right? Well, my money is on the Deadman, probably by DQ or something
Race Against Time; 5 Minute Challenge:
Chris Benoit- Benoit got dominated on the mic, so now it's his turn to dominate in the ring. I say he wins by one person, keeping it really close but showing Benoit can slightly get ahead of Lesnar, to frustrate him.