ORRY'S Raw Review
Great to see your kicking things off with Christian, who is obviouslly going to be a future World Champ in this thread- sooner rather than later. Christian was in character for the most part, until Carlito hits the ring and runs down the "Superstar of Today". A feud with Carlito is a bit of a step back for Captain Charisma, hopefully it only lasts until the next PPV. McMahon hits the stage and announces the Draft Lottery will be comencing next week, just like I predicted! I now have a feeling that either Christian or Carlito may be drafted to Smackdown- just a hunch though.
Rob Van Dam Promo:
RVD is looking for revenge as a result of what happened last night, which leads me to believe an ECW Rules match will take place at Backlash- should be a great spotfest. Not sure if Fonzie or Sabu will appear tonight, you can be sure they wont discuss their motives as I feel you are going to hold that off for a later date- build the suspense, you know
TWGTT and Trish Stratus vs. The Brotherhood:
Suprised to see the Brotherhood get the win here, you are obviouslly still very high on this stable. A Trish/Jazz feud is a given, but I would like to see you bring in a fresh team or teams soon to liven up the Tag Division, which has become somewhat stale as of late.
Funny segment here with Carlito, as the IC Champ struggles to find a partner. Venis and the Heart Throbs played their parts well, and it looks as if this may be the first of many similar segmnest like this throughout the night.
Rob Van Dam vs. Rey Mysterio:
Van Dam gets a huge win over the Money in the Bank holder in a good recapped match. An Edge/Mysterio feud should be great, something I've personally never seen before. I won't be too suprised either to see Edge take the briefcase of Rey Rey, even if it is only for a short amount of time.
Carlito/Ken Kennedy Segment:
Pretty 'meh' segment to be honest. Kennedy wasn't his usual funny self, and his insults seemed a little off. Still, it served it's purpose, and now I'm really starting to wonder who Carlito will find?
Highspot of the night by far. HBK played his somber, good sportsmanship role (whatever you want to call it) well, which leads me to believe we may see a face turn from the Degenerates shortly. Evolution interrupt and Flair eats SCM, and now I'm certain DX will turn face very shortly. A feud between two major stables is going to be great, can't wait to see where you go with it! Only off point here was Flair changing his stables name to the Horsemen, which sort of tarnishes their legacy in my opinion. However this does meen Flair will have to draft a 4th member to the group- not only because it is the '4' Horsemen, but because DX contains 4 members as well.
Awesome to see the Fighting Irishman coming to Raw, he can have a prominent role in the upper mid car position if used well (which I'm sure you will do).
Danny Doring and Roadkill vs. Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki:
Battle of the jobbers is cut off quickly by Kane, who decimates all four men. Not sure where Kane will go from here, love to see him have a role in the main event, a feud with Cena would be interesting.
Chris Jericho Backstage Segment:
Y2J is here, and he's looking for the Deadman! Jericho's character was ok backstage, seemed a little off a times, byt the way he insulted some of the agents and stage hands was classic. Unfortunately Y2J may have gone too far in insulting McMahon, and now he's Carlito's partner- I thought Vince said if Carlito couldn't find a partner he'd have to go at it alone? In any case, the match sould be interesting to say the least.
Ken Kennedy vs. A-Train:
Kennedy looks strong against Alber........I mean A-Train, but the question that needs to be answered is what's next for him? A run as IC Champ could be good, as would a feud with CCC.
Edge is pissed off and takes out his frustrations on Grisham, who is on the recieving end of a few hillarious insults. Hopefully Edge manages to take the contract off Rey, as I feel it's time for the Rated R Superstar to step up and play a prominent role in the main event of this thread.
Christian and Tomko vs. Carlito and Y2J:
Good match sotryline wise, with Jericho distracted the entire time, before eventually walking out on Carlito. I expect Y2J to be drafted to Raw soon, and after he's feud with Taker is over, you could always use this event as a starting point for a rivalry with Carlito. Anyway Christian picks up the expected win in the end, and looks likely to be victorious next week.
John Cena Promo:
Standard Cena promo, used as a way to get the Champ on the show. I reckon Rhyno will be chosen tonight, because I doubt you want Edge or Batista to job out to Cena. Interactionw ith Christian was great, would love to see these two guys feud.
John Cena vs. Rhyno:
Rhyno's the man chosen as predicted, and as predicted he also does the job, although he looks pretty strong in the process. Rhyno in the main event intrigues me, and is always an option for you somewhere down the line. After the match Orton hits the ring, but instead of nailing the expected RKO, decides rather to get inside Cena's mind. Great option here, nice swerve indeed.
Good follow up Mania show, with probally less suprises than many would have thought. In any event a very well written show was produced, and the Wolfie era continues into a new calender year. 8.5/10
By the way man, just read the newsletter, and I want you to know that you shouldn't feel bad about not getting any reviews up for me, infact, I don't have an active thread up at the moment, with both partners leaving unexpectedly towards the final days of my previous one. However when I do return to the booking scene, which should be sometime in the next month or two, they'll be no excuses mate