3rd January, 2010
WWE News and Notes
The afore-mentioned pay-per-view name changes could well go ahead, sources confirm. Expect a move from a Raw-only ‘Vengeance’ to a uni-brand ‘Night of Champions’, when every title would be defended, and for SmackDown’s ‘Great American Bash’ to change to ‘King of the Ring’, when the 2010 King of the Ring will supposedly be crowned. Needless to say, both these events are a while away from us yet, but it is still an announcement of note – sources confirm there will be no change in venue coupled with the change of name. Both event concepts have been used before by the WWE – the last ‘King’ was William Regal, crowned in 2008, in a 3 hour special on Raw.
Another move you can expect is in the commentary teams of both ECW and SmackDown – ECW’s Byron Saxton and Matt Striker both are more comfortable as colour commentators, while Jim Ross and Todd Grisham, on SmackDown, are more used to working as play-by-plays. Therefore, it is likely we’ll see a swap, with Striker moving to SmackDown to work with Jim Ross, and Saxton moving to a colour commentator role on ECW, joined by Todd Grisham as the play-by-play there. Coupled with this move will most likely come heel personas for both Saxton and Striker, to add a new dynamic to the commentary booth, where the colour commentators often favour the antics of the heel superstars. This double turn, while spontaneous, should work well to provide a new dimension to an otherwise dull commentary scene.
There have been no more developments in the free agent scene – Booker T, Kenny Dykstra and Mistico, the three men we reported had been targeted by the WWE, all remain in their prior bookings, with no confirmed offers being made to them, by any company. It is yet unknown what their replies would be, if the WWE made offers towards them – unless it was all hype, the Royal Rumble seems like an ideal place for any of the three to (re)debut, especially Booker and Dykstra, who have been in front of the WWE audience before, and would thus, have a more recognisable return if their music hit during the Rumble match.
This Monday is the ‘No. 1 Contender Special’ on Raw – this is supposedly to combat TNA’s move to Monday nights for one show only, as Dixie Carter, now with a new variety of talent like Hulk Hogan, Eric Bischoff and Jeff Hardy under her belt, looks to test the waters, should she decide to make the full move to live shows on Monday nights. However, the McMahons are pulling out all the stops – tomorrow night’s Raw will be a THREE-HOUR SPECIAL to allow for all the qualifying matches for the Battle Royal, whilst allowing for a few extra segments and matches on the side.
And some from me...
Hello all. Big thank you’s to amrocky25, BkB Hulk, Perfect Poster and RatedRKO31 for their brilliant feedback, I really, really appreciate it.
To clarify, on the first SmackDown after Survivor Series, Batista won a Triple Threat match between himself, Chris Jericho, and the Undertaker, when Taker jumped out the way of a Spear from Batista, which then connected with Jericho. Batista then Batista Bombed Taker to win the match, with Jericho still reeling from the Spear. This lead to Jericho blaming the Undertaker for the loss, and he basically went crazy, brutalising the Deadman to the point where he had to be taken out on a stretcher. The link to the full recapped show from when I first wrote it can be found here
. Since then, after the World Title match for the Rumble was announced, Rey Mysterio, who is in the middle of a sort of, sub-plot rivalry with Jericho, has brought up the Undertaker’s name in a variety of promos, to basically play mind games with him, hence the reasoning for it on SmackDown. Hope that clears everything up.
McIntyre has been hot and cold in this thread, yes. Mainly because back when I began, I saw very little in him, and felt that there were others on SmackDown who I’d rather push, hence why McIntyre lost a few matches in previous weeks. Recently (not only because his entrance is the biz), I’ve seen a lot more in him, and hence made the decision to put him in the Rumble – I also felt the match lacked a few monsters, leading to the inclusion of Knox, and the handshake at the end was simply for the purpose of retaining the avenue, should I choose to use it, of utilising both men in the tag team division.
Perfect Poster, “extraordinarily”, or the alternative spelling, “extra-ordinarily”, is like the word “extraordinary”. In fact, it’s just the adverb of it. While it does have “ordinary” in it, when the “extra” is put in front of it, “extraordinary” means unique, or special. Therefore, the adverb means especially, or extremely, implying that he’s one of a kind, or, in context, that he wasn’t just good-looking. He was beyond the level of anyone else, in terms of how good looking he was. Sorry for all the grammar speak there, I hope you understood me.
The NYC Brawl is something I’d always wanted to do, tbh – in hindsight, it probably would have been better suited for a different time, at a different pay-per-view, with a different number of superstars (...two), and a different situation where the match called for it, but the decision is made, to be honest, and there’s no point in me pulling it from the card now. All I can do, is hype it well, and (try to) write a classic for you all to enjoy, so that the misplacement of the match gimmick is overridden by the quality of it, if you catch my drift!
Helms and Tatsu winning Tag Team Turmoil... oh boy. Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t to everyone’s liking, but as I’ve said, there is method to my madness, and it will all soon become clear, because as odd as it sounds, it might just be a sneaky ploy to build towards a Wrestlemania match. That’s all I’m going to say.
I know I’ve been terribly lax with my feedback recently (as in, just not giving any of you any of it), and I thoroughly apologise for it. I have some pretty massive exams coming up soon, and it goes without saying that BTB comes second to that by a long way. Once those are over, you better believe I’ll be dropping feedback left, right, and centre, and pumping out shows like an absolute machine, but for now, I have to just take it a bit slower, I’m afraid. Rest assured, I have not forgotten about any of you, or your work, and you will have my effort and attention returned to you, as you have given it to me.
That’s all, guys, I will hit you with a Raw preview here and now to keep you occupied – it’s a big show, with it being three hours (to fit in all the qualifiers, plus extra segments
) so it might be a while before you see it all, but if nothing else, you can read this monster of a post over and over to keep yourselves entertained.
Stay healthy, people.
Monday Night Raw
Fargodome, Fargo, North Dakota
4th January 2010
Monday Night Raw is at the site of WWE Backlash in four months’ time – the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota will feature all the fallout from Wrestlemania 26 on April 25th, but tonight, it’s all about the journey towards Royal Rumble. Tonight, it’s the 3-Hour, No. 1 Contender Special, as decreed by Raw General Manager Shane McMahon – six qualifying matches, leading to a 7-Man, Over-the-Top-Rope Battle Royal as Raw’s Main Event, where the winner will face Jack Swagger for the WWE Championship at Royal Rumble.
Shane McMahon has declared that the three Raw superstars who have already qualified for the Royal Rumble in MVP, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase WILL be eligible to compete for the WWE Title shot tonight, but it goes without saying, that should they win, they forfeit their place in the Royal Rumble to take on Jack Swagger at the event. The matches are as follows:
No. 1 Contender Special
John Cena vs Chris Masters
Carlito vs Randy Orton
Chavo Guerrero vs Shawn Michaels
Triple H vs Chuck Palumbo
Primo vs Kofi Kingston
Mark Henry and MVP vs Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes
Over-the-Top-Rope Battle Royal
??? vs ??? vs ??? vs ??? vs ??? vs ??? vs ???
No. 1 Contender to the WWE Championship
Seven men will walk into the Main Event, with glory in sight ahead of a possible title match at Royal Rumble, and you can be sure that WWE Champion Jack Swagger will be watching. Who will walk out as No. 1 Contender at the end of the first Raw of the new decade? There’s only one way to find out, live on the USA Network tonight.
Sheamus makes his return to Monday Night Raw!
You can expect to see Evan Bourne, The Miz, Melina and more!