raw(lite): the winds of change

If you’re here thinking “Hey! What gives? Where’s the Extreme Rules recap?” Sorry. I’m not doing one. A week has gone by and the draft has changed the landscape of the rosters to the point where most old feuds are over. So it seems a little silly to go back over it. I did enjoy it a lot more than I expected to though. Considering that such little promo was done, somewhat as the result of the Raw roster being stranded in Northern Ireland, there were some great matches. If you missed it, you can read how I felt about the Women’s Title match here. For now, let’s move on to the drafty edition of Raw.

We started with a tag-team title match. At Extreme Rules, ShowMiz had to run a gauntlet of three teams and found themselves having to defend their titles on Raw. If you cast your mind back a few weeks, Bret Hart was supposed to come out and declare that ShowMiz were the greatest tag team of all time. He dutifully completed this task, then presented the next generation on Harts to prove the statement wrong.  They had a fantastic match, which saw the titles change hands when Tyson Kidd locked Miz into a Sharp-Shooter, forcing him to tap out.

And about time too.

Relations between Miz and Big Show weren’t so good. In fact, I’d say their partnership was pretty much over when Big Shown socked Miz right in the jaw.

Time for a draft pick match. Arch-enemies Eve and Maryse were forced to face Team LayCool in a Raw vs Smackdown match, leaving the winner with a diva draft pick. This being a three-hour show, the match went on for much longer than the usual 2.7 seconds allowed for Divas matches on Raw. But Maryse and Eve spent so much time arguing over who should be in the ring at any one time, they dropped their guard and lost the match. So, which lady would be switching to the blue brand?

I deliberately chose this picture because the caption almost covers those shoes. Not good.

Jerry Lawler wanted to slash his wrists at the loss of his favourite perv-bod and Matt Striker scoffed at how he’d be able to perv at her bod on Friday nights from now on; which was weird considering Mr. Striker had mentioned several times during the match how much he values intellect in a woman. Having said that, I think Kelly gets a rough deal sometimes. It’s not her fault Raw do nothing with her. Her wrestling has improved a fair bit over the last year, so maybe being under Beth Phoenix’s wing will take her even further.

Ok, another draft pick match courtesy of Evan Bourne and CM Punk. I’m jumping ahead a bit here, but you already know how this draft panned out, so it doesn’t matter. I’m really disappointed Evan Bourne wasn’t drafted to Smackdown, particularly after watching this match. He’s swallowed up by the big egos of Raw and I can’t see him ever getting the time he deserves. Evan’s jobbing to main eventers continued as CM Punk took the win, earning Smackdown another draft pick. Of course, this was achieved by the second appearance from a mysterious masked man in a Straight Edge Society hoodie. Both Andrew and myself think we know who it is, but for the sake of being surprised, I won’t say for now. Just enjoy the song that runs through my head every time he appears on the screen.

Seriously, where else could you get wrestling and musical theatre in one place? And who, pray tell, did Smackdown draft over?

Oh alright then. Come here and I'll give you a little cuddle. It's a hard life.

Doesn’t seem like an exciting pick, but I guarantee you, come Smackdown it’ll be VERY important.

At Extreme Rules, the HHH vs Sheamus match didn’t quite go as planned. Sheamus hunted Trips down before the match started and caused him some hurt in the hallways.  This lead to many a serious-times look from the commentators and several updates on Triple H’s condition throughout the show. Even though HHH made a valiant attempt at returning, Sheamus still left the show victorious and left The Game in some serious pain. On Raw, Sheamus came out to crow about his victory and claim a title shot. The newest good-guy in town begged to differ.

With no guest host and John Cena still the WWE Champ, someone had to decide upon who should be the No. 1 Contender. John came out, still on a high from retaining the title, and did one of his ace comedy bits. You know the ones. The ones you don’t really want to like, but secretly you’re thinking “What a pro!”

Then he made a No. 1 Contender match for later that night.

With the exception of Rey Mysterio and possibly DiBiase, the next draft pick match was a case of ‘how many midcarders can we squash into the ring at one time in a Rumblesque match’. The two big guns found themselves alone in the ring, with DiBiase finally winning Raw some draft picks. Santino marched past to give his winning team-mate a fanfare, but found himself swiftly brought to the ground, just to ham Ted’s heeliness up a bit. So, which three Smackdown names are transferring to Raw?

So I suppose that’s the end of Edge & Jericho, right? Unless, of course, Jericho gets drafted to Raw. *shifty-eyes* Speaking of Chris Jericho, he was up next against Christian. After a brief moment where he was shown-up  once again by Heath Slater, Jericho regained some of his dignity by winning the match. Another draft pick for Smackdown. This time is waaaaas…..

Easy, Matt Striker. Such an excitable young man.

Matt Striker gets excited about EVERYONE, but moving to Smackdown will be great for Kofi. He’s fallen out of favour since his fantastic feud with Randy Orton. This will give him a whole bunch of new opportunities. From here, the draft picks kept on coming. Our World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger beat new Red Team recruit, John Morrison, allowing Smackdown to draft Christian.

Since ECW ended, Christian’s been kind of lost on Raw. On Smackdown, he can main event again like he should be.

Backstage, Ted DiBiase had just made Carlito an offer he definitely could refuse. But what was it? Well, judging by the offer he made to R-Truth just  moments later, he was on the look-out for a house boy. Someone to carry his bags, cook and clean for him, and generally be his paid man-servant. How very 19th Century! R-Truth thought about it for  a moment, bitch-slapped Teddy round the chops and left him mildly humiliated.

Seriously, WWE? THIS is the road we're going down. This can't end well.

Back to the draft and Hornswoggle vs Dolph Ziggler. I won’t bore you with the details, Hornswoggle won by count-out, but Dolph made sure he was duly hurt before leaving.

Raw’s draft pic was….

Our final match of that night was that No. 1 Contender’s match for the WWE Title between Sheamus and Randy Orton. But someone else felt they had been overlooked. Who?

The three competitors couldn’t agree on who should be allowed in the match, so John Cena just came out and made it a triple threat. Simple. They had their match. It all looked as if Randy was on course for another run against John, but Randy’s everyone’s favourite boy these days. We can’t have face-on-face action. Randy delivered an RKO to Sheamus, but just as he got back to his feet, Edge appeared from nowhere and speared him into oblivion. Dave capitalised on Randy’s misfortune by throwing his arm over the speared one and claiming not only the match but also that No.1 Contender’s spot. It should come as no surprise that Edge’s guest on The Cutting Edge tonight is Randy Orton.

Following the main draft, there was a supplemental draft where the following roster members changed colours:

TO RAW

The Hart Dynasty
Ezekiel Jackson
Goldust
Great Khali

TO SMACKDOWN

MVP
Cody Rhodes
Chris Masters
Chavo Guerrero
Rosa Mendes

At first, I thought Smackdown had been short-changed; especially losing both Edge and Jericho. But having seen last Friday’s Smackdown, I honestly think it’ll be better than ever. They have leaders in Punk, Undertaker, Rey Mysterio and Christian, and they have a bevy of new talent begging for airtime. ‘The Main Event Show’ (otherwise known as Raw) may struggle. The amount of people they need to fit into 90 minutes of airtime is almost unfathomable. We’ll have to sit back and see how it all pans out. Ah I love the draft. It’s like being given a clean sheet of paper. Onwards and upwards!

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2 thoughts on “raw(lite): the winds of change

  1. The mystery guy isn’t wearing a SES hoodie, he’s wearing a Bouncing Souls hoodie. The Souls are awesome, check them out on youtube.

  2. Oh no! I was really looking forward to your comments about Edge and… eh… Jerichos underwear… 😀

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