- Joined Oct 15, 2000
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Raw last week was not especially entertaining to me. David Otunga was actually a decent host because he's pretty good on the mic, but I wonder how many viewers actually knew who he was since NXT only draws a fraction of Raw's rating. The new World Champion, Jack Swagger, came to the ring to start Raw. He was interrupted by Cena who cut an unbearable promo as usual. Cena demanded a match which Swagger declined which brought out Orton. Orton wanted a match with Swagger since he beat him last week. Miz and Show then came out which didn't make any sense. Otunga made Orton vs Swagger and Show Miz vs Batista/Cena for tonight.
Of course Batista didn't get along with Cena and walked out on him. This shocked Cena. He chased after Batista and they brawled. Otunga said they were still going to have a main event, but now it would be Cena and himself vs Show Miz. They had their match, and Otunga walked out on Cena as well, again shocking Cena. Maybe Cena should get the point that people don't like him. Batista then came out and laid out Cena. Batista and Cena will have a Last Man Standing match at Extreme Rules.
In other news from Raw, Sheamus squashed Kofi, officially moving Kofi into midcard jobber status. The Divas had a brutally bad battle royal where Eve became the #1 Contender to Maryse's title.
Ted Dibiase is now The Million Dollar Man Jr? I said it last week, I don't like this angle. He's biting off his father's gimmick which immediately makes him come across as a knockoff. Right now Dibiase does not have anywhere near the charisma of his father or the standing with the fans. Plus like I said, The Million Dollar Belt does not look good in HD. It looks like a cheap piece of metal with fake diamonds. The rumor is Dibiase will start a stabled named "The Fortunate Sons". We'll see where that goes. I hate the name. And I don't know where Cody Rhodes goes from here.
Randy Orton beat Jack Swagger cleanly in a non-title match. It was a good, competitive match, but Swagger needs all the help he can in getting over right now. Every loss, no matter how competitive it is, only serves to hurt him.
For tonight, Raw comes to us from London, England on a slight tape delay. David Hasselhoff is the guest host. Ugh.
Announced thus far are:
Batista vs Randy Orton
Maryse (c) vs Eve - WWE Divas Championship Match
I'm avoiding all spoilers, so I do not have a more in depth preview at this time.
Tonight's Impact moves to it's new permanent start time of 8pm et. Also, the new show TNA Reaction debuts on Spike at 7pm. From TNA:
Spike presents TNA Reaction, a never-before-seen look at the combustible world of TNA Wrestling with exclusive backstage access and candid interviews featuring the biggest names in wrestling. Fans will experience all the unseen drama as rivals speak openly about their plans to destroy their most hated foes. TNA superstars featured include Hulk Hogan, Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy, AJ Styles, and more.
TNA Reaction premieres this Monday night on SpikeTV at 7/6c, one hour before TNA Wrestling "iMPACT!" at the new start time of 8/7c
The lineup for tonight's Impact has:
*Team 3-D & Jesse Neal vs. Kevin Nash & Scott Hall & Sean Waltman in a street fight
*Shannon Moore vs. Kazarian
*Velvet Sky vs. Angelina Love with Love handcuffed to the corner in an I Quit match - No Leather n Lace match
*Matt Morgan & Amazing Red vs. Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley for TNA tag titles
*Jeff Hardy vs. Robert Roode
*A.J. Styles vs. Pope D'Angelo Dinero in a non-title match
Let's pray Yuku can give us one good night.