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02-13-12 WWE RAW SUPERSHOW

February 13, 2012

 

Soap Opera Mania is running wild!

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03-28-11 WWE RAW REVIEW

March 28, 2011

It’s the go-home show for WrestleMania!

 

Show starts right off the back with CM Punk sitting in the ring Indian style with a spot light. He gets a “CM Punk” chant. He says he probably isn’t going to get the reception in Atlanta like he does in Chicago. He says they are his people just like the New Nexus that Randle KeithOrton took out. He turns on the crowd and Nexus saying he doesn’t care what happens to them and if you get punted in the head its not his problem. His only problem is Orton. And now these sell outs in Chicago chant “Randy”. He says he can snap his fingers and get any mindless person to do what he says. He then cuts to the video of last week where Punk tricks Orton with his bus. Punk says Orton’s wife goes to bed with the vision of her husband laying on the ground with Punk standing over him. Punk ends with saying he will end this chapter at WrestleMania. Before he can leave the ring Orton with a bandaged leg comes out, he slowly comes to the ring, they brawl and Orton gets his horizontal rope DDT. Orton looks to go for the RKO but instead takes the corner for the punt, he runs towards Punk but his injured leg gives out. Punk rolls out of the ring while we get another chant for him and he looks back at Orton favoring his leg. Punk smiles as he comes into the ring and corners Orton. Punk then kicks Orton’s leg and he’s down. Punk then takes Orton up and hits the G2S! Punk then walks off. I think they did a good job of pushing this match one last time.

 

Christian is in the back and walks into Edge. Edge says he can’t lay his hands on Del Rio on Smacky but he can on RAW and Edge says he’s always liked that GM. Haha We get the Edge and Christian tag team return tonight! I’m glad they didn’t blow this match on just a Smackdown but not sure they should have done it on a go home show either unless there is something up here…

 

Edge & Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio & Brodus Clay

-Quick tags by E&C on Clay.

-Clay is then dumped over the top rope, Christian over the top but Clay catches him. Edge hits the baseball slide to send Clay down.

-After the break, ADR has Christian in an arm lock, he tries to fight off but ADR cuts him short.

-Del Rio continually works on Christian’s arm before making the tag to Clay.

-Clay hits the slam then tags ADR back in for the second rope elbow drop.

-Tornado DDT by Christian in the corner on Del Rio and he makes the hot tag but ADR tags in Clay.

-Edge with the back slide on Clay and sets up for the spear but ADR sweeps the leg.

-Christian goes after ADR but is taken out on the barricade.

-Edge ducks the clothesline but Clay and hits the spear for the win!

Winner: Edge and Christian

 

Outside the ring ADR puts the arm breaker on Christian until Edge runs him off. Edge goes back to check on Christian by Del Rio comes back out and puts the arm breaker on Edge! The ref finally gets ADR off of Edge who tells Edge hits his destiny. Good push for this match as well. I liked the fact Edge and Del Rio didn’t actually get into it until the ring.

 

Another solid Sin Cara promo, this time with Aztec temples in the background.

 

The Miz and Riley in the back, they’ve turned the WWE logo in the back upside down.

 

Before anything else can happen we get an email. Cole has an iPad in his glass case. The GM wants to know if Lawler is ready for WrestleMania which a match tonight with Jack Swagger.

 

Video package on the Undertaker and Triple H is shown next. Good shit.

 

We are back from break and The Corre is in the ring.

 

The Corre vs. Big Show, Kane, Kozlov & Santino has been added to WrestleMania.

 

Santino w/Kane, Show, Kozlov & Tamina vs. Justin Gabriel w/The Corre

-Santino chant off the bat.

-Spin kick to Santino after the Slater distraction for a 2 count.

-Splits by Santino into the hip toss and the diving head butt.

-Kozlov sweeps Gabriel’s leg during the ref distraction which it breaks down at ringside.

-Cobra on Gabriel!!! 1…2…THREEE!

Winner: Santino

 

All four are in the ring and Santino has Big Show do the trumpet. Kane doesn’t look amused and stares down Santino but then goes into the trumpet as well for a big pop from the crowd. Funny.

 

Triple H does the walk in the back.

 

Some chick named Keri Hilson is doing America The Beautiful at WrestleMania. Never heard of her but at least it isn’t Justin Bieber or god forbid Rebecca Black.

 

The Undertaker makes his slow ominous way to the ring to a solid pop from the crowd. Right has Taker gets in the ring, Triple H’s music hits and he makes his way to the ring. Before HHH can spit out his water the gongs go off again and the ring goes black. The lights come back on and HHH and Taker are staring at each other in the ring. I have a feeling HBK’s music is about to hit….OH SHIT IT DOES!!! HAHA! Shawn Michael comes out looking as casual as ever in a tee with no sleeves and a beanie… come on Shawn! Crowd is eating this up hard as Taker and HHH stand just staring at each other and glancing over at HBK. “HBK” chant. Michael’s says he is sorry about interrupting but he didn’t want to miss this, he then shills their match, Taker and HHH. Shawn then says neither will be the same again after this Sunday and has one question “what makes you think you can do what I couldn’t” then looks at HHH. Another “HBK” chant. HHH says if he wants to know the truth, HBK got soft when being the showstopper or Mr. WrestleMania was more important. How you don’t have to win every night to be those things but he isn’t Shawn Michaels and that he HAS to win and he will win. HHH says 16 years ago he came into the WWE locker room and saw one guy that stood over them all, how HHH watched him come to the ring all busted up and still put his body on the line. How he learned that if he should pattern his career like anyone it would be Taker. How he respects Taker as much as HBK. Triple H said he and HBK made a promise to each other that when they noticed the other was past his prime they would tell each other and if they didn’t except it they would end it for him, because they respect each other. He said he came back after a year off for one reason only, to stand in front of Taker out of respect and hell him its time. How Triple H can see for Taker to bow out, how Taker will always be these things but that in 6 days he will no longer be undefeated at WrestleMania. Triple H says he’s the one to make Taker 18-1 and the streak as well as Taker will rest in peace. Taker finally takes the mic and says if he ever felt there was a time he needed to be put down he would want it to be HHH because that is the respect he has for him but he says it isn’t that time. How he knows HHH is going to kill himself trying but the streak will be alive and so will he. He says if he doesn’t want to take his word, to ask HBK. How HBK walks around as the guy who gave Taker 2 of his greatest matches of his career but he came up short and didn’t get it done. Now when he looks in the eyes of Shawn Michaels he doesn’t see the old HBK but a man he humbled. He sees a man that will go into the Hall of Fame full of regrets and a career he ended. HBK isn’t happy about this and goes to superkick Taker but he catches his leg and Taker goes to choke slam him but HHH stops him and gets in between them. HHH then tells HBK to tell Taker why he’s going to beat Taker at Mania but HBK stands and stares at Taker instead. The crowd breaks into “one more match chant” while HBK just gets out of the ring and leaves while HHH yells at him. HBK just looks back at him and says “I’m sorry”. Triple H them looks sad face as Taker smirks at him and tips his hat to him before he bounces. This was a really good segment that this match needed desperately.

 

Holy fuck I’m already tired and we haven’t even gotten to the Rock yet!

 

Jack Swagger w/Michael Cole vs. Jerry “The King” Lawler

-Lawler has different music, it sucks.

-Lawler goes for Cole with give Swagger the opening to hit the splash in the corner.

-Swagger takes Lawler to the outside and throws him over the barricade.

-Lawler comes back out with a steel chair that he hits Swagger in the back multiple times for the DQ.

Winner: Jack Swagger

 

Lawler then goes after Cole but he goes into his cage. Lawler takes the chair to the cage and tries to jump over but Cole’s security hold him back. Lawler takes Cole’s face in the face before the security pull him away. Crazy how this is the hottest build up thus far for this ppv.

 

Vicki Guerrero comes out and puts on John Morrison’s glasses and gets his intro with pyro, music and slow mo! Haha Vicki then comes into the ring and delivers her signature line before saying she is going to do to Snooki the same thing she did to Morrison. She then laughs like the Million Dollar Man. Ziggler then comes out.

 

Dolph Ziggler w/Vicki & United States Champion Sheamus vs. Daniel Bryan & John Morrison

-Sheamus come out pounding on Morrison.

-Morrison goes for the flash kick but Sheamus catches him and hits the back breaker.

-After the break, Sheamus is covering Morrison for a 2.

-Morrison makes the hot take to Morrison who comes out hitting hard and gets the LaBell Lock on Ziggler until Sheamus breaks it up and makes the tag.

-Sheamus gets a 2 count on Bryan.

-Bryan misses the dropkick in the corner and gets hit with the high cross for the pin…

Winner: Sheamus & Ziggler

 

Well that was bullshit unless you’re having Bryan go over at WrestleMania. If not you just gave away that match.

 

Orton in the back icing his leg. New commentator dude asks if Orton will make it to WrestleMania. He says he has serious anger management issues and ruined careers because he could. He has never hated anyone more than CM Punk. He said his question should be if CM Punk will make it out of WrestleMania.

 

The final inductee for the Hall of Fame is THE ROAD WARRIORS AND PAUL ELLERING!

 

Trish Stratus and Snooki as some bar when Josh is asking them questions. Some dude tries to hit on them but she gets pushed aside. Snooki is drunk but says she is being trained by Trish. This dude wants to get out of here but this dude ends up getting smacked by Snooki the hard way. Josh puts over the match but then cuts back to this bar where LayCool now show but and the brawl is out which a bunch of duds egging them on.

 

We’re back from break and Rock is in the guerilla position. A “Rocky” chant build before he comes out to the ring to a big ol pop! (might have taken a little steam out of people by showing the Rock too early). Crowd keeps cheering and chanting “Rocky” but he finally gets to “Finally….” which the Chicago crowd eats up. He says this is where it all started for the Rock. This was where his first WrestleMania was and he admits to being nervous that night. He said that night he decided to bring it. He then goes on and on about Team Bring It but they eat it up and leads to another “Rocky” chant. He said he has a dream and it was to come to the ring and call out John Cena. “Cena sucks” chant! He calls Cena a homeless Power Ranger and Vanilla Ice while telling us how it went down on in his dream. Rock does his “millions…” and Chicago is heavily on his side. Smiley faced John Cena comes out and runs into the ring. Rock is eye fucking him while Cena just circles and keeps smiling. Cena is getting booed hardcore here, you can barely hear anything positive for this fucker tonight. Cena says this is what he wanted, Rock in a WWE ring. Cena says this is where Rock belongs, he then looks around and asks Rock if he hears the people. Cena brings up opening up his mouth about Rock leaving but he wanted him back for moments like this. Fool is now kissing Rock’s ass… Cena brings up being brought up like a celebrity roast and how that means you’re in. He says what he said had meaning and merit. Another “Cena sucks” chant. Cena says he wanted to know what problem the Rock had with him. Cena said his color he wears, how he was brought up and says hustle, loyalty, respect was crap and how his audience is kids. Cena admits it and says he’s proud of it but still gets booed. He then gets all serious about how he’s worked his tail to the bone and how the hell the Rock is?! He says he walks down to the ring as himself and some like it and some don’t but he doesn’t try to change their mind and he is going to be judged one day but not by the Rock. Rock then says that the good lord will judge him but wont save from getting his ass whooped. Cena says he’s talked to Rock like a man and if he wants a fight, Cena then drops the mic but then we get The Miz’s music. He and Riley come down to the ring all dressed up. Miz says really this is going to be, he calls them the O Brothers, overhyped and overrated. Haha Miz says last week he owned Cena and that he is going to lose at WrestleMania but says Cena will come for a fight not like the Rock. He calls him Rocky and says he knows a secret and that Rock isn’t going to do nothing tonight. Miz then brings up how much his moneys have made and how he isn’t going to risk getting beat up and embarrassed by him. He says he can do it because he is the WWE Champion and that Rock wont do anything because he is the Miz and he is awesome. Rock tells Miz it doesn’t matter what he thinks and Miz and Riley beat up on the Rock!!! Rock fights back and takes out Riley first! DDT by Rock on Miz!!!! THE PEOPLES ELBOW!!! He sends Miz to the outside and Cena is back in ATTITUDE ADUSTMENT TO THE ROCK!!! Huge boo’s from Chicago as Cena points to his purple wristband and bounces up the stage to point at the WrestleMania logo on the stage.

 

This was an AWESOME episode of RAW! Although there wasn’t a lot of matches it pushed the WrestleMania matches like it should. The Taker/HHH promo was solid with HBK being a nice touch and this last segment was perfect, yeah Rock didn’t get his on Cena but that is what they are going to make us pay for! It makes people want to order this show even more so because they know Cena isn’t getting away with this. Great go-home show and really brought home the fact that you MUST order WrestleMania 27!

… I am a little afraid that WrestleMania or the RAW after it will end with Cena and Rock all huggy kissy still…

 

02-28-11 WWE RAW REVIEW

February 28, 2011

For those who hadn’t heard, The Rock posted on his Facebook page that he would have a  response to Cena’s “rap” from last week. Also included in the post was a picture of a boot standing over Cena merch. I figure this will be a pre-tape.

The show starts off with Triple H’s music, he comes out to the ring to talk about last week. Josh Mathews and Jerry Lawler on commentary, go Josh! He mentions that it is official, its Taker vs. HHH at WrestleMania.

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Shawn Michaels. Period.

September 18, 2010

Mr. Showstopper graces his fans with answers to a myriad of questions. Nothing here is too surprising…it’s just great to hear some honest answers and know what’s up with one of the greatest of all time. Enjoy.

Jim Ross hypes up tonight’s 900th episode of RAW and more

August 30, 2010

As usual Jim Ross drops another gem in his latest blog post. He discusses his excitement for tonight’s 900th episode of RAW. Here are just a few highlights of many:

The Best Feud

“The guttural, intense heat generated with the Austin-McMahon rivalry. It made stars of both Stone Cold, the anti hero, Mr. McMahon, the antagonist, and helped make RAW the Monday night TV destination for millions. For my money, RAW never had a better rivalry than Austin-McMahon.”

The Greatest Stable

“DX…which helped launch HHH, re-invent HBK and made stars of Billy Gunn, Road Dog, and Chyna. Every one came along at the right place at the right time with the right presentation for their persona’s in a male friendly 18-34 demo. To me, this faction was as good as it gets and ranks in the same breath with the Horsemen.”

The Rock

“The explosion of The Rock who Hollywood discovered and away the Great One went to become a major player on the silver screen. Rock’s verbal skills and ‘look’ set him a part and captivated the imagination of film makers and fans the world over. The Rock was a once in a life time athlete/personality in the mat game….a natural entertainer.”

He also gives a nice tribute to just how great the Undertaker is.   Head on over to JR’s blog to read that nugget of praise and respect and more.

Will The Nexus get Spirit Squad’ed?

August 30, 2010

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

~ Philosopher and novelist, George Santayana, 1905

In January 2006, five relatively unknown wrestlers were put together by the WWE and were called the “Spirit Squad”. They feuded with the likes of John Cena, Shawn Michaels and Triple H, who ‘were’ the main event faces of that era. They were endorsed on-camera by Vince McMahon and were heavily featured on Monday Night Raw every week.

They didn’t necessarily put the wrestling world on notice or turn the industry on its head, but they did create a necessary heel presence for the faces to battle on Raw. The Spirit Squad was an entertaining faction of young athletic guys who worked well as a unit. Sound familiar? They carried the spirit of Vince McMahon but also possessed youth and athletic ability to hang with Shawn Michaels and other established main event wrestlers in the ring. A feud with Vince McMahon was considered old news and the Spirit Squad provided the WWE audience with someone new to hate.

Nine months later The Spirit Squad was disbanded and literally shipped off to OVW. Yep, that’s right. Nine months. On November 27, 2006 DX and Ric Flair defeated the Spirit Squad in a three on five handicap match and then shipped them off in a container with an “OVW, Louisville, Kentucky” label.

In my opinion, the Spirit Squad could have gone on to do bigger and greater things. Kenny, Johnny, Mitch, Nicky, and Mikey were not the greatest workers but a few of them had decent upsides that warranted steady to great careers if they were utilized to their potential by the WWE.

With the exception of Nicky, who is now Vicky Guerrero’s disco stick, Dolph Ziggler, the rest of the Spirit Squad are no longer with the WWE. This leads me to the question of:

Will The Nexus get Spirit Squad’ed?

First, let me present to you the definition of being “Spirit Squad’ed”:

On June 7, 2010 The Nexus premiered on Raw in big fashion. They destroyed the ring area and practically obliterated the number one guy in the company, John Cena. At that moment, the WWE became cool again. Old wrestling fans who have become disinterested suddenly became interested again. Many pundits saw the first horrifying acts of the Nexus as the second coming of the nWo. The angle was instantly white hot and it would only become hotter.

On August 15, the Nexus were part of the main event of Summerslam. Seven relatively unknown wrestlers co-headlined a major WWE pay per view with six of the biggest names of the wrestling business not named Undertaker or Rey Mysterio. The match was booked very well and the Nexus looked strong for the most part. However, conventional wisdom prevailed and John Cena was the last man standing for the forces of good and the crowd was sent home happy.

The next day on Raw, the angle took a step back in my opinion when John Cena verbally buried The Nexus one wrestler at a time. The Nexus wrestlers were featured in singles matches. Michael Tarver, Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater barely won their matches via questionable tactics. Only Skip Sheffield, David Otunga and Wade Barret looked somewhat formidable. The Nexus kicked Darren Young out of the stable for losing his match to Cena. That put their numbers down to six members. Skip Sheffield then broke his leg at a house show in Hawaii, which will probably be explained on tonight’s episode of Raw.

Where does the Nexus go from here? It’s only been two and a half months and The Nexus has lost a little bit of steam. The original group of eight members is now down to five. To rebound from that set back and to move a step forward, The Nexus need to start gaining titles. I hope that before their run is over The Nexus holds every title in the WWE at the same time at least once. It has to be done. There’s not a single wrestler in the WWE that needs to hold a title right now more than the Nexus wrestlers do.  The Miz and Randy Orton’s pushes to the WWE Championship can be postponed for a moment so that Wade Barret can lead the way with the WWE Championship belt around his waist.

Seeing every title in possession of the Nexus would keep the angle hot and overall story of Raw so much more compelling. It would be a shame to not to see all the Nexus standing on one side of the ring in a Survivor Series match in November. How interesting would the Royal Rumble be if the majority of the Nexus were in the ring at the same time? The opportunities to get the Nexus over are endless and I hope the WWE sees that they have a plethora of options in front of them. Unfortunately, history proves that the WWE will just abandon and disband the stable once John Cena or a returning HHH ultimately destroys them.

The Spirit Squad lasted nine months before they were wiped off the face of the WWE landscape. The Nexus are two months in and are still very much the focus on Raw. I see a lot of Nexus t-shirts scattered among the crowd on Raw broadcasts. Also there were quite a few Nexus t-shirts being sported last month at Summerslam Axxess in Los Angeles. For every positive sign that the WWE will continue to push The Nexus angle, there’s always that lingering feeling that Vince and company will inexplicably screw the angle up.

The Nexus is the WWE’s chance to learn from its past mistakes and to entertain its fans with something truly new and different. We’ll see what direction the WWE is willing to go tonight and in the months ahead.

Ric Flair on MMA, his Wrestlemania Retirement Match and more

June 6, 2010

Ric Flair speaks about MMA, the “real” Ric Flair, wrestling again for TNA, his Wrestlemania retirement match with Shawn Michaels and more  in an interview with Mirror.co.uk.

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Super Fresh Accoutrements: Shawn Michaels Tribute T-Shirt

April 13, 2010

There’s really no better way to express your appreciation for Shawn Michaels’ brilliant career than to sport this t-shirt.
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Hayabusa Weekly Wrap Up

April 5, 2010

The guys at Fighter Haybusa recap WrestleMania, the MITB winner and more…

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03-28-10 WRESTLEMANIA 26 RESULTS

March 28, 2010

The show starts with three F1’s going over the arena. Damn, way to pull out the stops here!

Fantasia does the Star Spangled Banner and doesn’t fuck it up.

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