Reviewing the #RAW1000 #aftermath

From the Game to the Rock, from the Pain to the Big Show.  WWE #RAW1000 was an amazing show from bell to bell.

Or was it?

The opening segment with (almost) every single member of the original D-Generation X crew in the ring was entertaining, and it helped bring a little heat and conflict with Damien Sandow’s intervention.  But only having the Super Kick into the Pedigree while three other wrestlers could have each hit their finisher was a way of saying to the fans “This is who matters in this business, and this is who doesn’t.”



WWE Champion CM Punk meets Money in the Bank winner John Cena tonight.

Who cares?

Don’t get me wrong, it’s fitting that the company’s top prize gets a title defense on a landmark show, but there are so many other things going on tonight that it’s hard to imagine that this match will be overlooked with the slew of WWE Legends and Superstars that will surely come down the ramp.

And what about the wedding?  Daniel Bryan and AJ tie the wrestling knot tonight.  But what does Kane have to say about that?  Or, if you haven’t noticed from the AJ/Bryan v. Eve/Miz matchup last week, what does Miz have to say?

Oh, don’t forget that tonight WWE plans on announcing a new RAW General Manager.

Tonight’s RAW is the first 3-hour (regularly scheduled) show. Skeptics are saying this won’t last.  They also said years ago that RAW could never survive as a 2-hour show, either.  Wrestling fans that buy tickets to see shows are there for a 7-o’clock start – for the most part – and are usually treated to a post-RAW dark match show anyway.  I’ve had friends that have gone to RAW shows ask me when the show went off the air Tuesday morning, and ‘net rag sheets usually share the post-show matches.

John Cena will cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase tonight.  The Big Show will somehow cause Cena to lose.  Stone Cold will stun Heath Slater.  And the Undertaker will say nothing.

But we’ll see a lot of ugly wrestling fans thanks to Tout.


I am a wrestling fan

I am a wrestling fan.  

Since Bob Backlund lost the WWF World Championship to the Iron Sheik.  Since Ric Flair first defeated Harley Race for the NWA World’s Heavyweight Wrestling Championship.  My first live wrestling show was the NWA Bunkhouse Stampede held at the Nassau Coliseum in 1988.

I am a wrestling fan.

I’ve seen great shows, not-so-great shows, injuries, title changes.  I’ve been shocked, entertained, bored.

I am a wrestling fan.

I worked for several independent wrestling companies, most recently Victory Pro Wrestling, because I enjoy the other side of the curtain.

I am a wrestling fan.

And as a wrestling fan, I find other fans to be hostile against the product.  I recently found myself on a Facebook wrestling group page, and after that week’s RAW show, which was a pretty decent show that week, all everyone could do was trash the product.

I don’t get that.  I love wrestling, and I am always interested in seeing other product.  I watch WWE shows, try to watch TNA programming, and scour the web to see matched from other companies and countries.  I don’t like everything I see, and I can be critical, but some of the fans I see take it so personal, as if Vince McMahon were betraying them personally.

Do fans of Rookie Blue curse up a storm when their favorite character gets shot at and then bash everyone involved with the show’s production and writing teams? I don’t think so.  Why do wrestling fans get so angry, then?

Being a ring announcer, I do admit I have a slight understanding and insight as to what may be happening in the show, but I try to keep my knowledge of the overall programming to a need-to-know basis.

Because even as a ring announcer, I am a wrestling fan.  I like to be enjoyed by wrestling shows.

But Lord help me if John Cena wins the WWE Championship on Monday’s 1,000th RAW.