The fire, the big mouth, the return, and the problems
they came with

#RAW1001 started off with a bang. Well, more of a fire. The set caught ablaze, and it caused a delay in the show’s start, production of WWE’s secondary programming, and entrance to the arena for wrestling fans. But that’s not all.

A(braham) W(ashington) made a very loud commentary during a match about Kobe Bryant’s rape case. Really? When did anyone think that would be acceptable talk? How is he not suspended for his comment? I understand he’s supposed to be a “bad guy”, but that’s just tasteless. How many journalists have we seen in the past few years say something off color that cost them their jobs? How are rape victims not crying out against WWE demanding his termination?

Randy Orton returned. In an interview after RAW aired, he was asked about how it felt to return to the WWE. He commented about his (finger quotes) vacation. He said they threw a party when he came back, even lighting up the place in his honor, mocking the very real threat of the fire that almost cancelled the show. Really? He didn’t say, “My reckless actions put me in a position where I had to sit on the sidelines for a couple of months, and while I was unable to compete, I let down my fans.” Instead, he mocked his suspension and mocked reality. For what? A cheap pop?

If the writing team is giving their talent copy points, then they need to round up the problem children and have them gather around the table, let them know that they are to say only what’s on the pretty blue paper and not to deviate from script. However, if the writing team is telling guys like AW and Randy Orton to say what they’ve been saying, then maybe it’s time for a new writing team.

Wrestling fans aren’t stupid. If you have a guy they know is suspended mock the suspension, then they will see the whole process as a joke. Kids that want to be wrestlers will shoot up, thinking that when they work for the WWE that they may get slapped with a fine, but it’ll be okay. They’ll think it’s okay to mock rape.


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.