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Raw Thoughts – A Tale Of Two Title Matches

Last night on Raw, they really moved forward with the top angles on the show. Whereas just a few weeks ago it seemed as if they were moving in slow motion, they’ve definitely kicked it into high gear. What’s intriguing to me is that they’re moving in completely different directions in the two title matches for Wrestlemania, which to me, is a positive.

On one hand, you have the super serious build of Triple H vs. Randy Orton. And on the other hand, you have the semi-humorous angle with John Cena, Big Show, and Edge.

I’m not in love with either storyline thus far, but I will give WWE kudos for not giving us the same build for both matches. But there are major issues here.

Last week, I commended them for giving Orton and HHH a reason to not have to touch each other. The next time they should touch each other would’ve been at Wrestlemania. We would get to see a few weeks of Orton throwing hurdle after hurdle at HHH, trying to make him break, and then we’d get the payoff at Wrestlemania. I didn’t watch all of Smackdown from last week, but as shown on Raw, they went a complete 180 on this. This is what happens when you change your stories. It was idiotic. Tonight, we had Orton at his house playing Brian Pillman, and Stone Cold Triple H breaking into the house and trying to kill Orton. Anyone who’s been watching WWE since 1997 thought they had already seen this before. I loved HHH’s intensity. But what now? What are we waiting for? We’ve seen them destroy each other already. It seems as if they’ll add a stipulation to the Mania match and I’d suggest a cage match, but they don’t usually do cage matches at Mania anymore.

When John Cena showed up on Smackdown and whispered into Vickie’s ear, I think everyone figured out where this was going. And I’m fine with that because we should be able to logically tell where things are going. I thought the work of all three guys with Vickie was really good on Raw, but it’s just such a silly storyline. Let’s think about this for a second. Eddy Guerrero’s widow is one of the most sought after women in WWE? And it doesn’t even matter that it’s Eddy Guerrero’s widow. That’s not really the point. It’s just that instead of fighting over someone with sex appeal, Edge and The Big Show will be feuding over someone who Triple H was making fun of because she was fat just a couple months ago. John Cena’s work was really good and Edge’s reactions were good too. At first I thought he should’ve gone after Show, but then again, who wants to fight that big dude?

I really enjoyed The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels promo to start off the show. Though we’ve seen Taker’s video before, it was still effective and I liked how Michaels interrupted him and didn’t let him get his “Rest in peace” line out. It’s really the one match I’m looking forward to. In fact, I’ve been looking forward to it since two years ago when they the great finish at the Royal Rumble.

I don’t really want to talk about the Money In The Bank angle because they didn’t do much to push it on this show, but by next week, we’ll should have all the competitors finalized. I’ll just say that it’s a match that is severely lacking right now. Adding Kofi Kingston did nothing to change that.

I’ll end with the Chris Jericho/Ric Flair angle. I’m still not convinced that Flair is going to be in the match with Jericho at Wrestlemania. I think he’d be better used as a second in that match. But who is going to be in that match? Roddy Piper? Ricky Steamboat? Jerry Lawler? Jimmy Snuka? Stone Cold Steve Austin? I guess we just have to wait and see. If it’s Austin, we have ourselves an interesting and star driven match. If it’s Steamboat, there’s intrigue because he’s one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, but he hasn’t wrestled in 15 years. If it’s Piper or Snuka, well, it becomes a throwaway. And if it’s Lawler, at least he’ll finally get his Wrestlemania match, but it will definitely be underwhelming.

That’s kind of the story with Mania 25 so far. It’s underwhelming. We have a few weeks left for them to change that, but I’m not really feeling it yet. And as Carlito used to say, “That’s not cool,” since I’m going to be there live in Houston.

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3 thoughts on “Raw Thoughts – A Tale Of Two Title Matches

  1. “And it doesn’t even matter that it’s Eddy Guerrero’s widow. That’s not really the point. It’s just that instead of fighting over someone with sex appeal, Edge and The Big Show will be feuding over someone who Triple H was making fun of because she was fat just a couple months ago.”

    And as has been shown a lot of times already, someone who can give wrestlers lots of influence and title opportunities. Edge won his last 3 titles because of Vickie.

  2. I get that, but at this point, we’ve seen it time and time again. Edge won how many titles without Vickie? Big Show won titles without Vickie. It is just beyond silly right now.

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