RAW is most definitely my favourite show in WWE which is why no doubt the RAW recaps will be more religiously posted than the Smackdown ones but lately I’ve been doubtful about how good RAW will be but this week my prayers were answered in what I reckon was a pretty good show.
As mentioned in my first post here on the blog, it was time for the big WWE Draft where everything begins again. We kicked off with a huge RAW vs Smackdown battle royal. There’s nothing I love more than lots of men invading a small ring. It was a pretty good battle royal but I reckon it was kinda obvious who would win it. That honour went to Big Show and Kofi Kingston who knocked it out of the park for Smackdown. But, who would be the first draft pick?
OH MY GOD! John Cena to Smackdown! This was one draft that I don’t think anyone predicted. I wonder how it’ll work. I might actually tune in for Smackdown to watch him. Oh my gosh it’s so exciting. Nothing can ruin this excitement, I’m CERTAIN of it.
After that excitement, they’re sure to give us something good. Will it be a big match? HHH doing a new promo? Oh. It’s R-Truth. I’m
about as hyped for any appearance he makes as I am for the Royal Wedding. I’m sorry Truth fans but I can’t stand the guy. I think his wrestling is shoddy and his mic work just as bad. Anyway, Truth goes on a rant at the fans as he reckons it’s their fault that he did what he did last week. His theory is that the crowd egged him and Morrison on and, as a result, it’s all their fault. The crowd reacted to this in a very intelligent manner. I lie, they just kept
shouting WHAT?! This is perhaps the most annoying thing about WWE today. That WHAT?! chant has been around for so damn long now it’s not even funny. It’s annoying. Truth decided to play to this factor stopping several times throughout his promo to tell everyone how pissed off that chant makes him.
Then things got a little weird. Truth then started bitching that the fans did nothing for him that their dancing and rapping along didn’t get him any titles. He then turned to an imaginary child on the stage who he called “little Jimmy”. I figured the idea was to be menacing but he just looked stupid. CM Punk, however, knew how to nail the kid thing on the head and his spine-tingling rendition of Happy Birthday to Rey Mysterio’s daughter will always be implanted in my mind as one of the greatest heel moments in WWE history. Truth continued to mock Little Jimmy finally telling him to SHUT UP.
I’m thinking Truth is smoking more than just cigarettes. Luckily, John Morrison intervenes by attacking Truth. The crowd go mild. That’s not a typo. That’s literally the reaction I feel towards this entire feud. Morrison and Truth are awful.
Then it’s time for another draft match with Eve going head to head with Layla. I am loving the current LayCool storyline but I do find it
a bit sad that the pair are breaking up. I think they work brilliantly together and I hope this storyline ends in a great match and a reconciliation. Anyway, the match is pretty basic and Eve butchers most of her moves as per usual and Cole is sounding off all the way through it. Then, marking recent tradition, Cole interrupts the match. This I don’t agree with. I understand that they need to get Cole over and I think it’s been really successful but he can’t go interrupting Divas matches. It devalues even further the women on the roster. It’s clear to me that the Divas aren’t too impressed with this story and I hope it ends with Eve smacking Cole in the mouth.
Michelle ends up shouting abuse at Layla and Layla is distracted allowing Eve to pin Layla. Throughout this action, Cole blabs on. Even Layla looks pissed off he’s done it.
After Cole disappears, Layla confronts Michelle who yells that Layla has lost yet again. Layla goes crazy and beats on Michelle. It’s pretty darn cool and it’s nice to see the tables turning.
After that it’s time for another draft pick with Raw getting to choose.
We’re then offered another great Cody Rhodes promo who says that he will give Rey a send-off to remember. I think the way Cody’s character
has developed has been done really well and I was extremely sceptical of the Dashing persona but this has been well thoughtout and has just been worth every second of screentime.
Then it’s time for another match with Sheamus and Kofi Kingston going head to head. It’s an average match but does its job as Kofi wins getting a pick for Smackdown. But who could it be?
Ah yes. The one we were all waiting for. Already it seems to have given Randy new life and he looks genuinely excited about it. He’s grown a beard and everything.
Next it’s the match I’ve been dreading. Cole vs JR. I think this has been a fantastic angle but the match at Wrestlemania really put me off. Anyway, the match takes ages getting properly started and its clear the crowd are getting bored. Cole prances around the ring until the two men finally go at it. Neither Cole nor JR have much in-ring experience but they do the best they can. The problem is, JR is more of a brawler and ends up busting Cole’s lip! Swagger intervenes and beats on JR. Cole then demands Swagger takes off JR’s belt. I was slightly nervous that we were about to experience an on-screen rape but luckily, Cole just wanted to beat JR with it. Jerry Lawler saves the day and gets Swagger out of the ring. Cole is then whipped by Lawler. It’s a great
ending but perhaps we could’ve got to it a little faster.
Once Cole has ran away the Anonymous RAW General Manager beeps away. Josh Matthews (yum) takes to the podium to announce that the Lawler & JR vs Cole & Swagger match at Extreme Rules will now be a Country Whipping match. Should be interesting. I’m going to take a break from being hilarious for a moment to address those that are hating on JR for getting involved in this. JR is a legend in the business and I think it’s great they’re allowing him to take part. He has every right to be there and it makes for great progression in story. Unfortunately for JR though, it resulted in a busted knuckle.
Then we meet Miz backstage and Miz isn’t happy that the attention isn’t on him. If I was around Miz he’d receive a lot of attention. Mostly in his penis area. Miz says that he best not get drafted off RAW because, if he does, RAW would be cancelled within a month. The scary thing is, he may be right.
Next up is Randy Orton vs Dolph Ziggler or as I like to call them, Yum and Yummer. Dolph and his new haircut put up a pretty good fight against Orton but it isn’t enough as Orton hits the RKO to get two picks for Smackdown. But who will they be?
IT DOESN’T MATTER WHO THEY’LL BE! Sorry, I’ve always wanted to do that. Before we got to find out, CM Punk interrupted and thing suddenly take a homoerotic turn. CM Punk eyes Orton intently as he tells him that the two of them are going to get “nasty” on each other. My eyes and another body attachment suddenly prick up until I realise he meant their match at Extreme Rules. Gah, a boy can dream.
After the break it’s time to find out who the two picks for Smackdown are.
No surprises there really. The next match we’re offered is Wade Barrett vs Rey Mysterio. The match is actually pretty good and Rey picks up the win gaining RAW two draft picks. But, who will they be?
Teddy Long then makes an appearance to announce the main event. I like Teddy Long and I think it’s great that he’s been around for such a long while but I must admit, I think maybe it’s time for a new GM on Smackdown. Saying that, RAW has a computer so maybe they should focus on putting a face on that instead. Long announces a 6 man Tag Match where the winning team will win the final draft pick of the night for their show.
So, there we have it. The Miz, CM Punk and Alberto Del Rio vs John Cena, Christian and Mark Henry. It’s an interesting match in which The Miz gets the win over John Cena with the skull crushing finale. I must admit, I’m kind of glad John Cena is going to Smackdown. YEAH! I’m so excited. Anyway, it’s
time for RAW’s final draft pick. And who is it…
Ohhhh. Really? Oh man. Well, that sucks. What a waste. Now I feel like a right dick.
It certainly looks like CM Punk was happy as he planted a smacker on Alberto Del Rio!
Cena then beats on everyone and puts his RAW shirt back on. I guess Cena is sticking with RAW.
An interesting RAW which will make Extreme Rules feel more like a season finale than a PPV but I am excited for the dynamics on the two shows and how they’ll change. You can find the results of the Supplementary WWE Draft on WWE.com. The most interesting fact is perhaps that Cody Rhodes, Ted Dibiase and Randy Orton will all be on Smackdown together. Could we see the return of Legacy?
Xo – WB