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RAW:  How To Improve The Show In Ten Seconds
Monday, August 20th, 2007


The MWF web-site and email system is going through a conversion, so I figured I'd take notes of Raw from start to finish. . .

Was it nice to hear the voice of Tazz instead of Jerry Lawler on Raw this week.  Lawler has become so boring, stale and predictable over the years.  The show improved as soon as it opened hearing that, in my opinion. . .

Why not have Cena sell his Saturday Night's Main Event injury this week? Why can't a worked angle last longer than a week?  Or why not save the money angle for the go home Raw??  Wouldn't the injury angle have more heat if they kept Cena off TV instead of pointless, boring match with Snitsky??  Wouldn't Cena's big matches be of more value to the fans purchasing PPV's or going to live events if he didn't wrestle top guys on free television EVERY WEEK??

What are the odds that Vince McMahon could be the father of John Cena??  Or could my last name really be McMirade. . .

Another divas tag team match. . .wow, that's a first. . .it seems like the same divas tag team match that nobody cares about that they've found the need to book (or "write") for the past few years now.  The ladies would be much better served in small doses (if needed, at all).  Hopefully they won't find the need to drag down SummerSlam with a womens title match. . .

A television commercial for the new Halloween movie. . .I'll buy a ticket for that. . .

Rey Mysterio returns at SummerSlam. . .nice promo pieces put together by the WWE production team. . .I like the fact that neither Rey or Triple H have been on TV leading up to SummerSlam, you know, so the fans might want to pay to see their return.  I thought the then WWF dropped the ball back in 2002 for Triple H's return when they not only had him on TV before the big Royal Rumble PPV, but had him working actual matches.  That PPV did a monster buy rate for a few reasons, imagine if that was HHH's return for the first time since his May 2001 injury. . .

Candice Michelle has a new theme song, wow.  William Regal adds a divas battle royal to SummerSlam. . .that's going to add a lot of buys. . .maybe that's to get everyone ready for the $250,000 Diva Search that even less people will want to see.  What is the over/under that a diva is going to break a bone or get injured in the battle royal?  Well, at least this garbage was quick. . .the big post match angle has money written all over it. . .you might need change to break a dollar with it, but it's money nonetheless. . .

Umaga's going to be on the Cabana. . .he looks pissed. . .first the Jackass angle is dropped. . .then Jeff Hardy gets suspended so he misses out on the SummerSlam payday. . .I'd be pissed, too. . .

Do you think William Regal is shooting when he says "a divas battle royal, isn't it brilliant" on the cell phone??

Santino Marella at least has some life as a heel. . .it's an angle that is one step away from Heat, but that's better than his babyface push that was one step away from getting released. . .

King Booker challenges Triple H to come to the ring later for a coronation. . .don't. . .save it for the PPV, please.  What about Duggan?  Harley Race and Haku would come in for the payoff. . .

Vince and Coachman foreshadow Triple H's return to Raw tonight and the possibility he's his long lost son.  Incest city??  Here's Val Venis. . .I guess he'd be a better McMahon offspring than Leo Venis.  Daviri's all excited. . .how about putting him back with Kahli and Mark Henry to help get them over stronger??  Another Mr. Kennedy tease. . .too obvious??  We shall see. . .

Shelton Benjamin. . .how about giving this guy a push instead of wasting time on diva's that will never draw??  Cody Rhodes has looked pretty good since his debut. . .good to see they're selling Dusty's injury, saying he's at home (even though he's in the back).  I wonder if Cody knows what his big brother did in the back of Commissioner Von Johnson's SUV??  I think these guys got less time than the divas.  Ughhhhh. 

That SummerSlam theme song has helped build the excitement in the event, in my opinion.  The more mainstream music the better. . .

The crowd seems indifferent towards the tag title match, which is a shame with two teams that can go.  Cryme Time is trying to sell fans hats, I hope they don't try to take the Jackal's. . .

The big date. . .another angle that's going nowhere. . .Santino forgot Jillian's name. . .I'm sure he's not the first nor the last. . .

No Triple H on free TV before the PPV!  Yeah!  The fake Triple H looked a little like Gary Gold with a blonde wig. . .liked the angle with JR. . .

Jillian singing. . .time to change the channel. . .the Ron Simmons gimmick gets old after a couple of lines. . .

Does Carlito wearing his tights into the ring give away that he's going to wind up wrestling??  Will it be against Umaga??  Here comes Mr. Kennedy.  Umaga goes nuts over their issuing challenges.  That's what I looked like when Regal announced the battle royal at SummerSlam.  Now we have a top contenders match with Carlito and Kennedy. . .a rushed angle to get to SummerSlam. . .this highlights the lack of long term booking.  I really like an occasional match with two heels.  Great finish here, one that's usually done after a ref bump and two refs see different shoulders down.  Glad to see that the IC Title will be defended at SummerSlam, it's often forgotten, and the championships should always be focused.  Carlito is great, I'd like to see him get a bigger push.  Not only for his verbal and physical skills, but with the landscape being what it is around the business right now, he looks "well" with WWE's Wellness Policy. . .a lot of people are high on Kennedy, but I think there's tremendous upside in a well-booked (well-"written") Carlito. . .

It's 11:42PM and they went to the commercial break pushing Cena and Snitsky. . .please tell me that there's something else lined up for this show!

Only one Triple H returns video this week?  More from the date. . .alright, I'm ready for Snitsky.  The SummerSlam line-up has depth but isn't particularly good.  No Flair, Finley, Kane, Matt Hardy, etc,. but we have the diva's battle royal.

The undefeated Snitsky??  The undefeated Snitsky??  For what, the month of August??  It looks like big Gene could use some wellness from the policy. . .

Vince will be on ECW. . .that's a good thing, that show needs anything that can pump some live into it. . .

You have to give credit where credit is do. . .a lot of the "smart" fans take shots at John Cena as he's not a "good worker" in their opinion.  The man has carried both Khali and Snitsky to watchable matches. . .if that's not the sign of a good worker, I don't know what is. . .

I don't know what this show did to build interest for SummerSlam.  Cena would have been better off cutting a solo promo away from the crowd. . .let him work a dark match to let the fans go home happy, but he should have been selling the injury.  I'm not all that interested in Triple H's return, but I think the PPV will do more buys without him appearing on TV.  I like the idea of the triple threat IC Title match, but it could have and should have been built up over a couple of weeks, not ten minutes.  It would have had more interest and value that way.  The Diva's battle royal is a total turn-off to me. . .people can quence their t&a thirsts in a million different ways, it's been done to death in WWE and no longer has much impact. . .1999 was eight years ago. . .


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