Monday, October 29, 2007

Raw Report

Date: 10/29/07 from Philadelphia, PA.

The Big News: Still no Chris Jericho. Sorry, people.

Show Analysis:

The show began with a Halloween Battle Royal featuring Mickie James, Maria, Torrie Wilson, Victoria, Extreme Expose, Melina, Jillian Hall and Michelle McCool. All of the women wore their outfits from last night, except Torrie who wore an Eagles jersey rather than a Redskins jersey. Wearing the jerseys of two rival teams on consecutive nights isn’t the way you get over a face with either city.

Victoria had trouble in her sumo outfit, which was played for comedy. It came down to Victoria, Torrie and Kelly Kelly. Torrie hit a football tackle on Victoria. Torrie and Kelly dumped Victoria. Kelly then eliminated Torrie to win. Beth Phoenix came out and laid out Kelly after the match.

Shawn Michaels came out and said he wants a rematch with Randy Orton. Vince McMahon joined him and accused Shawn of wanting to take Orton out. Shawn admitted this was true, because Orton tried to prevent him from leaving wrestling on his own terms. Vince apparently made Shawn vs. Orton for Survivor Series. Shawn then went to hit the superkick, but missed. They were smart enough not to pretend it hit, and Shawn instead acted like he was just showing he could have hit him. This segment didn’t work, thanks to poor writing and hammy overacting by Vince.

Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes beat Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas. The only reaction to this match was chants of Y2J. The heels worked over Holly, who made the tag to Cody. Cody hit a DDT for the pin. Even though I don’t think this storyline works in 2007 for reasons I’ve mentioned previously, they have executed the story and built it along very well.

Beth Phoenix backstage said she is not sorry about what happened to Candice, and that she is glad to have crushed Candice’s dreams. This was a good promo. Mickie and Trevor Murdoch then had a conversation where Mickie thanked him for helping her last week. Lance Cade came in and said Mickie is out of Trevor’s league. Cade told Trevor to keep his focus. They were teasing a Murdoch face turn.

William Regal was worried about injuries, and questioned Vince about Umaga and Randy Orton vs. Triple H. Vince said HHH is personal and different than other wrestlers whose health he cares about. Vince then told Hornswoggle that he needs to learn to fight for himself, and to hate others.

Hornswoggle beat Coach. Mick Foley was the referee. They did a bunch of old midget match spots. Coach attacked Foley and brought a chair into the ring. Foley stopped him, and Hornswoggle used Socko to the testicles. He then hit the frog splash for the pin. Backstage, HHH said the odds may be against him, but he always has a trick up his sleeve.

Lance Cade beat Paul London. London hit a crossbody off the top and huracanrana. Murdoch was moving towards London, but Brian Kendrick took him out with a plancha. In the ring, Cade hit a sit down power bomb for the pin. This was a good short match, which is pretty much the standard with London and Kendrick. The Highlanders attacked London and Kendrick after the match to send a message.

Jeff Hardy and D.H. Smith beat Carlito and Mr. Kennedy. Jerry Lawler said D.H. stands for Davey and the Hart Family. The heels worked over Smith, who hit the enzuigiri on Kennedy and made the hot tag. Jeff came in with the whisper in the wind, twist of fate, and swanton on Carlito for the pin. This was good.

Santino came out and said he had a complaint with the travel department, because they prevented him from going to Cyber Sunday to confront Steve Austin. They teased Austin would come out, but instead Santino appeared on the screen with a fake bald head. Maria then came out and told Santino that Austin would be on Raw next week. Santino didn’t believe this. Santino is great. They concluded the diva search. The fans booed both. The girl who can’t complete a sentence lost.

Umaga and Randy Orton beat Triple H via DQ. The heels beat down HHH for a while, and then Shawn ran in out of the blue for the DQ. This was really dull and ridiculously predictable. I was expecting they had a much better conclusion planned. Vince said DX will return next week.

Final Thoughts:

This show was average. The wrestling was generally good, but it felt like there was an awful lot of talking. The show built well until the lame finish. It’s kind of troubling that next week they’re building around Steve Austin, Vince McMahon and DX. That combination is beyond stale.


Anonymous the masterbater said...

Again, I read and I see that Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes beat the World's Greatest Tag Team. He beat him by using a DDT. I mean serously this has to be a joke? Why don't Shelton and Haas quit and go to TNA. I don't watch TNA but the way it is looking for them they might as well and have some dignity.

7:16 AM  
Anonymous tyson kaethler said...

Why don't Shelton and Haas quit and go to TNA. I don't watch TNA but the way it is looking for them they might as well and have some dignity.

And a smaller pay check.

I don't know if you noticed Todd, but Jeff Hardy was getting some noticeable boos tonight. Wasn't the city they were in Philly? The crowd seemed to just be crabby all night, I'm assuming because they wanted Jericho. But still, I can't remember Hardy getting boo'd in years.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Todd Martin said...

I wasn't sure what to make of the booing. I thought it might have been more directed at Smith, but wasn't really sure so I didn't address it.

12:52 PM  

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