Raw 3/1/10

Shawn Michaels is feeling unsure of himself because his peers backstage are questioning his ability to beat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania.  He challenges anyone to come say it to his face.  Triple H comes out, and reassured Michaels that he can beat Undertaker, and that his peers aren’t saying anything because they have no peers.  Triple H also informs him that they are going to invoke their rematch clause and regain the tag belts, and since they won’t have to defend them in 30 days, the day after Wrestlemania, DX will celebrate and defend them.  In the match, things did not go as planned.  Michaels was distracted by Undertaker being on the TitanTron, and Michaels gets rolled up.  Triple H comes over to Michaels, but is brushed off and Michaels leaves.  This leaves Triple H to get attacked by Sheamus.

Bret Hart comes out with his leg in a cast, and on a crutch.  After some back and forth between him and Vince McMahon about McMahon being a liar, McMahon tries to get Hart to accept a match at Wrestlemania.  Hart reminds Vince that he’s injured, so Vince kicks the crutch out from under Hart, causing Hart to fall.  This angers Hart enough that he accepts the match for Wrestlemania, pleasing McMahon.

Batista and Cena had a confrontation in which Batista goes on a tirade about how all he cares about is being champion and getting paid.  This of course angers Cena, who is all about pleasing the fans.

Rest of the show.

  • Randy Orton def. Ted DiBiase by DQ. Cody Rhodes ran in, cause DiBiase to be disqualified.  Orton was able to beat them both back, causing Rhodes and DiBiase to retreat.
  • Jack Swagger def. Santino by pinfall, Money in the Bank Qualifying match. This was a squash.
  • MVP def. Zach Ryder by pinfall, Money in the Bank Qualifying match. Another squash.
  • Eve def. Maryse, Kelly Kelly, Gail Kim, Jillian and Alica Fox by pinfall.  Okay, I didn’t see who Eve got the pinfall on, and WWE.com does not have the info either.  This was the only match set up by the guest hosts.  Also, I remember this being introduced as a team thing on the broadcast.
  • This week’s Hall of Fame inductee was “Mad Dog” Vachon.

Closing thoughts

All of the segments ran too long.  All of the matches were too short.

  • The DX thing at the beginning of the show started going too long when Triple H actually suggests that they win the tag titles, and then just sit on them for a month.
  • Batista and Cena had a good thing going, but then Batista started repeating himself, and I lost interest.
  • The Hart/McMahon thing was going well, until they actually had Hart play injured.  So far, Hart has not won a physical confrontation with Vince since he’s been back, 0 for 3, with there being one time when Vince ran away.
  • The Cheech & Chong stuff was mostly boring.  Yes there were a few chuckles, but not enough to warrant them getting as much time as they did.  Next week, we have Criss Angel.  Dear God, when will this end?
  • As stated before, all of the matches were too short.  Normally, I can overlook match length if there is a decent amount of action in the match, but this wasn’t the case in either Money in the Bank match.  (Divas matches have been short for a long time anyways.)  With the Money in the Bank Qualifying matches, those are two guys that will compete for a chance at a Heavyweight title.  What Swagger and MVP did on Raw did not look like championship material.
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