August 31, 2010 Leave a comment
Normally, when the WWE has an anniversary show of Raw, whether it be a 5-year, or hundredth episode, they have a 3 hour show, fill it with cross-branded matches that people want to see, throw in some memorable clips from the previous episodes, have some interviews reminiscing about the past, and then end it with a pretty good main event. That was not the case last night. There was very little in last night’s episode that I didn’t have a problem with. We’ll start at the beginning.
Kane confronts Bret Hart; Undertaker saves Hart; GM states that it will be Undertaker vs. Hart.
Hart comes out, and talks about this being the 900th episode, and how it’s amazing that Raw has lasted this long. He also mentions that besides him, the only other person still around from the first episode is the Undertaker. Now let me just stop things right there. I know that this was just a segue to get the Undertaker/Kane feud onto Raw for the night, but “still around,” while technically correct, isn’t the best way to put that. I don’t feel like compiling the actual statistics, but I’d bet that there are several guys on the roster that have been on more episodes of Raw than Hart has been. Yes, he was on the first show, but he’s hardly hung around for all 900 episodes.
So anyways, the mention of the Undertaker brings out Kane, and he says that the Undertaker hasn’t been the same since he took out an icon at Wrestlemania. Kane says he’s going to take out an icon himself, Bret Hart. He attacks Hart, then fights off the Hart Dynasty. Eventually, the lights go off, and Undertaker appears. Kane leaves. The GM sends an e-mail saying that it would be Hart fighting the Undertaker later on. I never actually thought this match would happen because Hart can’t really wrestle, but I’ll get to that later on.
The Miz & Alex Riley def. Daniel Bryan & Kaval and Kofi Kingston & Michael McGillicutty.
This was actually a triple threat tag match, in which 3 people were in the ring at the same time. All-in-all it was an okay match. I didn’t really like The Miz pinning Kaval pretty cleanly, but whatever. The match accomplished its goals: bring publicity for the final three on NXT, and keep the feud between Daniel Bryan and The Miz going. Maybe had this match happened later in the show, I wouldn’t have been left with such a negative attitude about the show. However, it was early, and the memory of it was buried by the crap still to come.
Melina & Eve def. Lay-Cool by pinfall; Lay-Cool challenges Melina.
Recently, WWE had been doing better about giving the Divas more time to wrestle on Raw. But that would be forgotten tonight. Hell, there wasn’t even a tag made. There’s no point in having a tag match if a tag is never made. Melina pinned Layla with a surprise roll-up. After the match, Lay-Cool challenged Melina to a unification match against one of them. Melina agrees but makes it a Lumberjill match. I like the thought of unifying the titles if it means getting rid of the Divas title, but why would Lay-Cool make the stipulation that only one of them would be in the match. They’re both Women’s champions, why not both of them? The heel team should not present a level playing field for the face.
R-Truth & John Morrison vs. Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre ended in no contest.
This match was to determine the #1 contender for the tag titles at Night of Champions, and this match never really got started. The ref (Goose) couldn’t restore order, and get the illegal competitors out of the ring, so he called for the bell. Both teams brawled for a bit, with Truth and Morrison getting the upper hand. I have to ask why bother with a match? Why not just have a backstage attack? It’s not like by making it a match without a winner does anything that a backstage attack wouldn’t have done.
Undertaker vs. Bret Hart ended in no contest; Nexus attacks Undertaker.
Of course this match never really happened. Was there any doubt about that? Wade Barrett came out and complained that he should be in the match facing the Undertaker. Taker quickly takes care of Barrett, then the lights go out for the first time. When they come back on, Kane is in the ring, and Hart is missing. They fight a bit, then the lights go off for a second time. When they come back on, Kane is gone. Nexus runs down to the ring, and surrounds the Undertaker. Taker is holding his own, then the lights go off for a third time. When they come back on, Barrett has Undertaker on his shoulders, then slams him to the mat. Just Gabriel adds a 450 splash. Undertaker tries to sit up, but does not have the strength to.
Okay, one lights going off thing is fine, two (considering there was one earlier in the show) is too much, and three is comically bad. Especially when the final one involves Nexus getting the upper-hand on Undertaker during his thing. There was just no need for it, and it made the segment seem much longer than it actually was.
Jack Swagger def. Evan Bourne by submission; Alberto Del Rio attacks Bourne.
Jack Swagger made Bourne tap out to an ankle lock. I would comment on more of the match, but I couldn’t really see it. In the middle of the match, Alberto Del Rio arrives in his Bentley, they show a split-screen of him arriving and the match. Not being much of a Smackdown viewer, I found this very stupid. Surely they could have thought of a better way introducing him to the Raw audience other than interrupting a match that at least had the potential to be good. Del Rio attempts to injure Bourne like he did Mysterio, but eventually, Mark Henry ran out for the save. Unfortunately, Henry was back in his red outfit. Uhg.
Big show confronts Straight Edge Society.
CM Punk and his group come out, and talk about some of the past indescrestions on Raw. This was essentially an excuse for them to show more clips from previous episodes. Punk then shows a clip from Smackdown where Brock Lesnar suplexed Big Show through the ring. Punk takes the opportunity to call Big Show fat. Big Show comes out and mocks Punk for using a fat joke, when there are other things in Big Show’s past that he can make fun of them about, which Big Show lists. Big Show eventually attacks SES, ending this boring, pointless segment.
Nexus def. Randy Orton, John Cena, Sheamus, Edge & Chris Jericho in a 5-0n-5 elimination match.
This match was alright. It was essentially the same group that fought at Summerslam, minus Hart, Bryan, Young, and Sheffield. Jericho immediately got himself counted out. Edge immediately got himself disqualified. Sheamus tried to go it alone and was pinned by Heath Slater. Cena eliminated Slater with an Attitude Adjustment and David Otunga with and STF. Immediately after letting go of the STF, Cena was hit with a 450 splash from Gabriel, and was pinned. Orton came in and eliminated Gabriel and Michael Tarver with RKOs, but was eventually slammed by Barrett. Nothing else to really say about it.