November 24, 2010

Monday Night Raw Review: Nov. 22/10

Hot off the heels of a decent Survivor Series, it's time for Monday Night Raw.

Nexus hits the ring after an intro package talking about Cena's actions.

Barrett says that Cena looked him in the eye and told him that he knew exactly what he was doing. That means 2 things. 1, he was willing to sacrifice his entire career for what he felt was right. 2, Barrett didn't have a fighting chance because Cena was never going to let him win.

He says that that's unfair. No referee is allowed to put his hands on a wrestler. Cena did just that. He pushed Barrett into an RKO. Barrett wants a rematch, this time with a neutral ref.

Email. The GM agrees that there is some truth to what Barrett has said. Therefore, Barrett gets his rematch tonight.

Barrett thanks the GM for the match and says he's allowed Cena to appear here tonight. He feels he owes it to Cena. Bullshit.

Cole stands up and introduces the newest member of the Raw announce team, CM Punk. I like him on commentary. Too bad this means he's out of the ring for a while.

Match 1: Sheamus vs.R Truth

This is a King of the Ring qualifying match.

Sheamus wins after a High Cross.

Rating: 6/10. The right man won, but I think it could have been better.

LayCool is trying to get into the arena. The dude with the clipboard tells them that the entrance is for Raw superstars only. He says sorry, not on the list. Apparently LayCool is going to cause him so much trouble. Natalya is here now. Dude asks if she knows LayCool. Natalya says she's never seen them before. They get locked outside.

Santino talking to Kozlov. Santino says they were so close to winning (were they watching the same match I was?). Kozlov says tomorrow is a new day, and they'll win next time. But what if tomorrow doesn't come? Tomorrow isn't guaranteed. Is there anything that can make him feel better?

Tamina is playing him a love song on the ukulele. Full on kiss now that leaves Santino speechless.

Josh Matthews bothers Randy Orton in his locker room. Orton basically commends Cena for doing what was right and how much he respects Cena. As for his rematch tonight, Barrett won't leave the arena as the champion.

Match 2: Ezekiel Jackson vs. Alex Riley

Another KoTR qualifier. It was supposed to be Zeke vs. Miz, but Mr. Mizanin is suffering from an anxiety attack. Miz has authorized Riley to qualify for him.

Ezekiel Jackson wins after hitting the Book of Ezekiel on Riley.

Rating: 5/10. Meh. Truth be told if I didn't know what happened later in the show I'd say we got ripped off but Jackson works.

We have Cena's farewell address now.

He just drones on for a while. I'll spare you the details. The only thing I like is that he's self aware enough to know he gets as much heat as he does cheers. That and he called himself an idiot.

Orton hugs Cena before he walks out of the arena.

Goodbye Cena. I won't be missing you. Now where did I put my corkscrew? I've got a bottle of champagne that needs opening.

Match 3: Ted DiBiase vs. Bryan Danielson

Brie (Nikki?) Bella comes out and leads Danielson to the ring. Lol at Punk calling Maryse "Maurice." Good times.

A bit of back and forth before Danielson locks in the LeBell Lock and DiBiase taps.

Rating: 6/10. Far too short. I wanted to see a LOT more from these two.

Match 4: Natalya vs. Alicia Fox

Alicia does not look good as a blond but that's beside the point.

Sharpshooter in the middle of the ring and Alicia is forced to tap.

Rating: 6/10. For a divas match this was alright. Glad to see Natalya winning.

Melina wishes Morrison luck before his match which is next. Before he leaves, she smacks his ass.

Match 5: Morrison vs. Tyson Kidd

Starship Pain by Morrison and he picks up the victory.

Rating: 6/10. It was decent and Morrison looked good, but it was a little short. For two fairly athletic and agile guys, there could have been a lot more action.

Match 6: Orton vs. Barrett, WWE Championship

Before Orton even makes it to the ring, Nexus beats him down. He does eventually make it to the ring and the match starts.

Both men are getting some shots in before Cena comes in and ruins it by attacking Barrett. Of course he pulled the ref out of the ring to stop the pin count as well.

Here comes Nexus, thank God. they take care of Cena and the match continues. Barrett walks right into an RKO and Orton retains.

Rating: 4/10. We got ripped off here. Cena should not have been involved. On a related note, shouldn't the ref have called the match as soon as he came to after Cena pulled him out?

Here comes Miz.... and he's cashing in!!!

Match 7: Miz vs. Orton, Miz cashes in

Orton still limping and the men take a bit of time before Miz takes the first shot. Some great back and forth action. Orton with a big powerslam and he starts hunting for the RKO. Epic counter into the Skullcrushing Finale. MIZ WINS! MIZ WINS! MIZ WINS!

Rating: 8/10. Great work from both guys. Jakob I know you're bitching about this but quite frankly, it's what heels do. They take opportunities like this. Get used to it.

Average Match Rating: 5.9/10 (+0.3)

Match of the Night: Miz vs. Orton

Overall Show Rating: 8.5/10 (+0.5)

Magic 8-Ball:

All Hail King Sheamus
The Age of Awesome will not end any time soon
Natalya vs. Beth is impending

That's it for this edition of Raw. Next week will be my coverage of the KoTR 3 hour Raw. I'll have my rant on squash matches up sometime tomorrow night.

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