November 10, 2010

Monday Night Raw Review: Nov. 8/10

John Cena is in the ring to start the show. There's a podium with the Nexus logo on it. Cena reads a statement introducing Wade Barrett, who, along with Nexus comes to the ring. Barrett talks about his impending title reign a bit before addressing some issues from last week.

He tells Otunga he'll deal with him leading Nexus to Smackdown after he deals with Cena's refereeing last week. To recap, Cena was a guest ref in a tag match between Barrett, Otunga, Orton and Truth. Cena was trying to keep Orton in his corner and missed a tag from Otunga to Barrett. Cena forced Barrett out of the ring, thus missing an RKO on Otunga. He turned around in time to see Truth pinning Otunga and made the 3 count.

Barrett tells Cena to make the announcement that Barrett is the new WWE Champion.

Orton cuts them off. Long story short, there's 2 stipulations added to the match at SSeries. Pinfall or submission only, and Nexus is banned from ringside.

The main event for tonight is announced as Nexus vs. Team Orton (as chosen by the GM). Oh yeah, Cena's the ref, AGAIN.

Match 1: Eve and the Bellas vs. Maryse, Alicia Fox and Tamina

Apparently this match has something to do with soccer?

The Bellas switch places (again) and the fresh Bella wins.

Rating: 4/10. The wrestling was bad, and the soccer uniforms only made it worse. The significance of the uniforms is lost on anyone who doesn't follow soccer.

Backstage, Otunga is talking to the rest of Nexus before Barrett interrupts. Barrett tells Otunga he's facing Cena tonight.

Match 2: Hart Dynasty vs. Samoan Cryme Tyme

Wow, the Usos are actually wrestling. I'm shocked.

Kidd is down outside the ring and Smith is down inside the ring. Jey(?) with a splash off the turnbuckle for the pin.

Rating: 7/10. I'm glad they're finally pushing the only other tag team on the brand, but at the same time how can this go anywhere if they're only ever facing the Hart Dynasty?

Backstage with Randy Orton. Striker asks him about Team Orton and who he thinks will be on the team. He says he has no idea, but they'd better be the best of the best. In walks Miz. He says he's just talked to the GM and he's on the team.

In the Nexus locker room, we have Slater and Gabriel admiring their tag titles before Otunga comes in. Otunga says he's going to show how a leader really acts. He's going to beat Cena tonight.

Match 3: Goldust vs. DiBiase w/Maryse

Looks like Goldust is trying something different with his face paint tonight. I kinda like it.

Maryse grabs the $Million Title from ringside and tries to run off, but Aksana sprints out and stops her. They wrestles for the title before Aksana gets the upper hand and runs back up the ramp.

In the confusion, DiBiase gets distracted long enough for Goldilocks to roll him up for the victory.

Rating: 8/10. Great ring chemistry between these 2. I like that Maryse figured out she could get away with the title during the match. I mentioned that a while back. Glad they tried it but at the same time I'm glad it failed if that makes any sense.

Match 4: Otunga vs. Cena

Nexus walks out with Otunga, but quickly exit again.

Cena with an FU and STFU. Otunga taps.

Rating: 4/10. I understand why they had this match. Barrett is trying to humiliate Otunga by putting him up against his lackey. The point is essentially that Cena is a better member of the group than Otunga. That said, the match was terrible. Good concept, horrible execution.

Otunga is backstage with a bag of ice on his neck. Barrett joins him. Barrett basically calls Otunga an embarrassment, but he has a chance to redeem himself. Otunga is to take Nexus back to SD where he will face Edge. Oh, and if he doesn't beat Edge, he's done. Out. No longer Nexus and ergo against us.

Santino and Kozlov make their way to the ring, dressed like a couple of stereotypical British chaps (you know, to blend in). Their guest, all the way from "Irish Land" is Sheamus. Santino says that they got off on the wrong foot, and this tea party is to get them back on the right foot.

They have green tea and Ginger beer.

Sheamus says Santino isn't a bad guy, just misunderstood. He knew a guy like Santino back home. His only friend was a donkey and everyone called him the village idiot. But how can people call a donkey the village idiot?

Now, does Sheamus take his tea dark or milky?

Santino says that Sheamus has so much rage because he was either exposed to gamma rays or excluded from playing with the other kids when he was young. Santino won't do that. He won't exclude Sheamus, he won't treat him like a ghost.

Sheamus says he can't remember why he hates Santino, who can't remember either. Kozlov reminds him that Sheamus hates Santino because the latter beat the former in the "biggest upset in double double E history."

For added fun, turn this segment into a drinking game. Take a shot for every ginger reference.

Santino is shaking so much he spills tea on Sheamus, who flips the table over. Email from the GM.

There's a match coming up now.

Match 5: Sheamus vs. Santino

Kozlov has been banned from ringside.

Santino ducks out of the ring and gets partway into the crowd. Email again. Santino can get back in the ring and compete, or be immediately suspended.

He chooses to get back in the ring.

Santino gets himself disqualified with a low blow.

Rating: 5/10. For what it was, it was good. Santino is underrated on the mic and although not that skilled in the ring he can entertain.

Sheamus beats down Santino before John Morrison breaks it up. Morrison lays out Sheamus and helps Santino to the back.

Backstage with Cena and Barrett. Cena's watching WM highlights on a TV. Barrett asks Cena if he'd like to experience that again. All he has to do is raise Barrett's hand as the victor in 2 weeks.

Match 6: Orton, Miz, Danielson, Mark Henry and Truth vs. Nexus

I can tell you this right now: I want to see more of Danielson vs. Gabriel. They were great in the ring against each other.

Team Orton clears Nexus out of the ring as Otunga makes his way down.

Nexus is cleared out, Orton and Barrett are legal. Otunga distracts Cena long enough for Miz to hit Orton with the MITB briefcase and the Skullcrushing Finale. Cena, none the wiser, counts the pinfall and Nexus wins.

Rating: 6/10. There were some great pairings in there, but it turned into a bit of a clusterfuck. Nice reminder that Miz still has the MITB case.

That's the show for this week. Tune in next week for a 3 hour special edition of Old School Raw.

Average Match Rating: 5.7/10 (+0.1)

Match of the Night: Goldust vs. DiBiase

Overall Show Rating: 7/10 (+2)

Magic 8-Ball:

Goldust and DiBiase will face for the title at SSeries. Aksana will say something to the effect of Goldust cares more about that belt than he does about her.

The Usos will face the Hart Dynasty in a #1 contender match and win. Hart Dynasty will continue to crumble.

Otunga will turn on Nexus at SSeries.

John Morrison will explain his actions next week. He'll face Sheamus at SSeries.

Cena will continue being Cena. I can't say more than that.

That does it for this review. I'll have the feature post up this week. I'm thinking about renaming the blog, but I have no thoughts. I'm always open to suggestions so hit me up on Facebook or email me at

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