Thanks for stopping by for some quick thoughts on Monday night's RAW from Manchester, England. Tally ho....sorry about that but I couldn't resist or think of a better segue....
Any way one slices it...or smokes it...see what I did there...BBQ reference...watching any program for three hours that has 15 commercial breaks is challenging for those of us who have short a...uh.....
RAW had its moments from Manchester but 15 commercial breaks is a major issue unless the content has 16 segments of red hot content which is impossible to create.
Trust me, it is impossible to produce 16 really good to great segments of TV wrestling in todays market with today's talents performing under today's rules of engagement.
The closing segment of the show was compelling in my eyes. Several new 'players' got to make it to the magical last segment of Raw which has served many of the biggest manes in the business well.
So, I liked that some new bodies were involved in what is generally perceived as the money segment of the broadcast.
Now let's see who takes the ball and does more than they are asked to do and pushes and shoves to the front of the line.
Paul Heyman is the best promo guy in the business.
With that said, why did I find his delivery funny when Happy Heyman's cast as a major villain who is menacingly telling the world that he's coming back with a vengeance to gain retribution or worse against one of the fan's favorites (Punk)?
Did I miss something here?
CM Punk and Daniel Bryan...who, seemingly, have figuratively invited themselves to the WWE 'prom' and then became unlikely prom kings in the process made me care more about the Shield. That's what pros do.
I hope the Shield realizes, and I'm sure that they do, what transpired with Punk and Daniel Bryan Monday night. Good stuff.
Have said all along that the Wyatt Family vs The Shield are lighting in a bottle and I'm hoping that there might be a significant match between the two entities at WM30.
There are 6 men involved in the Wyatt-Shield business and at least one or two need to separate from their peers and elevate up the cards. Who will it be?
These guys have been polished up in the WWE Performance Center and are being heavily counted on to be main event level stars much sooner than later.
So, the final segment of RAW helped several talents, asked more questions than it provided answers and seemingly awakened the crowd in Manchester.
Hopefully the enhanced and inspired exposure that these talents received will help make the Survivor Series more sellable.
Solid match sans much emotional investment between Ziggler vs. Axel and the maligned IC Title. Fundamentally sound and a nice story was told. I enjoyed it.
Did you know that HHH and his powerful bride are on vacation?
Yep, me too.
The 'Authority Figure' storyline Monday night was like driving on a busy street. I'm not sure what lane to pay attention to or exactly where I'm supposed to park. It's as if one authority figure is good so why don't we just have three?
Apparently, the philosophy of a handicap match in the year 2013 escapes me.
It was fun watching the fans enjoy Fandango. I'd like to see Tyson Kidd and Fandango be assigned to go two segments some day and see what sort of performance that we'd get. (Fandango feels like he might be a fan favorite in time. Kidd...a villain.)
Ryback losing interests me inasmuch to where he might be headed. No more Heyman Guy obviously.
I assure you that The King did not pack a jacket for his wham bam, thank you mame trip to Manchester. Think I've only seen him wear a jacket maybe once or twice in all the years that I've known him.
(Where in the hell did that come from?)
WM30 match idea....Ron Simmons vs. Richie Incognito.
Yes, I digressed....senior moment.
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BTW...I watched RAW and did NOT read any of the online spoilers before hand because I didn't want to be preconditioned. Any one who says that knowing the spoilers before watching a TV show doesn't affect them is BS'ing somebody.
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My hog hunting trip with Shawn Michaels and Keith Mark on McMillan River Adventures which airs on the Outdoor Network airs next week. Check your local listings.
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Stay tuned...2014 is shaping up to be interesting.