Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Raw 9-26-11


1. 10-man Battle Royal for Cody Rhodes' Intercontinental Championship - 3 out of 5. Cody tried to pull a Flair/Lawler/Edge and roll out of the ring at the beginning of this bout, but forgot to hide under the ring. Ted DiBiase wasted no time throwing him back in, but in the end, Rhodes retained his title.
2. Divas of Doom v. Kelly Kelly & Eve - 2 out of 5. Christ, Kelly can't even take a Glam Slam properly. Somebody take that title and put it out of its misery.
3. Mark Henry v. The Great Khali - N/A. There was supposed to be a match here, but Mark Henry was obviously wondering why he should delay the inevitable and just went ahead and clocked Khali with the title before the match could begin.
4. John Cena v. Christian - 3 out of 5. Punk on commentary was really the best part of this match. Although it was slightly amusing to see Christian and Cena in the ring together, given last Friday's revelation about their gimmicks. I have to admit, Christian cockily asking if the match was for the title and then immediately throwing a tantrum when it wasn't actually did make me giggle.
5. Dolph Ziggler v. Zack Ryder - 3 out of 5. Woo woo woo, you know it! A title shot for the internet champion? We all pretty much knew it wouldn't happen this time around, but it seems Ryder is indeed finally getting over.
6. Air Boom & Zack Ryder v. Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, and Mason Ryan - 4 out of 5. Teddy long came out after the US title match devolved into chaos to make this match, telling Vickie to find a partner for her clients. She came out with seemingly the perfect guy... who immediately turned around and socked Swagger! Vickie did her best Rita Repulsa impression, and then she and her goons sulked out of the arena.
7. CM Punk v. Alberto Del Rio - 4 out of 5. I have to give this a 4, just because ADR showed everyone he is not screwing around come Sunday.

So, Hell in a Cell. We already know we have a triple-threat match for the WWE championship. We already know Mark Henry will defend the Heavyweight Championship against Randy Orton. Sheamus is gonna Brogue Kick Christian to Hell. Oh, and there's the Butterfly Joke Belt (as Mehe so eloquently put it). Perhaps third time's the charm? Wouldn't it be great if Beth redesigned that stupid thing?

The biggest story of the night, was, of course, the mutiny of heels rising up against Triple H. The man hasn't had an in-ring segment that was uninterrupted since taking over the company from Vince. First he had to contend with Dolph Ziggler complaining about Wolverine fracturing his jaw. Then Cody came out and complained that Randy Orton caused him to need nine staples in his head. And just because it's like some kind of requirement, Christian came out to complain that he didn't win the World Title. Again. Trips put them all in matches, of course, and later on in the night David Otunga (who we recently discovered has a Harvard Law degree) spoke first to John Laurinaitis (who ended the conversation by texting someone), and then to the heels from the opening segment. I think this is not where we were all expecting this angle to go, but I think I might like this even better. We've all seen stable v. stable 100 times. But has the roster been re-integrated, only to divide itself into factions? This is the kind of storyline that could, and probably will, hit the entire roster. The possibilities are endless, and it's the kind of thing that could very well reform the landscape of the company. Let's just hope that reform is for the better.

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