Posts Tagged ‘Monday Night Raw’

I’ve been quiet. Too quiet. The fact that I haven’t really written anything here for Kick Out at 2! in a very long time is well, depressing. Truth is when Shane and I started this site it was meant to be nothing but a running commentary of our thoughts of the current product of professional wrestling. We started it, we were full of ideas and we had content flowing on the site on a regular basis. Truth is over time, wrestling got stale for me. For two years people like CM Punk and Daniel Bryan were going against the grain, forcing change and putting the “Entertainment” back in the company’s name. WWE was on fire, a hotter fire than it had been in a long time. Then it burned out… then I burned out.

While Shane had been keeping the site going with his journey into WCW, I felt like I honestly wasn’t pulling my weight. It was hard for me to write about anything but honestly my heart just wasn’t in wrestling anymore. I had simply become so disenchanted with wrestling and almost totally lost the passion and the love that I’ve always had for it. I knew that WWE didn’t give a damn what I thought or what millions of others fans thought. For the last 3 years, no matter how much we voiced our frustration, flat out told Vince and his powers that be that we didn’t want to eat what was being force feed to us, WWE has been consistently pushing bad ideas as their main roster down our throats.

I haven’t watched an entire episode of RAW in at least 2 years, following the product through PPV’s alone on The Network because it seemed like storylines simply didn’t matter, they were dropped with no explanation, no new characters were being made and WWE was simply refusing to grow as a product in the entertainment field.  It then got to a point where I wasn’t watching PPV’s. I eventually returned and watched The Royal Rumble with my friends on Xbox Party Chat. We loved the fact that AJ Styles made his debut and once we saw Triple H become World Heavyweight Champion we felt for a few weeks that maybe, just maybe WWE was reading the writing on the wall. With all the injuries they are having and Roman Reigns simply not getting over as the cookie cutter baby face Vince wanted him to be, I figured Vince was going to the right thing and force some changes by having Dean Ambrose challenge for the title at Wrestlemania.

Not only was I wrong again but Wrestlemania as a whole was quickly shaping up to be the worst Mania I have ever seen. Not only was it bad but it was worse than I could have possibly imagined. The story of this Wrestlemania wasn’t the Championship, it was The Authority. The fact that WWE made a story out of WWE’s ratings being in the toilet and built an entire angle out of Shane fighting for control to make a change seemed like a perfect setting to change it up. Having Undertaker beat Shane was a complete waste and an incredibly mis-booked storyline. Dean Ambrose not getting a win over the monster that is Brock Lesnar was another waste and in a world where Chris Jericho has been consistently putting over younger talent for two years, was there any reason for AJ Styles “Wrestling’s hottest free agent at the time of his signing” to not get the win and a Wrestlemania moment against the established veteran?

WWE claims that their attendance record was over 100,000 when in reality it was just slightly over 94,000 but regardless, when you have “100,000” people unanimously “booing” someone, you do not put the title on that person! 20 some years ago Vince had the idea that Lex Luger was going to be the superstar to replace Hulk Hogan, wanting to initially over look the likes of Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Today he is wanting Roman Reigns to be the next John Cena, overlooking the likes of Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Bray Wyatt even Zack Ryder. The point here is, especially now with the possibility of calling any NXT talent up to the main roster, ANYONE but Roman Reigns deserves to be World Champion. Because of WWE’s inability to tell a compelling story with him, Roman has had the title sling shot back to him so many times that he is now a 3 Time World Champion, 1 away from tying Shawn Michaels’ career record. Shawn Michaels, the man who had the 30 some year wrestling career! Roman has been there 4 years… he hasn’t earned that and he surely does not deserve it.

Speaking of NXT. NXT Dallas Takeover was absolutely wonderful! This promotion is single handedly been the only thing that has kept my interest in wrestling from totally fading away. NXT Dallas hooked me back. Finn Balor vs Samoa Joe was incredible and people are going to really have to step it up if they want to take the “Match of the Year” title away from the Sami Zayn vs Shinsuke Nakamura match. Triple H knows how to run a wrestling show and from what I’ve seen it seems like WWE will be in good hands once Vince does decide to hang it up, which honestly needs to be sooner rather than later.

I broke down and actually watched RAW this week, meaning that I watched the 90 Min version of it on HULU. Let’s face it, 3hrs is simply too long for a weekly wrestling show. Surprisingly enough I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would. Seeing a lot of the NXT guy’s debut was nice and honestly gives me some hope that WWE could potentially get better. I had heard that Zack Ryder lost his Intercontinental Championship and was pretty pissed about that but honestly seeing the way it unfolded I kind of feel like Zack may be front and center for what could potentially be a good story for him. I really hope he wins it back as I feel he could be a very credible champion and he clearly deserves it. Cesaro returning was absolutely incredible and the Fatal Four way to determine the number one contender was really, really good. All four of those guys that were involved in the match deserve to be champion. I really hope that AJ makes an impact with the WWE audience and he isn’t simply served up to the “all powerful Samoan Overlord”

There are a lot reasons that wrestling fans such as myself have to be upset with the way that WWE is currently handling their own product and rightfully so. However with the amount of pure talent on the roster, the untapped potential and the seeds of improvement that I hope were sown Monday Night I can only hope for the best. I won’t say my relationship with WWE is over but it has clearly taken a beating and it’s going to take some time to make a full recovery, if it ever does…

I really hope it does.

Robbie C.

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Thank you, Daniel Bryan!

Posted: February 9, 2016 by daltonclass in Shane D, Uncategorized
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Let me take you to 2003.

I had been a die hard, dyed-in-the-wool wrestling fan for almost 10 years.  I had liked it for longer, but from September 4th, 1995, I was a wrestling fan.  However, in my junior year of college, I fell out of love with WWE.  My beloved WCW was gone.  HHH was on his reign of terror.  Shane just wasn’t enjoying it anymore.

So, I started looking elsewhere.

Japan was one place and I was enjoying what I was finding there, however, there was another place that I found and that rekindled my love of all things wrestling.  That place was Ring of Honor.  Suddenly, indy wrestling was something that I knew of, something that I began pouring over, and something that started to fill up my DVD shelf.  New wrestlers began to show up on my “favorites” list.  CM Punk, AJ Styles, Christopher Daniels, Low Ki, Samoa Joe…and this other guy…

file_189679_0_champion_danielson(1)This other guy who was a small, white, kinda generic looking guy.  He kind of looked like the default guy in WWE video game creation modes.  But damn, could he wrestle!

Of course, as this is a wrestling blog and it’s the night after Raw, you can guess that this guy was the man who would eventually become Daniel Bryan.  Back then, however, he was the “American Dragon” Bryan Danielson.  He was the main event of the first ever ROH show; competing in a three way match with Christopher Daniels and Low Ki.  I watched matches of his in ROH, Japan…basically anywhere I could find him.

At this time, my favorite wrestler was Chris Benoit.  I’ve made no bones about my love of Benoit at that time, and I legit believed him to be the best technical wrestler in the world.  I would go back through stuff from him in Japan and see that they were heralding him as the successor to Dynamite Kid.  Then, more and more through the grapevine, I begin hearing that they’re starting to refer to Danielson as the successor to Benoit.  There’s nothing that could have put the guy higher in my mind at that point.

Over time, something awesome started happening.  Those guys that I loved in the Indies…they started showing up in WWE and TNA.  Samoa Joe, AJ Styles, and Christopher Daniels spent the better part of a year and a half owning TNA.  CM Punk had been brought into WWE.  Low Ki had bounced around in TNA a bit and would eventually show up in WWE as Kaval.  I wondered, though, if Bryan would be able to make the cut.  He was small and WWE has always been the Land of the Giants.  I just didn’t see it happening.

It did happen, though.  Unfortunately it came during my second great exodus from WWE, so I wasn’t watching wrestling when Bryan showed up on NXT.  I remember hearing about him having his first WWE match against Jericho, though, and making sure that I went back and checked that out because that was one of my dream matches that I only thought could happen on my copy of Fire Pro Wrestling.  I heard about him debuting with the Nexus, and subsequently getting fired for choking out Justin Roberts with his own tie.  I heard about the controversy that surrounded that and then about him getting brought back in grand fashion at SummerSlam.

Bryan-Danielson-CM-PunkAbout a year later, I came back to wrestling.  I was gone for about five years but when I came back, Punk was the talk of the town and we were leading into Money in the Bank.  Imagine my surprise when that night ended with my favorite wrestler as WWE Champion and that other guy I liked a lot had won Money in the Bank.  Fast forward a few months to Survivor Series…and the two of them stood in the ring together, holding the company’s two top prizes.  It was reminiscent of my favorite Wrestlemania moment in 2004 when Benoit and Eddie Guerrero did the same.  Wrestling was changing.  Things were getting awesome and I was loving it.

Bryan suddenly got a personality…or, rather, WWE let him finally use his personality.  He became the cocky champion that had let success go to his head.  He was mean to his ultra hot girlfriend, making the crowd hate him just as much as they were loving him.  He became insufferable.  It was awesome.  He lost his title in 18 seconds at Wrestlemania and became even hotter.  So hot that the crowd the next night couldn’t stop chanting his name.

c3c8e42f2014995520767db2af0a9499_crop_northBryan would go through a few more things over the years, going from my favorite match of 2012 against Punk at Over the Limit (which is currently on while I’m writing this), to joining Team Hell No (showing us his comedy chops) and then through becoming the hottest thing in wrestling as he battled the Wyatts and the WWE itself for his rightful place as WWE World Champion.

Bryan’s place in wrestling history is a very interesting one.  I remember thinking it was so interesting that CM Punk became as big as he did because he’s everything the WWE front man isn’t.  However, Bryan, moreso than Punk, exemplifies that idea.  Bryan is 5’8”, 180 lbs.  Remember, this is a place where Shawn Michaels was small…and he’s got a good four inches and thirty pounds on Bryan, at least.  However, for a time, Bryan was THE MAN in WWE.  I read something on Reddit the other day that said the CM Punk called himself “the Voice of the Voiceless” but it was Bryan who gave the Voiceless their voice back.  When WWE wasn’t using Bryan the way we wanted them to, we made sure we let them know we weren’t happy with it.  Go back and watch the Raw he referenced last night during his speech.  Go back and watch the Royal Rumble from 2014 and the boos that Rey Mysterio got when he came out at #30 and it became apparent that Bryan wasn’t in the plans for that year.  The WWE Universe let WWE know, loud and clear, that Bryan was our guy and that he was who we wanted.  We knew what he could do…just put him in and let him go.

Watch Wrestlemania 30 again.  You see him go through the company’s three top guys not named John Cena in one night.  You see him at the end, hands held high, with the entire world behind him.  He was our guy.

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That’s what has made the last two years so hard, I think.  Knowing that a week after Mania that his father died.  We felt that.  Sure, we didn’t know the man.  We don’t know Bryan himself, for that matter.  But our guy was hurting.  Then the injury.  The rumors that he was finished.  The rumors that he wasn’t healing properly and that we may never see him wrestle again.  The joy that we felt when he came back…and the crushing defeat we felt when he got hurt again…and those rumors started back up.  We would get angry any time someone would tell us that he might not come back.  Hell, the Internet collectively got angry at Bret Hart for saying it when no one else would.

Then last night…

Last night hurt.  Last night hurt in a way that hasn’t hurt since Eddie died.  We had to watch a man come out and stand in the midst of his adoring fans…and tell us that what he loved and has wanted for his entire life has been taken away from him.  That tomorrow (or today), when he woke up, he wouldn’t be Daniel Bryan anymore.  He’d be Bryan Danielson…sans his American Dragon moniker…husband, son, brother…ordinary man.  I can’t imagine that.  I mean, yeah, I’ve been a husband.  I’m a son.  I’m a brother.  I’m an ordinary man.  Those parts are easy to understand…they’re my reality…

However, I’ve never been Superman.  I’ve never been Brad Pitt.  I’ve never been Tom Brady.

I’ve never been Daniel Bryan.

Long ago, I had the dream of being a wrestler.  For better, or worse (who really knows), I gave that dream up a while ago…but the ghost of it still lingers.  Any time I get really excited about wrestling, that wonder comes back.  What if?  What if I had done it?  Where would I be now?  Some little promotion in VA?  ROH?  Japan?  Dare I say, WWE?  I never wanted to regret not going for it, but I do…every time those thoughts come up, I do.  I wish I had done it…hell, I wish I had done it and failed…but I do wish that I had stepped into the ring for at least one time.

CayzrBGUUAAfjOhThat guy…the guy who thinks those thoughts…that’s who watched Daniel Bryan retire last night.  That’s who saw the picture of Bryan and his wife backstage, her comforting Bryan and Bryan knelt down in tears.  That’s who watched one of his heroes get his dream taken away from him.  I felt for him, because as much as that idea hurt me…I knew it was hurting him so much more, and on a level I would never understand.

To finish this off, Bryan repeated a single word throughout his speech.  Grateful.  I’m grateful to have gotten to watch Daniel Bryan wrestle.  I’m grateful to have been able to buy his action figure, pay to see him in person, buy DVDs with him on them, play as him in video games.  I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to be his fan.  I’m grateful that he has ushered in this new wrestling world where WWE and NXT are full of the Indy stars that I love.  Samoa Joe, Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, Finn Balor, Hideo Itami, Shinsuke Nakamura…all of these guys are now on the big stage.  These guys will get Wrestlemania matches and moments.  This doesn’t exist without Bryan.  WWE is in an exciting place right now and I can’t help but feel that a lot of that was built off of his shoulders over the last few years.

I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to cheer him.  To buy his merch.  To have my wife suggest that we “YES!” our way into our wedding reception.

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Thank you, Daniel Bryan.  It may not be a lot.  It may never leave the small group of people that run this site and the small group that read it.  It may never reach your eyes or your ears…but you have my gratitude and my support.

Shane

KoaNitro copyWelcome to another amazing installment of Kick Out at Nitro!  Bischoff welcomes us to a new episode of Nitro, telling us that Ric Flair and the Giant will wrestle Sting and Lex Luger.  All titles are on the line!  Anyone who beats Flair gets the WCW Championship.  Anyone who beats Luger becomes TV Champion.  If Flair and Giant beat Sting and Luger, they’re Tag Team Champs!  This is crazy!  They tell us that the arena is on high alert because Savage is here after being taken out last night in handcuffs.

Match #1: Public Enemy VS American Males

During the intro, Bischoff tells us that they’re not like the “World Whining Federation” where the show has been taped for a while.  He runs down the card for us (which I’ll do later…no reason to do it at this point in my post when I do it as my own segment) while Public Enemy sets up shop.  This is apparently the episode that they show on the Monday Night War DVD when they talk about Bischoff giving away results.  It’s sad I’ve seen some of those documentary DVDs so many times that I know stuff like this.  I remember freaking Robbie and Derick out by doing the “Don’t try this at home” spiel from the early 2000s DVDs.  (Trainers, EMTs, referees down…)

American Males are FINALLY doing the overhand clap!  Nice!

Males starting the match off fast!  These two were a pretty damn good tag team back in the day.  Their high flying and fast style really contrast nicely against the brawling from Public Enemy.

The announcers run down the Lethal Lottery, coming up at Slamboree in May.  32 men will be randomly drawn into 16 tag teams and then face each other in a tournament, until the last 8 are in a battle royal to become Lord of the Ring.

Public Enemy’s brawling eventually gets the best of the Males, hitting Bagwell with a gorilla press slam, then following up with some more punches, kicks and a few slams, before draping Bagwell’s neck over the second rope.  Rocco Rock sends Bagwell into the corner, but he comes out with a splash and a cover but it’s broken up by Grunge.

Tag out to Riggs and the Males are fighting back a bit, but Public Enemy comes into the ring and tosses him over the top rope, which, apparently, is still a DQ in WCW.

Winners: American Males (via over the top rope DQ)

After the match, the PE put Riggs on the table that they setup at the beginning of the match and do an “enemy sandwich” (as coined by Bischoff), where Grunge does a flipping senton into Rock and they fall through the table, taking Riggs with them.

We get a replay of it, then we go to commercial where we find out that next we’re getting Benoit VS Guerrero!  Whooooooo!  This is a good day.  Tampa Bay VS Montreal, game 4 (and hopefully the sweep), what looks like a Hogan-less Nitro, and Benoit VS Guerrero.  Derick’s gonna punch me after the episode that he had to watch last time!

We come back to Mean Gene, Emily and Cherry.  Emily and Cherry are two ladies that are helping Gene draw the random teams for the Lethal Lottery.  First up is Hugh Morrus and Meng VS Barbarian and “Hard Work” Bobby Walker.  We also get Stevie Ray & Big Bubba VS Fire and Ice (Scott Norton and Ice Train).

Fire and Ice!!!!!!

Gene has the ladies shuffle the cards and we get Ric Flair teaming with “Macho Man” Randy Savage!  They’ll be taking on Arn Anderson and Eddie Guerrero.  Wow, that wasn’t staged, haha.  We all know, as wrestling fans, that it’s a show…but you gotta wonder sometimes if there is a fan out there that just wonders how all of these coincidences happen.

Match #2: “The Crippler” Chris Benoit VS Eddie Guerrero

Eddie and Benoit wrestle into the corner, where Benoit gives a clean break after giving some playful slaps to Eddie’s face and flashing the 4H sign.  Eddie wrestles Benoit into the opposite corner and then hits two of the quickest arm drags I have ever seen!  Ricky Steamboat would see these and go “damn!”

We go to commercial as Bischoff says we’re going to hear more about the Cruiserweight Championship after this.

We come back to Benoit with Eddie in a rear chin lock against his knee.  Bischoff says that in Japan, Otani will be the Japanese representative.  Eddie Guerrero, Scott Armstrong and Bobby Eaton are still in the tournament.  Bischoff says that Benoit lost to Otani and is taking the frustration out on Eddie.

Benoit, frustrated or not, German suplexes the crap out of Eddie Guerrero for a two count before backing him into the corner and punching him a few times.  Eddie fires back and the two trade punches for a bit.  Bischoff tells us that we’re going to get an interview with Savage.

Benoit gets Eddie in the corner and Eddie goes for a sunset flip out of a victory roll, but Benoit holds the ropes, comes down and pins Eddie for the win.

Winner: Chris Benoit

We get the Up Next graphic showing us Hacksaw Jim Duggan VS Meng.

We get Mean Gene again who is standing with a very disinterested WCW VP Rob Garner.  Out comes Randy Savage.  Garner says he understands Savage’s feelings but that the actions are out of line.  If Savage doesn’t start toeing the line, there will be ramifications as it pertains to Savage’s career.  Savage says everyone at “city hall and WCW” are getting too comfortable around the Macho Man.  He says he’s going to be the tag team partner from Hell.  Garner says that Savage needs professional help.  Savage says if he needs a psychiatrist, then so does the Garner for standing there and talking to him like that.  Savage asks him if he knows what an open hand slap is before storming off.

We go to commercial and come back to our Saturday Night rundown.  Steven Regal VS the Belfast Bruiser.  Randy Savage.  The Giant.  Benoit VS Alex Wright.  We’ll also see Sting and Luger VS Harlem Heat if they still have the titles after tonight.

Match #3: Meng VS Hacksaw Jim Duggan

We go to commercial the moment Duggan gets in the ring and the match doesn’t start until the show comes on again.  What the hell did they do for three minutes?

Bischoff, for the second time, calls Golddust a “transvestite, Ru Paul impersonation.”

Bischoff takes a moment to say hello to Hulk Hogan.  Apparently he’s traveling and we’ll get an update on when he’ll be back.  Part of me seems to think he’s gone for a while…like, until July…but I’m not so sure about that.

Generic Hoss Fight.  Meng spends a few moments with Duggan in a nerve hold with Duggan looking like an idiot while in the move.  Duggan fires back and starts calling for Sweet Chin Music by stomping on the mat, but he’s taken back out and cut off by some Meng kicks.  Hacksaw staggers to the corner and grabs his 2×4, but the referee takes it.  Meng takes Duggan down and pins him, but only gets a 2.  Duggan rolls to the floor, tapes his fist up and punches Meng for the win.

Winner: Hacksaw Jim Duggan

Man, you gotta love how wrestling logic dictates that a few layers of tape turns your fist into concrete.

Gene and the ladies announce Alex Wright & Disco Inferno VS Dick Slater and Earl Robert Eaton.  Gene asks the ladies if they have any plans after the show and Cherry says that they do, with him!  Gene says he feels like a mix between Bob Barker and Ric Flair.  The ladies draw Lord Steven Regal and…wait for it…The Belfast Bruiser!  They’ll take on VK Wallstreet & Hacksaw Jim Duggan.  Gene says that completes the first round for Battle Bowl…but, that’s only like 16 names.  What about the other 16?

Match #4: All Titles on the Line: “Nature Boy” Ric Flair (WCW World Champion) & The Giant w/ Jimmy Hart, Ms. Elizabeth and Woman VS Sting & Lex Luger (WCW TV Champion) (WCW Tag Team Champions)

Ric Flair stops for a moment to talk to Debra McMichael and to kiss her hand.

During the entrance, Randy Savage hits the ring and tries to take out Flair but is quickly handcuffed by the police.  While he’s being handcuffed, Flair starts stomping him in the head, which I’m certain is against some sort of law.    After dispatching Savage, Flair runs back down to pose for Debra.  Mongo says Flair better watch or they’ll be calling out more security for him!

Sting and Giant start the match off.  Giant backs him into the corner and tries to squash him a bit, but Sting retaliates with three dropkicks.  Giant no-sells them, though, as Bischoff tells us that Giant has been invited to try out for the Detroit Lions.  Luger enters and he and Sting punch Giant until he’s against the ropes and then hit a nice double clothesline to take him out of the ring.  Flair takes The Giant’s place but is met with a Sting press slam for his trouble.  Flair poses for Sting, turns around and Luger flexes for him, scaring the crap out of Flair.  Luger press slams Flair for good measure before tagging out to Sting.

Sting hits 7 punches in the corner, a hip toss and then a dropkick, sending Flair to the corner.  Sting whips him into the opposite corner, follows after him but is met with a Flair back elbow.    Flair forgets who he is, goes up top, and is tossed off the top.

Bischoff says that next week Nitro will start at 7 PM due to the NBA Playoffs.  I remember watching that episode.

Sting goes for a Stinger Splash outside but eats guardrail hard.  Woman rakes Sting’s eyes for good measure.

In the ring, Flair hits a good vertical suplex to Sting, who no-sells, fires up, and brings in Luger.  Luger is taking it to Flair when Giant comes into the ring and grabs Luger for the choke slam.  Sting comes off of the top rope and buckles the knee of The Giant.  Luger and Sting eventually break up the choke slam.  Woman hands Flair a cup of coffee, which he inadvertently tosses into the eyes of The Giant.  Flair bails fast as the match is called off.

Winners: Sting and Lex Luger (via DQ)

Flair runs back to the ring with a towel, drying off The Giant.  Mean Gene enters as Flair tries to apologize.  Giant says the coffee burned, but it lit a fire in his soul!  You can hear Flair yelling in the background but you can’t hear him over The Giant.  Flair’s at the announce booth.  He says he tried to apologize and Giant didn’t like it, so now he’s mad.  He didn’t like the way Giant looked at the girls anyway.  Flair says Giant has until the end of the show to apologize or he’ll kick Giant’s big ass!  Giant takes off towards Flair, so Flair gets the hell out of Dodge.  Bischoff says that Rob Garner will get it signed and next week, the World Championship will be on the line.  Heenan gives Flair some advice as we go off the air.

 

Not a terrible episode.  The Males/PE match was pretty entertaining.  Benoit VS Guerrero is never bad, so that’s awesome.  The Main Event wasn’t bad, with Lex showing way more babyface tenancies as we head into the summer of 1996.  Hacksaw VS Meng was awful and brought the show down a bit, but over all, not too bad.

I like the idea of the Lethal Lottery and am looking forward to Slamboree.

No Hogan!

Well, that’s it for this week. Thanks for bearing with us as we play catch up, but my school year is about to end, so this summer should be a time for banking tons of episodes so we should be running smoothly.  Plus, as we get nearer to the nWo arriving, I want us firing on all cylinders.  Until next time!

Shane

 

Ratings Breakdown

WWF Raw Ratings – 3.3

WCW Nitro Ratings – 2.7

(Raw – 13, Nitro – 14) (Tie Weeks – 2)

(Unopposed weeks – 4)

WWF’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 3

WCW’s longest Winning Streak (to this point) – 4

 

WWF adds another notch to its longest streak column.  Unfortunately, that column is going to get a little longer before WCW really takes over.

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WWF Raw results from this week

Goldust (w/ Marlena) defeated Savio Vega to win the vacant WWF Intercontinental Championship

Vader (w/ Jim Cornette) defeated Fatu

Henry Godwinn & Phinneas Godwinn (w/ Hillbilly Jim) defeated Yoshihiro Tajiri & Ken Patterson

Mankind defeated Aldo Montoya

 

As stated earlier, Bischoff ran down this card twice, letting us know not to switch to Raw.  Unfortunately, it didn’t work, as Nitro lost by almost a full point.  Not a great card, if I do say so.  WTF is Tajiri doing on there?!  Interesting.

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Greetings Kick Out at 2 readers and welcome back to this week’s edition of RAW IS XANATOS! Unfortunately this will be my last Weekly Edition of RAW IS XANATOS for awhile. At this time in my life I’m dealing with too many outside situations and different issues that do not allow me to remain dedicated to the segment and give it the attention that I feel it deserves. I guess you can kinda say I’m pulling a Chris Jericho and taking a small break. Rest assured I will still be here doing my normal articles and I couldn’t be happier with the direction that RAW has taken over the last few months. Unlike John Cena, I know when something gets stale and repetitive so that’s why I’m putting “Kick Out at 2’s Longest Running Weekly Episodic Article” on hold. Hopefully it will return soon revitalized and in a different format but for now all I can say is thank you for reading weekly and I hope you have enjoyed my views of WWE’s flagship program. 

Thank You So Much!

– Robbie C.

 

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Greetings Kick Out at 2 readers and welcome back to this week’s edition of RAW IS XANATOS!  Fresh of the heels of SummerSlam everyone expected a new WWE Champion. Everyone wanted Daniel Bryan but here we are in another “Age of Orton”. I somewhat expected this but because it was almost too obvious I was hoping they wouldn’t go that way. I guess the “swerve” was supposed to be Triple H going heel but yet again the moment he was added as the referee it was pretty clear this would happen as well. With WWE’s “Biggest party of The Summer” now over let’s take a look at the fallout it had on this weeks RAW and PPV  with…RAW IS XANATOS!

My Top Moments of this RAW:

1) JOHN CENA ANNOUNCING HE IS LEAVING THE WWE FOR 4-6 MONTHS!!!  – Yes I typed that in all caps because it needed to be. For over a decade now we have seen Cena in the same routine over and over and over and over and over again…. It’s beyond time for this guy to step aside and let someone else bask in the limelight for awhile. When you announce you’re taking time off due to an injury and you get a resounding cheer because you’re leaving that should tell you something. This will be an awesome time for wrestling and a chance for others to show the company what they can do. If you are in the group that will miss Cena fear not. I’m sure he will still be able to see his segments on Total Divas.

2) Daniel Bryan- Sunday the top Babyface in the company did something that a lot of people didn’t think was possible. He pinned Cena clean and won the WWE Championship.  The WWE Fanbase and Internet literally blew up for those few minutes that Bryan was Champion. The fact that Randy Orton cashed in on him after Triple H’s betrayal did something else the WWE has been needing for awhile. Orton and Triple H are now no doubt the top heels in the company and this will do nothing but put Daniel Bryan over even more in a  major way. As much as it currently sucks for Bryan his big picture is going to manifest to something awesome. I’m calling it now that he headlines Wrestlemania.

3) Randy Orton and The McMahons – I was really hoping that Triple H would dub Randy Orton and The Shield the newest incarnation of Evolution but it looks like perhaps they are somewhat doing the return of The Corporation.  Randy Orton and Triple H were always meant to be Heels. Nothing about their personality ever really said they were a babyface so this is a good change going forward.

4) CM Punk I’m loving the fact that CM Punk is holding his own against the Paul Heyman Guys. I mean he’s out numbered but they are constantly making him look like a fighter. If RVD we’re to come into the story I would eventually love to see Punk team with RVD. RVD vs Punk would be simply awesome as well!

5) RVD – It looks like Christian is going to be an afterthought after he was unable to defeat Alberto Del Rio for The World Heavyweight Championship. Richardo returning to represent RVD pretty much guarantees that RVD will be the new No. 1 Contender for Alberto’s title.

6) Dolph Ziggler vs The Shield – How awesome was it to see Dolph compete in a match like that!? Anytime Doplh hits the ring he is going to pull out all the stops. The way that match played out with him almost getting the win was awesome! Seeing him get speared right in the middle of what looked like a stinger splash was enough to make me cringe. This man can sell any move there is!

Well there you have it folks, a quick rundown of some of my favorite thoughts and moments pertaining to this week’s episode of RAW. Be sure to check back next Tuesday for the next issue of… RAW IS XANATOS.

– Robbie C.