Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday Night Raw in San Antonio

The opening match of last night’s Monday Night Raw was an example of how good wrestling can be. The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels teamed up to defeat Kozlov and J.B.L. in the tried- and-true method of teaming up near future pay-per-view opponents.

The match concluded when Undertaker took umbrage (cool word) with Michaels stealing a tag and subsequently laying out J.B.L. for the pinfall; 'Taker then chased HBK out of the arena…or so we thought. While Undertaker took in the crowd’s approval, Shawn Michaels snuck up and knocked out ‘Taker with the “sweet chin music” kick.

They are doing a tremendous job in building Undertaker-Michaels, which I consider the main event at Wrestlemania.

Conversely, their has to be many disappointed wrestling fans this morning after Rick Steamboat, Jimmy Snuka and Roddy Piper were the men that Ric Flair introduced last night that could fight Chris Jericho. The good news is that Flair seems to really appreciate the great retirement sendoff he got last year, so we won’t be seeing him between the ropes anymore. The bad news is that we won’t see Austin-Jericho or Jericho-Hogan at Wrestlemania. I’m hoping there is a twist in this one.

Other thoughts…

I give Kelly Kelly all the credit in the world for coming out and wrestling last night just days after her boyfriend, Andrew “Test” Martin, was found dead. I guess the show must and does go on.

The build for the Triple H-Randy Orton ‘mania match has also been very good and I enjoyed the cage being lowered during the Cody Rhodes-HHH match. I found it interesting that they mentioned on t.v. recently that Hulk Hogan-King Kong Bundy at WM2 was the only cage match in the history of the annual show. Why not make Orton-Hunter the second cage match?

I went to sleep at 10:30 last night so I did not see Edge-Cena, but apparently Edge and Big Show beat up Cena and then Edge flattened Big Show with the spear as Raw went of the air. Edge and Cena have great chemistry and I always enjoy seeing them fight. I think that fans are going to be pleasantly surprised at how much Big Show will add to the match at ‘mania.

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