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The John Report: The Raw Deal for 02/22/10 (Three WM26 Matches Announced)

Welcome to the Raw Deal. Before we start, you can read my Elimination Chamber recap here that I posted late Sunday night and then you can click here to read some thoughts from Monday about the Undertaker’s jacket being caught on fire among other things.

Note: If you’re looking for Commentfest you can find it by clicking RIGHT HERE. I posted it as of Tuesday at 8pmET.

Live from Indianapolis, Indiana this is the Raw Deal…

After the typical videos, we found out there was a mechanical bull in the arena for our guest hosts singer Jewel and her bull riding champion husband Ty Murray. I’m so excited I could eat some beef.

The NEW World Heavyweight Champion…Chris Jericho!
Yes! Best in the world. 10 out of 10 already. End the show right now. It’s perfect with Jericho holding that belt while bragging about it. “I’m going to WrestleMania!” He said it few times. Mentioned beating the Undertaker two times in a row, both of which happened with interference, but let’s not let facts get in the way of a celebration! He said he was the World Heavyweight Champion and right on cue Edge’s music started up. He came in through the crowd (old school) and hit a spear on Jericho. He grabbed the microphone to say Jericho’s going to WrestleMania “against me!” Crowd popped huge for it. Good way to start the show. I look forward to the verbal confrontations that are sure to come.

Next we had John Cena come out. He was angry and actually limping a bit. It’s nice to know that he can sell injuries from being in the ring for ten minutes, yet when he had an I Quit match or the Ironman match he didn’t sell a damn thing the next night. Consistency is all I ask. That’s it. He called out Vince saying he wants a rematch with Batista tonight. McMahon tells us that his deal with Batista was that if he took care of Bret he’d give him a WWE Title match any time he wanted. Vince says no rematch because Sheamus lost his belt too. Instead, Cena has to win his match to get his rematch. Who’s the match against? Batista. How is that fair for Sheamus or am I wrong for even caring? I guess I’m wrong. I admit fault for brain usage! Happy now?

Maryse d. Gail Kim to win the Divas title in the longest 8 person tournament ever (3/4*)
Hey, they actually remembered this? Crazy. They came out working really fast and it didn’t really work. I’m not sure what happened in the middle when Maryse barely moved after not even being hit by anything. I guess they were trying for a double KO spot, but she didn’t even get hit. Weird. Anyway, Gail went for a victory roll type move, but Maryse countered by dropping her on her throat and got the win with the French Kiss DDT. As expected, the crowd was dead for the match. New Divas champ. This division is very thin. Fresh blood is needed fast.

Time for the poorly acted guest host segment as Ty talks to Bellas x2 and Jewel talks to Eve & Kelly as if they are having real discussions. I love those. Jillian came in to sing, she botched a song and you know what was coming. Jewel said she’d be doing a Sharon Osbourne and slapped Jillian. I guess I’m supposed to remember that Sharon slapped Jillian? I don’t. Too much liquor. Sorry. Jillian did make me laugh by wondering why people do that to her. Oh the comedy.

Backstage, Orton talked to Cody about the Baby Oil Boys Club. Cody apologized for Ted, but said he knew it was coming because Ted was obsessed with winning the belt. Orton told him that you should blame him because he hasn’t led the group well enough. He told Cody to tell Ted that he’s sorry. Orton left, Ted asked what happened and Cody told him it went well, too well. Ted wanted to know if they’re sticking to the plan and Cody said “absolutely.” I guess they wanted to beat up Orton if he didn’t get them first.

Kofi Kingston, Yoshi Tatsu & Evan Bourne d. Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes & Ted Dibiase (*1/2)
They mentioned Yoshi signed with Raw as a free agent. That’s nice. They could always use more small guys to lose matches. That means even less time for you, Primo! I was stunned when they went to commercial at a point when both guys were in the ring. Shocking twist! Anything can happen on Raw…even commercial breaks without going to the floor! Orton came in and bodyslammed Kingston many times. If Randy’s face turn takes, he has to dump that chin lock. Please. Orton walked over to his team, Cody tagged himself in and Randy grabbed him by the head, hitting the DDT off the middle ropes. Crowd loved it. He left the ring only to be confronted by Dibiase. RKO for him. Too bad the crowd wasn’t chanting loudly for it. It was a great spot. In ring, Bourne finished off Rhodes with the Air Borne SSP. Holy shit, Evan Bourne won a match! Big news! The segment was great. I love this turn for Orton. It’s making a lot of sense and it’s working very well.

They aired an AWESOME video package on the Michaels/Undertaker saga. Really well done. One of the best video packages I’ve ever seen WWE put together. Don’t worry if you missed it because I’m sure we’ll be seeing it 560 times over the next five weeks. It was fantastic. I even liked the song even though it was questionable at first. The perfect amount of video mixed in with voice work.

Shawn Michaels confronts The Undertaker
Michaels called him out saying he wants the Undertaker to react to Michaels screwing him out of the title the night before. Undertaker came out sporting a very protective vest. I noticed they didn’t shoot the flames up on his entrance until after he passed them. Smart move considering the near accident that happened @ EC. I should point out too that The Undertaker looked VERY orange here. He must have fallen asleep in the tanning bed or something. At the Elimination Chamber PPV he didn’t look tanned at all, yet here it was too much. It was weird seeing all those close-ups of an older orange man in HD. It wasn’t one of those “boy, I’m glad I have HD” kind of deals, ya know? HBK told him that their match last year was nearly perfect except he made a mistake and he can’t live with that. I LOVE super obsessed, serious HBK. Told Taker he left him no choice, but to screw him out of the title. Shawn said you want your revenge, so face me at Mania and get your revenge. Undertaker said he accepts. Cue the staredown. Michaels left except Undertaker wasn’t done. He said Shawn has to put something up, his career. So it’s The Streak vs. The Career. Michaels said fine because if he can’t beat him then his career is over. They did some more staring into eachother’s eyes as the GONG played to end the segment. Really well done. We’ve known this match was happening since late in 2009, but it’s great to know that it’s official now. My prediction is that Undertaker wins the match while HBK looks for another job as a chef in Texas. Anybody hiring? Either way, it won’t be HBK’s last match ever.

Christian was shown walking down the hallway. They said he signed with Raw. I’d rather he be on the Canada Show, Smackdown, with Jericho & Edge. Why do they insist on keeping E&C apart? A reunion would be sweet. Let me mark out, you bastards. They’re my boys. I’d be fine with Christian on Raw if it means longer matches on the show because he’s one of the best workers in the company. I highly doubt the Raw philosophy changes, though. Still, better than being on ECW.

Christian d. Carlito to qualify for Money in the Bank (*1/4)
Prior to the match, they had videos of the NXT rookies that Christian and Carlito are mentoring. That’s cool. I’m excited about the NXT debut tomorrow. To people in WWE that I know are reading this, I will be downloading that show illegally because I’m not watching it at the BRUTAL Saturday night at 3am timeslot that it has here in Ontario. Sorry, not happening. Did anybody think Carlito was winning this? I’m surprised he had his ring gear. He can show you where the production area is, though. Christian won with the Killswitch in about three minutes. The announcers called him the favorite in the Money in the Bank match already, which means he’s not winning. Good to see MITB is still around even though the July PPV is now called Money in the Bank. No, that’s not a big secret. It’s right there on wwe.com on the PPV calendar at the right of the page.

The bull riding segment was next. They had a mechanical bull at the side of the ramp as Ty & Jewel hosted. Eve, Kelly and both Bella Twins at the same time rode the bull for 8 seconds. Nothing says PG like an activity that simulates sex. Insert Batista jokes here. I remember they did this on a Saturday Night’s Main Event before they went PG and the visuals were a lot better. I think I fell in love with Mickie James-Canton a little more that night too. Youtube it. Trust me. The Miz and Big Show came out. They wanted Show to ride the bull. “You want a piece of me?” Yes, he said this to a mechanical bull. Then he acted scared of it. Star of the night just for those two things alone. The bull went faster for him, so he fell off. Oh no, what a loser. Miz said it was a typical guest host segment ending in disappointment just like the Colts in the Super Bowl. That loss still hurts me although more financially rather than emotionally. Big Show ended up KNOCKING THE FUCK OUT~! of the bull…I guess. Anyway, the Indy crowd didn’t like that. They announced Showmiz vs. MVP & Henry for the tag titles up next.

Showmiz d. MVP & Henry (*)
They showed Daniel Bryan~! aka Bryan Danielson watching backstage. I smiled even for that. The best thing about NXT will be Bryan winning that show and feuding with Miz upon his debut. I’m excited for it already. The replay of KOOL-AID~! Smashing into the barricade was great. It was like the explosion of flavor in your mouth when you d rink KOOL AID~! Last week it was non-title, so the champs lost of course. This week it was for the title, so the champs won. It was the Big Show’s KNOCK THE FUCK OUT~! punch on Henry that did it. I love that move.

The announcers told us the guest hosts were great tonight. Yeah, it was great that they were barely on. We also found out that the next Hall of Fame inductee would be Wendi Richter. They are really getting thin in terms of picking people, huh? Then the announcers busted out the SERIOUS VOICES~! to send us to the Bret Hart injury video package. Vince showed up on screen to say he didn’t have anything to do with Bret’s accident last week, character wise. In terms of reality, he had everything to do with such a shitty segment. He wants Bret to come back to Raw next week to give a proper goodbye. I think Bret’s said goodbye more than Ric Flair, Terry Funk and Brett Favre have retired by this point. Anyway, cool to know Bret will be on next week in some capacity.

Speaking of the Hart angle, if you go to the website for the ambulance company that wheeled Bret out last week (it’s midwestambulance.com) you’ll get this message: “ATTENTION: Please do not call 222-2222 regarding the condition of Bret “Hit Man” Hart. Contact the WWE for updates. Our number is for emergency calls only. Thank you.” This, my friends, is why we don’t brag in public about wrestling fans. Some people are…wait for it…STUPID~! Of course, I think it’s absolutely hilarious too. Wow. Just wow.

They announced that Bret would be there next week. The guest hosts for that show are Cheech & Chong. I’m sure all the potheads are loving that. Too bad CM Punk’s not on Raw. Also next week we get Orton vs. Dibiase.

John Cena d. Batista via DQ (NR)
Not a match. Batista took forever to get out there and immediately kneed Cena in the groin. DQ finish. Cena gets the title match. After it was over, Batista beat the hell out of him. It was a long, physical beating that really put over Batista’s heel character. I’m loving him as a heel. So much better as a face. It’s not even close. Cena kept on getting up, so Batista kept on knocking him down. Cena got out of the ring, Dave was about to leave, but instead got a chair. He hit Cena in the back with the chair repeatedly until Cena couldn’t get up anymore. If this was ten years ago they would have him hit Cena in the head two or three times. It’s a good thing they’ve smartened up. No need to cause concussions for that. They can do the same angle this way while being safe.

The show ended with Batista celebrating on the stage with the story being that he wants to beat Cena at WrestleMania to prove he’s the best. It’s a fresh match especially with Batista’s heel character being so good. He’s a good opponent for Cena at WM.

Three Stars of the Show
1. That HBK/Undertaker video package – Love WWE’s production team!
2. Big Show – I have an unwritten rule that states any time somebody acts afraid of a mechanical bull they get a star. He’s in.
3. Evan Bourne – He barely wins. He’s in.

7 out of 10
Last week: 4

Much better show after last week’s disaster. The guest hosts were kept to one really bad segment as opposed to multiple ones, which is fine. The key to Raw being good in 4 of the last 5 weeks is that they’ve limited the roles of the guest hosts. Don’t overexpose them and I’m cool with them.

There wasn’t much wrestling on the show. It was under 20 minutes total. However, I liked the storyline progression involved in the Jericho/Edge, Michaels/Taker, Orton/Dibiase/Rhodes and Batista/Cena. They all were really well done, I thought.

Remember last week when I ended the column by saying I missed HBK. This week you know who I missed? Hornswoggle. Okay, not really. There was no Sheamus or HHH on the show as both were selling their beatings in the Chamber. I didn’t mind that at all.

At WreslteMania 26 we’re getting Edge/Jericho for the World Title, Cena/Batista for the WWE Title and Undertaker/Michaels in a Streak vs. Career match. None of this should be that new because I’ve been writing about all of them for months. I’m just glad it’s official so I don’t have to answer any more emails asking me if I was sure about these matches. I like all of them too. Should be a lot of fun.


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  1. Jeremy B.
    February 23, 2010 at 2:27 AM

    Great writeup as always bro! Props to Striker for busting out the KTFO last night.

  2. JG
    February 23, 2010 at 2:43 AM

    Good show? Why? Minimal guest host time and tons of storyline progression/importance put on the PPV.

    So we get HBK/Taker and Edge/Jericho promos for the next month? Sold. Sold. Sold. Sold. Sold.

  3. Nikki
    February 23, 2010 at 2:44 AM

    People calling the ambulance company. That’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while! I seriously hope its kids and not adults lol.

    • February 24, 2010 at 1:25 PM

      Haha yeah. It’s pretty hilarious.

  4. Dave
    February 23, 2010 at 3:07 AM

    We know HBK is taking time off after WM. But how the hell are they going to write him back in when he returns from vacation?

    • esfjellin
      February 23, 2010 at 6:55 AM

      Didn’t they do this with Ric Flair after he lost to HBK at WM a few years back? No one stays retired forever, Piper had what, 20 ‘final’ matches? HBK will take time off for lets say 6 months, make minimal appearances and then by the time WM 27 rolls around, he will get in another ‘final’ match against HHH.

      • Aaron
        February 23, 2010 at 9:43 AM

        There’s no such thing as retirement in wrestling.. Macho Man/Warrior career vs. carrer at WM7? I believe Macho Man won the title at WM8..

        Flair of course recently, Hogan… umpteen ways to wrtie in a story to get him back wrestling.. but a simple explanation as to why he’ll be off TV for a while.

        • Dave
          February 23, 2010 at 11:16 AM

          Thanks guys. I was hoping that was the case. HBK is one of the few reasons I still watch wrestling. If he were to really retire, that would suck.

          • esfjellin
            February 23, 2010 at 1:34 PM

            he will retire as a performer within the next year or so just because his body is so beat up (same with taker and poss. rey depending on his surgery) but he will still show up on camera from time to time after that. for the most part, they all do

  5. MIchael
    February 23, 2010 at 3:48 AM

    Just watched the Michaels/Undertaker history video, it’s really one of the best ever! Kudos to WWE.

  6. Aaron
    February 23, 2010 at 9:48 AM

    “The replay of KOOL-AID~! Smashing into the barricade was great. It was like the explosion of flavor in your mouth when you d rink KOOL AID~! ”

    First thought was of those Kool-Aid commercial I watched as a kid.. all was missing was the “Oh Yeah!”… This made me laugh.

    I was dreading the Bull segment (Enjoyed Eve’s portion of it though) But Big Show did make me laugh out loud. No, we really don’t need these segments, but it wasn’t as brutal as I initally thought. Jewel wasn’t good, but was limited. good enough.

    Not a great WRESTLING show, but good in terms of getting the storyline prgression going into Wrestlemania, and even finding the time to hype the NXT show. Should be a lot of nice WM buildup from here..

    My only wish now is that maybe somehow Bret comes back and pulls the wool over Vince’s eyes and he was never really injured… manipulates Vince into a WM match and a huge moment that really fuels a nice WM buildup… The broken leg thing is… weak to say the least. I don’t see any need after this Raw to involve anyone in the Batista/Cena feud.. it’s going to sell itself. Agree with John, heel Batista is mroe enjoyable to watch, and seems more natural for the guy.

    • February 24, 2010 at 1:34 PM

      I’m very interested to see where the Bret angle goes. They have four weeks to go, so let’s hope it makes sense. That’s all I ask. Don’t be too stupid and make some sense.

  7. mrken
    February 23, 2010 at 10:31 AM

    so stone cold suposed to host very soon yes? Before wrestlemania? Lets take bets on whos ganna eat a stunner. Miz jericho sheamus. There called it. I loved the hbk taker vid. If wwe dose anything right its the video segments. Still not as good as the wm rock austin my way or the highway vid. Eve was lookin gooooooood on the bull. I wonder if this is the year the mitb winner cashes in the same night. However i do believe the quick title changes like a ec distroys the title. Cena was champ for 5 min. And will be again in a month. Surpassing austin rock taker jericho in title reigns. Sucks balls. Turn heel after mania atleast.

    • Aaron
      February 23, 2010 at 10:57 AM

      you have to look at title rigns in terms of time periods. Kinda like looking at home run records in baseball, or Records in football in a 16 game schedule as opposed to a 14 game or 12 game scheduel (and now a rumored 18 game schedule!). title reigns are shorter, and the business is different. The titles runs of a Hogna and Flair are so much different than those today. JBL’s title reign was impressive (Deserved? Dunno.) becuase of the time period. guys just don’t hold titles for that long.. and it’s becuase we have so much TV time now. We demand the top superstars week in and week out on TV. Wrestling is not just selling House shows, they’re selling advertising time… hence, more title changes and twists like we saw at EC yesterday should almost be expected (See Edge last year at EC).

      Point is, (x) time champions mean very little now. If Hogan and Flair we’re in their prime now, they’d have eve more turns at the title. Hogan would have been a 25 time champion probably, but instead he had a 4 year reign. Bruno Sammartino or Bob Backlund may have had 30 to 40 runs if this were the case.

      Yeah we marvel at Flair’s 16 turns at the top (19 according to more established reports, but what can ya say?) but truth is that’ll be more impressive to me than HHH and 20 possibly.. or Cena eclipsing it one day.

      • February 24, 2010 at 1:34 PM

        Very good reply Aaron. Well said. I agree.

  8. jay
    February 23, 2010 at 10:55 AM

    The Undertaker is challenging Shawn Michaels for his soul. I am amazed that people pay to watch this stuff.

    Evan Bourne with the win made me cheer. Nice job Evan.

    Forget Miz. Danny Bryan should be mentored by Ric Flair. He needs to stop buying his suits at Sears. You will never be taken seriously when you look like a day laborer going to his mother’s funeral or daughter’s wedding. Only a clown buys a shirt and tie out of a box. I bet the tie was a clip on. Even the Miz wouldn’t do that.

    I liked the Kool Aid explosion through the barricade. I got a nice chuckle out of it. Good stuff. So was the Big Show and the bull. Santino, Horny, and Chavo better watch out. The Big Show has game.

    If the ambulance company takes money to rent their ambulance to the WWE, they should be smart enough to cover up the phone number. Jeeze, what would anyone with half a brain think would happen when 3 million people watch something like that? Duh…

    That Maryse-Gail Kim match was painful to watch. I guess Maryse really can’t wrestle. Too bad. I think the two of them could have a pretty decent feud. I like the French language angle, because it is a little different.

    Considering there was no wrestling on the show, it was still decent. I am glad to know that Shawn Michaels will lose his soul when he loses to the Undertaker. Daniel Bryan already has his big boy wardrobe ready for the funeral.

    • Aaron
      February 23, 2010 at 11:03 AM

      “Forget Miz. Danny Bryan should be mentored by Ric Flair. He needs to stop buying his suits at Sears. You will never be taken seriously when you look like a day laborer going to his mother’s funeral or daughter’s wedding. Only a clown buys a shirt and tie out of a box. I bet the tie was a clip on. Even the Miz wouldn’t do that.”

      – Would it not make more sense for the “rookie” Daniel Bryan to dress like he got his clotehs from K-Mart? I know as much as anyone that Danielson is ready to the main stage NOW, but this leads into Miz trying to style him up for ths show, work his promos, for the show.. basically Danielson has to playa character for this show as being green in terms of the WWe stage level. I have high hopes for Brian in WWE, one camera shot is too soon to judge him now.

      • jay
        February 23, 2010 at 12:12 PM

        I thought about that too. You may be right. I didn’t give the writers credit for getting a detail like that right. It seemed too subtle.

        Taking a step back, I think you are right. If anyone was dressed like an accountant, it was Danny B. He was playing the role convincingly.

        Nice catch. With attention to detail like this, NXT may end up being entertaing and not a train wreck that is hard to turn away from.

    • Sargon
      February 23, 2010 at 3:00 PM

      Big Show has a lot of game. I hope they let the ‘Showster’ make a few appearances to get some digs in at Hogan.

  9. Tom
    February 23, 2010 at 12:22 PM

    I thought it was funny Cena sold the injuries when he first came out, yet later when he had to fight Batista he seemed fine.

    • February 24, 2010 at 1:41 PM

      That’s by far my biggest pet peeve with Cena. Sell injuries, please.

  10. February 23, 2010 at 12:28 PM

    heres the link to (in my humble opinion) the greatest video promo in wrestling history, the Undertake vs HBK that was on tonights RAW http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYkPFXmnjM4

    • sim
      February 23, 2010 at 1:03 PM

      Thanks for posting a link…the video was fantastic

  11. February 23, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    the song used in the Promo is Placebo “Running Up That Hill” a Kate Bush cover

  12. Tabitha
    February 23, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    I’m old school. I miss the days when Shawn would come back after a retirement match in a mask as El Shawno Michaelso and everybody pretended they didn’t know who he was.


    I was ready to drown myself in the sink during the Divas Bullriding until Mizshow came out. I actually chuckled at Big Show. “You’re just RUDE.”

    • esfjellin
      February 23, 2010 at 1:35 PM

      seeing kelly kelly and eve riding the bull was the highlight of the show…in my humble opinion

      • February 24, 2010 at 1:46 PM

        They certainly showed off their talents.

    • Aaron
      February 23, 2010 at 1:45 PM

      El Shawno Michaelso? Did this happen? I missed this completely.

      • Tabitha
        February 23, 2010 at 1:58 PM

        Didn’t actually happen, but during the dinosaur ages of wrestling (okay I’m talking 80’s-90’s) that’s what would have happened. Nobody ever left or “took time off”. They came back under a mask.

        • Aaron
          February 23, 2010 at 2:14 PM

          Ahh.. ok, my apologies. Yess classic stuff.. It’s been pulled off by many (and pulled off I mean, a ridiculous effort that was painfully obvious.) Flair did this in an all black get up I remember.. and hey, how about that Calgary Kid!?! doing good things now.

          Masks = success.

          • Tabitha
            February 23, 2010 at 2:20 PM

            Aww dude I forgot about the Black Scorpion!!!

            • Jim Brunzel
              February 23, 2010 at 3:57 PM

              OK…remember when Koko B Ware would team with the Killer Bees. They would go under the rign (all 3!!!) come out in masks, and the ref wouldn’t have a CLUE which was which. Classic!!!
              Why aren’t the Killer Bees in the HOF anyway?

              • Aaron
                February 23, 2010 at 4:38 PM

                Vince hates tag teams.. I think realistically, the Road Warrios are best tag team ever (Not technically, but in terms of drawing power and popularity). The Road Warrios would participate in main events (War Games, etc) and no other team was in their league.. spawning copycats (Demolition)…

                It’s not a legit HOF anyway, but I think they’re the GOAT in terms of tag teams… should be recognized.

  13. Dave
    February 23, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    I don’t think Shawn retires this year. He has a couple of kids he has to put through college in the future.

  14. Bryan
    February 23, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Michaels is ending the streak

    • Scoot
      February 23, 2010 at 3:11 PM

      Respectfully disagree. That’s the one thing that no one has ever done before (besides Taker) or will ever do again, and it won’t be taken away from The Undertaker. I wouldn’t be surprised by now if it’s not in his contract.

      Shawn needs time off + WWE needs to promote this match more than just about ending the streak (hince the “retirement” angle) equals perfect angle.

      I wouldn’t boo-hoo too much . . . retirement matches never hold anyway.

  15. Raj
    February 23, 2010 at 4:21 PM

    Wont it be wonderful if Iron Sheik inducts the Killer Bees into HOF? lol

  16. RyanC
    February 23, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Alright John, here’s a hypothetical scenario I hope you might like. We all know Undi and Shawn are heading off after Mania, so, should Shawn beat Undi, that’s fine, Undi can disappear, he’s just lost the streak, somewhat believable, and acceptable.
    As for Shawn, staying with him winning, he can come out to end Raw the following night in celebration. Hunter comes out and congratulates him, DX pose in the ring, and then Hunter attacks Shawn for “betraying” DX and choosing to pursue Taker.
    We get a heel Hunter and a legitimate excuse for Shawn to have his holiday, and a programme ready-made for him to return to. I know it’s almost identical to their feud in ’02, but there’s probably been enough of a fanbase turnover for it to work, aye?
    I know it could just be total bollocks, but hey, it’s logical and believable.

    • February 24, 2010 at 2:06 PM

      I’d love for Hunter to turn heel. I don’t think it happens. I expect him to feud with a heel Sheamus for a while and then probably with McIntrye, who I think is going to get drafted to Raw since he is one of HHH’s boys too.

  17. jay
    February 23, 2010 at 9:51 PM

    The Midnight Rider and The Yellow Dog are two fine examples of the El Shawno Michaelso. Rumor has it that the Midnight Rider is Dusty Rhodes, but the Midnight Rider is in entirely to good shape to be Dusty.

    The Road Warriers are the Greatest Tag Team of all time, but they have a lot of competition.

  18. Bryan
    February 23, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    i like that idea. but its not likely. Taker will never lose at Wrestlemania. Its a real shame. But I do think the streak should be ended by a young guy. It would be easy to make a new main eventer and he’d be way over especially if it was a young babyface vs heel Taker. To me it would be epic. Honestly i wish Bryan Danielson could do it. He’s my fave! But why is it such a big deal for him to keep it? Wrestling is not real. Its a story. Thats why i think the story should end with the Taker’s streak ending. Pass the torch. Its not like it has to happen, but i think it would be HUGE for whoever had the honor to end it and really great for the business.

    • Jacob
      February 24, 2010 at 1:43 AM

      “Wrestling is not real. Its a story.”

      That’s exactly the reason Undertaker should keep his streak.

  19. February 24, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    So they’re having MITB at Wrestlemania and presumably at the Pay-Per-View too? Unless they change the rules, surely that will mean that the WM MITB winner will have to cash in for the title prior to the MITB PPV?

    It’ll be interesting to see if this year’s winner goes on to win the title and if they’ve got it planned out from now forward, or if they’ll just do what they did with Kennedy and have someone win it off them. Either way, the briefcase will have to be used before the July PPV.

  1. February 23, 2010 at 1:51 PM
  2. February 23, 2010 at 8:11 PM

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