1. ECW used to be the best show of the week, every week.  Now, I barely feel like reviewing it.  I’m not going extremely in depth this week, but here are the things that bug me:  Finlay and Hornswoggle apparently getting another tag title shot; guys changing their names after their debut (Atlas Ortiz is now Ricky Ortiz), and Hall of Famers making heel turns on C shows.

    Whatever – the review, after the jump.

  2. I gotta say, I loved the atmosphere on RAW last night. It hearkened back to the 90’s, where anything could, and usually would happen on the Monday night wrestling programs.  Some of it may have been intentional, but the reactions of people involved at least made it seem like they weren’t.  I’ll talk about that more in depth later on in the article.  I’ve also figured out why the younger set love John Cena – his humor is on the same level as theirs, which is another thing I’ll discuss more in-depth as the review goes on.

    That said, let’s jump right in – after the jump!

  3. Not your typical Fourth of July WWE show.  Sure, they had red, white, and blue ropes.  Sure, there was a Fourth of July Fatal Four Way for the US title.  Sure they opened with a video package celebrating our nation’s independence.  It’s just that, there wasn’t a real party atmosphere last night on SmackDown, particularly for a certain World Championship-less Canadian.  Edge showed up late for work, and was in a really bad mood, which only grew worse by the end of the night.  The Rated R Superstar had the worst Monday of his life this past week, and felt like everybody was against him when he came to work on Friday.  Why is that?  I guess you’ll have to read my whole SmackDown review to find out!

    The whole review, after the jump.

  4. You know, Ring of Honor really has to be excited – two of their top alumni are world champions, with CM Punk winning RAW’s top prize on Monday, and Samoa Joe being the TNA Champion for a while now. Having never seen a full ROH show myself, I still knew about Samoa Joe and CM Punk before their debuts with their respective companies – which means that ROH is doing something right. For Punk, the title win surprised a lot of people – who knew the WWE would ever take a guy from the indies, let him keep his name and gimmick, and eventually make him a world champion? For Joe, we all knew it was going to happen, and it was a feel good moment when he finally captured the gold in TNA, despite the fact they made it blatantly obvious that he wasn’t walking away without the title that night. Of course, while RAW centered around it’s champion this past Monday night, iMPACT centered around Kurt Angle. Sure, Joe was in the main event, but he was only featured on the show once beforehand. How many Kurt Angle sightings were there? We’ll keep track during the review.

    The matches, and my reviews of them, after the jump!

  5. BWF Podcast 3 (Right Click, Save As)

    I feel a lot better this week, and as such, this Podcast is probably going to sound a little better than last week.  I actually recorded it at 1:30 this morning to make sure that I would have it up on time this week.  I discuss the past week in professional wrestling, including WWE Night of Champions, and CM Punk winning the World Heavyweight Championship the next night on RAW.

    Supplemental material to this week’s Podcast, after the jump.

  6. I’ll be perfectly honest. I didn’t pay much attention at all to ECW last night, and there’s a good reason for that. The show that I’ve said on numerous occasions is consistently the best wrestling program of the week lost three of the guys who gave it that distinction, as they’ve moved on to bigger and better things. C.M. Punk is now RAW’s World Heavyweight Champion, while Kofi Kingston is right behind him with the Intercontinental Title, and Shelton Benjamin should be re-debuting on SmackDown this Friday. That’s not to say that ECW doesn’t have the potential to still be the best show of the week – but it’s going to have to do better than last night’s show, which couldn’t hold my interest for very long. An interesting note is that all of the talent who wrestled on last night’s show were ECW Superstars, so perhaps the talent exchange with SmackDown went away with the draft. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

    The results and my thoughts, after the jump.

  7. It was bound to happen eventually, but I don’t think anybody expected it to happen last night.  As I’m typing this, I’m looking over my shoulder because my girlfriend is standing directly behind me, hasn’t seen RAW yet, and doesn’t know what happened, so I don’t want to spoil it for her.   She was with me at WrestleMania 24, she saw CM Punk win Money in the Bank live and in person, and we’ve watched him carry that briefcase around on television for the last three months, wondering when he’d cash it in.  Well, Edge found out the hard way last night, as he showed up on RAW and walked out minus one World Championship.  Even by the halfway point of the show, the WWE writers kept us guessing as to whether or not Punk would even leave with his newly won title in hand, but alas, he did.  When my girlfriend does see it, I might ruin it ever so slightly for her though.  See, she’s a Jeff Hardy fan – and if Jeff hadn’t violated the wellness policy and missed WrestleMania, he would be World Heavyweight Champion right now.  Think about that for a second.  Jeff Hardy could be World Champion.  Lesson for you kids:  Don’t do drugs!

    RAW matches and highlights, discussed after the jump!

  8. This is not the official Monday Night RAW posting – that will come in the morning.  I just wanted to throw up a quick post here in celebration of CM Punk cashing in Money In The Bank to bring the World Heavyweight Championship to RAW!  Punk, taking advantage of a fallen Edge who was beaten down by Batista, cashed in his Money in the Bank title shot, hitting Edge with the Go To Sleep to take the World Heavyweight Championship!

    Congrats, Punk!

  9. Well, for a while, folks on the World Wrestling Insanity message boards were calling me NostraJOEmas (or, NoJOEdamus if you prefer), because after 7 matches, I’d correctly predicted all 7, including Kofi Kingston taking the Intercontinental Championship from Chris Jericho.  My fellow WWI posters were asking me for lottery numbers and the dates of their deaths.  Then John Cena lost to Triple H.  SmackDown left Night of Champions the same way it came in – the home of two World Champions.  RAW’s top champion, Kane, lost his title to ECW’s Mark Henry.  So, that begs the question, where does RAW go from here?

    But, that’s a story for another article.  Get analysis of Night of Champions after the jump!

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