So, as I often do when RAW rolls into Buffalo, I went to last night’s show and planned to write about it afterward, complete with any media that I managed to capture via my camera. Unfortunately, my computer doesn’t like the memory card I have in there and I cannot find the USB cable at the moment, so we’re going to have to go without it – which absolutely sucks because I have a video on there of Cena trashing The Rock again after the show.
The dark match last night was Tyson Kidd taking on former NXT rookie Percy Watson. Surprisingly, Watson picked up the win. He looked a little different than I remember him, but of course I was in the very last row of the 300 level, so my vision might have been off a bit.
SPOILER ALERT: If you watch “Superstars” on Thursday and wish to not be spoiled, please skip the next two paragraphs…
Superstars kicked off with a match between R-Truth and William Regal, in which Truth picked up the victory.
That was followed by a tag team match pitting Santino Marella and Vladimir Kozlov (with Tamina) against Zack Ryder and Primo. Of course you know, Santino pinned Ryder after hitting the Cobra. Fellow fans on the bus were discussing the effectiveness of The Cobra on the way back home from the show.
We love Triple H here in Buffalo. We knew better than to expect The Undertaker, so at least where I was sitting, nobody was terribly upset that he hadn’t shown up. We were all surprised by the immediate beat-down of Sheamus, who incidentally made his RAW debut in the HSBC Arena.
We also love Evan Bourne – great to see him back and looking in top form!
Michael Cole headed down to the ring, and what you guys didn’t see was that the crew came back out to set the announce table back up and Cole actually walked to the back. Probably to generate a little more heat coming back from the break. My attempts at starting an “AND I QUOTE” chant were futile.
Yours truly now owns a New Nexus t-shirt. I was debating whether to get this one or The Miz’s “Hello, I’m Awesome” t-shirt but ultimately settled for this, as I’m a huge Punk mark. I think I’m the only one though – it was a decidedly pro-Orton crowd. Aly didn’t use this one in her review, but I tweeted “Why doesn’t the GM do something? The damned match was over!” after Orton kicked McGuillicutty in the head. Guess we won’t be seeing him for a while.
I absolutely love the fact that people can’t stand The Miz. This is not “X-Pac heat” he’s getting, this is legit heel heat. The man is doing his job, and everything he said during his promo about how he’s the WWE Champion and should be the focus of the company, not Cena and The Rock, is absolutely true. Of course, then John Cena came out and ruined it by making poop and pee jokes – not to mention spewing enough homophobic rhetoric that I’m surprised GLAAD isn’t all over him today. I’m surprised he didn’t finish up with the old Seinfeld line, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Of course, this was all to set up the main event – a cage match between Cena and Alex Riley. Yes, Alex Riley main evented RAW last night.
So then we got a Divas Battle Royal. All of the participants and guest commentator Eve made it to the ring with about 30 seconds left before the commercial break ended. That’s how much they care about the Divas on RAW. And of course, the Bellas won with predictable ending number 37: Twin Magic.
Now, the next segment. The next segment is going to be the subject of this week’s “A Minute With ThinkSoJoE,” so I’m only going to touch on it briefly – Screw The Rock.
At least Shawn Michaels wasn’t publicized to be a part of the show beforehand, and his segment was kept short. I still say I could’ve stayed home and watched RAW on TV for free instead of paying $70 for two tickets and watching it on TV at the HSBC Arena.
Daniel Bryan, thanks for coming. You, Sheamus, and Michael McGuillicutty please enjoy your kayfabe stay at Mercy Hospital here in Buffalo.
Of course John Cena was going to win that cage match. You really didn’t think so? Still, The Miz got the last word in again as he left Cena lying on the floor following another Skull Crushing Finale. By the way, The Miz sent a twitpic, or whatever you call them these days, during the match. Here it is:
Cena also tweeted from Miz’s phone during the match. He sent the same picture with the tweet, Hey cenation, come look how good I look!
After RAW went off the air, we still got our advertised dark main event – John Cena and Randy Orton vs. The Miz and CM Punk. The heels took turns wailing away on Cena before Orton got the hot tag and cleaned house. He hit RKOs on both opponents but Cole refused to count, instead running away. Another referee came out and Orton and Cena picked up the win, pinning CM Punk.
Following the match – and this is the important part right here – John Cena had this to say:
“I got something to say to you. I got something to say to all ‘yall. First things first. Randy Orton, thank you. Thank you. After filming RAW television, flying 15 hours to South America to perform four times for sold out shows below the Equator, then flying 15 hours back here to be in Buffalo, New York. To physically be here to stand here in this ring, thank you. Thank you, Randy Orton, for showing up. Now then. People as far as I can see, totally sold out here in Buffalo. I’d just like to make a point that it’s not 14,000, it’s 16,700 people here tonight, and a certain individual would know that – if he showed up. Ladies and gentlemen, I want to end this night with a most important message to all of you: Thank you. Thank you all for the same sacrifices Randy Orton made, thank you for making this program what it is, thank you for being excited to see WrestleMania, but most of all, thank you for showing up.”
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