Watching RAW right now (the Jericho/Punk match was terrific), I think it’s time to give some quick thoughts on last night’s season finale of the unending wrestling season:
-The Money In The Bank match was rather innovative (which is a difficult task to accomplish each year). In particular, suicide spots by Morrison and Shelton stood out (the Y2J/Carlito/CM Punk ladder spot was also rather original). Great to see Punk snatch the case as this hopefully will lead to a significant push in which the WWE fans get to see the kinds of things he’s famous for from his ROH days.
-The massive pyro/fireworks budget must have literally burned a hole in Vince’s pocket.
-The Flair career threatening match saw HBK (who I’ve never particularly cared for) take one of the sickest bumps I’ve ever seen anyone take (an Asai moonsault onto the announcer’s table with a bad landing). I was convinced he broke some ribs or something. Props to him finishing the match and thankfully retiring Flair (kayfabe?) with the emotional “Old Yeller” finish.
-Edge (who was also undefeated at WM) should have gone over Taker in the main event to retain the World title and break Taker’s undefeated WM streak as his character is stronger than its ever been. I guess they wanted the dead man to close to show doing his dead poses (is he EVER going to lose at Mania?).
-“Snoopy The Dogg” (as described by Santino who is always gold on the mic) was a good BunnyMania MC and had some good comedic timing in the backstage skit.
-The Triple Threat for the WWE title saw a swerve ending with Orton retaining the title against the “nepotized” politicker Triple H and the annoyingly superhuman John Cena in a good surprise finish (kick to the head). I don’t mind that.
-The Show/Mayweather celebrity bout was structured to hide Floyd’s inability to work and was more entertaining than I thought it would be with Floyd getting roughed up a bit (he collected 2.5 million for this match, so it’s the least he could have done) as well as his posse getting a beat down from Show. The “greatest fighter in the world” went over with the brass-knucks knock out punch to the “largest athlete in the world” (even in kayfabe, that’s a bit hard to believe).
I personally give the show a 7.1 on 10 and it’s the best Mania since XIX. Would have been worth getting the HD broadcast (that is if you split the high price with 3 other friends). Otherwise, search the internettings.
Time to say goodbye to The Nature Boy on RAW…
Update: Fan footage of what occurred when RAW went off the air after the unbelievably emotional televised farewell ceremony.