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Tuesday, 12 January 2010
1225 - Tyson
Topic: RAW Bytes

So last night's show featured Mike Tyson as a guest host, which made this the second RAW show that I stayed up until the end to watch. Of course, next week's hosts prove that this is going to be the last one until Shatner comes along a couple weeks later.

Some quick thoughts:

- Tyson opens things up, where Sheamus comes out and tells Tyson to call the match off. This is quickly followed by Randy Orton, and John Cena, and Coffee Kingston retorting that they deserve com. Somewhere along the way, John Cena references the various characters of Mike Tyson's Punch Out, which actually made me smile a bit... although these days Tyson looks less like Tyson and more like Mr. Sandman... oh well.

- They have a match in the Divas tournament that I don't really care about. Seriously, TNA's show was shit, for the most part, but at least they have a couple women who can actually perform good matches when they get the chance.

- Hey, by the way, nice crack by Cody Rhodes on The Marine: "My fifth-grade graduation video is superior to the Marine!" I haven't seen the video and yet I'm tempted to agree.

- HBK and Tyson talk and somehow this gets turned into a tag-team match between DX and Jericho/Tyson. Jesus, didn't they do a fucking match LAST WEEK where if Jericho lost, he's gone from RAW FOREVER? What's the fucking point of having a stipulation match if he's NEVER going to go the fuck away?

- [Who The Fuck Is] Jack Swagger challenges anyone to toss him over the top rope. Challenge accepted and won by Santino Marella of all people. Good show, Santino. Definitely moving up in the world...

- Randy Orton wins the Triple Threat match over Cena and Coffee, thus earning a shot against Sheamus for the title at the Royal Rumble... lame.

- DX beats Jericho after Tyson reveals a DX shirt and knocks out Jericho. This was almost predictable the minute the match was announced, but it came off good so no real complaints.

So overall, this show was okay-ish. Not much more than that. 

Posted by dtm666 at 6:43 AM EST
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
1168 - Abuse to children is funny...
Topic: RAW Bytes

Only a couple noteworthy bits to comment on about last night's RAW:

- Nice to see Sgt. Slaughter stick to his patriotic roots and completely villify himself before the Calgary crowd. Nothing like a good ol' US vs Canada cheap heat to make an instant villain for the night.

- Shawn as a chef? Not a good idea, not unless you want grease fires and little girls getting their teeth knocked in with a superkick... In any case, be glad it wasn't Dude Love - that Sweet Shin Music might have done more damage...

Posted by dtm666 at 6:46 AM EDT
Thursday, 30 July 2009
1166 - TMZ shows off bits of HHH's birthday bash - post-RAW
Topic: RAW Bytes

Because I'm lazy, here's the addy to copy/paste:

Sadly, HHH didn't get a dose of Shaq Fu as a birthday present

Posted by dtm666 at 10:18 AM EDT
Thursday, 18 June 2009
1146 - Donald Trump "buys" RAW
Topic: RAW Bytes

Been a while, but might as well comment on this:

- Donald Trump "buying" RAW just HAS to be a desperate attempt at getting back the show's sagging ratings... even though Trump probably won't show up for the most part during the show's run and will probably assign a general manager person, thus making the whole experiment pointless. Bottom line, expect this to last a few weeks before Trump sells it back to Vince for five dollars or something.

- Really enjoyed the Triple-Threat World Title match as well as the Jericho/Mysterio match, while I pretty much slept through the RAW portions of the show. Seems like Smackdown is finally starting to become the better show... it'll be a while before it hits 2002 levels, but it's getting there.

- Speaking of sleep, Triple H wins another title shot against the new champion... Randy Orton. Wow, I honestly don't know what's going to happen in their match next week.

- Commercial-free RAW? Probably not here. I expect a couple Molson ads and more "greatness" from Jack Korpella.

Anyway, enough waffle. I'm going back to bed.

Posted by dtm666 at 6:58 AM EDT
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
1137 - RAW Bites...
Topic: RAW Bytes

Last night's RAW offering from LA was actually... good. Didn't expect that, did you? Anyway, here're my thoughts.

- The show opens with McMahon and the Nuggets owner bickering over the whole deal in Denver, with McMahon getting all kinds of cheap shots in while the other guy just takes it and looks like a fool.

- Santino says his sister would fight Viki for the Miss Wrestlemania crown in a Hogpen match at the next PPV. What is the point of all this? I don't know, but it's good to see Santino show off his comedic dukes.

- Ric Flair gets a beating from  Randy Blowton... before being saved by Batista.

- Also the return of Kennedy Kennedy. Kennedy.

- Kofi Kingston wins a match to become No. 1 contender to Montel Vontavious Porter's US championship. Both guys are cordial to say the least. It's nice to see a championship match between two guys being respectful. Of course, this will probably be ruined by one of the guys turning heel unnecessarily.

- The ten-man match has each five-man team dressed in basketball jerseys representing the two NBA opponents taking place in the other arena. Of all of them, Batista is the only one in full Lakers garb, complete with shorts. I guess his grudge with basketball is over.

- Oh yeah - the Laker team of wrestlers win. Which is funny because the actual Denver team won the basketball game. Yeah, about that grudge...


Posted by dtm666 at 6:49 AM EDT
Monday, 9 March 2009
1113 - RAW Byte: DON'T DO IT, FLAIR!
Topic: RAW Bytes

- Ric Flair makes another appearance in distracting Chris Jericho. Please, Ric. STAY HOME! YOU'RE FUCKING RETIRED FOR CHRIST'S SAKE! STAY RETIRED!

(2011 Update: So much for that. Thank you, Mr. Bollea, for bringing Ric Flair back into active competition... that was sarcasm, by the way.) 

- Randy Orton's at home... yay.

- So Big Show's prediction came true: it's going to be a three-way at Mania for the World Title... yay.

Posted by dtm666 at 10:43 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 16 December 2011 1:24 PM EST
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
1106 - RAW Punts
Topic: RAW Bytes

Randy Orton beats up Shane McMahon some more, RKOs Stephanie, and brings out Trips, who's irate dammit! What a heel that Orton is... not for systematically taking down McMahons, but for bringing Triple H back on RAW.

Aw man, this show is gonna suck again, isn't it?

(2011 Update: Funny how that works. Just this past summer, there was a pretty good story surrounding CM Punk and his then-expiring contract. On the guy's last night, he beat John Cena and walked out WWE Champion. WWE had people talking about their product, which had been made relevant once again... and then they decide to bring back Triple H and put the focus on him... and indeed, the show did start sucking again to the point where I'm barely watching the current Johnny Ace era of RAW.) 

Meanwhile, Edge gloats and Cena calls for a rematch. Cryme Time loses another match. Chris Jericho beats on Piper. I generally don't care and go to bed. But seriously, this was a nothing show. I might check out the PPV replay, however.

Posted by dtm666 at 6:51 AM EST
Updated: Friday, 16 December 2011 1:31 PM EST
Monday, 2 February 2009
1098 - NO!
Topic: RAW Bytes

So I'm going to bed now, but I just wanted to comment on a couple things before I ignore the rest of RAW.

- A message to Ric Flair: DON'T COME BACK. STAY AS FAR AWAY AS HUMANLY POSSIBLE! You've had a great, graceful exit last year and one of the more classier endings to a long, significant career. Don't fuck it up with another cheap payday that will result in a inferior comeback match. I'm begging you, man. Don't prostitute your career like Mick Foley did. Merci et salut la visite... or something.

- For a brief moment, I was actually rooting for Randy to give Nipple H a punt before Shane ruined the whole thing. At first, I attributed this to my having issues, but I prefer to go with the logic that anything that gets Stephanie, her shill voice, and wooden acting off my TV for a good long time is perfectly acceptable. Alas, it was not to be.

- Another sidenote is this whole Jericho/Rourke thing. Here's hoping Rourke doesn't wrestle at Wrestlemania... alas, it's still going to happen, isn't it?

That's it. I go to bed.

Posted by dtm666 at 10:40 PM EST
Monday, 26 January 2009
1094 - RAW So FAr
Topic: RAW Bytes

Randy Orton comes out with lawyers, reveals that he has IED, and threatens to sue if he's fired. He also threatens to sue if he doesn't get his contracted title shot that he won last night. He then apologizes to Mr. McMahon for punting him in the head... if I'm making this sound drab, it's on purpose. They're selling this whole bit where knocking out Vince is this unholy thing that is almost sacreligious... and yet the main inductee of this year's Hall of Fame is a guy who made a living beating the crap out of McMahon every chance he gets. How times have changed...

Posted by dtm666 at 9:38 PM EST
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
1082 - Meh...
Topic: RAW Bytes

Show was nothing special, really. You had a tag match with Cena and HBK beating Orton and Jericho, you had an IC title match that ended in a DQ (and will result in a re-match next week), and of course the news we've all been waiting for: the return of Mr. McMahon.

Yeah, that sounds like fun...


Posted by dtm666 at 6:28 AM EST
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
1050 - RAW Bytes
Topic: RAW Bytes

So apparently Cena has yet to swap the Big Gold Belt for his usual spinner garbage. I give it about a couple weeks before that happens.

Regarding the tournament... why call it an Intercontinental Championship tournament when the top prize is a shot at the champion himself rather than the title? Who names these things and why are they allowed to live?

So they're bringing back the Slammy awards... wow, that's so random.

The McMahon kids... ugh. Please go away... PLEASE GO AWAY! BRING BACK MIKE ADAMLE! At least he was inoffensive... for a time... but definitely more tolerable than the kids...

That's it for now.

Posted by dtm666 at 6:28 AM EST
Thursday, 23 October 2008
1029 - Yes, I really want to watch this PPV.
Topic: RAW Bytes

Watched a bit of RAW and while I haven't much to say, I'll say what I can... ZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.... *snore* ZZZZZzzzzzz....

*wakes up*

Oh, I'm sorry. Did I miss anything?

I couldn't stay awake Monday - the show bored me to a point where I actually felt like going to bed much earlier. I think that takes some effort when a show actually puts me to sleep and trust me when I say I usually have a hard time getting myself into sleep central.

So if RAW has anything to celebrate, it'll probably be that. Because the ratings (from what I've heard) won't be the source of joy this week.

Posted by dtm666 at 7:00 AM EDT
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
978 - RIP Rey Mysterio
Topic: RAW Bytes would like to extend condolences to the family of Rey Mysterio for their recent loss. Meanwhile, DTM would like to extend condolences to anyone who actually bought that.

John Cena and Batista, one week after winning gold they didn't need, lost it back to the other guys... then got into a fight. What a buildup to a bigtime match.

CM Punk (the World champ, you know) loses a drinking contest to JBL by tossing whiskey in Bradshaw's face. Not very sporting.

WWE got honored by some award group. Considering what else is on these days, it's a worthy choice... that WAS sarcasm.


Posted by dtm666 at 6:25 AM EDT
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
974 - An Adamle Original... A Shitty Show
Topic: RAW Bytes

Some quick notes:

- Looks like Mike Adamle is going to be one of those paper GMs with no personality whatsoever. Man, I have never seen anyone bore me faster than this guy... even Triple H seems exciting in comparison.

- Please fire Layla. Nothing against the girl, but if all she does is dance (badly) and be a MacGuffin for Jamie Noble to do stupid stuff, then it's time to dump her. And poor Regal is stuck in the middle of this mess.

- So we now have a Summerslam World Title match and it's a match we've already seen on free TV. Seriously, what was the point?

- Cena and Batista are the new World Tag Team champions. Further proof that WWE simply does not care about their tag titles. Absolutely painful to watch... almost as bad as watching Cena be WWE champion.

Well, that was well worth sleeping early.

Posted by dtm666 at 6:39 AM EDT
Monday, 28 July 2008
965 - New Raw General Manager: MIKE ADAMLE
Topic: RAW Bytes

Fuck this show. And I had such high hopes.

On the bright side, CM Punk is still WORLD CHAMPION.

(2011 Update: Years later, we'd have Johnny Ace... and suddenly, I'm yearning for the Mike Adamle years.) 

Posted by dtm666 at 11:36 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 16 December 2011 2:06 PM EST
Tuesday, 15 July 2008
957 - Why, yes. I did try the Pepsi machine. He wasn't there, either.
Topic: RAW Bytes


Shane and Stephanie plea one last time for order to be maintained or else actions will be taken. Oh God, don't tell me you're bringing Triple H back to RAW. The show's actually starting to get good.

(2011 Update: Why is that whenever the idea of HHH coming back is entertained in some fashion, I automatically assume the show is going suck as a result? It can't be a coincidence.)


Actually, I don't have much to comment on. I had a really bad case of indigestion last night that prevented me from paying full attention to the show, but at least the show wasn't boring. I don't like Punk's chances of walking out of GAB as champion, though.

Another attempt at making Kane an interesting character... yeah, this is going to go over well. Let's face it: Kane was at his best when he was wearing a mask. Now he's like a second-rate Undertaker.

Finally, John Cena gets run over by a car. If only this were to lead to a nine-month leave of absence like it did that other fellow...

Overall, decent RAW. Not amazing, but still decent.

Posted by dtm666 at 6:40 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 16 December 2011 2:13 PM EST
Tuesday, 1 July 2008
932 - CM Punk Retains World Title
Topic: RAW Bytes

So JBL challenges CM Punk to a World title match and suddenly things look blue. I wouldn't have put it past WWE to hotshot the title to Bradshaw in quick fashion. But something wonderful happened at the end of RAW; CM Punk, the new World champion, actually beat JBL and retained his title. When I saw this happen, I almost shit my shorts. It was that good of a feeling... well, not that good of a feeling, but it was great nonetheless.

This new Dibiase/Rhodes tag-team combination looks like it might go places. We haven't done a generational deal in quite some time and to have two guys doing it is a twist. Also, I actually enjoyed Koffee Kingston's last couple matches, as he offers something different and dynamic to his matches. Let's not forget Chris Jericho, who always delivers the awesome.

All in all, I actually enjoyed RAW. I mean, I genuinely enjoyed the show for the first time in almost... whenever. It seems like WWE is finally getting their shit together and pushing some new faces to the forefront. Again, I don't see this happening in the long run, but my god, what a wonderful show this was. New faces holding championships, just absolutely amazing. Top notch, kids.

Thumbs up.

Posted by dtm666 at 6:20 AM EDT
Monday, 30 June 2008
931 - CM Punk wins World Title
Topic: RAW Bytes
Wow. That didn't take long. Good to know there's a new World champion not named John Cena, Edge, Batista, Undertaker, or Triple Ahh... um, yeah... well he's not on RAW anymore so... yeah.

Posted by dtm666 at 9:43 PM EDT
Monday, 23 June 2008
914 - Draft Thoughts and... Yeah
Topic: RAW Bytes

What was that thing people keep saying? Nothing ever happens during a WWE Draft?

Epic stuff going on, as this draft seemed to have made some actual hard changes.

Rey Mysterio (SD) heads to RAW
Okay, Rey Rey to RAW doesn't sound so bad. It means he'll be a jumping bean on the HHH show instead of the Mizark Henry show. Next.

Jeff Hardy (RAW) heads to SmackDown
So the Hardys are back together. Big deal. Hopefully, this reunion won't last long.

CM Punk (ECW) heads to RAW
Oh gee, wow. Didn't see that one coming. You know what else I didn't see coming? The fact that we're having yet another Edge/John Cena match... which means that yes, I did see it coming.

Matt Hardy (SD) to ECW
So much for that reunion. Hey, remember the last time a major star was drafted to ECW? He didn't really last that long, did he? I wonder what happened to... oh wait, right. Well, at least Matt isn't married and doesn't have any kids. I wonder...

Jim Ross (RAW) to SmackDown, Michael Cole (SD) to RAW
YES! YES! Jim Ross is gone from RAW! Yes! Cole goes to RAW while JR goes to Smackdown! Yes! Now we get to here Cole's fine commentary skills at work while JR brags with Mick Foley... seriously, this is a very good move that will hopefully freshen up the commentary scene of these shows.

Batista (SD) to RAW
Wow. Everyone else is getting the shaft here. At least Edge will have other people to feud with... like the Undertak... oh wait, he's "banished" or something. Well, what about Jim Ross? Yeah, he could feud with Jim Ross... right. Next.

Umaga (RAW) to SD
Pretty much everyone saw this coming... no big surprise.

Kane (ECW) to RAW
Wow. ECW really is getting the shaft. No world champ? Really?

Mr. Kennedy (RAW) to SD
Unfortunately, we can't bring Tony Chimmel back to SD so we can relive those classic mocking moments from when Mr. Kennedy was original and funny.

Triple H (RAW) to SD
Um... Yay?

So that's about it really. No more million dollar contests after tonight.

Vince's accident = EPIC FAIL

Good night.

Posted by dtm666 at 11:14 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 24 June 2008 12:47 AM EDT
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
893 - Very Quick RAW Recap
Topic: RAW Bytes

Not so much to note on for last night's RAW because I didn't see everything. And the reason I didn't see everything is because I was busy playing Mega Man X. You know, the original game for SNES. Before the Mega Man games started to SUCK.

But I digress. Let's get to the three segments of RAW I did watch (the latter half mostly).

- Ken Kennedy defeated General Manager King William Regal The Third to fire Regal in what I thought was a perfectly good match. Mind you, it wasn't one of their best matches, but it wasn't boring and it certainly wasn't filled with much silliness (except for that bit towards the end there).

- The Piper's Pit segment hosted by Santino was fairly decent. I like Santino because he's funny. What I don't like is Santino being involved with a match with Jimmy Kimmel's Cousin Sal. Who the fuck is Cousin Sal? (Sorry, I don't watch that much Jimmy Kimmel).

- Randy Orton and JBL defeat HHH and John Cena to decide the stipulations for their respective One Night Stand rematches. Okay, how many times do we have to get hammered with Orton/HHH bouts on PPV? It's bad enough we had to put up with it in 2004/2005, but enough is enough already. Those matches sucked ass then and they suck ass now. There isn't anything they could do that we haven't seen before. As for Cena/JBL, nothing they do will top their Judgment Day 2005 I Quit match in my mind... in fact, nothing Cena's done since then has been able to top that.

That's it for me. 

Posted by dtm666 at 6:19 AM EDT

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