This wasn't a bad raw.
I really liked the opening segment with Cena and Khali. Cena's promo was pretty good, especially when he said that slightly bitter line about "people boo me!". That tree slam against the golf cart looked brutal. The belt actually looks pretty nice slung over Khali's shoulder, but I still don't see it happening.
I'm sorta looking forward to Cena-Khali. I'm sure they'll gimmick it up to epic proportions to make it watchable but in the meantime, it has the potential to have the so-bad-it's-entertaining thing going.
Vince as the "Doctor of Hardcore" is totally money. Vince being "down" in his pink suit jacket and doo-rag ruled the show.
It's hilarious how Lashley barely sells for anybody on the roster but Shane POUNCEs him and he sells it like death.
Vince smacking blackash with the belt, and subsequent confused staredown, and promenade off screen were hilarious.
The Umaga turn is inevitable and I'm guessing it'll happen on Sunday. Lashley will probably get the belt back before ONS and something needs to happen for him to win.
As far as Candice goes, all I know is that the replay they showed of the suplex rversal into the small package was f*cking tight. She's the last DIVA I would have guessed would be concerned with improving her wrestling skills...
Though Candice may not have the technical gifts right now of Victoria or Micks
(where the hell was she tonight
), she tries so hard that it's impossible not to like her. That said, while she's still rough around the edges, she can work quite the enjoyable match, and she delivered with Victoria tonight, also it's hilarious that Candice does flying heel kicks better than both Van Dam and Shelty B.
Marella needs a finisher as soon as possible; if he keeps fluking victories over guys like Chris Masters, fans will quickly come to view him as a chump and he'll start getting Blue Chipper Rocky Maivia heat. I do like his striking-oriented offense, though, and he manages to make it look pretty crisp.
Orton/HBK's booking for Judgment Day came really out of the blue, but it's nice to see Orton portrayed as a dominant heel for once in the build after the main event. It's a shame he'll likely job yet again at the PPV to bolster Michaels' run-up back to title contention. The best thing for Orton right now would be to get the hell away from the main event and start cleanly squashing midcarders.
I like the respect angle with the Hardys and Cade/Murdoch, but the only place it can lead is to a double-cross, so that takes some of the drama out of the build. That said, the build is towards another tag match between the two teams, and they work awesomely together, so I'm not really that upset.
I am one of the biggest HBK fans on this board but, I didnt see the point in him going over Edge, because I think Edge should have left Raw with all the momentum in the world leading to Judgement Day. Orton should at least did a run-in during the match (causing Edge to lose via DQ), Edge taking a pinfall loss in his first match as champion was pretty silly. No, I don't think it will do him any real harm, but it really threatens to devalue the Worlds Heavyweight Title and the SmackDown brand. Not that I really think Vince cares deeply about any of that...
I enjoyed the main event otherwise. I think that's the first time I can recall in YEARS that Michaels has actually hit the stomp-stomp-stomp-superkick combo. He'd had that thing blocked so much that it had nearly reached Flair coming off the top rope levels of futility. Really caught me off guard when it connected
Also, just in terms of show-to-show booking, a HBK/Batista vs. Rated RKO main event is right there
for SmackDown if they want it.