Welcome to the Weekly Top Five (WTF) for the July 9 episode of Monday Night Raw. Before I rank best moments of the show, allow me to remind you that the second edition of WWE Encyclopedia is now available for pre-order on Amazon.
After last week, I never thought Tensai woud make the WTF again. But amazingly, that powerbomb against the ring apron to Tyson Kidd was something I’ve never seen before, which is rare. No, I’m not saying I’ve seen everything. But after 15 years in this business, I have seen a great deal. That powerbomb, however, was new to me … and deserving of placement on this week’s WTF. Plus, I loved Vickie gazing at Tensai after the match. It was subtle, but just enough to make people think she might want him in her stable.
4. ANONYMOUS RAW GM
I know, I know. Hear me out first.
When WWE announced that they would be bringing back past GMs to run the show, I wondered if they had the balls to dig up the Anonymous Raw GM. Well, the did. And they did it very well.
The heat that comes along with the blackberry beep is pure gold. It rivals the hatred Vickie Guerrero receives from the WWE Universe. My only fear is that it heeled up Michael Cole after weeks of the announcer acting somewhat straight. I think we all agree that Cole works best as a straight-man, especially when he’s the one telling the WWE Universe to spend their money on pay-per-views, movies, merchandise …
Also, Santino trying to find the GM was pretty funny. And I liked that WWE acknowledged that the storyline was yet-to-be resolved. As for the payoff … well, let’s just say it came up short … on many, many levels.
Finally, for those who asked – Yes, the Anonymous Raw GM is in the new WWE Encyclopedia. Pick it up here.
Thank you to those on Twitter who got me through the revelation that Hornswoggle was the Anonymous Raw GM. Apparently, we all feel the same way, which is good to see. I especially loved the tweet that Horswoggle will soon be revealed as the Higher Power.
2. THE 1,000th RAW
WWE’s promotion of the upcoming 1,000th Raw continues to be some of their best work in recent memory. You have to give them credit for continually promoting a show that will be shown on free TV.
Announcing The Rock to the show this week simply added to an already epic lineup, which includes Brock Lesnar, the revelation of the new GM, DX and so much more. And at the same time, The Rock’s tweet about wanting the WWE Championship added to the importance of the gold. Sometimes that gets lost, especially when Punk defends the title lower on the card. Rock’s tweet, however, helped solidify the gold as the biggest prize in the industry.
1. THE FIRST & LAST SEGMENT
For me, the most important segment of any episode of Raw is the first segment of the night. It sets the tone for the entire night and helps fans decide if they’ll spend the next two hours watching WWE or something else.
Not too long ago, every wrestling organization suffered from seeing viewers tail off from hour one to hour two. Of late, however, WWE hasn’t had to worry about this, mainly because of stellar first segments. Tonight was no different.
Even though AJ could’ve picked up the pace of her promo, I do think she did a good job. At first, I really thought she was nervous. I began to feel for her in the same way that one might feel for a classmate bombing during a presentation. But then she turned on a dime and showed off her “crazy chick” skills perfectly.
Fast forward to the money of the segment – when AJ uttered “I’m going to walk out of this arena with my future husband,” I’m sure thousands of people made up their minds that they had to watch all of Raw, instead of checking out at around 10 p.m. It’s obviously easier said than done, but you just have to hook the viewers early, ensuring that they will be with you for the entire ride. Tonight, WWE did this.
While AJ didn’t walk out with her future husband tonight, she did slap both CM Punk and Daniel Bryan across the face. Juxtaposed to last week’s kisses, for me, it was the perfect way to head into the pay-per-view.