I used that headline not only because we saw a change in direction in the booking of Raw but because Jesse Ventura, the special guest host, said “revolution” more times than Michael Cole usually says “vintage.”
*Ventura won me over when at the beginning of the show he said he was sick of seeing the same people in the title scene all the time and things were about to change. That’s exactly what I, and many others, have been dying to hear for months.
*I liked the concept of qualifying matches for the Breakthrough Battle Royal, but the winners were so predictable. Either way, it was the right move putting the guys in that they did. I thought for sure Ted DiBiase would win the battle royal, setting up not only a title match for him but an eventual program with Randy Orton since DiBiase would have received the shot Orton has been desperate for.
Instead it was Sheamus who won and will face John Cena at the new TLC pay-per-view. I was okay with this, as Sheamus has been booked very strongly since coming to Raw. It also adds fuel to the popular rumor that Triple H’s cronies get top spots since it’s been reported that Sheamus is H’s workout buddy.
Oh well, any new face is a good one, even if they politicked to get it.
*I thought, for once, the backstage segment with Santino wasn’t lame. The ending with Vickie Guerrero getting an accidental pie in the face had me cracking up.
*The 8-year-old in me was hoping Bret Hart would make a run-in during the Hart Dynasty v. DX tag match. I would have marked out hard for that. Unfortunately we got a paint-by-numbers tag match with Triple H cleaning house after the hot tag and winning it. It was still decent enough.
*The John Cena v. CM Punk match was very good. I’ve always thought that even though Cena only has about eight moves in his repertoire, he can be very good with the right opponent. I’d like to see Cena and Punk get a program somewhere down the line. Punk, as I’ve said before, is a really good heel. He morphed his “I’m better than you” promo from drug abuse to turkey abuse for the Thanksgiving theme. Great stuff.
*The way Maryse came back was lame and predictable, but I was happy to see it. She may not be any good in the ring (really, which of the divas is?) but Maryse is ridiculously gorgeous.
I laughed a little at the Gobbledy Gooker return, but Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler were so over-the-top with their giggling that it got annoying.
*I really liked having Vince McMahon and Jesse Ventura do commentary together. It showed just how bad the team of Cole-Lawler really is when Ventura and McMahon can get on the mic after almost 20 years and be better. They were a little quiet but McMahon brought back his patented, “Over the top, that’ll do it… NO!”
One thing you can say for McMahon is he is very willing to mock himself. If it’s entertaining he’ll do it.
*Overall I thought this was a very good show. We got an extension of the Orton-Kofi feud, Cena has a new challenger who was put over strong, JeriShow and DX should have a great TLC match at the PPV, and Maryse was on my TV again.