- I don't want to make any promises, but I figure it's a 45-minute show, so why not try and get back into the product... kind of... by doing a weekly recap of one of the lesser-shows that was dropped from WGN because of poor ratings? Really, I don't know when this airs/uploads, but I see videos for them on YouTube all the time with dates, so hell, I'll trust that, and if anyone has a problem, then too bad.
I should explain something before starting the broadcast: I've always had an appreciation for the C-shows, whether it be episodes of Shotgun Saturday, Jakked, Sunday Night Heat, Velocity, or whatever other random shows have made it to broadcast, you were usually given an hour of storyline recaps and midcard matches that typically had clean finishes, and allowed workers more time than 90-seconds or being completely squashed, to show what they had. Hell, I still remember watching Velocity every week because it usually had a pretty good Paul London match.
One last note (I'm sorry): I've pretty much fallen completely out of WWE since 2007, with random sparks of interest, so right now, all I know is what's happend on Raw the past couple of weeks. Does (Friday Night) Smackdown even matter anymore? Still on Sci-Fi... sorry, Sy-Fy, 8-10, or has that slot moved? Sorry, sorry, no more delays, lets go down to ringside....
- Matt Striker and Scott Stanford are calling the action. Who the frick is Scott Stanford? Josh Mathews is selling injuries at the hands of Kane. I guess at SummerSlam, Mathews tried to ask Kane questions, but gets thrown around like a doll. It's a shame he wasn't semi-trained to wrestle, otherwise that might've killed him.
- Saturday Morning Slam debuts on the CW Network, 10 o'clock, saturday... I guess I missed that one. I'm guessing it was a recap show? the promo featured Brodus Clay and his Funkadactyls (that's a real pain in the ass to type), so I can't imagine it being that good.
- At SummerSlam, it was THE PERFECT STORM, between Triple H and Brock Lesnar. It was a grueling, GRUELING, battle, with Lesnar coming out on top, breaking Triple H's arm... again (I think). It was nice of the crowd to give Triple H shit after the loss. I guess that shows not everyone really cared for him. Last Monday on Raw, Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar gloat over the victory. Shawn Michaels has words too, selling an arm injury from Lesnar. Don't give up, Triple H.
- Brock Lesnar, via TOUT, is leaving the WWE, AGAIN. Didn't he just play that card after the match with Cena? Jesus Christ, this guy quits on WWE more than Shawn Michaels, circa Mid-1990's. What the fuck is Tout, anyway?
- The WWE Smackdown World Tour was in the Far East a couple of weeks ago. I guess fans in Asia can chant "Yes! Yes! Yes!", too. It's the typical self-loving video where fans are encouraged to say nice things about WWE.
- Raw Rebound, brought to you by WWEShop.com (nice of them to sponser themselves?). CM Punk retained the championship at SummerSlam. He's been allowed to name his own #1 Contender for Night of Champions, and he chooses Cena... if Cena admits that CM Punk is the best in the world. Cena refuses, because he HAS to believe in himself. Remember when the Rock used that argument against Hulk Hogan? He got ran over with an 18-wheeler. Punk uses this to demand an apology from Jerry Lawler for saying he turned his back on the WWE. That's not enough... he wants Lawler to say that he's the best in the world. Lawler says "No", so Punk kicks his head off his shoulders, which means we get CM Punk vs. Jerry Lawler on Raw, no doubt. SMELL THE RATINGS.
We return from Commercial, with Gabriel connecting with a missile dropkick for two. Gabriel to the top rope, but Rhodes shoves him down to the apron, and hangs the arm up across the top rope. Rhodes goes to work on the arm, and drops him with a front suplex for a one count. Rhodes puts the boots to him, and damn if he doesn't look like Dustin when he's not smiling. Rhodes with knees to the midsection for another one count. He drops a knee across the left elbow, and works an armbar. Rhodes uses a handful of tights to keep Gabriel grounded, and continues to work over the arm. Gabriel fights free, but Rhodes drops down and connects with a well placed right for two. He comes off the ropes with a knee to the face for another two count. More working of the arm, but Gabriel offers occasional flashes of offense. He goes for a lionsault, but misses. Rhodes only gets two on a cover, then goes to a short-arm scissors. Gabriel turns it over for two, so Rhodes goes behind with a more traditional armbar. Gabriel takes Rhodes over with a monkey flip, and damn it, the armband comes off, so he means business. Gabriel with a heel kick followed by a spinning forearm and another heel kick for two. Whip to the ropes is blocked, but Rhodes runs into a sitout slam for a two count. Gabriel eats boot on a charge to the corner, and I'm surprised he didn't use the ropes for a pin. Instead, he walks into a small package for a two count. They trade blows, then fight over stuff until Rhodes plants Gabriel with the Cross Rhodes (har har), and that's good enough for a three count at 11:29 (including commercial for next episode of Smackdown). Striker tries to put over the fact that Gabriel's left arm was too weak to finish what he was trying, but... I dunno, coincidence, maybe? Good match, but a tad boring. If the finish were true to Striker's words, then the work of the left elbow plays into the finish nicely. Otherwise, it's just so-so. Nice to give them more than 4-minutes, too.
Final Thoughts: Not a bad "waste" of 45-minutes. Nothing was really outstanding, or stood out from each other as anything to really get excited about, except for Cody Rhodes, but I've liked him despite my off-and-on viewership. Not too heavy on the recaps, and the ones we did get included putting over the new angle concerning CM Punk, which is interesting enough for me to see where it goes. I think I'll keep up with these episodes, but damn if I'll ever sit through an entire three hour block of Raw, without something incredible to entice me to watch it all.