The Katz Files
My Weekly RAW Notebook!
The Kingfish Arnie Katz delivers his and analysis of the 7/26 episode of RAW.
RAW is developing some momentum again, after muddling through a couple of limp pay per views. One of WWE’s highest profile annual events.SummerSlam, s coming at the end of the month and they’re driving hard toward the big night in Los Angeles.
With three weeks to go at this writing, WWE is concentrating on two main matches: the seven-on-seven war between Nexus and Team Cena and the WWE Championship tilt between Randy Orton and Sheamus.
The Mystery GM
WWE tossed out a gigantic hint about the identity of the Mystery GM and then had Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler beat it to death in case anyone missed it.
The announcer made much o the fact that one of the GM’s emails included the phrase, “I’ve got two words for ya.” For some reason, Cole and Lawler thought it was significant that RAW was in San Antonio, TX. Granted, it’s the home of Shawn Michaels, but an email can arrive from any location, near or far.
On a way, it is significant. If HBK was going to be the Mystery GM, WWE would probably have brought him to the show and done the blow off of the angle.
Michaels wasn’t on the card, which means that the Mystery GM is supposed to be Triple H! Of course, they could change the GM’s secret identity five more times before they finally reveal it.
This is good forward planning and very good booking. They can have the Big Reveal as a way of bringing HHH back to RAW.
NEXUS Goes Big-Time
Nexus is so much better than that group of male cheerleaders that I almost hate to criticize the angle. They aren’t exactly getting over as individual performers, except for Wade Barrett, but coming elimination match will be a huge, exciting attraction at the PPV.
And actually, there isn’t that much to criticize. We still haven’t a clue about why these young men are so angry and let’s hope the elimination match on RAW was not a previews of the SummerSlam contest.
The one onRAW, a seven-to-noting wipe-out, made painful viewing. Certainly, Nexus had to win this one, but what was the point of making the guys on the RAW team look so feeble? It’s one thing to have semi-retired Jerry Lawler or even Goldust get steamrollered, but Bourne and Smith, at least, should have eliminated someone before they suffered pins.
That’s all for today, but I’ll be back Friday with another installment of the Internet’s fastest-rising pro wrestling column. I hope you’ll come back then and, please, tell your friends about the column, too.
— Arnie Katz