Katz Files: Nobody Asked Me (about RAW), But…

The Katz Files – Arnie Katz

Nobody Asked Me about RAW, But…

The Kingfish Arnie Katz continues a “Katz Files” tradition with answers to some ticklish questions that no one asked him and some observations about things that stuck in his mind after viewing the 1/26 episode of RAW.

I was watching RAW this week and…

… Am I the only one who sees a parallel between Rosa Mendez and the classic movie All About Eve? Watch for her to undermine the relationship between Santino Morella and Beth Phoenix. Could this be a way to generate fan support for the Wronged Woman (Beth) to ignite a Babyface Turn? By the way, Rosa handled her character much better on this RAW than she did on the pay per view.

… Have you ever heard anything more contrived than Chris Jericho’s rant about Mickey Rourke and Ric Flair? And have you ever heard anyone sell that carload of crap better than he did? As an admirer of Rourke’s work in The Wrestler, I was disappointed when Jericho’s segment, coupled with the much-shown clip of Rourke saying he would, seemed to validate the rumor. II was happy for the actor that he subsequently had second thoughts and reversed his earlier statement. I hope he sticks to it.

… Can someone explain the rationale behind what JBL did? When did it become ok to buy a substitute to participate in a scheduled, sanctioned WWE match? Why can’t Ric Flair make a comeback and use his supposed fortune to buy stand-ins? Yet JBL simply proclaimed his intention, but neither RAW General Manager Stephanie McMahon uttered even a peep of protest. She didn’t even comment on this remarkable event. You want an example of bad plotting? That’s a big one.

… Didn’t announcers Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler seem a bit cold-hearted when they ridiculed Randy Orton for revealing that he has a rather spectacular form of mental illness? Sure, it’s bogus, but the announcers should have shown some initial sympathy so that the Moment of Truth, when it comes, is much more shocking.

… Is Shane McMahon going to become the next WWE champion? He beat up Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase in a one-on-three attack. If he can beat the former World Champion and the former Tag Team Champions at the same time, then what else is there for him to do but take the title and crush all challengers? I don’t want to hear anyone at WWE talk about “exposing the business” for at least the next years after this farce.

That’s all for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with my preview and predictions for TNA’s Turning point pay per view. I hope you’ll join me then – and, please, bring your friends.

— Arnie Katz
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(1/30/09)