Despite being on the air for twenty-one years, The Simpsons have not even come close to WWE Monday Night Raw. On August 30, 2010, Raw aired its 900th episode making it the longest weekly episodic television show in history, as reminded to us by Michael Cole every week since Raw’s 800th milestone.
Wrestlers from WWE’s other shows also made appearances throughout the night. The three NXT finalists were in action in a Triple Threat tag team match. U.S. Champion and Raw MITB winner The Miz and Alex Riley defeated the teams of Kaval and Daniel Bryan, and Michael McGillicutty and Kofi Kingston. With Miz having much animosity towards his former rookie Daniel Bryan, he took much satisfaction on pinning Kaval. Alberto Del Rio, SmackDown’s newest star, is quickly making an impact throughout the WWE. After Evan Bourne lost to Jack Swagger, Del Rio placed him in a Rolling cross armbar to demonstrate to the Raw audience what happened to his “amigito” Rey Mysterio Jr. Raw featured an inter-promotional Divas tag match with Divas champion Melina Perez and Eve Torres defeating Co-Women’s champions Michelle McCool and Layla-El. LayCool issued Melina a Title Unification match for Night of Champions, which will be contested under Lumberjill rules. Seeing as SmackDown has lost a majority of its female competitors over the past year, a unification match for a depleting division seems like the obvious choice.
Raw’s 900 had some hits and misses. When Raw’s General Manager booked Bret Hart to take on The Undertaker, it had all the makings of a Monday Night classic. But rather than witnessing a historic concept between the two veterans that appeared on Raw’s debut episode, the match never took place thanks to Wade Barrett and Kane. Another miss occurred when trying to crown new contenders for WWE’s tag team belts, the match between John Morrison, R-Truth, Cody Rhodes, and Drew McIntyre ended in a double-disqualification. But the night wasn’t a total miss. The Nexus were victorious against five of Raw’s biggest stars in an Elimination match.
The main-event was both shocking and expected. Chris Jericho and Edge walked away from the match, granting Team Raw two eliminations, and the remainder were too prideful to work as a team. WWE Heavyweight champion Sheamus did not run away as predicted, but lived up to the Celtic Warrior moniker by taking the fight to Nexus. He unfortunately succumbed to Heath Slater, followed by John Cena to the 450-degree Splash by Justin Gabriel. Randy Orton, facing a 3-on-1 odd, took out Michael Tarver and Justin Gabriel within seconds after striking with RKOs. The match ended with Wade Barrett slamming Orton with Wasteland for the victory. The win was shocking because Nexus took out the WWE champion, WWE’s poster boy, and WWE’s insanely popular new fan favorite in one main-event. But it was also expected because WWE is sparring no expense towards building The Nexus as a force to be reckoned with.
Season two of NXT finally came to a close with Kaval revealed as the new breakout star. The last two eliminated were Alex Riley and Michael McGillicutty. The first was eliminated shortly after winning a triple threat match, and the latter for failing to impress the WWE Pros and Universe with verbal skills.
With NXT Season Two being such a close race that it was, it’s hard to grasp at the final decision. Alex Riley’s charisma was unmatched by any rookie in NXT’s short history. The downfall was his gimmick did not cater to wrestling fans. Who wants to see a Varsity Jock picking on nerds, for that we watch The Simpsons to see Nelson pick on Bart.
When it came down to Kaval and McGillicutty, to admit that this was a hard decision would be an understatement. McGillicutty is a third generation superstar, much like Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase Jr. He was undefeated for the longest with a record of 6-0. But when push came to shove, McGillicutty collapsed under the pressure of being Mr. Perfect’s kid. Instead of continuing his streak, he began a losing one. His mic skills were spewed with spite towards his other classmates. And his role of either fan favorite or heel seem to change every week. Kaval, though taking Daniel Bryan’s role as “internet sensation,” followed a concept that no other rookie had before–to get along and learn from the Pros. Despite having a decade of experience with various wrestling promotions around the world, Kaval learned not to take himself too seriously thanks to Michelle McCool and Layla-El.
As for Season 3, WWE announced that it would be an all Divas edition featuring only six contestants contrast to the eight-rookie scheme. Among the six are AJ Lee, Aksana, Jamie Keyes, Maxine, and Naomi Knight. The sixth rookie was a 6-foot-9 Amazon by the name of Aloisia, who was removed from the show before it started. WWE.com reported that Aloisia was fired by her NXT Pro Vickie Guerrero, and a new Diva would be named at the season’s premiere. Whether Aloisia was truly fired is unknown as of this time.
While WWE has another week until Night of Champions, TNA is gearing up for No Surrender this Sunday. The card is mostly composed of the EV2 members taking on the members of Fortune in singles matches. Sabu will challenge Douglas Williams for the X-Division title, Rhino and Abyss will meet in a Falls Count Anywhere match, and Tommy Dreamer will face AJ Styles in a “I Quit” match. The pay-per-view will also reveal the two men that will face one another at Bound for Glory to crown a new TNA World champion. Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin will defend the TNA tag belts against Desmond Wolfe and Brutus Magnus. Sting and Kevin Nash team up to take on Jeff Jarrett and Samoa Joe. And former best friends, Madison Rayne and Velvet Sky will face one another – all at No Surrender.
The comedic exchanges between Motor City Machine Guns and London Brawling proved to be a nice build for a team that has yet to prove themselves for championship contention. Sure, the Britons managed to pick up some wins on TNA Xplosion, but they were against minor teams. Why doesn’t Eric Bischoff and Hulk Hogan shake things up? Throw MCMG and London Brawling in a main-event match with some main-event stars. That would make for an exciting match.
In other TNA news, Madison Rayne’s biker friend turned out to be Tara, the woman she forced out of the company several months ago at Sacrifice. Based on the lack of pop from the crowd, the assumption is that everyone already guessed that Tara, a motorcycle enthusiast, was the mysterious biker. Also, Abyss’ imaginary friends are not EV2 or Fortune. They will be revealed at 10.10.10, which, for those that couldn’t break the code, is the date for Bound for Glory. Guesses still point to the masked men that kidnapped Samoa Joe back on March 29 edition of Impact. No Surrender seems like a perfect time for Joe to turn on Jarrett and join forces with Sting and Nash as part of the Wolf Pack… or they.
ROH presented its final episode on HDNet for two weeks, as Ring of Honor will observe Labor Day. But ROH will not be out of action for two weeks, far from it. One week from today, at the Manhattan Center in New York City, Ring of Honor presents Glory by Honor IX. As mentioned in the last edition of The Weekend Post, Tyler Black requested that his title defense against Roderick Strong be a No Disqualification match. ROH Commissioner Jim Cornette has added Terry Funk as the Ringside Vigilante. Funk’s job will be to eliminate any form of outside interference, and–for whatever reason the referee cannot officiate–he will act as a replacement referee. In addition, Tyler Black stated that he intends on leaving ROH with the championship and taking it over to WWE. While Roderick Strong believes in himself that he will finally become ROH’s World champion.
ROH’s Tag champs, Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli, defeated El Generico and Colt Cabana in a warm up match for the Dream Match in NYC against Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin. Generico and Cabana will face off against Steve Corino and Kevin Steen in a Double Chain match. ROH Television champion Eddie Edwards–one half of The American Wolves–defends against Shawn Daivari, while former (and only) two-time ROH champion Austin Aries takes on “The Fallen Angel” Christopher Daniels in a battle between the best wrestlers.
WWE SmackDown is nearing the end of its run on MyNetworkTV as ScyFy has announced that the premiere of SmackDown will air on October 1st. WWE World champion Kane announced that Undertaker would be his opponent at Night of Champions. Alberto Del Rio–who injured Mysterio’s wrist last week–has found a new enemy in the shape of Captain Charisma. Christian issued a challenge to Del Rio, which he accepted for a later date. Christian immediately reinforced his standings on SmackDown by defeating Drew McIntyre for the second time in a span of three weeks. The same success cannot be attributed to the other innovator of the TLC match, Matt Hardy. The elder Hardy lost to the young “Dashing” Cody Rhodes. Maybe Rhodes is right, perhaps Matt Hardy is “Version: Done.”
The release of Serena Deeb has not been mentioned on WWE TV, going with the old method – if they don’t mention it, we won’t remember it. C.M. Punk delivered a GTS to Luke Gallows, the first disciple of the Straight Edge Soceity, for submitting to Big Show in a handicap match. Leading to the assumption that S.E.S. is finally nearing its demise.