On this Memorial Day, everyone at MLD thanks those who’ve given their lives in service to the United States throughout its history. As we take a day to ourselves, this abbreviated edition of the Warm Up comes on the heels of a less than memorable edition of Raw last week following the Over the Limit pay-per-view. Hopefully, tonight’s show in New Orleans does more to distinguish itself in the weeks leading up to No Way Out.
PTB: As much as I like seeing four weeks on the schedule to build for the next pay-per-view, last week’s show was murder.
THE JASON: Really? I didn’t think it was completely bad.
PTB: It was really just forgettable. The Big Show’s tirade was really the only thing that stood out to me as a bright spot on an otherwise lackluster episode of Raw.
THE JASON: Ok. Same here, though I’ll include the bit with Santino introducing Alberto Del Rio.
PTB: That was good, but after Santino ran away, I’m struggling to remember who Alberto actually wrestled. It also doesn’t help that this is more likely building to a rivalry between Santino and Ricardo Rodriguez than a feud with Del Rio.
THE JASON: Del Rio faced Randy Orton. It wasn’t memorable. I watched Raw and Smackdown in succession, so it blends together.
PTB: I understand. Smackdown has been dedicating around thirty minutes to Orton’s matches in recent weeks and it’s hard to come away with anything from it. A lot of time was dedicated to his match with Del Rio on Raw as well, but the best part of it was Chris Jericho’s appearance at the end.
The segment with Punk and Daniel Bryan was probably the strongest of the night. The ongoing involvement of Kane at least made for some nice continuity even if this isn’t exactly what I want to see. It was somewhat made up for by the bit backstage with AJ.
PTB: Other somewhat noteworthy moments from the show included Christian confirming the face turn that ignores the recent past as you’d suggested last week. Beth Phoenix also seemed to be back in form again carrying what appeared to be an unconscious Kelly Kelly to the end of their match.
John Cena was on screen a lot last week in the opening and closing segments and wrestling in two matches. I don’t know that anyone’s asking for that much Cena, but he seemed to get more support than normal from the crowd in Richmond. The real upside was an appearance on Raw for two new tag teams in Raw in Darren Young and Titus O’Neil and Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins.
PTB: While we’re taking a bit of a break this week, Raw never really takes a day off. It explains why the show is speeding toward its historic 1000th episode this Summer and tonight will be another test to see if it’s ready to expand to three hours every week.
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