While I enjoy a good match as much as the next fan, the best segments over the years to me feature guys who entertain just as much on the microphone.
Guys like Ric Flair, Mick Foley, The Rock — who never really put together bad matches — were always way more entertaining when given a few minutes to talk. Not always, but definitely more times than not. Or, at least those were the segments I always enjoyed the most. So, that’s probably why my list of favorites always included the talkers, and, topping that list is the “Rowdy one” himself, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.
And, when the guest host gimmick started up on Raw, I knew it was only a matter of time before Piper showed up.
Last night, from the most famous arena in the world,Madison Square Garden, Piper did what he does best. While age and health issues (not to mention WWE’s struggling creative department, which is a topic for a different day) have all started to catch up to him, he was still able to deliver a few memorable lines last night at the Garden. Culminating in an exchange with Vince himself, Piper took shots at anybody he could, including a few at Total Nonstop Action’s newest acquisition, Hulk Hogan. I’m sure Vince wasn’t necessarily thrilled with so many Hogan references, but he had to know they were coming when he gave a live microphone to Piper.
I was hardly surprised to see Vince’s first Raw appearance in quite sometime occur at MSG. I’m sure he thinks he helped build the place over the years. The two went back and forth a little, mainly talking about how old the other was. Not exactly their best stuff, but, it’s not like they really had much to work with. While they do have a longstanding history with each other, they haven’t had any real confrontations in a very long time.
Piper would return later in the show, though we didn’t get the McMahon/Piper confrontation we were expecting.
Instead, Piper was used in a secondary role as a punching bag for Randy Orton until the save by Kofi Kingston, which is how he should’ve been used. The young guys are the ones fans are expected to pay to see this weekend at the Survivor Series, not Piper. Plus, the Orton/Kingston angle led to a much better brawl throughout the arena than we probably would’ve gotten from Piper or McMahon, and, I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t have gotten a table spot from them either like we got from Kofi.
So, all in all, the segment worked. The focus was put on the young guys who are on the show every week, Piper was used to help elevate a member of the regular roster and Kofi walks out of MSG with the highlight reel spot. And, now, it’s onto one of the big four PPVs of the year, the Survivor Series.