They’ve said in the past that anything can happen, so why should I be surprised that Charlie Sheen could step into the ring?
But, more on that in a minute, as we take a closer look at last night’s 1000th episode of Monday Night Raw.
I’m not sure what the ratings for the show will be, but I have to imagine that there were a lot of people watching as this has been hyped big time for months now. And, while there were some things I enjoyed, such as the DX reunion, the Brothers of Destruction teaming up once again, the Legends’ cameos, the thought of a CM Punk-Rock match at the Royal Rumble and a title change.
However, while all of that was well and good, and I knew going into it we were going to have a fun focus on the past, that still doesn’t do much for the future.
We got a good six-man tag early on, that did keep some consistency with the storylines when Dolph Ziggler cost his team the match after he intentionally hit Chris Jericho. There was a great set-up to the Triple H-Brock Lesnar match for SummerSlam (which would be even better if either of these guys were full-time performers, but they’re not). We got a fun appearance by Slick, though that was only an angle set up to announce AJ as the new general manager (she’s plays a good crazy valet, but I really don’t see the point of this move…I preferred William Regal, but they didn’t ask me).
On the flip side, undercard guys such as Hunico, Drew McIntyre and Tyler Reks were destroyed by Kane and the Undertaker, which means we have even less reason to care about those guys. The current U.S. champion, Santino Marella, was only there to hand out toys to the audience. One of the tag champs appeared in a Tout video, while the other was in a backstage vignette with Roddy Piper trying to teach his imaginary friend to jump rope. Jack Swagger was squashed by Brodus Clay. Damien Sandown was beaten down by DX, which had to happen to somebody, but they could’ve just as easily taken Drew McIntyre if he was only going to be a part of the jobber squad anyway.
And, that brings me to Charlie Sheen’s comments about seeing Daniel Bryan in L.A. the next time he’s in town. We’ve seen how celebrities are treated by the WWE. Any confrontation between the two will not turn out good for Bryan, and he’s one of those guys who doesn’t need to make a struggling star look better (yes, struggling…word is that ratings for Sheen’s new show aren’t doing that well). How about one of those six guys that the Undertaker and Kane took out? They’re not doing much anyway, and at the very least, they could be part of some potential headlines to elevate their incredibly low status as opposed to a main event talent like Bryan who’s just going to be made to look bad by a celebrity. I get that the argument could be made that it’ll be his name in the national headlines working with Sheen, but it’s just going to make him look weak, just like it did when Lawrence Taylor beat Bam Bam Bigelow, or Floyd Mayweather beat Big Show, or Snooki pinned Michelle McCool. So, why not at least use a guy like a Drew McIntyre who already looks weak in the eyes of the fans? Bryan came close to winning the WWE title several times the past few months, so creative should be riding that momentum. Instead, I can see Bryan getting pinned or knocked out by Charlie Sheen, which seems pretty insulting to a guy who should be taken seriously as a main eventer.
Back to last night, though, I know the point was made to remember the past. DX and the Brothers of Destruction destroy everybody in their path, and all of the Legends are tougher than Heath Slater. Wrestling fans have been raised over the years to believe that the stars of yesterday were far better and tougher than the stars of today, and it shows during most of their appearances.
But what about next week? Next week, we probably won’t have nearly that many blasts from the past, if we have any at all. And, we haven’t been given too many reasons to care about the guys who are there on a consistent basis.
Plus, it’ll still be a three hour show, which means even more time to fill with guys we’ve been told aren’t that important. I know there’s no shame in getting beaten by the Undertaker, under normal circumstances. But, if he’s not there putting a younger guy over next week, then what has really been accomplished? I’m intrigued by the CM Punk turn, but that won’t fill up three hours, and it’s not like we should expect the Rock to come back next week. We may not see him again until January, or, at best, we’ll have a few sporadic appearances. Most the rest of the roster were Legend fodder last night. I appreciate history, but I’m still concerned about the future.