J.R.'s Superstar of the Week - The Donald's Hair
Greetings from under the black, 200X Resistol hat, while wondering what the status of DX is, and if HBK will survive Monday Night Raw when he takes on both Edge & Randy Orton in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match from Bossier City (Shreveport), La., on Monday Night Raw.
This week’s Raw Superstar of the Week is quite the conundrum. The specific questions are: Who stood out the most? What will I remember most from this broadcast?
After careful deliberation and consultation with our esteemed panel of experts, including Howie the Mailman, The Brooklyn Brawler, and The Fabulous Moolah, this week’s winner is...”The Donald’s Hair.” That’s “the view” as I see it.
Who did John Cena P.O. to have not only Umaga breathing down the WWE Champion’s neck, but now the 7 foot, 3 inch tall, 420-pound The Great Khali as well? No one ever said being the WWE Champion was easy, and Cena must now seemingly contend with two monsters of incredible size, which poses a unique set of problems for any competitor.
Jonathan Coachman may have “stolen” Khali from ECW, and as time goes on, we will see how impactful that decision will be. Again, based on pure size alone, The Great Khali should be an imposing challenger for Cena— much akin to what many athletes found out in the early days of Andre the Giant’s career.
I admire the toughness of Triple H for gutting out the closing moments of the DX vs. Rated-RKO tag team battle at New Year’s Revolution. It is a huge blow to the Raw brand to lose a Superstar such as The Game, but no one should ever make the mistake of questioning his mental and physical toughness, if they were naïve to do so in the first place. Will DX add another member to The Game's four-to six- month absence? If so, who is willing to step up and into a bonafide mat war? If not, can HBK survive Rated-RKO alone? Time will tell, and this Monday night on Raw should be compelling, and perhaps answer some of these questions.
I enjoyed the Jeff Hardy vs. Kenny “Don’t call me Lenny” Dykstra match on Monday. I also thought the St. Louis crowd really was an asset to the broadcast with their enthusiasm. Sitting at ringside live, it was easy to tell the crowd had an opinion and had no issue expressing their emotions throughout the night.
Is it simply a matter of time before Victoria beats Mickie James to win the WWE Women’s Title? Or does Mickie have what it takes to prevail over a larger, stronger and equally unpredictable opponent? Can Victoria trust Melina? Stay tuned as the “women scorned” aspect of Raw is heating up. Victoria is a dangerous woman who seems to be constantly on the verge of a “Midol Moment” every time she steps into the ring.
“Lesbianic Fury” is a term I never heard before Monday night. Will it become a “buzz word” in 2007 or perhaps even a mantra for the WNBA? Not that there is anything wrong with that.
How lucky is Carlito? First he hooks up with Trish Stratus and now Torrie Wilson. The southpaw from South Beach obviously likes busty blondes, and to that I say, “ATTABOY CARLITO!" Torrie Wilson, a Boise State fan being a native of the city, had to remind me, AGAIN, Monday of the outcome of the Fiesta Bowl when her Broncos defeated my Oklahoma Sooners in one of the most exciting college bowl games ever played. Torrie wasn’t the only one who reminded me of the January 1 Fiesta Bowl results when I reported to work last week, but it is what it is and BSU deserves the credit for a gutsy victory. I am and will always be an OU football fan so I take the good with the bad. My loyalty to my team will never be an issue.
Congrats to Trish Stratus on her debut on Armed and Famous on CBS. I hope this reality show makes it and I found myself entertained by its maiden voyage Wednesday night. The toothless, 75-year-old lady who was a drug dealer and enamored with Muncie, Ind. rookie police officer Erik Estrada, and his monster, white domino-like teeth was a riot.
Cryme Tyme got some ring time Monday night on Raw and scored a mild upset over Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch, who have more experience and who,( not that it matters), I have high expectations of. JTG and Shad are a little unorthodox, but that may provide them an advantage as they progress in WWE.
The old adage in this business is that when misfortune befalls a competitor that necessitates that individual be sidelined, it opens the door of opportunity for someone else. Could that be the case with Triple H sidelined for a few months? The Game will sadly miss WrestleMania 23, and if so, who will step up their game and kick the door down for the opportunity to compete in main events? Or will Orton and Edge seize the moment to add to their weaponry and strengthen their stronghold on Raw?
Ironically, this week’s Raw from Bossier City/Shreveport is the same market that many of us got our starts in this biz. That includes Shawn Michaels, who made his pro debut in Shreveport on Mid-South Wrestling with a much younger yours truly handling the play-by-play.
So for HBK it all started for him in the city where he will face not one, but two men Monday night. The sad irony of this booking is that HBK’s demise may be where it all started for the San Antonio legend. If Michaels is somehow eliminated by Edge & Orton, the entire landscape of Monday Night Raw will change dramatically for cable TV’s highest rated weekly series, and the flagship broadcast of WWE.