Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Case of the Mondays: TV Round Up!

A Case of the.... Heroes - Episode 3-19:

A Case of the.... 24 - Episode 7-13:

WWE Raw:
Another stellar edition of Raw, with the true highlight being the absolutely incredible opening promo with Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. This may not be particularly surprising, but this match is the absolute attraction of this year's event. I really am looking more forward to this match than any other. And that includes both World title matches.

I loved everything about the promo. I thought it was great how Shawn Michaels knew that Undertaker was standing behind him, and remained steadfast and confident despite 'Taker's attempts at intimidation. I also like how they're not attempting to make Undertaker the underdog, despite the fact that his streak is on the line. Unlike years past, they're openly admitting that Undertaker has the advantage here, and the burden is on Shawn Michaels. Best of all, they've managed to allow both men to remain faces and respect each other, without hindering the intensity of their feud. An absolute homerun. Watch it below:

Speaking of the World title match, does anybody else find it odd that John Cena -- the company's top star -- is being placed in such a throwaway match? Yes, it's for the World Championship, but it's taking a HUGE backseat to Triple H/Randy Orton. And with the Big Show now involved, the match just seems significantly less special.

And how's this for making your titles look prestigious? One title match is centered on the challenger attacking the champion's wife, while the other match is focused on the wife of the champion cheating on him with one of the challengers.

Come to think of it, that's actually quite fitting considering that 20 years ago, the WrestleMania main event was also about the champion and challenger fighting over a woman.

And, of course, there's the Koko B. Ware thing. I'm going to jump on the bandwagon and say that this is a pretty ridiculous Hall of Fame induction. Koko was a glorified jobber. I actually can't think of a single one-on-one match that he's won against an actual name wrestler. Making matters worse is that the guy inducting him -- the Honky Tonk Man -- is completely deserving of a Hall of Fame spot. What's going on here?


Kyle Litke said...

Also, I know the WWE doesn't get along with him, but how is Koko B. Ware going in before Randy Savage? Seriously? Savage is, as we'd call it in other sports, a "First ballot Hall of Famer".

Matt Basilo said...

Yeah Randy Savage absolutely belongs in there. I would love to give them the benefit of the doubt and assume they don't want him to be overshadowed by Austin, or vice versa.

I'm actually more upset that DiBiase isn't being inducted this year. First off, he's FAR more deserving than Koko. And he's got a nice Austin connection as well. And we KNOW he's on goot terms with the company.

Finally, Ted DiBiase Jr. stuck out like a sore thumb during the whole Legacy building angle. You had Orton, Rhodes, Manu, and Simm Snuka referring to their fathers as Hall of Famers. Then there was Teddy, who could only use "WWE Legend." It sounded awkward.