Yes, the very thing that we’ve been begging to have happened finally happened. No Way Out, John Cena did the WWE Fans a favor by not only beating the Big Show, but also by getting Mr Lack of Personality and the WWE’s Biggest Kidney Stone in John Laryngitis FIRED!!!!! That lead to tonight’s Raw and I was a little excited but also a little skeptic about watching tonight because I was scared that the WWE was going to find some way to screw over the fans again. I thought they were going to pull off something where Johnny Boy would have his job still or something with power still in his grasp. Miraculously, not only did that not happen but everybody that he thought was his allies turned against him tonight. However, as great as Raw was tonight in my opinion, there were still some flaws to it. One of them regards to who is in charge of both shows now that Johnny Boredom is no longer in power.
Mick Foley came out tonight and said that every week, there would be a different person for the GM role and this is the part that bothers me. Given, this is not getting some random celebrity to do it like what was done in the past. But still, this came off to me like it just a half-assed version of what the whole guest General Manager role used to be. You know, some would be good and some would be crap. Then it turned into just a guest host for Raw and that ended up with a majority of guest hosts that just sucked. I’m begging you guys to not have me go into The Three Stooges and how horrible that turned out. One of the actors in Sean Hayes said he was embarrassed being on Raw that night, funny cause we were embarrassed to have him and the other two on Raw that night. But nevertheless, this is just a recycled version of an angle that got old quicker than Vince’s million dollar giveaway on Raw (aka Vince McMahon pays you to watch Raw).
One other problem I had with Raw last night was Alberto Del Rio. Now last I checked, the guy had a concussion and that was the only reason that he wasn’t able to compete at No Way Out the other night against Sheamus. So, if Del Rio had a concussion and couldn’t compete against Sheamus last night, how is he able to go out there and wrestle on Raw the night after the PPV where he couldn’t compete because of the concussion? Top that off with the fact that going from fighting Sheamus for the World Title to fighting Santino Marella for nothing other than tossing around his personal ring announcer, I call that a little bit of a step down. Was there really a concussion or does the WWE really not have the slightest clue what the hell they are doing with this guy?
Back to the topic of the “authority figure” in the WWE, there is one thing I will give credit to the WWE about regarding the authority figure is that they didn’t go right to Teddy Long. Maybe he’ll get it eventually and maybe he won’t, but at least they didn’t go with the obvious as opposed to the main event of No Way Out last night because we all knew that John Cena was not going to be the one to get fired. They chose to fire the guy that many felt was killing the ratings for WWE because ever since the Toolbox took over, the ratings have just gone down. The only reason that they went up last week was because people thought the ass-clown was gonna get fired. I loved how Big Show just left Not So Big Johnny out in the cold and there is some logic to it, considering that Big Show does still have an iron clad contract and he doesn’t really have to answer to anybody. So leaving Johnny out in the cold made sense with regard to the fact that Big Show got what he wanted, and since John Laryngitis has no power anymore, there’s nothing else that Big Show needs from him. The icing on the cake was how Otunga just left Johnny there after Johnny Boy revealed he wasn’t hurt. It was probably one of the best things that I’ve seen Otunga do thus far since he came to the WWE.
This Raw tonight was a step-up for me and I felt the right call was made in the fact that they took a character off of TV that nobody liked. John Laryngitis wasn’t even hated in a “good heel” kind of way. He was hated to the point where nobody wanted to see the guy at all because he was so boring that he made paint drying look like the Super Bowl. There is a slight change with the authority figure even if the angle is just something recycled, but its at least a start and for right now, all we can hope is that this will actually lead to something heading into the 3 Hour Raw.