Friday, October 7, 2005

WWE Raw – 08/29/05

1. Big Show vs. Steve Madison and Buck Quartermane – Handicap Match – 3
2. Victoria vs. Ashley – 3
3. Edge vs. Matt Hardy – Street Fight – 5
4. Tyson Tomko vs. Rosey – 4
5. Chris Masters and Carlito vs. Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair – 6

I was awfully giving when rating this particular show. The opening squash was uninspired. The woman’s match deserved a lesser grade, but I find enjoyment in watching an untrained “diva” so obviously struggle. The street fight was okay, but the finish was a total joke. Matt executing a move on Edge off of the ramp onto a padded and protected set, but sold by the announcer’s as a deadly spot, even going as far as having the wrestlers visibly crying and carried off on stretchers. Tomko squashing Rosey was poor, but Tyson’s brutal big boot was a pleasing enough finish to grant its rank. The main event, essentially a handicap match, with Flair not showing up until the very end, was entertaining given the circumstances. Michaels played the role of the face in peril well, and the young guys didn’t look like total greenhorns.

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