What, Was T. L. Hopper Booked?

Scott Hudson


Yes, the 15th anniversary of Monday Night Raw was everything we thought it would be and more. It had intrigue, scandal, emotion and drama – and then the show started. Honestly, who in their right mind thought that having Stephanie McMahon kiss HHH to start the show was a good idea? Yeah, to those mouth breathers that think that spot somehow broke the fourth wall and we really were seeing something we were not supposed to see, I have two words for ya – â<80><9c>Itâ<80><99>s a work.â<80> If, in your heart of hearts, you truly believe that the kiss heard â<80>~round the ring will add one, ONE, extra Armageddon buy, you probably believed HHH banged Katie Vickâ<80><99>s brains out. (He didnâ<80><99>t, by the way.)

Its not that the segment was unentertaining. HHH was as good as he has ever been. So was Hornswaggle. No sarcasm. They were good. Vince, on the other hand, ran the gamut of emotions from A to A. Mr. McMahon has never been confused with a well-developed character with nuanced traits allowing the viewer to access an emotional core. Nope. Breaking news: McMahon is no DeNiro. But he is, however, Pacino. Monday night, his performance was quite Pacino-like. â<80><9c>Scent of Some Womenâ<80> starring Vincent Kennedy McMahon. Ho-Hah!

Anyway, this 3-hour self-pleasuring just rubbed me the wrong way. Granted, there were some excellent components. Jeff Hardy and Carlito had an amazing match. Iâ<80><99>m really glad Carlito is staying. He has a terrific future. Rob Van Dam again proved why not bringing him back is a mistake. save_us.rvd.

Otherwise, I cannot see how this episode will help the buy rate. Yeah, it popped a huge 4.1 number. Which would be cause for dancing in the streets if Austin, Foley, Goon, RVD, Skinner, DiBiase and Pete Gas were headlining the pay-per-view (Okay, maybe not Pete Gas.) But, Orton v. Jannetty is going to sell the casual fan? I can hear it now: â<80><9c>Ya know, I was thinkinâ<80><99> about not orderinâ<80><99> that Armageddon Sunday night, what with it beinâ<80><99> the holidays, and all. But, sweet Mary and Joseph, that Randy Orton Marty Jannetty confrontation has convinced me to phone my cable company or satellite provider immediately.â<80> I seriously doubt it.

So, what was the WWEâ<80><99>s point? Was it to pop a big number for Raw during the all important sweeps period of…well, wait…it must have been to hot-shot angles to boost, however artificially, the buy rate for the upcoming…nope, couldnâ<80><99>t have been that. The answer, it was an excuse for (hold page one) Vince McMahon to make himself the star of the show. Yawn. Been there. Not bought that.

I must admit that seeing the old guys back brought a nostalgic tear to my eye. (Although it could have been Bastion Boogerâ<80><99>s stench in Direct-TVâ<80><99>s new smell-o-vision service.) But there was just something missing. Maybe it was these Raw stars:

Brian Adams

Sherri Martel

Mike Awesome

Bam Bam Bigelow

Johnny Grunge

Chris Candido

Big Bossman

Crash Holly

Yokozuna

Road Warrior Hawk

Curt Hennig

Davey Boy Smith

Rick Rude

Eddie Guerrero

Chris Benoit

Owen Hart

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