Good build up to Mania, but Heavly disappointing, considering Austin was the guest host.
Stone Cold comes out to one of the biggest pops I've heard on raw in years|I'm not kidding|. Damn this is a good sight to see, there is just nothing like Stone Cold. Steve soaks in the deafening ovation, as the crowd gives him a standing O. Steve says he must be out of shape, because the long walk to the ring made him thirsty. Steve drinks pretty good, but due to the P.G rating, he's obviously limited. He says at Wrestlemania 13 he had the defining match of his career with Bret Hart, and after many times of facing him, he can honestly say he's one of the best he's been in the ring with. Austin says Vince is one of the dirtiest guys he's ever faced, and tries to screw everyone, and even though they don't see eye to eye, he loved facing Vince. Austin does his catch mark phrases much to mine and the crowd's delight. Cena is out, Austin teases a stunner. Great, great segment, if only Austin and Cena had a confrontation, and Austin was obviously limited due to all the P.G, but it's Austin I won't complain too much.
John Cena Vs The Big Show. Horrible match, as to be expected with these two, WWE never learns. Big Show wins due to Batista's distraction.
Evan Bourne Vs Sheamus. Sheamus cuts a promo, and cheap shots Bourne with the mike. Not really a match, per say, more like a total squash.
Austin is in the back with HBK. HBK asks Austin if he can beat The Undertaker. Steve says he thins he can, but does not think he's going too. HBK says he knew he'd get the truth out of him, but when he got beat by Austin at Wrestlemania 14, everyone thought his career was over, he proved everyone wrong then, and he'll do it again. Jericho thanks Steve for letting him have this match, so he can embarrass Shawn one last time. HBK says he's gonna destroy Jericho. Jericho thinks him and Steve should have a couple of cold ones, Austin is not amused. Very, very good, but I expected more.
3 1/2 /5
Maryse Vs Kelly Kelly. God awful, I'm really getting bored of Maryse. Both woman looked good, but the match is a disgrace. Maryse wins and attacks Kelly after the match. Eve and Gail Kim make the save until McBoring and Layla intervene. Vickie applauds them *Yawn*.
HBK Vs Jericho. Solid, but not great due to the lack of time. With what they had to work with, they did great, but they deserved more. HBK wins by count out, while Edge comes out to a huge pop. Edge goes nuts on Jericho, hitting a spear afterwords.
Randy Orton is interviewed in the back. Randy Orton says he hates Triple H, but as much as he hates to say it, he respects him. Legacy Isn't on his level though, and he doesn't take them seriously. Good promo, Orton has learned how to be a face properly.
Randy Orton Vs Triple H. Really good actually, I dislike Triple H's politics, and I'm sick of seeing these, but they have good chemistry a lot of the time. Ending is predictable with Sheamus and Legacy decimating both. It's announced next week Randy and Triple H face Legacy&Sheamus in a handicap match. Orton is at least a Tweener now.
Batista Vs Kofi Kingston. I'm not a fan of either, so I could care less. Complete squash, with Batista winning.
Contract signing. I'm gonna make this short and sweet. Pretty effective, it was nice to see Bret get the last laugh. I think Bret and Vince will surprise a lot of people, though I was disappointed with no Stunners.
Bottom line. Decent, but nowhere near as good as it should have been. Austin is very limited with the P.G rating, though I had a lot of fun seeing him. Orton has potential as a face, so will see where that leads. Interesting story lines abound here, give it a look, especially for fellow die hard Austin fans, just except he won't do his usual stuff.
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