Monday, November 3, 2008

11/3/08 RAW

Star rating key:
(negative stars) = Huh?! (BS finish; most squash matches)
DUD = Boring match (or could not enjoy the match)
1/4* to 3/4* = It had watchable moments.
* to *3/4 = Average match.
** to **3/4 = Above average match.
*** to ***3/4 = Great match; usually saved for PPVs
**** to ****3/4 = Match of the year candidate
***** = The rarest of all matches. A classic.

11/3/08 RAW (800th episode celebration; 3 hours):
The Hardys vs. MVP & The Brian Kendrick: *1/2

William Regal vs. JTG vs. Shad vs. Snitsky vs. Jamie Noble vs. Cody Rhodes vs. Ted DiBiase vs. Manu (8-Man Over-The-Top-Rope Battle Royal): 1/2*

Vladimir Kozlov vs. Bret "Hitman" Haas: -**

D-Generation X vs. The Miz & John Morrison: **3/4

Beth Phoenix, Victoria, Maryse, Natalya, Layla, Jillian, Katie Lea & Lena Yada vs. Mickie James, Kelly Kelly, Michelle McCool, Candice Michelle, Brie Bella, Eve Torres, Tiffany, & Mae Young (!) (16-Diva Tag Match): -****

CM Punk vs. Randy Orton: DUD (hate DQ finishes)

Undertaker vs. JBL: DUD (hate countout finishes)

Kane & Mark Henry vs. Rey Mysterio & Kofi Kingston: 1/2*

Chris Jericho vs. Batista (Steel Cage Match; for World Heavyweight Title): **1/2

As a note, during the cage match, Batista appeared to botch at least two spots. First, when Jericho was falling out of the ring, Batista had to catch him but he came too late, so Jericho had to look like an ass and hold onto the cage door to prevent from falling outside. Second, when Batista pulled Jericho back in the ring at one point, Batista had a clear shot to walk out the door to retain the title, but instead chose to go back in the ring. While this second one was not really a botch, it does make Batista look quite stupid, taking away from the rating just a tad from a good cage match (there were some pretty original ways of preventing escape.

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