Vince McMahon and the WWE pulled a move so desperate for ratings that even die-hard WWE fans groaned. Vince introduced the “new owner” of WWE RAW last night. The new of WWE RAW is Donald Trump. I couldn’t make this up if I tried.
In one of the lowest moments in WWE RAW history, Donald Trump appeared on the monitor to announce his new investment. The interview was portrayed live, but was obviously pre-taped. The initial reaction of the live audience was silence. That wasn’t the reaction that Vince and Trump were likely looking for.
Once again the WWE just doesn’t get it. Reportedly, Vince has been scrambling trying to improve RAW. RAW has become an obvious second fiddle to WWE SmackDown. The ratings are stagnant and people just don’t care. While something needs to be done, this is hardly the answer.
I do have an idea that I’d like to offer. Push new stars! As I wrote yesterday, WWE blew an opportunity with the vacated WWE title. WWE matched a Fatal Four-Way with familiar names. WWE blew a great opportunity to elevate a new star or two and put them into the mix. Instead, it was the same retreaded names we have been forced to endure for the last several years.
Trump and Vince had a “debate” or should I say, Vince debated a pre-taped video (similar to a trademark Howard Stern Show prank). Trump announced that his first act as owner would be to air WWE RAW commercial-free next week. Trump then reminded Vince of the night he shaved his head at WrestleMania 23. Vince immediately cut him off and shut down the monitor. Hmm, if Trump is the owner of RAW how could Vince make that call?
Trump will also be in attendance live on WWE RAW next week. I don’t know how long this is going to play out. I can’t see Trump making weekly commitments to appear on RAW. Trump is an investor in the Affliction MMA company. Possibly, this could be part of a tradeoff where Trump gets to promote Affliction in exchange for appearing on RAW? Who knows, maybe we will get FedorEmelianenko at some point? I’d tune in for that.
Regardless, it was a rather pathetic segment. The fans hated it, and Vince looked like a moron arguing with an obvious pre-taped video. In the end, I don’t think Trump is going to attract one more viewer to WWE RAW. The only thing that will attract viewers is a fresh product and new matches, like WWE SmackDown.
Randy Orton won a great Fatal Four-Way match to win back the WWE championship defeating Big Show, John Cena, and Triple H. Orton pinned Big Show after Show took Cena and Triple H’s finishing moves and an RKO. One has to wonder what the point of putting the belt back on the guy they just took it off of one week ago?
Later in the show, a 10-Man Battle Royal was held to determine the new WWE RAW #1 contender. You know, for a brief second I thought that maybe they would use this opportunity to spark something new. Maybe Ted DiBiase Jr., MVP, or even Miz would win and challenge Randy Orton. What was I thinking? Would you believe it if I told you that Triple H won and will wrestle Randy Orton next week on RAW in the main-event?
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