Raw Revelations: Adamle, Cena, Y2J
There had been quite a bit of tension leading up to the show involving Randy Orton and General Manager Mike Adamle. On Raw, Orton demanded that Stephanie and Shane McMahon come to the show and properly dismiss Adamle as GM. Shane came to the ring to address the angry Orton, but it was Adamle with the shocking announcement. Adamle arrived to the ring and before Shane could say a thing, Adamle resigned. Personally, Adamle seemed to be doing a decent job, although his deliveries needed work. That was evident on last night's show as well when he botched more than a few words and lines, claiming it was emotions. He also claimed the GM job corrupts individuals and he doesn't want to follow suit (tthink Eric Bischoff, Coach, Vince McMahon). It was an interesting twist and now you'd have to wonder what Adamle will do with the company, or if he is really leaving WWE at all.
With Raw leaderless, JBL petitioned to be the new GM. Instead, Shane sent him to do battle with Undertaker in a match of high-profile wrestlers. Later on, Shane spoke to Chris Jericho backstage and dropped the major announcement that John Cena will be in the title match at Survivor Series. Cena is of course returning from neck surgery, and is immediately thrust into the title picture. This doesn't makes a ton of sense as Cena's last match (although he suffered a real injury) was a loss to Batista. WWE needs to explain how Cena became #1 contender while rehabbing. In the past, guys returning from injury haven't been immediately put into title matches at PPV's, but instead fought in feuds. Examples that come to mind are HHH, Undertaker and Rey Mysterio, who returned at Summerslam or Survivor Series and fought guys who were out of the title picture for the most part (HHH vs. King Booker, Undertaker vs. Mark Henry, Rey vs. Chavo). Cena's last feud was with Batista, hence the WWE should give us the sequel to their first match.
With a Survivor Series main event half-scheduled, it was time for the World Heavyweight title match inside a steel cage. Batista guaranteed victory, but amazingly it was Chris Jericho who won the match & got the title back after he repeatedly beat Batista with part of the cage, bloodying him up severely. That sets up a John Cena vs. Chris Jericho title match for Survivor Series. It's strange to see the WWE making the World Heavyweight title change hands so rapidly these days. CM Punk had a short lived title reign, as did Jericho, and now Batista. Will Jericho have the title for just a few weeks and then lose it again to Cena?
So why isn't the WWE giving fans the Cena vs. Batista II match for the title? These two put on a good show prior to Cena's real injury. Is the WWE afraid of another Cena injury, or are they keeping the match for a future time (Wrestlemania 25)? It's entirely possibly that Batista asks for a rematch and eventually earns one for a Triple Threat match at Survivor Series. Still, you have to question the decision making of placing Cena into immediate title contention, when he hasn't truly earned the spot. We all know he loves the business, but that love isn't enough to be #1 Contender.
A few other things from the show... William Regal prepares to face Santino Marella for the Intercontinental title next week. It also seems to set up a mixed-tag situation of Regal & Layla vs. Glamorella. Does this mean Santino's going face with his comedy routines? It seems as if Regal may be your next IC champ, adding it to his King status on Raw. Previous King of the Rings have mostly gone on to achieve a title later on in the next year or so. Another interesting observation from Raw was the treatment of Ted Dibiase. He eliminated two of his partners in crime from a battle royal which was every man for himself. Ok, heels don't fight fair, but later still he was kicked in the head by Randy Orton. Rhodes and Manu confronted Orton but didn't take any form of revenge on behalf of Dibiase. Team Priceless may have just lost a Million Dollar wrestler and added a Legend Killer.
And how about that 16-diva tag match? Just think, Lena, Eve and Tiffany were finally going to wrestle! And how many fans and WWE staff held their breath as Mae Young fell backwards (not part of the match) and hit against the ropes. This came as the oldest of the WWE Divas went wild knocking down her younger counterparts. It was another scary moment for WWE. A sigh of relief was heard as Mae "sprung" back up and continued the match so Beth Phoenix could eventually pin her.