It sounds like this’ll be last one due the rating number, at least in prime time, but that really shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who saw the first one and the rating after that. I think they should’ve focused more on the title match isntead of the hard sell for the DX/Spirit Squad, but I don’t suppose it really would’ve made a difference either way when the result is numericly. The bigger problem is the matches they pushed the hardest are the ones they’ve done the most; how many times have wwe already see various combinations of Spirit Squad vs DX and Edge vs Cena this year. (I was going to count, but got busy with other things this week.)
It doesn’t help when there’s no real drama in either match; it’s not Event Vieweing when they are merely setting up upcoming PPVs. The only intriguing finish on the show was Batista beating Booker. That would seem to mean the plan is Rey -> Booker -> Batista, or at least was when they booked the finish
The show quality was about what I expected. It probably would’ve been worse if they didn’t pretape the Diva stuff. The table going out on Sabu looked bad, but I think he played off it find by adjust his spot and killing Stevie. (Poor Stevie.) The Hogan/Orton stuff was lame, but what I expected from this feud. All the matches were okay, but all would have benefited if one was dumped and we got to see more of the others. It would have been nice if wasn’t 3/4ths RAW, but that’s how they announced it so I wasn’t surprised.
I saw Mark drop down weird when Rey was working on him, saw him laying on the apron after making the tag, and just figured it was typical overselling exhaustion in a short match. It didn’t occur to me it was a leg injury till I read about it. They really need him to be okay to end the feud (for now), and I’m thinking that if it’s at all possible for Mark to stand, they’ll try to put him out there for a 1 minute match on the Bash – like the time where Jazz blew out her knee, but they still had her wrestle a tag match to drop the Women’s title back to Trish (with the aid of lots of painkillers, it seemed.) Batista vs Mark was the selling point for the PPV – if he can’t go, now what?