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Raw after-party: Bret Hart returns to the WWE

Everyone is buzzing with the return of Bret Hart who has now joined team John Cena to face Nexus at Summerslam. The other members of the team are John Morrison, Edge, Chris Jericho, R-Truth, and The Great Khali. I have said that the WWE needed to do something to advance this angle to get it to that next level. Adding Bret Hart was a great move for nostalgia reasons, but the entire concept of this tag team match seems overdone.

Ever since Nexus appeared, John Cena has been their main target. But Nexus has launched a full war against the WWE as they have over saturated the entire Raw roster. It seems to me that this huge tag team match could have happened at the Money in the Bank pay per view. This angle dragged the last few weeks as it repeated over and over again with beat downs on Raw stars.

Is the idea of the tag team match good? Yes, just a little late. I do have one concern with this match at Summerslam. With Edge, Jericho, Morrison, and Cena all involved in this one match, what will fill out the rest of the card for Raw? I’m sure the WWE will find suitable matches but a lot of the top Raw stars already have a spot in this one mega match. Sure it adds excitement for the tag match, but the rest of the card could suffer.

As for Orton becoming the number one contender, it was the right way to go. It’s obvious he is, in my opinion, the star fans are most excited about every time he enters the ring. Sheamus is the one guy that will benefit the most from Orton becoming his opponent. This will only enhance Sheamus’ heel status on Raw as he is quietly flying under the radar as the best heel in the WWE. Orton will bring the best out of Sheamus.

The little interaction between the two tonight backstage is a good indication that this feud will have plenty of build up. It’s a good move to get the match booked early as the feud can grow and build momentum towards Summerslam.

The Miz was so close to cashing in the Money in the Bank briefcase after he attacked Sheamus. I really thought he would cash it in and the thought of a Miz/Orton match at Summerslam was pure gold. However, the match never started and R-Truth got revenge on the Miz. I’m kind of glad that Miz didn’t cash it in because it was way too soon especially after Kane doing that last night. Also, parading the briefcase around and threatening the champion is built for the Miz’s character. The Miz is on the cusp of becoming a top guy on Raw and there is no reason to rush it. It’s like marinating steak. The longer you let it sit in the juices, the better it is. Let the Miz chill with the briefcase a little longer.

Overall, it was a great show. It started out with a ton of steam with the triple threat match for the number one contenders spot. After the match I was really hoping that the WWE was teasing another Jericho/Edge feud to culminate at Summerslam. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case, but those two need to get it on one more time before their careers are over.

The end of the show was very good and I liked how the WWE teased how Cena might join Nexus. As for the introductions of the tag team members, I always find it exciting when the introductions of mystery wrestlers happen. A lot of times you get disappointed and the let down punches you right in the face. You always hope it will be someone you didn’t expect. Bret Hart was that guy and the fans went nuts.

Quick Hits:

*The anonymous Raw GM had another quiet night. Still waiting………….

*I’m a little shocked that Evan Bourne was snubbed from John Cena’s team. Bourne was fully entrenched in this feud against Nexus and has more of a past with them than The Great Khali. The WWE was giving Bourne a push, but it was only a matter of time before he fell back down to reality. Sure, adding a big body like Khali is good for show, but Bourne is more entertaining and over with the fans.

*Very good memories tonight watching the flashback of the main event at Summerslam in Madison Square Garden in 1998. The match between Undertaker and Stone Cold Steve Austin had the best hype of any match I can remember during the Attitude Era. It was billed as the “Highway to Hell” and the AC/DC song played behind one hell of a highlight reel. As for the match, it was by far one of the most overrated matches during that decade.

For your enjoyment, here is the build up for that match. The quality is not the best, but it still gives me goosebumps:

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