Welcome to Skip or Stay. If you’re wondering if that episode of WWE RAW sitting on your DVR is worth watching, or if you should  track it down on YouTube, read on so you know whether to skip through part of it or stay watching.

Disclaimer: I skip nearly all hype videos, whether it’s a recap  of a PPV, RAW, Smackdown, NXT, a big feud, or profiles of individual  wrestlers. If I’ve seen it once, usually I don’t need to see it again.

And now for WWE RAW 10/4/2010:



Segment: Your Either Nexus or Against Us
– The Nexus are out to induct John Cena into the Nexus following Cena’s loss last night. Wade first takes a moment to say the mystery men were Husky Harris and Michael McGuillicutty, but he barely knows them, didn’t ask for their help, and they’re not part of the Nexus. Wade almost bitches out Otunga for bringing out the Nexus last night, but moves on to bring out Cena. Cena gets his Nexus armband, then reads a prepared statement that the Nexus wrote for him. Wade tells Cena he has a match against Mark Henry and Evan Bourne next, so Cena needs to pick a partner from Nexus. Cena picks Michael Tarver
– Verdict: Skip – WWE failed to bring the drama here. The armchair booker in me says Cena should have walked out in all Nexus gear from the get go.

Match: John Cena and Michael Tarver vs. Even Bourne and Mark Henry
– Cena and Bourne shake hands to start the match, which pisses off Tarver. Tarver tells Cena to tag out so he can show him how to do it the Nexus way. The Nexus way is Tarver getting his ass beat, and when he looks to get the tag from Cena, Cena drops off the apron to go sign autographs. A World’s Strongest Slam puts Tarver away.
– Verdict: Skip

Segment: You’re Definitely Nexus
– Post-match, Cena says he plans on destroying Nexus from the inside. He then beats up on Tarver, including slamming him twice onto the steel steps at the crowd’s request. He then locks on the STF and Tarver sells it poorly. The RAW GM pipes up, and Cole reads a statement that amounts to, the stipulation was you had to join Nexus, Nexus takes their orders from Barrett, so either Cena takes his orders from Barrett, or Cena is fired.
– Verdict: Skip

Match: Alicia Fox vs. Natalya
– No entrances for either girl. This is a one minute squash. Natalya wins with the Sharpshooter.
– Verdict: Skip

Segment: Jackass Part 1
– Johnny Knoxville is backstage hyping his movie with Gail Kim and Melina. The Divas spout off some very forced lines. Zack Ryder walks into the area and he gets drilled with the giant hand from the Jackass 3D movie trailer. Try to contain your laughter.
– Verdict: Skip

Segment: Are They Nexus?
– Josh Matthews interviews Cena as Cena stares at the Nexus armband he was given. Cena says WWE is all he has. Out of the corner of his eye he catches Harris and McGillicutty walking the halls and runs after them. He runs right into the Nexus locker room. Harris and McGillicutty leave after standing there for a moment, and Wade tells Cena they need to have a talk.
– Verdict: Skip – You could barely see McGillicutty and Harris in the hallway and it looked like Cena ran away for no reason.

Non-Title Match: Daniel Bryan © vs. Sheamus
– No entrance for United States Champion Daniel Bryan. Poor guy is about to pay his dudes for making The Miz tap twice. Sheamus takes Bryan down then slams him with repeated knees to the head, drawing a disqualification. Post-match, Sheamus drills him with the High Cross, aka the Razor’s Edge.
– Verdict: Skip

Segment: Cutting Edge Apology

– Michael Cole is in the ring with the RAW GM podium and laptop. Cole heels it up on behalf of himself and the GM as he is now officially the voice of the WWE. Edge comes out and tells Cole that Cole is a joke and that he would rather listen to a recording of JR than hear Michael Cole announce live. Edge does his “fight against stupidity” bit. Cole announces the main event tonight will be a 20 Man Battle Royal to determine the #1 Contender to the WWE Championship for Bragging Rights. Unfortunately, Edge won’t be in that match because he has been traded to Smackdown. Edge says that is fantastic and threatens to spear Cole, but Miz and Alex Riley are out to save Cole. Edge and Miz exchange barbs, then Edge spears Riley, allowing the Miz to hit the Skull Crushing Finale on Edge. WWE needs to decide whether they’re going to pull the trigger on Cole as a heel all the way or not. I guess there was some nice continuity here with The Miz coming to Cole’s aid, but this segment didn’t really do anything for me and was just a way to shop Edge over to RAW to beef up their roster for SyFy.
– Verdict: Skip

Segment: Tarver Out, Cena In
– Wade tells Cena that he had been thinking of getting rid of Tarver for a while anyway so Cena’s actions earlier don’t hurt the Nexus. I can’t blame Wade, Tarver is a giant over-actor. Cena’s orders for the battle royal are to ensure Wade wins, no matter what. Otunga says that if Wade is somehow eliminated, Cena should help one of the Nexus members win. Wade says Nope.Com to that, and reminds Cena to do what Wade says or Cena is fired.
– Verdict: Skip – Otunga’s acting is rather poor and this tension building between Otunga and Wade feels really forced.

Tag Team Match: Nikki and Brie Bella vs. Michelle McCool and Layla
– No entrance for the Bella Twins. Apparently we’re very short on time tonight as WWE cut entrances left and right. LayCool come out mic’ed up, making their mean girl comments on the way to the ring for the whole audience to hear. Layla basically does live commentary on her own match while McCool wrestles (for all of the minute this match lasts), but the Bellas pull their switch-a-roo and roll up McCool for the win.
– Verdict: Skip

Segment: Jackass Part 2
– Johnny Knoxville is talking with Maryse, and Maryse accuses him of sending the notes to her and Ted. Ted walks onto the scene and falls for the same giant hand slap prank that Ryder did. Maryse throws her shoes at Knoxville then checks on Dibiase, setting her up to get slapped by the giant hand from behind.
– Verdict: Skip

Segment: Stalker and Victim Revealed!
– Knoxville comes out to the ring and pimps Jackass 3D. Dibiase and Maryse come out, and Teddy is pissed, especially after Knoxville makes fun of his penis size. He slaps the Million Dollar Dream on Knoxville to feel better about himself. But then another mysterious message appears on the Titantron. Goldust appears from behind and hits Dibiase with the Curtain Call suplex. Goldust tells Ted that he doesn’t want him. Goldust corners Maryse and says he doesn’t want her either. Goldust gets down on the mat and says he wants the Million Dollar Title, then basically makes out with it.
– Verdict: Stay because Goldust is so awesome

Segment: You’ve Got a Friend in Me
– Otunga finds Cena backstage and tells Cena that he wants to make this situation work and that it’s not the end of Cena. If Cena needs someone to talk to, Otunga is there for him. Add some more forced tension within the Nexus to the board.
– Verdict: Skip

Match: 20-Man #1 Contendership for the WWE Championship Battle Royal
– The match starts out as the WWE vs. Cena and the Nexus. Eventually it goes into a regular battle royal. Sheamus gets a few eliminations to start. Henry is pissed that Cena saved Wade from elimination, allowing the Nexus to attack Henry and toss him. Cena doesn’t help, and ends up tossing Otunga. Cena justifies it as he is only there to help Wade win, not the Nexus. Darren Young is actually in the house tonight, and gets tossed during the commercial break. The main story here is that Cena protects Wade during the match. Eventually we get down to our final four of Cena, Barrett, Morrison, and Sheamus. Barrett tosses Morrison. Sheamus and Cena square off and exchange signature moves. Sheamus misses the big boot and Cena is able to eliminate him. Cena goes nose to nose with Barrett, Barrett orders Cena to take a hike, and with much reluctance, Cena eliminates himself from the match, making Wade Barrett our new #1 Contender for the WWE Championship at Bragging Rights. Randy Orton comes out, and now him and Wade stare down in the ring, but that’s all for tonight.
– Verdict: Skip

Overall Verdict: Skip. After a pretty solid Pay Per View showing at Hell in a Cell, WWE followed it up with this lackluster show. The show felt like it moved at a snail’s pace, and it was very Cena/Nexus heavy time wise. The whole Cena/Nexus thing wasn’t poorly done, but it completely failed to capitalize on the momentum of last night’s match. It was all very paint by numbers, which isn’t bad in and of itself, but it might not be worth your time to sit through when it doesn’t feel compelling even though it all logically made sense.

Let me know your verdict on this show in the comments.

I’ve got a busy week and weekend ahead of me, and it doesn’t look like I’ll have time to cover NXT or Smackdown in a timely fashion. Maybe I’ll do a special giant-sized Skip or Stay late Monday night and hit those two shows and RAW. Let me know if that would be of any interest to anyone.