While I didn't really care for WWE turning out the lights and ruining good matches recently, I did enjoy William Regal's performances as Raw general manager. He was generating a lot of heel heat as WWE's megalomaniacal authority figure and King of the Ring.

Just three weeks after pulling the plug during the Raw main event, however, Regal seemingly had the plug pulled on his story line last night on Raw, as he lost a loser-gets-fired match to Mr. Kennedy.

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Blurring the line between reality and fiction, WWE chairman Mr. McMahon alluded to the fact that the ratings were down because of Regal. WWE is misguided if it really believes Regal's stint as general manager is the reason that ratings have slipped a bit lately.

The good news is that – unless something has happened behind the scenes that we don't know about – Regal isn't going anywhere. I'm hoping that this is all just a plot twist and that Regal will be returning to power shortly. WWE has done a good job the past few weeks of repackaging him, and it would be a shame if his push gets shelved.

Other thoughts on last night's show:

There was an emphasis on wrestling, as there were four good, star-studded matches. In addition to the Kennedy-Regal bout, I also thought Batista's win over Chris Jericho, the double countout between Jeff Hardy and Umaga and Randy Orton and JBL's victory over Triple H and John Cena were all solid TV matches. …

Hardy took a painful-looking bump when Umaga delivered a sidewalk slam on the floor. …

The One Night Stand pay-per-view is just two weeks way, so WWE couldn't waste any time in announcing some of the matches. None of the four matches are fresh, although they all have "extreme" stipulations: Triple H vs. Orton (last man standing), Cena vs. JBL (first blood), Shawn Michaels vs. Batista (stretcher match) and Hardy vs. Umaga (falls count anywhere). The only match among the four that I really don't care to see again is Triple H-Orton. Triple H already has beaten Orton clean on the past two pay-per-views. Why should Orton warrant another title shot? I'd much rather see a new program between Triple H and JBL start sooner than later. …

As the late great Gorilla Monsoon often said: "What a miscarriage of justice." I'm referring to the fact Santino Marella now is getting bullied by some guy named Cousin Sal from Jimmy Kimmel's show. I didn't even know Kimmel's show was still on the air. And I certainly don't know Cousin Sal from Cousin Junior. Cousin Sal has to be the worst "celebrity" to do an angle with WWE since Herb from the Burger King commercials appeared at WrestleMania 2. ..

Beth Phoenix looked dominant in her win over Maria. I don't like Melina's chances in this feud. I would love to see Phoenix work against Awesome Kong and Gail Kim. …

Katie Lea's delivery was fine when she was cutting a promo on Mickie James, but she had some kind of eye contact issue going on there, almost appearing as if she was reading off a teleprompter. …

It could just be a red herring, but it was strongly hinted that Teddy Long will become the new GM. For those who missed it, he quit/was fired as Smackdown assistant GM last week, so it does make sense. I don't see Ted DiBiase – who made a cameo appearance – having a recurring role at this point.

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