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Flair-Jericho confrontation steals show on Raw

Ric Flair has always been gold on the microphone, and Chris Jericho might be the best promo guy in the business today, so it comes as absolutely no surprise that the verbal battle between them that kicked off Raw last night was tremendous.

Jericho cut a promo on Flair that was among his best ever – and that's really saying something. He has the ability to convey that his character truly believes everything he is saying. As Lance Storm once explained to me in an interview about the art of delivering an effective heel promo, "the key is to take something that has a basis in truth and exaggerate it."

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Flair, making his first appearance on a WWE TV show since June, more than held up his end, as he was intense without going too far over the top.

Judging by this segment, it seems as if the "Nature Boy" is not coming out of retirement to face Jericho, which is a good thing. Flair vowed to stay retired and said that he had too much respect for Shawn Michaels to wrestle again. Plus, if Flair did get back in the ring, it would prove that everything Jericho said about him last night was true.

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There are several possibilities for WrestleMania 25 as it pertains to this angle. If Mickey Rourke ends up wrestling Jericho, the actor could have Flair in his corner. Of course, if Flair does return to the ring – which I still wouldn't rule out – the roles could be reversed, with Rourke in Flair's corner. It might be a long shot, but I also could see Steve Austin coming out of retirement to wrestle Jericho, with Flair and Rourke involved in some capacity. That's my favorite scenario.

I can't wait to see how it all plays out.

Other thoughts on last night's show:

Flair also engaged in a war of words with Jericho the last time he had a meaningful segment on Raw (I'm not counting his cameo during McMahon's Million Dollar Mania). That one ended with Flair challenging Jericho to a street fight in the parking lot, but Triple H showed up to prevent it. Surprisingly, that confrontation wasn't referenced last night. …

It also seemed odd not to have a backstage scene in which Flair interacted with Michaels, given their history. I would have showed the two of them greeting each other and catching up, and then have JBL interrupt them and tell Michaels that he needed to speak with him alone. Michaels, still under JBL's control, would have had to excuse himself from his conversation with Flair and do as he was told. …

Speaking of JBL, he continues to do an awesome job on the mic in this angle. He's right up there with Jericho and Randy Orton when it comes to promos. …

It seems that Michaels' wife, Rebecca, might be making an appearance at Sunday's No Way Out pay-per-view. If this was TNA, she'd take a bribe from JBL and turn on her husband. …

Even though there was a non-finish (as expected), you can't argue with getting an Orton-Undertaker match on free TV. Unlike two weeks ago when Shane McMahon beat up Legacy, his interference here was logical and helped build his match with Orton at No Way Out. …

It was smart for WWE to keep replaying Legacy's beat-down on Shane O'Mac from last week. I guess the thinking is that if it is shown enough times, people will forget all about Shane's Superman act from the previous week. …

That was a fun six-man tag match between John Cena, Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston and the team of Jericho, Kane and Mike Knox. Jericho's Codebreaker on Kingston for the finish was a little mistimed, but it didn't look as bad on the replay. Kingston appeared to oversell it to make up for the botch, but that actually did more harm than good. …

Kingston is really starting to connect with the crowd. Hopefully, he will be booked to make a good accounting of himself in Sunday's elimination chamber match. …

I'm curious as to what the point was of Stephanie McMahon being shown backstage speaking to someone on the phone. Could it be that it was Triple H, and WWE is finally going to acknowledge that they are married? I seriously doubt it will happen, but it could make for a good angle if WWE decided to go that route. You could have Triple H win the WWE title in the elimination chamber match Sunday, and then have Orton-Triple H for the title at WrestleMania. There is a back story, as Orton suffered a broken collarbone that last time he was in the ring with Triple H. The problem with that scenario is that it would leave Cena without a logical opponent for WrestleMania – unless, of course, Batista came back earlier than expected from his injury. …

Ted DiBiase Jr. and Cody Rhodes looked good in getting a decisive win over Cryme Tyme. …

When DiBiase and Rhodes jumped The Undertaker, it reminded me of how their fathers both played major roles in Undertaker's debut at the Survivor Series pay-per-view in 1990. Undertaker wrestled as part of Ted DiBiase's team, and he pinned Dusty Rhodes to eliminate "The American Dream." Undertaker later eliminated himself when he continued to beat on Dusty outside the ring and was counted out. …

The CM Punk-William Regal Intercontinental title match was way too short. Unless one of them is injured, that was ridiculous. …

I've seen enough of the "Cena 'nuff" signs. It was funny a couple years ago, but it's time for the Cena haters to get some new material. It's about as original as putting "3:16" on a sign. …

Cena really came off looking like a star by being associated with major sports celebrities such as Tiger Woods, Derek Jeter and Reggie Bush in that Gillette promotion. Oh, and there also was some NASCAR guy there who looked as if he wasn't even old enough to shave.

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