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Randy Orton, Triple H recreate infamous angle on Raw

The main angle on Raw last night sure looked familiar.

Two guys are involved in a highly personal and intense feud. One of them isn't at the arena on this night. He's at home, and there is a camera crew there so that he can be interviewed during the show via satellite. Oh, and he has his wife, who has never appeared on camera before, sitting next to him.

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That was the scene in 1996. At the time, Raw was losing the head-to-head ratings war on Monday nights to WCW Nitro. In an attempt to really push the envelope and get people talking, WWE shot an angle in which Brian Pillman and his wife Melanie were being interviewed in their home, when suddenly Pillman's rival, Steve Austin, broke into the house and tried to attack Pillman.

With Melanie screaming in the background, Pillman produced a handgun and began waving it wildly at Austin. He yelled an f-bomb or two as well. It was perhaps the most controversial angle ever in WWE.

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WWE did not go to such extreme measures for last night's angle with Randy Orton and Triple H, but the setup was very similar. As soon as I saw Orton's wife, Samantha, sitting next to him on the couch, I – and I'm sure a lot of you – had a pretty good idea how the show was going to end.

Not everyone cares for over-the-top angles such as this, but I liked it. It was a good follow-up to Legacy's beat-down of Triple H last Friday on Smackdown, and I thought the brawl looked pretty realistic (no Shane McMahon phantom punches here).

So much for my thought after last week's Raw that there wouldn't be any physical confrontations between Orton and Triple H for a few weeks.

The other big angle was the revelation that Vickie Guerrero and Big Show were indeed having an affair. John Cena exposed the truth after blackmailing Guerrero into making the Edge-Big Show world heavyweight title match at WrestleMania a triple threat.

The way the angle unfolded was entertaining and everyone played their part well, although I'm not sure a WrestleMania world title program should have such a humorous tone. Hopefully, that will change between now and April 5.

Other thoughts on last night's show:

Raw got off to a strong start with the verbal confrontation between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker. It helped that Undertaker cut a more realistic promo than he usually does. By the time we get to WrestleMania, this might be the most anticipated match on the card. …

The only question I had when the Kofi Kingston-Chris Jericho Money in the Bank qualifying match began was which legend would interfere and cost Jericho the match. It turned out to be Ric Flair. Even though it was a fluke victory, I'm just happy that Kingston is in the MIB ladder match. …

With Jericho challenging Flair to come out of retirement and face him next week on Raw, I would think that's when it will become clear who Jericho's opponent will be at WrestleMania, as well as what role Mickey Rourke will have. There's little chance that Flair will wrestle next week. Most likely, Jericho will attack Flair the way he has the other legends. …

I enjoyed the JBL-CM Punk Intercontinental title match. Punk isn't hurt at all by dropping the belt since the title doesn't really mean much anyway. I'm curious as to what the plans are for JBL at WrestleMania. …

After her debut appearance on Raw, I now know two things that Samantha Orton is not: 1. chatty; 2. an actress. …

Just who were all those people in the Ortons' house? …

Just curious: Does Samantha know about Orton's one-night stand with Kelly Kelly, or has she forgotten about that whole story line just like the WWE creative team? For that matter, I wonder what Big Show's wife (she made a cameo last year during the buildup to Big Show's WrestleMania match against Floyd Mayweather) thinks about his tawdry deal with Vickie. …

By the way, Big Show's facial expression when he got caught with his hand in the cookie jar was great. …

Nothing personal against Koko B. Ware, but he doesn't belong in the WWE Hall of Fame. To me, his inclusion diminishes the honor for the deserving inductees – Steve Austin, The Funks, Ricky Steamboat and Bill Watts. Instead of having The Honky Tonk Man induct Ware, it should be the other way around. Not that I think HTM is a Hall of Famer either, but he's more worthy than Ware…

I was expecting there to be a women's title unification match between Maryse and Melina at WrestleMania, but that match took place on Raw instead. And it lasted all of two minutes. Oh well, at least Maryse won. …

The 25-woman battle royal at WrestleMania should be fun, especially with a bunch of former divas returning for it.

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