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The NXT invasion plot thickens on Raw

There were some interesting twists to the NXT invasion angle on Raw Monday night. Just do yourself a favor and try not to think too hard about whether this story line is completely logical.

The show began with WWE chairman Vince McMahon announcing that he had fired Bret Hart as Raw general manager and replaced him with someone who wanted to remain anonymous. McMahon said that the new GM would run the show by sending e-mails to WWE announcer Michael Cole, who would then read the messages aloud on the air. My first thought was that Cole – who did a great job as a heel in his angle with Daniel Bryan – was going to be revealed as the GM, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

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The new GM's first official act was to sign the seven NXT rookies to WWE contracts. Wade Barrett also got his pay-per-view title shot back.

Fast-forward to the main event – a WWE title match between new champion Sheamus and John Cena, with McMahon appointed the special enforcer referee by the GM. After the NXT Seven did a run-in and laid out Cena (Sheamus again ran away), McMahon declared that he was partially responsible for the group's actions the past few weeks. He then said that the GM is going reveal something on next week's show, but before he could say anything else, the NXT Seven jumped him and delivered a beat-down.

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So the big question now is: Who is the GM/NXT mastermind?

It beats me. Shane McMahon is a possibility, but I don't think it's likely, and a story line of Shane going against his father and trying to take over has already been done anyway.

I know a lot of people think it's Jim Ross, but I don't buy it. Sure, it would make story line sense as far as Ross wanting to stick it to WWE for pushing him aside as an announcer, but Ross is a beloved figure in the "WWE Universe" and he would be severely miscast as the leader of a heel faction (attempts to turn him heel in years past were quickly aborted because they weren't working). Plus, Ross has said repeatedly on his blog that he doesn't have any interest in playing an on-air character, and I believe he means it. I also don't see McMahon's character giving Ross "complete, ultimate authority," which is what he said the new GM had.

WWE has definitely succeeded in piquing my curiosity, and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens on next week's show.

However, while I am intrigued by the NXT invasion story line, I get the feeling that WWE might be making it up as it goes along. The NXT Seven are angry at WWE management, so it makes sense that they would attack Vince McMahon. But what I don't get is why McMahon would allow these rookies to ruin his shows, attack his stars and employees and destroy his equipment. Was it really all just to get back at Hart?

As for the explanation Barrett gave for why he would align himself with the other NXT rookies, I appreciate that WWE addressed the issue rather than ignoring it, but what it came up with was a stretch. Barrett said that they had made a pact during the NXT season to stick together as a unit no matter who ends up winning the competition. That's funny because I recall there being a lot of animosity among the group during the NXT show.

Surprises and plot twists are fun, but the story would better resonate if things unfolded a bit more logically.

Other thoughts on Monday's show:

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Hart's stint as GM sure didn't last long. It has been reported that he is getting married again next month and that is why he was written out of the story line. I wonder if this is it for him in WWE. If so, he probably wishes in hindsight that he would have made WrestleMania XXVI his final appearance, because as it stands now, McMahon has gotten the last laugh in the story line. McMahon even used the word "closure" to describe Hart's firing. It seemed as if WWE was intentionally burying Hart, as Tyson Kidd was scripted to say that the last time Hart and McMahon had a dispute (The Montreal Screwjob), "a case could be made that both sides were wrong." Wow. As far as Hart's performance as GM, I didn't think he was a bad choice for the role at first, but his delivery on the mic hasn't been smooth and he wasn't really adding much to the show, in my opinion. …

It seemed as if the fans didn't know how to react when the NXT Seven turned on McMahon, and you can't really blame them. It's hard to have sympathy for McMahon right after he admitted being in on the NXT group's previous attacks. …

You have to give McMahon credit for his willingness to take bumps at his age (64). He was on the receiving end of Barrett's fireman's carry slam and Justin Gabriel's 450 Splash. However, McMahon did not allow the green David Otunga to deliver his finisher. McMahon might be tough but he isn't stupid. …

Just like at the Fatal Fourway pay-per-view Sunday night, there was a "Daniel Bryan" chant during the NXT beat-down. …

The NXT run-ins during the main events are getting a little tiresome. Watching the matches feels like a bit of a waste of time because you're just waiting for the rookies to show up. …

I also wasn't thrilled when the NXT guys interrupted the Natalya-Tamina match less than two minutes into it. …

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Cena sure was in a jovial mood for someone who had been attacked by seven guys (again) and lost the WWE title just 24 hours earlier. That was ridiculous. …

Chris Jericho and Evan Bourne put on their second really good match in as many nights. Jericho – who said before the match that he would leave WWE if he lost to Bourne again – pulled out a hard-fought victory. Bourne came out looking strong in defeat. …

Jericho teasing a babyface turn by helping Bourne up after the match only to shove him down was a nice touch. Even though Jericho is getting his share of cheers, I think he needs to stay a heel at this point. …

Some people in the crowd actually seemed to buy it when Sheamus said that he couldn't accept the WWE title under the controversial conditions that he won it and teased handing the belt over to Vince McMahon. There's no way that Sheamus is turning babyface before Triple H returns to exact his revenge. The crowd wasn't as naïve when the NXT guys all apologized for their past actions. …

The Miz cut a good promo on Randy Orton. I liked the fact that Miz anticipated that Orton was going to attack him while he was doing his catch phrase and beat him to the punch. …

Putting Maryse with Ted DiBiase Jr. is a good idea. I think Miz and Maryse would make a more entertaining duo, but DiBiase needs help in getting over right now, and Miz does not. …

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DiBiase had a couple good lines on this show. After he replaced Virgil with Maryse, Virgil asked him what he was going to do for protection. "Go to the drug store," DiBiase replied. Later, when DiBiase backed out of his match against John Morrison, he looked at Maryse and said, "I've got better things to do." …

The Morrison-Zack Ryder match was OK. Morrison won with Starship Pain, but he barely connected on it. …

So, was anyone upset that there was no guest host this week?


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