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Raw: Anonymous GM 3:16?

There appeared to be a stunning revelation in regard to the identity of the anonymous general manager on Monday night's episode of Raw.

The mystery person used the phrases "and that's the bottom line because the GM said so" and "gimme a hell yeah" in his e-mail messages, so that can mean only one thing:

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It's a stone cold lock that the Raw GM is … not Steve Austin. I think the not-so-subtle suggestion that Austin is the GM is just a clever red herring to get people talking.

Hiding behind a computer doesn't fit the "Texas Rattlesnake" character. I also think the GM is going to be aligned with Nexus, and I don't see Austin coming back to WWE as a heel. Plus, Austin as Raw GM has already been done.

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Other thoughts on Monday's show:

I really liked the show-closing angle with John Cena and Wade Barrett (who was back after resolving the work visa issues that kept him off of last week's show). The GM had ordered Cena and Barrett to shake hands and call a truce, but Cena refused and attempted to give Barrett the Attitude Adjustment. The Nexus guys then came out to gang up on Cena, and that brought out a bunch of babyfaces to make the save. In the end, Nexus' Darren Young was caught in the ring with Cena, who locked the STF on him. The GM ruled that, as punishment for his actions, Cena would face all seven Nexus members next week in a handicap match. Cena responded by delivering a brutal beat-down to Young, including throwing the ring steps at him. Cena showed great intensity here and the crowd popped huge for him. …

The big development in the Nexus story line story is that WWE's locker room is no longer united against the seven upstarts. The heels have refused to join the babyfaces in the fight, and Edge and Chris Jericho even talked about aligning themselves with Nexus. Another key point was Barrett saying in his promo at the top of the show that everything Nexus has done is part of a much bigger picture and even Vince McMahon did not know their true agenda. …

To add another wrinkle to the angle, some doubt has been cast as to whether Randy Orton is truly committed to combating Nexus. During a backstage segment, David Otunga, Heath Slater and Michael Tarver said that it would be in Orton's best interests not to join Cena in a "holy war" against them, and it could even help him win the WWE title. It's interesting that Orton did not join the other babyfaces in the brawl with Nexus at the end of the show. …

The tag team match that saw Orton and Evan Bourne defeat Edge and Jericho was solid. I liked that Bourne scored the winning pin (on Jericho, of course) and also that Orton hit the RKO on Bourne after the match. Orton needs to do things like that to show that he hasn't lost his edge now that he's a fan favorite. …

R-Truth is out of Raw's Money in the Bank ladder match at the MITB pay-per-view on July 18 after doing an injury angle with The Miz. No replacement was announced. I'm not sure why R-Truth was removed from the match, but there were reports that he suffered a groin injury recently. …

Arn Anderson cut a really good promo during his backstage segment with Sheamus. …

Maryse was quite entertaining on commentary during Ted DiBiase Jr.'s win over John Morrison. Morrison has zero momentum right now. …

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Speaking of zero momentum, things sure haven't been going well lately for William Regal. On Monday he did a quick job to Vladimir Kozlov in a comedy tag team match and then was laid out by his partner The Great Khali afterward. The only way it could get any worse for Regal is if Hornswoggle is traded to Raw and the two are put together in a program. …

Kozlov and Santino Marella are fun to watch as a tag team. Marella said of their partnership: "Italy and Russia together again. It's just like World War II. Only this time, no Nazis." ...

After teasing a split between The Great Khali and Ranjin Singh on last week's show, they seemed to be getting along fine this week. I don't know what's going with them, but I'm certain that I don't care. ...

Alicia Fox handled herself well on the microphone during her brief backstage interview with Josh Matthews. She does a good job playing her character. …

For the second time in three weeks there was no celebrity host. According to reports, the guest host format isn't dead, but it will likely be something done on occasion, perhaps every other week.


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