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WWE Raw: The best segment was ... a tea party?

There's no doubt that comedy is in the eye of the beholder. For example, some people found Pee-Wee Herman's segment on Raw last week to be humorous, while I thought it was horrible.

On the other hand, I'm guessing that there are some who didn't care for the tea party segment with Santino Marella, Sheamus and Vladimir Kozlov on Raw Monday night, but I thought it was very funny. In fact, it was the best segment on the show in my opinion, but, admittedly, it wasn't a great episode.

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The premise was that Marella was trying to smooth things over with Sheamus by inviting him to an in-ring tea party. I started laughing the second I saw Marella and Kozlov walking to the ring dressed as proper British gentleman (the show took place in Manchester, England).

Marella's comic timing was perfect as he nervously tried to make friends with Sheamus but kept sticking his foot in his mouth. Kozlov – who looked a lot like the Patrick Macnee character in the 1960s TV series "The Avengers" – only had a couple lines, but his deadpan delivery was so spot-on that a "Kozlov" chant actually broke out. Sheamus also played his role well. I think having him in a program with Marella has actually helped him connect with the audience more than his run as a main-eventer did.

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This all led to a match between Marella and Sheamus. Marella played the role usually reserved for chicken heels, as he stalled most of the way before begging off and hitting a low blow right in front of the referee. Even though he lost by disqualification, Marella did his big over-the-top-celebration, but Sheamus recovered and laid him out. John Morrison then came out and made the save.

Who knew the set-up for an eventual Sheamus-Morrison match could be so entertaining?

Other thoughts on Monday's show:

The 10-man tag team main event – which saw The Nexus (Wade Barrett, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Michael McGillicutty and Husky Harris) defeat Randy Orton, Daniel Bryan, The Miz, R-Truth and Mark Henry – was decent. Special referee John Cena made the three count when Barrett pinned Orton. What Cena didn't see was that The Miz and Alex Riley attacked Orton to set up the pin. So not only did this advance the Cena-Nexus-Orton story line, but it also planted the seed for an Orton-Miz program. ...

The subplot with David Otunga looks like it will be coming to a head soon. Barrett told Otunga that he will be wrestling Edge on Smackdown Friday, and if he loses, he will be out of The Nexus. That should be interesting (I have a feeling that Kane will show up and cost Edge the match), although I'm not sure how Barrett has the authority to book matches on Smackdown. ...

As expected, the Cena-Otunga match was pretty much a squash. Otunga is getting better in the ring, although he really wasn't asked to do a whole lot here. ...

Barrett got more of a mixed reaction in his hometown than I expected. I figured he would have gotten a babyface pop, but there seemed to be as many jeers as cheers. Orton, on the other hand, got a huge pop. ...

The Goldust-Ted DiBiase Jr. match (which was won by Goldust) wasn't bad, but it didn't have much heat. In an interesting twist, after Maryse grabbed The Million Dollar belt at ringside, Aksana came out, took the belt from Maryse and ran off with it. ...

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During The Hart Dynasty's loss to the Usos, Tyson Kidd did an awesome somersault plancha into a huracanrana on the floor. I'm ready for Kidd and David Hart Smith to break up and start feuding already. ...

As much as I love the WWE Divas, I actually hate soccer more, so the soccer-themed six-woman tag match that saw The Bellas and Eve Torres defeat Maryse, Alicia Fox and Tamina didn't do much for me. Fox's downward spiral continued as she again did the job.


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