Mike Flaherty watches Mr. McMahon and Co. shift the ''Attitude'' into high gear and likes what he sees
Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson
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”RAW” is filled with unforgettable moments

As Monday night’s ”RAW” (TNN, 9 p.m.) showed, the WWF is nothing if not efficient when it wants to be. With only three weeks between the ”Survivor Series” and ”Vengeance” pay-per-views, the storytelling and feud-building needed to kick into high gear, and it has. How else to explain how in two hours of television that had plenty of things not to care about (Test vs. Albert, Kane vs. Bubba Ray Dudley, the Hardys backstage bickering) there was also a handful of indelible moments:

The People’s Lips Who could have expected that Trish’s locker-room promo with the Rock was going to result in a passionate canoodle? After she pecked the Brahma Bull on the cheek as a thank-you for saving her ass on ”Smackdown” (well, actually, for saving her from having to kiss Mr. McMahon’s ass… more on that later), his ”you’re welcome” took the form of a passionate, lingering kiss. It’s hard to believe that, in all this time, Rocky has never done anything remotely romantic. Can’t wait to see where this liaison goes.

Vince McMahon’s Ass After his WWF forces emerged triumphant at the ”Survivor Series,” a gloating Vince decided to inaugurate the ”Vince McMahon Kiss My Ass Club” as a way for now-unemployed Alliancers (like William Regal) to keep their jobs. But the ritual, which aired on last week’s ”RAW,” was such a rip-roaring success (I know the sight of a de-pantsed, de-underweared Vince bent over awaiting his oral tribute has been burned into my head… and, quite frankly, it’s starting to disturb me) that he decided to turn it into an all-purpose spectacle of humiliation. Unfortunately, his dunderheaded sidekick, Kurt Angle, got them involved in a Kiss My Ass match last night against the Rock and Trish, assuring Vinnie Mac that they couldn’t lose. Long story short, on this Thursday’s ”Smackdown,” the billionaire chairman of WWF Entertainment Inc. will be paying homage to the Rock’s dumper. This is gonna get nasty.

Grand Theft Auto Well, the good news is that even though the Alliance lost at the ”Survivor Series,” Booker T has still got an on-air role. The bad news is that role Monday night consisted of his hot-wiring and making off with Stone Cold Steve Austin’s SUV, in the process saying to himself, ”It’s just like riding a bike.” Ouch. Nevertheless, a Booker-Austin program has classic potential.

RVD vs. Christian Hooking up these two in a feud was a stroke of genius. With their dazzling in-ring chops and inimitable promo performances, let’s hope there’s more fun to come.

What do you make of all this?

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