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.