Exciting or more of the same? You decide.
Tonight, we witnessed vegans, the "Glamazon" and the return of the Undertaker.
As I do every Monday night following Raw, I present the "Top Questions Going Forward."
These questions are meant to stimulate conversation and give us pause so we can examine current storylines.
Shall we have it?
John Laurinaitis revealed earlier today that the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship would involve CM Punk, Chris Jericho, the Miz, Kofi Kingston, R-Truth and Dolph Ziggler.
Are you excited by the six men chosen for this match?
I feel very mixed on the subject. Although all six wrestlers are capable of putting on a good match, I do not feel like all of them are credible threats to become the WWE Champion.
Take Punk out of the equation since he is already the champ and let’s focus on the remaining five.
Chris Jericho is an obvious threat for the title. He is a well-accomplished veteran superstar who does not need me justifying why he could win the match.
Dolph Ziggler is being pushed as a main-event threat but he has never come across as a guy that is ready for that stage at this point of his career. I just cannot see him winning Elimination Chamber.
The Miz comes across as a little child clinging to that one title run he had last year and constantly reminding of us of it. I do not take him seriously and highly doubt the WWE would have him win this match.
R-Truth may be an entertaining character but he is not WWE Champion material. I question why he is even in a match of this magnitude considering what his role has been the last six months in the WWE.
Kofi Kingston is in this match for high-flying maneuvers, but he has no shot at winning. I think it’s pathetic that he has to be included just to ensure there are highlights of this match. I actually like Kingston and I wish he was more of a credible threat, but he just is not.
So in reality this match is going to come down to Chris Jericho and CM Punk and no one else really matters. I just cannot make a good argument for anyone other than those two winning the Elimination Chamber match.
I do not want to come across as if I am bashing the other four competitors, but I just do not find them believable enough to have a shot at winning the WWE Championship at this time.
Can anyone make a case for someone other than Jericho or Punk to win?
Brodus Clay has been on a roll lately, but his competition has all been bottom feeders. I commend the WWE for slowly building up Clay’s character, but I am curious to see when they will have him fight someone more legitimate.
I think the right move is to have Brodus Clay dominate weak competition, but eventually he will have to do something more to set himself apart from the very jobbers he is decimating. Will Clay challenge for the United States title in the future?
I included this question because I wanted to gauge the audience and understand how long you are giving Brodus Clay before you feel the need to see more. Right now, he is in the honeymoon stage and everyone is intrigued, but ultimately that will wear off.
What is the next step for Brodus Clay to take in your eyes?
So many fans jumped to the conclusion that this feud between John Cena and Kane was ultimately going to lead to Cena turning heel by “embracing the hate.” Other fans suggested that this was just a way to make Cena seem edgier and appeal more to the fans again.
Is this feud nothing more than something for John Cena to do until WrestleMania?
Maybe we are out thinking ourselves once again. Maybe the WWE just needed something for Cena to do for a few months because they knew he could not get involved in the WWE title picture due to his “dream match” with the Rock.
What do you think the conclusion of this storyline will be?
I hate when a rivalry gets so much attention for a month leading up to a pay per view only to have the match at the Royal Rumble end in bitter disappointment. I feel like this feud is just being milked until Cena can concentrate on the Rock.
Ultimately, I believe John Cena will indeed “rise above hate” and eventually destroy Kane on his own terms. I have read many articles on Bleacher Report by my colleagues that seem to express disgust with this feud. I honestly cannot disagree with them.
The answer to the above question is most likely “Yes” considering John Laurinaitis was never officially “fired.” However the question does need to be asked since it came out of tonight’s episode of Raw.
Perhaps a better question for my readers would be "Will John Laurinaitis remain the General Manager of Raw?"
Tonight we saw Laurinatis begging to remain as the GM of Raw. I have to admit now that he has taken himself out of the CM Punk storyline there really is nothing else for him to do. Some fans loathe Johnny Ace, whereas I am just indifferent.
I am occasionally amused by Laurinaitis’ dry sense of humor but I do not think he connects very well with the younger audience. He is not an all-out heel, and fans do not have the attention span to embrace a cynical, dry character in a position of power.
Obviously, he was never officially relieved of his duties of GM so I imagine we will be seeing him next week as the Raw GM. If Triple H’s attention is set elsewhere then “Big Johnny” just might be the General Manager longer than anticipated.
How do you feel about John Laurinaitis remaining Raw GM?
The cryptic promos have not been addressed since his return and most of his actions have not made sense until tonight, when Chris Jericho nailed CM Punk and let us all know what his intentions are.
Are you now satisfied, Jericho fans?
The promos, the teasing, the proclamation of “the end of the world as we know it” are all meaningless. Chris Jericho revealed more tonight in a two-minute segment where he hit CM Punk with the “Code Breaker” than anything else he has done prior.
In the end, all his return did was delay what Chris Jericho REALLY is and that is a heel who can make a difference if you allow him to. The writers, and maybe Jericho, got too cute with the silent promos and the idiotic grinning he was doing just a few weeks ago.
Most fans seem to want a Jericho-CM Punk match. In a prior article, I wrote about how such a match would split the fan base, but that is irrelevant because a rivalry is in the making.
Will Chris Jericho win at Elimination Chamber?
Any fan of the WWE since 1990 knows that tingling feeling you get when the Undertaker’s gong goes off. For the first time in nearly a year, we all heard that familiar gong and the Undertaker made his latest return.
The “Dead Man” interrupted Triple H and seemed to insinuate that he wanted a match with Triple H at WrestleMania.
The Undertaker defeated Triple H already, right?
I hate to play “Debbie Downer” when it comes to the Undertaker’s return, but why on Earth would the Undertaker want to face Triple H again? Why would that match draw the fans in?
The Undertaker stared up at the WrestleMania sign indicating that he wants to face Triple H again. To Hunter’s credit he patted the Undertaker on the back and walked up the ramp, stopping only for a moment, before leaving the Undertaker in the ring alone.
The Undertaker’s streak has taken on a life of its own, but I do not see the motivation on the part of the Undertaker to even want to face Triple H again. What does it prove?
You have beaten the man already, so move on to someone else. In fact let someone else be the one to challenge YOU for YOUR streak.
Would you be interested in seeing Triple H face off against the Undertaker again?
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Keep it classic, all!