WWE Monday Night Raw opened with CM Punk. He brought up that Chris Jericho wasn’t there and what he said last week.
While a true story, it wasn’t his story to tell and was none of his business.
Jericho’s words didn’t get to him, and if there was a demon inside Punk, it won’t get him to drink. But it will come out and become Jericho’s problem.
The past shouldn’t affect the future, and it hasn’t affected his. CM Punk declared that his father has beaten his demons and that he was proud of him.
Jericho was just an obstacle, an obstacle that he’s going to run right through to prove that he’s the best in the world.
Jericho then appeared on the Titantron and admitted that he was out of line last week. He apologized for what he said and promised that he’ll never say anything about his father again.
His sister was another story, though, as she suffers from substance abuse problems of her own. It’s a pattern and Punk will end up like them.
Punk screamed something back at him but it was edited out.
That was a great segment. Punk was phenomenal on the mic and was filled with plenty of emotion.
Promos filled with emotion tend to be the best because the wrestler is speaking about something he or she knows, and from the heart.
Jericho was great as well, as he played more mind games with Punk.
This feud is turning very personal and I’m loving it.
It’s creating great mic work and it’ll all lead to what will no doubt be the match of the night at WrestleMania 28!
Kane vs. Big Show
Cody Rhodes made his way out before the bell and showed a montage of Big Show’s embarrassing moments. It was quite the funny video! He then distracted Big Show to the point where Kane was able to chokeslam him off of the top rope for the win.
Post-match, Rhodes hit the Disaster Kick and handcuffed Big Show to the ropes. He then proceeded to pound away on him wearing boxing gloves.
This match was short and there was nothing special to it whatsoever. It seemed to set up the post-match actions of Cody Rhodes, which was quite good.
Rhodes needs a way to defeat his much bigger WrestleMania opponent and he showed last Friday on SmackDown that he is capable of beating someone bigger when he defeated the Great Khali.
Rhodes showed here that he has a strategy: use quick strikes and a lot of movement.
As a match, this kind of sucked, but as a way to advance the Rhodes/Big Show feud, it did its job quite well.
David Otunga vs. Santino Marella
Otunga picked up the win with his spinebuster. This was another short match.
Its main purpose was to advance the Team Teddy vs. Team Johnny match at WrestleMania and it did that with the post-match actions of the general managers.
John Laurinaitis celebrated with the trombone, which was hilarious, and it seemed to annoy Teddy. The SmackDown general manager then slapped the Raw general manager across the face and ran off.
While Team Johnny definitely has the physical advantage, Team Teddy may have the psychological advantage.
Teddy Long is certainly in the head of Laurinaitis, and that could lead to some bad advice from the man leading Team Johnny.
A video then aired showing that Lord Tensai was coming soon. Quite the interesting name there. The name implies someone of Asian descent, but I don’t think he’ll be Asian at all.
There have been rumors flying all over the Web and this site that A-Train will be returning to WWE soon. I think he’ll end up being Lord Tensai.
The Rock then appeared at the Rocky Balboa statue. The statue was the fighting spirit of Philadelphia and he showed a picture of himself at 12 years old standing aside it.
A year after the photo was taken, the first WrestleMania took place. He mentioned Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior, who were both icons and legends for what they did at the event.
The Rock then showed footage of him getting beat by Steve Austin but said that he went onto defeat Austin as well as Hogan, but that he had one more left to become the greatest of all time.
That person was John Cena.
He’ll be heading to the building and will send a message to Cena. If he didn’t get it, then he’ll drive to Pats to get a big cheesesteak, roll it up, turn it sideways and stick it straight up his candy ass.
He made references to Mick Foley, Ric Flair and Randy Savage before ending the segment.
While I enjoyed this segment, I disagree that the Rock needs to defeat Cena to become the greatest of all time.
The title of “greatest of all time” will always be under debate. but the Rock will forever be considered one of the best of all time.
Beating one man doesn’t make you the greatest, it just adds another notch in your win column.
And WWE, even the Rock recognizes Randy Savage as one of the greatest of all time. Why don’t you? Induct him into the Hall of Fame already!
Daniel Bryan vs. Zack Ryder
Bryan picked up the win after he reversed the Rough Ryder into the Labelle Lock.
This was another short match and I couldn’t be more disappointed. If given the time, these two could have had a very good match.
Both men are very talented in the ring and could have delivered. Unfortunately, WWE seems to be more worried about in-ring promos than matches leading up to WrestleMania.
John Cena vs. Mark Henry
Cena picked up the victory with the Attitude Adjustment. While this match was longer than the others, the entire thing was dominated by Henry only to see Super Cena emerge at the last minute to hit the AA and win the match.
It’s also getting annoying when the commentators act so amazed that Cena can give the AA to Henry, when he’s done it to him before, as well as Kane, the Great Khali, the Big Show and other large wrestlers.
It’s not impressive when he does it all the time.
Post-match, the Rock made his way out and delivered a Rock Bottom to Henry. He then looked at Cena and left the ring.
The Rock delivered quite the message to Cena. “You can lift Henry onto your shoulders? That’s fine, because I can lift him into the air with one arm.”
And that’s what Jerry Lawler was hyping—how high the Rock got Henry into the air.
While it’s not a huge message, the Rock just one-upped Cena.
A clip of the Divas on Extra was then shown, including the match being made for WrestleMania. I honestly couldn’t care less about it.
I really wanted to see the Divas Championship defended, but instead we’re getting another multi-Diva match that means nothing.
I wonder if the Divas are complaining about Maria Menounos wrestling at the event.
I mean, if they complained about Trish Stratus, an actual wrestler, taking their spot, they must be angry about a TV personality taking a spot, right?
The Miz then appeared in the ring and mentioned how King Kong Bundy was in the main event of WrestleMania 2 but then wrestled Hillbilly Jim and some little people at WrestleMania III.
He won’t turn out like Bundy and issued an open challenge to anyone in the back to prove himself to John Laurinaitis so he could join in team.
The Miz really has fallen hard since last year’s WrestleMania. The awesome one isn’t quite awesome anymore.
Miz vs. Sheamus
Sheamus answered his challenge and picked up the victory with the Brogue Kick.
This was an overall squash match and continues the Miz’s depressing losing streak. It’s hard to believe that he was the main guy in WWE a year ago. Now he’s just a jobber.
I have a feeling that this is leading to something big for him, though. At least I hope that it is!
Josh Matthews then interviewed Randy Orton with their backs to the entire audience.
Matthews wanted to know how Orton was going to beat Kane; Orton wanted to know how Kane was going to defeat him.
He has already beaten him over the summer and despite Kane’s humanity being gone, Orton knows what he himself is capable of.
He’s Randy Orton, and the segment ended.
This was a nice little promo by Orton but I wished that it went a bit longer, or that Kane made an appearance.
This feud really doesn’t interest me at all, though.
American Perfection vs. Booming Truth
Before the match, Vickie Guerrero announced that American Perfection were going to be a part of Team Johnny. Well, at least Dolph Ziggler has a spot on the card!
Ziggler would then get the win for his team after hitting the Fame-Asser on R-Truth. Vickie knocked Truth’s foot off the ropes and that resulted in a catfight between her and Aksana.
It was a decent match and without a doubt the match of the night. That really says something about the matches on this episode, though.
The matches were so disappointing that a tag-team match that was decent at most makes the top spot.
All four men performed well in the time they were given, and that’s all we can really ask of them.
The show came to a close when Shawn Michaels made his way to the ring. He went over Hell in a Cell but said that he’s the one that’s being talked about.
That doesn’t surprise him, though, as he is the showstopper. It felt good to hold the end of an era in the palm of his hands and stated that “end of an era” was just code for end of the streak.
That brought out the Undertaker who told HBK to shut up and listen. The match needed to be pure, but before he could finish, Triple H made his way out.
Undertaker needed to stop worrying about HBK despite Michaels trying to make the match about him.
It was their destiny to meet inside the cell, and out of the 24 cell matches, they’ve been in 19 of them.
The match may have started out as devil’s playground, but it became Triple H’s proving ground. It’s where he thrives and where he’ll end the Undertaker.
The Deadman wanted to know if the Game was willing to put his life on the line, and Triple H said that he was.
Before the Undertaker left the ring, he once again told Triple H that Shawn Michaels was better than him.
The Phenom left the ring as Michaels just smiled.
I thought this was a good segment, but it shouldn’t have ended the show.
WWE is telling us that the world title matches are second to Hell in a Cell as well as the Rock/John Cena, but they should be treated as equals.
As I said, though, this was a good segment as all three men were quite good on the mic and I loved how the Undertaker continued to drive that wedge between the former members of D-Generation X.
I think that this match will end up coming down to Shawn Michaels deciding to screw one of them over.
I hope I’m wrong and that he calls things down the middle, but every indication is that he’ll help one defeat the other.
Overall, I was quite disappointed with this episode of Monday Night Raw.
The matches were a wastesof time and the in-ring segments weren’t as good as previous weeks. The segments were quite good this week, don’t get me wrong, but I feel that they weren’t as strong as previous weeks.
The exception could be the opening segment with Punk and Jericho, though, as that was the highlight of the night for me.
With WrestleMania just two weeks away, I expected so much more from WWE.
Hopefully SmackDown can make up for this!