What a fantastic crowd.
Tonight, we witnessed Chris Jericho slipping, 500 crowd chants and the return of Brock Lesnar!
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 at it?
After a year of advertising, hype and brain washing, the “Once in a Lifetime” match ended with The Rock defeating John Cena at WrestleMania 28.
So where does The Rock go from here?
The Rock opened the show tonight and he thanked the fans, John Cena and his family. The juicy part of The Rock’s monologue came when he shared is “vision” of becoming the WWE champion one more time.
The strange part is that after he concluded his speech I realized he never actually told us what he plans on doing next. Will he be on Raw next week? Or will he be leaving for a few months to film another movie?
I was happy The Rock won last night, but in the end he is not coming back full time. I do not blame him for not coming back and I understand this is all a business in the end. However, what is the point of teasing a WWE title run when you would have to be back for months to pull off a believable return.
The WWE accomplished what they wanted: a yearlong advertising blitz for a match featuring two of the biggest WWE superstars in history. The Rock won, now just let him ride off into the sunset and start building the stars of tomorrow instead of relying on the stars of yesterday.
Some fans may take what The Rock said tonight and believe he is coming back only to be disappointed. Again.
I will not pretend I know what The Rock’s next move is, but I seriously doubt we will see him next week.
What do you think The Rock will do going forward? What would you like him to do?
Tonight we saw the debut of Lord Tensai.
Tensai’s first match was against Alex Riley, whom he crushed. The ref actually stopped the match because Tensai dominated so badly. After the match ended Tensai hit Riley with a claw finisher.
I honestly thought Tensai hurt Alex Riley, especially with those elbow shots in the corner. He really pounded Riley to the point where I was not sure if it was real or not on some of his deliveries.
That means he looks good.
Unlike Brodus Clay’s debut, I felt satisfied. Lord Tensai looks like a character that could get slotted into the main event in a matter of weeks.
Were you impressed by Lord Tensai?
Last night at WrestleMania 28 CM Punk defeated Chris Jericho and retained the WWE Championship. Tonight Jericho attacked Punk after his match against Mark Henry.
Where exactly is this feud heading?
I guess I was foolish to expect that a clean victory against Chris Jericho at WrestleMania would end this feud. Silly me.
The match last night was excellent and the feud leading up to it was exciting. However, I am not exactly sure why Jericho is still going after CM Punk. The match was to prove “who is the best in the world?” CM Punk won and that is really all that needed to happen.
Is the WWE going to milk this feud?
I think Chris Jericho and CM Punk have decent chemistry, but I do not like watching the same match over and over again. These two feuded, had a great match and then CM Punk won. What else needs to happen?
The family bashing was a nice touch by Jericho prior to their WrestleMania match, but tonight felt excessive. I saw this same skit in 1996 when Jerry Lawler poured alcohol down Jake "The Snake" Roberts’ mouth. Except he did not slip on the alcohol like Jericho did tonight.
Is it time for someone else to challenge CM Punk?
I only ask because he says the same thing every week. Why doesn’t the WWE just save time and expenses and just replay the same “I will never change” speech in these moments.
In all seriousness, I felt bad for Cena tonight. He is the face of the company and just lost the biggest match of his career. On top of that, the crowd booed him out of the building and could care less about “why you will never lash out.”
Every year John Cena gets a bit staler, but I think the majority of the fanbase over the age of 12 has finally broke.
I realize a lot of older fans do not like Cena already. Maybe this feud with The Rock has finally pushed even more fans to stop caring about Cena. I cannot be completely sure.
What I do know is that if John Cena ever did turn heel he would get the biggest pop in WWE history, and that is just sad.
Did anyone else find themselves hoping Cena would say something relevant?
Forget the deep analysis for a second, I just want to know how crazy you were when Brock's music hit. The pain is here! Brock Lesnar has returned!
Brock Lesnar returned to the WWE tonight and he flatted John Cena. Why? No one knows at this point.
The odd part is that CM Punk is the WWE champion and is struggling to find competition, and John Cena is walking into superstars left and right. Go figure.
I cannot explain or even attempt to guess why Brock Lesnar’s return would involve a beatdown on John Cena, but I am sure we will know next week. There is no use making pointless predictions.
For one night we should all just smile and conclude that tonight was excellent Raw! I only hope this trend continues.
Are you excited about Brock Lesnar’s return?
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Keep it classic everyone!