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Reality hits hard on RAW
Here is what I scribbled in my notebook after the opening of WWE Raw between Brock Lesnar and John Cena: Damn near a perfect segment.
WWE startled me, putting Lesnar and Cena up first. I assumed the worst—a war of words.
I was wrong.
The confrontation between Lesnar and Cena had me wanting to jump out of my seat and shout, Tyson and Austin! Tyson and Austin! Tyson and Austin!
You know, Mike Tyson.
And speaking of outsiders, I like how Lesnar is being portrayed as one. John Laurinaitis went so far as to say Lesnar would legitimize the WWE.
I know there will be complaints about that statement, but based on who said it and who it is about, I think it fits.
It fits Lesnar, who doesn't greatly admire professional wrestling. Neither does he greatly understand it in my opinion.
It fits Cena and the WWE, who just took a hit at WrestleMania 28 in the loss to the Rock.
It meets Cena where he is, which is at a low point. And it speaks volumes to the fact that the Laurinaitis character cares nothing about WWE, but only about putting himself over.
I liked the blood also. It felt—what's the word?—legitimate.
I like that Lesnar opened up Cena. He needs it, literally and figuratively. Between the opening segment and his promo in the back (minus his match), Cena may have had the performance of the night.
Maybe I confused blood for paint, but he sort of reminded me of Sting when Sting goes a little crazy. Maybe it's just the look of a hero when a hero snaps, but I thought his energy was up 1,000 percent from the week before.
And Brock Lesnar did what he does best.
He just needs a mouthpiece. Not for fighting but for speaking.
Paging Paul Heyman.