WWE Raw 1000: CM Punk Attacks the Rock, a New Champion, Undertaker and More
WWE Monday Night Raw's 1,000th episode opened with Vince McMahon. He thanked the fans and introduced D-Generation X. Shawn Michaels and Triple H did a bit of comedy before bringing out the New Age Outlaws and X-Pac for a full reunion!
They got in their classic lines, which brought out Damien Sandow. He said it was people like DX that are destroying society and DX answered with Sweet Chin Music and a Pedigree.
I thought this was a very entertaining way to open the show. I hoping to see a full reunion of D-Generation X and I got exactly that. It was great seeing the Road Dogg, Billy Gunn and X-Pac back in a WWE ring, even it's just a one-time thing.
Sandow got quite the rub here as well. Not only did he get to open Raw, he got to open it with DX. Raw had just started, and I was already hooked!
Rey Mysterio, Sin Cara and Sheamus vs. Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio
The faces picked up the victory after Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on Jericho. I thought this was an overall good match, though it was a bit short. The action was good and it pushed a few feuds very well.
First you've got Sheamus and Del Rio, with Mysterio is kind of stuck in the middle of due to his feud with Del Rio. I think fans will be seeing a triple threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship between these three at SummerSlam.
Then you have Jericho and Ziggler, which saw Ziggler cost his own team the match by attacking Y2J. Those two have the potential to steal the show at SummerSlam.
Then there was Sin Cara, who was just kind of there. While Del Rio has destroyed him a few times in recent weeks, I felt he was a bit out of place.
What this match lacked in time, though, it made up for in match build.
Charlie Sheen then appeared via Skype. He congratulated Raw and said that with people like DX, WWE would be a nice home for him.
I've always been a fan of Sheen, but I felt he would have been more entertaining if he was actually tweeting throughout the event instead of popping in once in a while.
Backstage, A.J. was preparing for her wedding and talking to Layla. The Divas champion questioned A.J. about the wedding and said she was no more unstable then the locker room.
She opened the door to reveal Jim Duggan, Roddy Piper and R-Truth playing jump rope with Little Jimmy and Mae Young with her hand child all grown up.
This was quite entertaining, especially Mae Young and her "son." I liked how they paid homage to that. I wish Mark Henry was around, though, as adding him to that would have been great!
Brodus Clay vs. Jack Swagger
The Funkasaurus hit two moves and the match was over. Before it started, though, Mick Foley made his way out as Dude Love, and afterwards, he and Brodus danced in celebration.
While the match was obviously nothing special, seeing Foley reprise Dude Love was pretty cool. I wish he appeared as Mankind and Cactus Jack as well, but Dude Love appearing was entertaining.
Poor Swagger, though. What did he do to deserve to get squashed that quickly? Well, at least he got onto the show!
Backstage, Trish Stratus was teaching Triple H yoga. She eventually bent him over and DX interrupted. WWE paid homage to another Raw moment here, only the roles were reversed.
Back when it first happened, it was Triple H teaching Trish a move for a match with Stephanie McMahon walked in on them. I got a nice chuckle out of the segment.
Next up was the wedding between Daniel Bryan and A.J. With former WWE manager Slick as the reverend, A.J. left Bryan at the altar after Mr. McMahon revealed that she was the new general manager of Raw.
I was expecting Kane to interrupt the wedding, or even a GTV return to reveal something, so what did happen was very surprising. WWE weddings rarely go well, but I never expected this particular result. For that, I give WWE major props.
As for A.J. being the new general manager, I am confused. That would mean that the WWE board of directors found A.J. to be the best candidate for the job despite having no experience in the role.
I was hoping for Mick Foley or Edge, and a small part of me wanted to see Stephanie McMahon get the job, but this was quite the curve ball.
I'm going to give it a month before I formulate an opinion as I want to see where WWE is going with this.
Back from commercial and Daniel Bryan is freaking out. CM Punk made his way out to rub the situation in his face. Bryan responded with saying that he was the greatest and that brought out the Rock.
After calling Bryan "Frodo" and the spawn of a homeless lumberjack and an Oompa Loompa, the Rock revealed that he will be facing the WWE champion at the Royal Rumble. Punk said that it would indeed be him, but Bryan said that he'd be the champion. The Rock responded to Bryan with a Rock Bottom.
I thought this was a very well-done segment. All three superstars were solid on the mic and delivered good promos. I especially liked Bryan's intensity.
The focus here was the Rock, though. Him getting a title shot is big news and the possibility of facing CM Punk is huge. While a Rock/Cena rematch will most likely happen at some point, a feud between the Rock and Punk could be all sorts of entertaining.
Right now, I want to see the Rock vs. CM Punk more than anything!
Christian vs. the Miz: Intercontinental Championship
With Bret Hart as the special guest ring announcer, the Miz became the new WWE Intercontinental champion after hitting the Skull Crushing Finale.
I thought this was an overall good match that featured a nice amount of back-and-forth action. Both superstars performed well here as Christian sold for the Miz excellently with the knee injury.
I'm glad to see the Miz back in the spotlight, and now that he's a Triple Crown Champion, he'll have one more thing to brag about. I have missed the Miz's heel character and this win should really advance it nicely.
I really hope that Christian's knee injury was a part of the match. He's been at the top of his game since returning at Over the Limit and it would be a huge shame to see him back on the shelf.
Assuming it was a part of the match, the feud between him and the Miz over the title should be a great one. The mic work will be excellent and the matches should be very good.
Charlie Sheen was back on Skype as he said he couldn't wait until the Royal Rumble and made fun of Daniel Bryan. Oh boy, I smell a Daniel Bryan/Charlie Sheen feud coming. This could get very interesting.
Triple H then made his way out and wanted Brock Lesnar's answer. Paul Heyman came out instead and declined the match once again. After they went back and forth on the mic, Heyman brought up Triple H's kids and that brought out Stephanie McMahon.
She got him to agree to the match and attacked him afterwards when he once again talked of their family. Lesnar then finally came out and he and Triple H fought until the Game clotheslined him out of the ring.
I felt that all three delivered solid promos here, with Heyman being the star of the segment. That man's facial expressions are pure gold sometimes.
It was good to see Triple H get the upper hand on Lesnar this time around and I have a feeling that Lesnar will be losing his second match since his return at SummerSlam.
I was excited to see Lesnar return, but now I just want him to go away. He's just not worth the hype since he doesn’t show up every week.
Santino Marella and Hornswoggle then came out to give fans the Brawling Buddies. I remember having the Hulk Hogan and Ultimate Warrior ones back in the day. They didn't talk like the new ones do, though.
Heath Slater vs. Lita: No Disqualification Match
After the APA made their returns and the legends Slater has encountered recently showed up, Lita hit the Twist of Fate and Lita-Sault for the victory. Slater also took a brutal Clothesline from Hell from Bradshaw before the end of the match. The whole thing then ended with Ron Simmons saying "Damn!"
It was great seeing Bradshaw and Simmons back together as the APA. I loved that gimmick back when it first started and I still love it now! Lita looked great and I was reminded how much I miss her. She can still hit that moonsault, which is quite impressive.
WWE should bring Lita back onto the roster; she could teach a thing or two to the Divas division. Plus, I would love to see her face women like Beth Phoenix and Natalya.
So I guess Slater's storyline is over now? I was hoping for a bigger payoff, but as long as he keeps getting television time, I'll be happy.
Backstage, Sean Mooney returned to interview Daniel Bryan, who continued to freak out, this time over the comments from Sheen. He wanted to put Sheen in the Yes Lock and then walked away. A Bryan/Sheen feud is looking more likely now.
Sean Mooney? I haven't heard that name in years. He was certainly a nice surprise.
Remaining backstage, Zack Ryder told Cena that he thought that Gene Okerlund was behind GTV back in the Attitude Era. He denied it and that brought in the Rock. He wished Cena luck, and Cena declared that he'd be champion after his match with Punk.
I'm glad they interacted a bit and I still think a rematch is inevitable. I don't think it'll be at the Royal Rumble, though.
As for Ryder, at least he made it onto the show. I wish Mean Gene was doing the backstage interviews, but someone else from the past took that job.
Kane was about to have a match but it was interrupted by Jinder Mahal, Curt Hawkins, Tyler Reks, Hunico, Camacho and Drew McIntyre. They never get any opportunities, so they were going to create one. That brought the return of the Undertaker, though.
He and Kane dismantled the six men and ended it all with a double Chokeslam and a double Tombstone Piledriver. Undertaker then got down on one knee while Kane shot the fire out of the turnbuckles.
A Brothers of Destruction reunion is something I thought I'd never see, so I was very happy with this moment. Undertaker looked in better shape than he was in at WrestleMania, so hopefully this return won't be a one-off thing.
I wouldn't mind seeing him and Kane joining forces and dominating for a few months. No matter what happens, it's good to see the Deadman back and I hope he's here to stay.
Charlie Sheen was back via Skype, and Cole brought up what Bryan said. Sheen declared that he lived in Los Angeles and wasn't a hard man to find. With SummerSlam taking place in Los Angeles, I think a match of some kind will be taking place between them.
CM Punk vs. John Cena: WWE Championship
John Cena picked up the victory by disqualification when the Big Show attacked him for a second time. The first time was when the referee was knocked out and Punk reluctantly took advantage of the situation.
Even though I wished the match got more time, I still thought it was a good match. Both Punk and Cena performed well here and delivered some nice action. While Cena did win, he didn't win the title. So that means that John Cena is the first Money in the Bank winner to fail at cashing in the briefcase.
I don't like that it happened because of the Big Show, though, as I would have preferred to see a clean victory for Punk, but the finished served a greater purpose.
As Big Show continued his attack on Cena, and Punk stood there watching, the Rock came out for the save. Punk would interrupt the People's Elbow, though, and ultimately deliver the GTS to the People's Champion.
A CM Punk heel turn? A very much approve of that! I always liked Punk as a bad guy and I think he's at his best when he's playing a heel character.
As a heel, he'll also get some new opponents. He's already beaten all of the heel main event stars, so now he'll get the chance to wrestle different people. This also begins the feud between him and the Rock, which I think all but confirms that Punk will be the champion come January.
At the very least, he'll lose the belt at SummerSlam or early fall, but regain it by the Royal Rumble.
I can't wait to see what Punk has to say next week and how this is all going to develop!
Overall, I found the 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw quite entertaining. While there wasn't a whole lot of wrestling, it was a good night for the WWE.
Hearing Jim Ross on commentary during the opening match was great, but I wish that he stayed the whole night. He could have really added to the closing moments of the show.
Lilian Garcia announcing the event was cool, while seeing Howard Finkel announce a match was good to see. It would have awesome to see him and Lilian share announcing duties, but I was happy with Lilian returning to Raw.
There weren’t as many legend appearances as I expected, but that was good overall. It showed that WWE could fill a three-hour show using the majority of current superstars and storylines.
My only real gripe with the show was the absence of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Why was one of the biggest Raw superstars in history not on the show?
Despite Austin's absence, WWE really set the bar with this show. I hope they can keep the momentum rolling now that Raw is permanently three hours.
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