Before you bomb my mailbox with threatening messages, let me explain why I'm buying the presentation of WWE's Superstar of the Year award to John Cena.
I'm not buying it based on any notion that he deserves to be Superstar of the Year. That honor clearly belongs to CM Punk, who held the most prestigious title in the WWE for every day of 2012.
I'm not buying it based on Cena's cheesy presentation of the award to Ric Flair. That was a move that demonstrated exactly why Cena haters are Cena haters. It didn't feel sincere, and it made for uncomfortable television.
I'm buying the angle for what it led to. Because Cena was given an award he clearly didn't deserve, and then tried to give the award away, CM Punk appeared on the stage. It's always a good thing in WWE when CM Punk comes onto the stage.
Punk got to air his grievances and his claim to the award made perfect sense. (This is a clear example of how the fan voting isn't really fan voting. There is no way on earth that fans voted for Cena over Punk for this award.)
Punk also got to solidify his heel status by verbally and physically attacking Ric Flair. There's no surer way in the WWE to show you're a heel than to attack one of the legends.
The injustice of giving Cena the award led to another reason to buy this angle. The Shield must have been thinking what I was thinking, and advanced to the ring to fight this foolishness. This put them in contact with Flair, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Cena, Punk and Ryback all over again. After an outstanding debut match at TLC the night before, The Shield was solidified as a force with this segment.
The logic behind having The Shield come to the ring during this segment was flawless. Since Punk was the one who got screwed, it leaves open the possibility that he and The Shield are somehow aligned.
However, since Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins are pledged to block injustice in the WWE, they could legitimately say that they don't work for Punk, but saw giving Cena the award as a travesty of justice.
The biggest reason to buy this angle was Flair. First of all, there were hints in his promo and in his interaction with some of the other stars, that he might be sticking around. That would be a very good thing.
Second, only Flair could have awarded that trophy to John Cena without risking a riot. Imagine if Vince McMahon had stood at that podium and awarded Cena "Superstar of the Year" instead of Punk. The crowd, which still booed Cena mercilessly, would have rushed the stage.
The premise of this segment is a sell. There is NO WAY that John Cena won a fan vote to take this award from Punk. However, for what it led to, the angle itself is a buy.
Did I get it right? Did I miss something? Speak your mind in the comments section, and I'll be back next week with another Raw: Buy or Sell.