While this segment lacked the gravitas of the Punk promo and the Rock's segment with The Shield, it still provided a satisfying end to Raw and a good look ahead to Sunday's PPV. A Buy goes out for the closing segment of Raw.
Overall, this was an interesting way to send the audience home before the big Rumble match on Sunday. Since the segment didn't carry the weight of the Rock and Punk promos, it could have been placed at the end of the second hour, but it worked as a show closer as well.
It didn't start out that well. John Cena hit the ring, did a bunch of awkward jokes and attempted to interact with the audience. That part of the segment fell a bit flat.
It's also risky to have a top babyface like Cena "guarantee" a win. Since top babyfaces generally keep their word, it seems a bit like a spoiler for the PPV on Sunday.
Things got interesting when Sheamus started a procession of Rumble entrants. Each in turn made a brief spiel about why he would win the Rumble and then headed to the ring. By the time the inevitable brawl started, there were roughly 20 men in the ring.
The only problem is that the last 10 to 15 guys who ran down to the ring didn't announce their inclusion in the Rumble, so it's unclear if they are combatants or simply ran down to break up a fight.
WWE.com is only listing nine official entrants at this time, though some of the guys who brawled last night are not listed here, such as the Prime Time Players and Team Hell No. The official list will likely be revealed on SmackDown, with a few spots left open for mystery entrants.
Overall, it was a satisfying end to what turned out to be a solid show.
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