WWE Raw Results and Report Card 3/25/2013: John Cena vs. the Rock Heats Up

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WWE Raw Results and Report Card 3/25/2013: John Cena vs. the Rock Heats Up
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More than 18,000 fans gathered in Philadelphia to watch the penultimate WWE Raw on the Road to WrestleMania 29. Can that be right?

It feels like just yesterday the Rock was pinning John Cena at WrestleMania 28, a moment that haunts Cena to this day. Has it truly been nearly a full calendar year? Time flies when you're too busy watching suplexes and body slams to mark the calendar properly.

Unfortunately, the WWE didn't give fans much to be excited about tonight. There were no stellar matches. Besides CM Punk's now-routine excellence, there were no great promos either. The most exciting wrestler on the show was Dusty Rhodes, and he was in his prime in the 1970s.

Despite the presence of Rhodes and a host of Hall of Famers, the final segment dragged for what felt like hours. Formatted like a debate, it was really 20 minutes of Rock and Cena enunciating dramatically to diminishing returns.

Not everything, of course, failed to live up to the high expectations we have for the flagship before the biggest pay-per-view of the year. Who delivered? Who missed the mark? Click on to find out. Disagree with my grades? Let me know in the comments.

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