Monday’s Raw marked two weeks until the WWE’s biggest show of the year—WrestleMania 29—and the build during this week’s episode has set the stage for an amazing event.
If the fans weren’t excited for WrestleMania already, Raw from Philadelphia was electric and should have every fan in the WWE Universe excited for the possibilities of the company's marquee pay-per-view.
Not only did the WWE do a great job of teasing its top storylines—John Cena, The Rock, The Undertaker, Triple H and CM Punk were all great—the build for the secondary storylines that was imperative to making WrestleMania a success was just as well done.
Despite the porous booking of the secondary champions once again, the WWE has done a great job of building the WrestleMania undercard in such a short time.
Raw Results from March 25 (via WWE.com)
CM Punk taunted The Undertaker. The Undertaker attacked Punk.
Chris Jericho attacked Fandango and defeated Dolph Ziggler. Fandango attacked Y2J after Big E. Langston hit his finisher on Jericho.
Mark Henry defeated The Usos.
U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro defeated World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio via count out. Jack Swagger attacked Ricardo Rodriguez, but Del Rio ran him off.
WWE tag team champions Team Hell No defeated The Prime Time Players.
Triple H talked about his match with Brock Lesnar. Intercontinental champion Wade Barrett interrupted the Cerebral Assassin and was hit with a low blow.
The Miz defeated Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett.
The Shield defeated Zack Ryder, Justin Gabriel and The Great Khali.
Team Rhodes Scholars defeated Brodus Clay and Tensai.
Ryback defeated 3MB.
AJ Lee defeated Divas Champion Kaitlyn via count out.
WWE Champion The Rock and John Cena participated in a Hall of Fame Q-and-A. The Rock hit Cena with the Rock Bottom to close the show.
The Rock and John Cena Get Serious
The Rock had missed the two previous episodes of Raw, but it was clear that this week’s Raw would feature both men getting very serious before their WrestleMania 29 battle for the WWE Championship. In front of four of the greatest superstars of all time, Rock and Cena got serious and made the crowd watching at home and in Philly remember why each is held in such high regard.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Was The Rock Getting the Upper Hand a Sign?
As much as the Cena haters won’t like hearing this, the fact that The Rock was the one that hit his finisher proves that it will be the challenger that walks out of WrestleMania with the championship. The Rock has the upper hand to make Cena look weak, thus making his eventual win even more important and impactful. The CeNation will rise!
After attacking Cena in front of the esteemed panel on Raw, The Rock took to Twitter to taunt the face of the WWE even more. That will come back to bite him later on:
Dwayne Johnson @TheRock
Welcome @JohnCena to Rock Bottom. Population: 1 Enjoy your stay.. #RAW #Philly #TeamBringIt http://t.co/hfi8KvAd732013-3-26 07:58:08
WWE announcer Michael Cole talked about how great Monday’s Raw was and how much he is looking forward to calling The Undertaker match this year:
Michael Cole @MichaelCole
Tremendous raw tonight! Wrestlemania fever building! How great was @JohnCena and @TheRock! Can't wait to call that match!2013-3-26 04:20:48
The Undertaker Strikes First
There were many fans that questioned whether or not The Undertaker would be ready for his WrestleMania match with CM Punk, but after appearing on Raw and physically attacking the challenger, there is no question that The Deadman is prepared to go to war against what could be his toughest WrestleMania opponent so far.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Is the WWE Universe Excited for this Match Yet?
If there are still fans not 100 percent behind this match, they are trying to not enjoy it at this point because this build-up has been flat-out amazing. As horrible as the death of Paul Bearer was to his family and the wrestling community, the inclusion of the urn in this feud has taken this to a very personal level, something most Undertaker matches don’t feature.
This will go down as one of The Undertaker’s greatest WrestleMania moments.
Just like Punk, Paul Heyman enjoys taunting The Undertaker and took to Twitter to share a photo of the former champion goofing around with the urn:
Paul Heyman @HeymanHustle
LOL. @WWE. #RAW #434 @CMPunk http://t.co/6uVvlZEUyr2013-3-25 23:56:46
WWE Superstar Santino Marella was not amused by Punk’s actions Monday:
Santino Marella @milanmiracle
There is disrespect and then there is DISRESPECT. CM Punk has gone too far! #RAW2013-3-26 00:09:46
In one of the greatest tweets of all time, Punk unleashed Urn Anderson on the world:
Ladies and gentlemen. I give you....Urn Anderson. http://t.co/hn2T3XQeMe2013-3-25 16:31:21
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