WWE Monday Night Raw Review: The Rock Delivers a Strong Message to Cena

Daniel Peragine@DPMajesticCoSenior Analyst IIMarch 26, 2013

The Rock on Monday Night Raw. (Photo credit: WWE.com)
The Rock on Monday Night Raw. (Photo credit: WWE.com)

The road to WrestleMania continued Monday night from Philadelphia, Pa., as WWE Raw began with a video package hyping The Rock vs. John Cena showdown and CM Punk's recent actions against The Undertaker.

Punk's music played, as the former WWE Champion walked towards the ring with his manager, Paul Heyman. Punk, who was holding The Undertaker's golden urn, began talking about himself and how much he matters in the wrestling industry. As Punk continues to talk, he blames The Undertaker about the urn and throws it to the ground.

Suddenly, The Undertaker sneaks up on Punk in the ring and forces him to retreat to the entrance way.

After a commercial break, Fandango arrived for his debut match. However, instead of his opponent, Chris Jericho attacked Fandango, forcing him outside the ring.


Match No. 1: Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler

Your winner via submission: Chris Jericho. Quickly after the match, Big E Langston hit Jericho with a clothesline. As Jericho was laying down in the center of the ring, Fandango returned once more and began dancing. Fandango, who received a very strong reaction from the crowd with a chorus of boos, continued the attack on Jericho.

The WWE really set up this segment well, as the opening match was solid and Fandango got major heat with the audience. A feud with Jericho will certainly help Fandango get off on the right foot.

Match Rating: 3.5/5.


Backstage,The Shield attacked Sheamus during an interview. As Randy Orton tried to save Sheamus, the Big Show stepped into the picture and forced The Shield to exit.


Match No. 2: Mark Henry vs. Jimmy and Jey Uso

Your winner via pinfall: Mark Henry. After the match, Henry continued his assault on Jimmy and Jey Uso in the ring.

A very short match that saw Henry struggle early on but regain control quickly. Henry was made to look completely dominate heading into his match at WrestleMania with Ryback.

Match Rating: 2/5.


Match No. 3: Antonio Cesaro vs. Alberto Del Rio

Your winner via count out: Antonio Cesaro. Jack Swagger approached Del Rio's ring announcer, Ricardo, at ringside and took out his injured leg. However, Del Rio came in for the save, as Swagger was chased outside the arena.

A decent match that never reached its full potential due to Swagger's interference, which was used to intensify his match with Del Rio at WrestleMania.

Match Rating: 2.5/5.


Match No. 4: The Prime Time Players vs. Kane and Daniel Bryan

Your winner via pinfall: Kane and Daniel Bryan. Although the match outcome was predictable, this was a pretty decent tag team match, as Kane and Bryan need to be featured as a strong unit heading into WrestleMania.

Match Rating: 3/5.


A video package aired previewing the Triple H and Brock Lesnar match at WrestleMania.

Triple H came out to the ring and sent a very direct message to Lesnar, telling him he will not lose at WrestleMania. Wade Barrett's music suddenly plays and as he tells Triple H to leave, “The Game” fires back by providing a kick to the gut.


Match No. 5: Wade Barrett vs. The Miz

Your winner via submission: The Miz. The WWE is really pushing the button on The Miz, as it appears it is looking for him to become another Ric Flair with his new figure-four leglock submission hold. Unfortunately, this match just never took off, especially with the crowd that remained silent.

Match Rating: 2.5/5.


Match No. 6: The Great Khali, Justin Gabriel and Zack Ryder vs. The Shield

Your winner via pinfall: The Shield. After the match, the Great Khali attempted to fend off all three members of The Shield but was quickly taken down with a triple power bomb by the group. Sheamus, Orton and the Big Show came out and began to brawl with The Shield. The Shield, after receiving a beatdown in the ring, escaped to ringside.

Another predictable match that was very short with The Shield getting in most of the offense.

Match Rating: 2/5.


Match No. 7: Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes vs. Brodus Clay and Sweet T (Tensai)

Your winner via pinfall: Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes. A sluggish match that gained hardly any reaction from the crowd with the exception of Sandow's promo before the fight began in the ring.

Match Rating: 1.5/5.


Match No. 8: Ryback vs. 3MB

Your winner via pinfall: Ryback. An impressive double Shell Shock by Ryback to nail the victory. This was a fun match to watch, especially when Ryback was on the offense.

Match Rating: 3/5.


Match No. 9: Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee

Your winner via count out: AJ Lee. At least the Divas division was able to get into the lineup card on Monday Night Raw, as this match was extremely short and a filler leading into the main event promo.

Match Rating: 2/5.


Jerry Lawler is in the ring and introduces Booker T, Mick Foley, Dusty Rhodes and Bret Hart. After a final commercial break, The Rock comes out to the ring first, followed by John Cena.

Foley asked Cena if he will be prepared for another loss at WrestleMania. Cena made reference to Donovan McNabb and said he was booed by his own football fans because the former quarterback could not win the big game. The Rock began to discuss failure with Cena and tell his comeback story to the WWE

Hart went second and asked what changed after their WrestleMania 28 match. The Rock credited Cena for not complaining after his defeat. Meanwhile, Cena told The Rock that despite coming back to the WWE and winning the title, he will find out how “The Great One” will handle a defeat at this year's WrestleMania.

Booker T went up next and asked Cena why he wanted to win the match at WrestleMania. Cena simply answered that he wanted to win badly. The Rock quickly responded, pushing for Cena to tell the truth. Cena said he beat himself at last year's WrestleMania.

Rhodes asks both Cena and The Rock what they both want. Cena wants The Rock to realize that he is better. The Rock fires back, telling Cena he will still be WWE Champion. As Cena was about to go for the Attitude Adjustment, The Rock countered with a Rock Bottom as Monday Night Raw faded to black.