Now that the final episode of Raw before WrestleMania 29 is over, it is clear that the WWE used its go-home show to add suspense to all of the top matches while spicing up some of the undercard bouts the casual fans didn’t care about.
While Monday’s Raw wasn’t the most exciting edition of the show, the purpose of this week’s go-home episode was solely to build toward WrestleMania. In that sense, the WWE handled the booking perfectly.
The excitement for the company’s biggest pay-per-view of the year is through the roof.
Not only did the WWE Universe get to see every one of the part-time superstars under the same roof as a teaser for WrestleMania, the fact that there were physical confrontations between combatants on Sunday’s card has the fans' interest piqued.
Monday’s Raw was an extremely effective go-home edition for WrestleMania 29.
Raw Results from April 1 (via WWE.com)
John Cena promised to defeat The Rock.
Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show defeated 3MB.
Dolph Ziggler defeated WWE Tag Team Champion Daniel Bryan.
Shawn Michaels announced he would be in Triple H’s corner at WrestleMania.
Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett defeated Zack Ryder.
Mark Henry defeated Santino Marella.
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio defeated Zeb Colter via Disqualification.
The Rock addressed the WWE Universe.
Chris Jericho defeated U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro.
The Bella Twins defeated The Funkadactyls.
CM Punk attacked The Undertaker.
CM Punk Attacks The Undertaker
When the match between The Undertaker and CM Punk was made, the aura of the participants was there. Punk was coming off a 434-day WWE Championship reign and The Undertaker has been undefeated at WrestleMania, but the bout didn’t have the monumental feeling it should have.
Just a few weeks and several edgy promos about Paul Bearer later, and the majority of the WWE Universe is enthralled with this angle and can’t wait to see The Undertaker finally get his hands on Punk in MetLife Stadium.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Did the WWE Go Too Far With Paul Bearer's Urn Storyline?
There will undoubtedly be fans who thought it was distasteful for Paul Heyman to dress up like Bearer and for Punk to pour out the contents of the urn on The Undertaker. The utter disrespect will have even the most passionate Punk fan thinking twice about his decision making.
The end of Raw makes wrestling fans want to see more of the feud at WrestleMania 29, and that was the whole purpose of the segment. This was extremely well done by both men, and Sunday's match should be brutal.
The voice of ECW and current WWE employee Joey Styles shared the dastardly photos of Paul Heyman mocking the late Paul Bearer backstage at Raw:
Television personality and wrestling fan Michelle Beadle admittedly spent Monday hopping off the Punk bandwagon and beginning her support of The Undertaker:
Michelle Beadle @MichelleDBeadle
I just skinned my knee jumping off the @CMPunk bandwagon. 21-0. #Undertaker #WM294/2/2013, 3:06:49 AM
WrestleMania is Almost Here!
When this Monday’s episode of Raw went off the air, the final countdown to WrestleMania had officially begun.
Whether the WWE Universe is excited about the card or just the event itself, there is little doubt that the majority of fans are ecstatic about Sunday’s marquee PPV after watching the build during Monday's Raw.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Did Monday's Raw Set the Stage For a Great Show?
There is no question that the main-event scene has been built in spectacular fashion and the depth of mainstream talent on this card is unheard of. Stars like The Rock, Brock Lesnar, The Undertaker, Chris Jericho and Triple H, on top of all the WWE’s current superstars, graced the Raw stage Monday and will try to steal the Sunday.
Despite the slight drawbacks of the secondary angles (Wade Barrett and The Miz for the IC Title being announced on Raw as a YouTube Pre Show), the main-event scene will undoubtedly make this a great show. While this likely won’t go down as the best ever, there is a very real chance the WWE Universe looks back on WrestleMania 29 as one of the top five in history.
Heyman made another appearance earlier Monday night in support of Brock Lesnar, and the WWE Universe’s official Twitter account quoted the manager’s best line of the night:
WWE Universe @WWEUniverse
"You should have just walked away ... When @BrockLesnar gets done with you, you're going to have to CRAWL away..." - @HeymanHustle #RAW4/2/2013, 1:11:08 AM
While many fans are still not sold on the WrestleMania main event, WWE Superstar Titus O’Neil is all in on the battle between two of the company’s biggest stars:
Titus O'Neil @TitusONeilWWE
Now that's a Strong Message from The Rock,But who will Deliver on their Message at @WWE #Wrestlemania29 Cena or the Rock? We shall see SOON!4/2/2013, 2:11:18 AM
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