Raw opened with a John Cena promo. That's all I can find to say about it. The crowd managed to say something about it, though. They said "boring" several times.
The Big Show, Sheamus and Randy Orton defeated 3MB in Raw's first match, just like they did on the SmackDown before last. Then The Shield came out, just like the SmackDown before last. But hey, this is the last week of this. Cause for celebration in a way, then.
More successful in building excitement for WrestleMania was Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan. Mainly I'm interested to see how Big E Langston wrestles. Beyond Sunday, though, I long for the day when Ziggler and Bryan are given a full 25 minutes.
Shawn Michaels, who's never gone for long enough to miss and who's a very average mic worker anyway, was brought in to try to inject some interest into the Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar match. My only interest is the hope that Lesnar wins and we don't have to see Triple H again. I am a boundless optimist.
Mark Henry squashed Santino Marella, which was immensely enjoyable. That's all Santino should be used for.
Even in a short backstage interview, CM Punk managed to be the best thing in the show up to that point—and that was over halfway through. He told a joke that made me give a little gasp, when he talked about how Paul Bearer's streak of waking up in the mornings had ended. I reckon most people would think that's too far.
Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter beat up Alberto Del Rio with a pair of crutches. That was reasonably interesting.
The Rock announced his intention to run for President. I wouldn't object to that. It would keep him out of wrestling. And out of movies come to that. Dwayne Johnson 2016!
Chris Jericho and Antonio Cesaro displayed some interesting chemistry, but of course it played second fiddle to Fandango's distraction. Fandango vs. Y2J is one of the more interesting prospects on the WrestleMania card. I haven't seen him wrestle, but if they're confident enough to put him against Jericho in his first match and have it at the biggest PPV of the year, he must be something special.
All through the night, we were told we'd see The Undertaker "eviscerate" CM Punk. Punk would be silly to show up for that if it's guaranteed. The qualification was later inserted that they meant verbally eviscerate. I had my doubts about that; Undertaker is not the greatest talker of all time.
Sure enough, he spoke forcefully but didn't say anything particularly notable. The shift in atmosphere, then, as the monks entered was fantastic. When Paul Heyman appeared dressed as Paul Bearer, my jaw dropped. Then the segment just became something else entirely. Absolutely stunning.
Raw was a very average show until the final segment. It really isn't what you want before the biggest PPV of the year. None of it was bad at least, but very little stood out. Really, that just sums up this year's road to WrestleMania. Unspectacular at best, except for the Undertaker and CM Punk segments.