CM Punk, despite not being on the March 3 edition of WWE Raw, was the center of the episode in many ways.
Backstage reports had fans buzzing about Punk's possible comeback. Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter, on Wrestling Observer Radio, (h/t WrestlingInc.com), reported on Sunday that "CM Punk is expected to return at tomorrow night's Raw in Chicago."
The Usos won the tag team championships, The Real Americans continued to splinter and The Shield took on The Wyatt Family in a fantastic match. There was no sighting of Punk, though.
Fans psyched for seeing "The Best in the World" compete again watched Monday's Raw with disappointment slowly enveloping them. Those able to see beyond that, experienced an episode that built several WrestleMania matches well and delivered a match that rivaled the first The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family clash.
The following is a look at the episode, complete with letter grades for segments and bouts, highlights and results. On a night when WWE announced that the Hall of Fame is set to welcome Paul Bearer, we begin with Paul Heyman teasing the return of his former best friend.