The Rock, John Cena, and The Miz
Interestingly, last night’s Raw saw the WWE Champion as a side note…again.
I thought that as WrestleMania drew nearer, The Miz would be made to look a little stronger against John Cena, or at least important to his world title match.
I, in no way, shape, or form am a fan of the Miz. However, I am a fan of a strong storyline and match, especially when I am paying to see it.
After last night’s Raw, it seems certain that The Miz is truly an afterthought in his world title feud against Cena. The primary focus, even five days before WrestleMania 27, remains John Cena versus The Rock.
This was ever-so-apparent last night when The Rock gave Miz the People’s Elbow and Cena gave Rock the Attitude Adjustment.
It’s as though Cena has absolutely no interest in his WrestleMania opponent, but rather the guest host of the show. The Miz is more of a nuisance to the battle between The Rock and John Cena, and I find myself simply saying, “Just go away.”
How does Miz’s obvious lack of importance speak to the validity of the world title or main event, since technically, The Rock isn’t even a part of this match?
On a side note, Cena’s comments FINALLY had some substance. The problem is that it was the wrong substance.
His argument should not be the same argument that The Rock posed to him: why are you judging me? Cena’s judgment of The Rock started this entire feud.
His argument should have centered around The Rock’s diminishing his contributions for the past five years.
The Undertaker, Triple H, and Shawn Michaels
Undertaker and Triple H came out for a face-to-face. A very much needed element of spice to this feud came out in the form of Shawn Michaels.
I have mixed feelings about this one. Though their feud needed something extra, was that “something extra” Shawn Michaels?
Prior to his entrance, the crowd was dead and both Undertaker and Triple H received tepid responses. When Shawn’s music hit, the crowd went wild and the tempo and tone of ‘Taker and Triple H’s meeting picked up.
This would seem to be a good thing, and I certainly did not complain about Shawn’s presence. My concern is this: Shawn seemed to be the most interesting thing about this match so far, and he’s not even in the match! Does this sound familiar?
Also, what was the purpose of having Shawn turn on Triple H by not lending his support? Maybe it’s a build for something to occur at WrestleMania. Or maybe it signifies that since Hunter has no support going into the match, he will win.
The great thing about this encounter (besides HBK) was that both Undertaker and Triple H finally peeled back the layers and got to the meat of the situation.
On ‘Taker’s behalf, “Hunter, to know what will happen to you after I defeat you, take a look at Shawn Michaels.”
On Triple H’s behalf, “’Taker, it’s time for me to put you to rest.”
Randy Orton vs. CM Punk
This is a very underrated feud, and it has a very developed, consistent, intriguing and concrete storyline.
With this match, it’s difficult to tell who will win, as last night, the fans cheered equally for both men, despite CM Punk trying to assert himself as the bad guy.
The fans’ partiality to Punk may have been because they were in his hometown, Chicago. Or it could have been because WWE is starting to turn Randy into a superman.
Will the crowd be split at WrestleMania?
Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole
This match has a strong build. It seems that going into the match Cole has the upper-hand, so I predict that Lawler will win.
Nothing less than a Lawler win should be acceptable, considering the fact that Cole has never stepped foot in a ring, and Austin will be the guest referee.
Interestingly, Austin is the only former big-name talent who is involved in WrestleMania that is not becoming a focal point of the match…at least before the match occurs.
To my knowledge, there is no women’s championship match. This clearly shows the state of women on the grandest stage of them all.
The Snooki/Trish/Laycool segment was awful. And I definitely do not want to see a 10 million divas battle royal.
On a side note, both John Morrison and Dolph Zigler’s talent could have been put to much better use.
Instead of wasting Morrison and Zigler’s talent on the biggest show of the year, perhaps, those two could have wrestled a match, while Laycool had a tag team match against Trish and Snooki.
I personally do not like it when celebrities, who have no involvement in wrestling at all, consume the spotlight.
It’s a disgrace that a person with no wrestling background is the focal point of a match that also involves a person like John Morrison, who works so hard to please the crowd.
Has anyone else noticed that there has been no mention of money in the bank? I’ve actually been waiting on the qualifying matches, but I’ve seen none.
Did I miss the memo? Will there still be an MITB match? It doesn’t seem that R-Truth, Evan Bourne, Christian, Kofi Kingston or the members of Nexus have matches.