RAW Final Thoughts: Mr. McMahon Says Goodbye; What Does This Mean for Wrestling?

TJ NagyAnalyst IIIJuly 19, 2011

GREEN BAY, WI - JUNE 22:   Vince McMahon attends a press conference about the WWE at the Austin Straubel International Airport on June 22, 2009 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Mark A. Wallenfang/Getty Images)
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There was something in the air this week during Monday Night RAW. A change was coming, and even though the Green Bay crowd wasn't sure how big this change would be, they never would have thought that they were actually about to witness one of the most historic nights in WWE history.

CM Punk was gone, meaning that there was no more WWE championship. To make matters worse, by the end of the night there was a good chance that there would also be no more John Cena. It was a night where anything and everything could happen, and it certainly didn't disappoint.

As soon as Vince McMahon revealed the WWE Championship tournament bracket, the stage was set. This was going to be a night to remember. The atmosphere was electric, and it was clear from the start of the night that this RAW had a specific purpose, and that was to send shock waves throughout the WWE Universe.

WWE did a great job continuing to ride the wave of their recent success. The tournament allowed the WWE to showcase all their major players on RAW not named John Cena. It was a reintroduction to the fans showing that the WWE is still all about entertainment and, most importantly, wrestling. 

And when it seemed wrestling was back for good, it was cut off by McMahon, just so he could fire the biggest name in the entire wrestling business. That couldn't happen, and thanks to HHH, it didn't

We thought we were going to see a new WWE champion crowned on RAW. What we got though was even bigger, and that was a new WWE owner. In the blink of an eye, Vince was gone, Cena was cheered for again and HHH had returned to save the business he loves.

HHH came down not only to make sure John Cena stayed, but also to make sure that wrestling did as well.

You may think that Vince McMahon doesn't listen to us. But, Sunday and Monday proved that we all were wrong. Dead wrong.

Not only does McMahon listen, but he cares about this company so much that he was willing to give away a 50-year-old championship belt to CM Punk because he knew it was what the fans wanted to see.

He could have stepped down quietly, but thats not what draws an audience every week to his show. He could have kept that patented smug look on his face when HHH finally relieved him of his duties, but instead he opened his heart to an entire universe, a universe that he built with his own two hands. 

Even though WWE will always be the best in my eyes, I do watch TNA. I watch it for a lot of reasons, but most importantly it's because it reminds me why I love this stuff. TNA has the right idea: "wrestling matters."

It's mattered to so many people for so many years. Maybe Vince did lose sight of that at some point, while he was too busy making horrible kid movies and letting celebrities into the WWE Hall of Fame.

All WWE needed to do in order to be a global empire was to simply stick with what they knew best. The fans don't watch WWE for the celebrities, they watch it for the superstars. They watch it for the memories, and trust me, I have a lot of them thanks to Vince McMahon. 

That "W" in the middle stood for something once, Vince knows it, in fact I'm sure every person reading this article knows it too. 

It stood for "wrestling"...and it's back.