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Raw in a Nutshell: The Good, The Bad & One Awesome Main Event

Cena vs. Punk

Best Match
CM Punk vs. John Cena
There is no doubt that this match was the best of the night. Whenever you see Cena and Punk matches, one can’t help but be impressed. As Michael Cole said, the tension and emotion these two superstars put into the match. Both Cena and Punk bring out the best in their opponents so when they square off, it’s an instant classic. I would’ve preferred a less clean finish, but there was no doubt that Cena would be in the WWE title match at WrestleMania.

Surprise Cameo of the Night
There were not any surprises tonight, but we did witness the returns of Triple H and Brock Lesnar. When Mr. McMahon challenged Paul Heyman to a fight, it was widely expected that Triple H and Brock Lesnar would get involved. Still, it was an exciting moment and great cameos by Triple H and Lesnar. Triple H’s new look and Lesnar busting wide open were the highlights of this segment.

LOL Moment of the Night
Whether he is the assistant general manager or the assistant to the general manager, Brad Maddox made me laugh out loud tonight on Raw. During a typical backstage segment involving Team Hell No, Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox interrupted the tag team champions. While Vickie discussed Team Hell No’s match with the Prime Time Players, Maddox constantly repeated what Vickie had to say and then finished by referring to them as Team Brickie. Hilarious.

WTF Moment of the Night –
No Undertaker? After pictures surfaces a couple weeks ago and he returned at a house show this past weekend, many fans were expecting the Undertaker on Raw. Then again, it would have been really obvious if the dead man did get involved in Punk’s match on Raw. Now the speculation can continue as to whether or not Undertaker will perform at WrestleMania this year.

Zeb 2

Speech of the Night
There were a number of good speeches tonight on Raw. CM Punk gave another solid promo where he finished by referring to himself as God. Zeb Colter also provided solid mic work as one could have easily forgotten that Swagger was even in the ring. Finally, The Shield continues to impress on the mic, especially Dean Ambrose.

Logic Fail of the Night
Logic would tell someone if you have a heart attack, fast food probably is a terrible choice. Well, tonight on Raw, Jerry Lawler was seen eating and promoting Sonic. It wasn’t that long ago that Lawler collapsed due to a heart attack during an episode of Raw. There are so many other ways WWE could have promoted Sonic. The last choice should have been using Lawler.

Worst Match
No terrible matches tonight. Henry and Khali probably get this award because any match with Khali tends to be the worst.

HHH and Lesnar

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night
As discussed earlier, Triple H and Brock Lesnar returned during Heyman and McMahon’s fight. There were a number of moments during the two superstars’ fight that would make one say those famous words. Brock Lesnar hitting his head on the pole and busting wide open? Possibly. Maybe even Triple H’s entrance. Despite maybe not wanting to see this match again, WWE is hyping it up well.

Truth and Cody

Jobber of the Night
It’s hard to choose one. Cody Rhodes continues his losing streak on Raw, this time against R-Truth. Khali loses to Mark Henry again. Even Antonio Cesaro is beginning a weekly job to Randy Orton. I understand Great Khali as he is the least talented of the group. However, Cody Rhodes deserves better. Plus, WWE has this weird tendency of having their midcard champions lose a lot. We saw it a lot with the Intercontinental title on The Miz and recently with Wade Barrett. Hopefully, it doesn’t continue with Antonio Cesaro.

Disappointment of the Night
Once again, The Rock was absent from Monday night Raw just a week after unveiling the new championship belt. WWE did a great job of building the show around John Cena versus CM Punk for a title shot against The Rock. However, there is just something disappointing about not having the WWE Champion at Raw.

Tweets of the Night

WWE Creative Humor @WWECreative_ish
Watching @HeymanHustle wail on McMahon must make all those ECW Alumni happy, but not as happy as getting money they’re owed. #RAWTonight

WWE Creative Humor @WWECreative_ish
We would have given @HEELZiggler an entrance but Triple H took 45 minutes walking down the aisle #RAWTonight

Justin Henry @WrestleCrapJRH
Given his lack of mobility, Khali looks like someone made a frog stand up and wear pajama pants. #wwe #raw

Wrestling Subtitles @WrestleSubtitle
Sheamus… you look like a mayonnaise jar that got in a fight with macaroni and cheese. Who are you calling ugly? #RawWithSubtitles

Henry Slams Khali

Overall Lowlights
This was actually a great episode of Raw so it is a bit difficult to find many lowlights. Didn’t love Antonio Cesaro losing. He is a big part of the future in WWE and should continue to be built as high as possible. A lack of Undertaker and The Rock would be categorized as lowlights. Any segment or match with Great Khali too.

Bryan blindfolded

Overall Highlights
Tons of highlights tonight on Raw from Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Brad Maddox and especially the main event match. Despite John Cena pinning CM Punk cleanly, it was such a great match. Also, Team Hell No’s match involving Kane having one hand tied behind his back and Bryan being blindfolded was very entertaining. It makes the Prime Time Players look weak, but what else is new? When was the last time someone wrestled a match blindfolded?

What did you think of tonight’s episode of Raw? What were the lowlights and highlights? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

  • JH

    I really hope the rumors of Vince being tired of Punk and Cena are false, no matter how many times they face off they always put on a hell of a show.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.douglas.96 Joseph Douglas

      Yeah, Punk always has great matches regardless of who he faces.

  • Z….

    I’m guaranteeing that Undertaker comes back next week. Punk is gonna come out and talk about the lack of respect towards him or something, and Undertaker will interrupt him. Also, the return of Bobby Roo…Triple H was very predictable from the moment Vince got in the ring with Heyman weeks ago, so I dont see how that was a surprise.

    • xXwindsofchangeXx

      I thought the only thing slightly unpredictable about that was that it seemed to be a strange pick for a show opener. I guess they weren’t going to make any attempt at suspense. A better execution would have been to use Undertaker’s bell and cut the lights – then, when the lights come back up, it’s Triple H that’s standing behind Brock. Cue asskicking.

      • Z….

        the only reason I didnt think it was as odd as it would be for it to be opening the show is the speculation of Undertaker making an appearance tonight. They were tying to make everyone think he would show up, only to make everyone wait a week. It was a decently smart move to get people to keep watching tonight, and get them to also tune in next week. It made him coming back in the live event this weekend not as bad, since it was all a ploy.

  • xXwindsofchangeXx

    I can tell you’re a bit tweaked that Cena won, which I think is kind of nuts because it was an ending that everyone could see coming to some degree… but there’s no way you can convince me that Brock Lesnar getting busted open (as impressive as it was) had the “holy sh**” factor of a couple of the spots in the Cena/Punk match – namely, the first use of a non-Tombstone piledriver in a televised match in several years.

    Or John Cena using, of all things, a hurricanrana to set up his last AA for the pinfall win. I know it’s not the ‘cool’ thing to be complimentary of Cena in any way, shape or form, but he wrestled a hell of a match tonight. (And also cut one of the better promos I’ve heard from him in a while, to boot.) I’m not sure if that spot was set up by WWE or by Punk and Cena themselves, but whoever set it up was genius. Subtly, it (along with Punk’s piledriver spot) got across the fact they’re so evenly matched most of the time that it completely makes sense that, to win the match, it would have required one of them pulling off a move that other side had never seen them use before.

    • Z….

      you are right in the sense that everyone saw coming the fact that Cena would win clean. I know I mentioned it last week and again today. The problem people have, and that I have, with it is that there is no reason for Cena to need to beat Punk right now, and there is no reason for Punk to lose cleanly to Cena right now. I admit that those 2 always seem to have a good match. Still, this one was not needed, and therefore, I will pay it zero attention. Not even gonna watch this online.

      • Sean Patrick

        I swear I thought he was going to call himself a Phenom before he called himself God. That would’ve been a nice bit of foreshadowing.

      • xXwindsofchangeXx

        Truth be told, I’d be even more pissed if Punk won this match, for the simple fact that if they were going to put Punk in the WM main event all along, WHY IN THE BLUE HELL take the title off him? If it was going to be Rock/Punk at WM anyway, then it would have made a lot more sense to have Rock lose in the previous PPVs – maybe due to Shield interference and/or a Dusty finish – and come in as the #1 contender for this one… possibly adding Cena in a triple threat situation.

        Because, as Rock’s leaving to do more movie stuff as usual, it’s almost a foregone conclusion that whoever won yesterday’s match would go on to beat Rock at WM. Which is just as well because Rock’s title reign has been awful. Maybe I understand him not wrestling any matches until WM – you don’t want to take the slightest chance that Rocky gets hurt in the interim period – but to have your WWE champion NOT SHOW UP AT ALL on your flagship show? Yeah, I understand there were other things that were going on, but you could’ve cut that Mark Henry/Khali match and/or moved it to Smackdown and replaced it with a Rock promo – which would have made the show better by default because Khali wouldn’t have “wrestled.”

        And, as much as we all like Punk… Cena had to beat him at some point. You can’t keep having the same guy going over your top face in the company. Maybe three times, maybe four… but five or six, given Cena’s status in the company, starts to strain credulity. I suppose the only option would have been not to have the match at all… which would have been somewhat disappointing as it was a hell of a match that I would have watched on any PPV. When you sort of know the destination, the next best thing is a good journey, and Cena and Punk – again – gave us that.

        One thing we know about Vince, though – he may step away from something for a while to try some new things. Which may not be bad – anybody else interested in seeing a Punk/Bryan feud similar to this, where they really lay in and go at it for about 6-9 months? But if he likes something or thinks that it works – or even if he knows something doesn’t work, but still likes it – he’ll come back to it eventually.

        • Z….

          I just felt there was no reason for that match to happen at this moment. It makes no sense for either of them to win clean against the other right now. I’ve talked about my feelings on what they should have done for everything they would want to accomplish (including Rock as champion and Cena getting retribution eventually) multiple times. I dont feel the need to say the same things again. Bottom line is that the whole situation is terrible and I dont see why people continue to give them ratings and ppv buys. My thoughts are that if you really want to watch the product for whatever reason, then watch it online with streams or full videos. I stopped watching wwe a few years ago now. I realized that it was never going to get any better. I admit that it actually did get slightly better over the past 2 years, but the product is still trash. Especially with this Wrestlemania season being the way its been and is going to be, I dont see any reason why I will ever watch this company again

          • xXwindsofchangeXx

            I pity you, then, because there are hopeful signs that you’re obviously ignoring. Look at some of the young guys on the roster and even in developmental. The future of WWE is much, MUCH brighter than its present. Yes, creative is awful and needs an overhaul, and Wrestlemania needs, more than anything, new blood. I don’t believe the matches will be bad; it’s the predictability that bothers me. But from a talent and potential standpoint, WWE’s in a much better place than it’s been in a long while.

          • Z….

            there is no question of the talent. I havent had any question of the talent. Its everything else. Like I said, things have been a bit better the past 2 years, but thats not really saying much considering how bad it got and how bad it still is. I didnt even think about going to Wrestlemania last year when it was in my area for the first time ever. It was 10 minutes away. I still didnt go. Theres a problem with that. I went to Orlando for 24 and Houston (arguably worst trip of my life) for 25, but I would go 10 minutes for last years show b.c the product is garbage. Even with this year’s, Hall of Fame class, I havent even thought about going. Whatever things that have changed in the past 2 years need to keep changing b/c otherwise, this company will continue to be trash

  • Suicide

    I loved Orton’s face turn but think its about time he returns to being a heel again.

  • Sean Patrick

    The Great Frogli, lol

  • fj2305

    wwe offically sucks, sorry, but once again the staff is kind of stupid, hyping Punk as maybe a third participant in the main event of WM29, but a clean victory of Cena is just idiotic, stupid and for me they ruined WM, I am strictly really strictly against Rock/Cena 2, HHH/Lesnar and Punk some kind is now in the upper mid-card again, cause Johnny Boy rises again and again, it is just a pity that wwe still counts on Cena. Johnny Boy should just step back by himself and let some new blood rises in the WWE, but I still don’t get it why Vinnie-Mac wanna see Post-Hollwood Rocky against Johnny Boy and all of a sudden VKM is sick of CENA-PUNK? My question is what will happen to Punk now, is he again an upper mid-card wrestler? Cena will win at WM and is feuding then with Ryback? The whole hype about Punk is flushed in the toilet, it sucks Cena dthoesn’t deserve it to be in the Main Event with Rocky again. When the hell does the WWE wake up and push some of these guys who are held back all the time like Joe Hennig, Wade Barrett, Dolph Ziggler, Ted DiBiase jr. and the list goes on and on.I am not not a Punk mark, but he is now in the same situation that Miz is in since his lost at ER’11. How often they will put Johnny Boy in the Main Event of WM or any PPV? Until he will win the Title 25 times or what? 8 Years are really enough!!! I hate the PPVs with Cena celebrating at the end of it… I am sick of it. It is a pity Punk or Miz or any other young wrestler are suffering because of this whole backstage politic. That’s my last comment here, cause I am just burnt out with wwe storytelling just like their creative stuff is, write you after WM29.

  • Rob

    Wwe released a video of the Brock / HHH altercation and the second that Brock is busted open it changes to black and white…..

  • Rob

    I like these “Raw in a Nutshell” articles but I said it when the change happened that WNZ was heading towards bleacher report lvl and here it is

    “Seth M. Guttenplan is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report” – It’s in his damn bio.

  • Guest

    Lol my comment got removed??

  • Danny Morgan

    my only problem is wwe are obviously playing it safe for this mania and going with bankable matches that make sense but i think cheapens their product some more.

    My big issue is the disinterest the rock v cena two brings even though the wwe title is involved which should make it more interesting but as we all know the rock is no way gunna be carrying that belt after mania. So why should I stay uptil 4am in the uk to watch the predictable ending, where they will end up shaking hands etc etc. at least in the rock v hogan 2 match the rock turned heel adding a much more intriging storyline.

    to me it feels like they are gunna put cena back at the top clear of the competition unless they pull the trigger on a ryback win or something, otherwise we back to the dark days of the cena main ppvs every month which i dont think the company will last when the ratings drop and they might be forced to do something drastic

  • Kedo2

    sooo what about the wet problem …

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