Howdy folks it’s that time of the week again for another Monday Night Raw review and this week it’s from the good city Portland, Oregon. We get a quick video highlights package of last week with John Cena’s Promo on the Rock I wrote about it last week in the Raw Review it was some mighty fine promo work by Cena should set it up well for tonight.
After the all theme music is finished we are left with the start of Raw with a rematch of the champion vs champion battle from last week on Smackdown between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. There is a highlights package showing the screwy finish from smackdown. But before this match can get underway we are treated to the sight of Chris Jericho coming out. Jericho comes out to start his promo on Punk by telling him that he thinks he’s good just not as good as Jericho himself. He didn’t need to prove it so much as punk did he didn’t need to put the fact he was the best in the world all over a t-shit he just was. Jericho also talked some about his background , his journey how hard he had worked and all the touring he had done to be the best there is today. Yeah Jericho said there were people in the back who didn’t like him but he was still the success story.
Punk came back again praising Jericho stating that the world knows how good he is. He said he didn’t steal anything from Jericho. He said the best in the wold that’s been around for years didn’t Chris Jericho once remember Bret Hart saying “the best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be”. That got a huge reaction from the crowd. He talked a bit too about his history and how hard he had worked to get where he was he had to fight every inch of the way but hey he’s here. Jericho came back sating that every night for over 20 years he has proved he’s the best in the world he’s done it all headlined wrestlemanias, wrestled and beat every legend there is even when he said he’s the best in the world and the crowd booed he said go ahead boo as they all know it’s true.
Punk again praised Jericho saying he’s won championships he beat legends like both Rock and Stone Cold in 1 night but taunted Jericho for all that he has ever done he has never been the man like Punk is now. Punk had the line of the night for me when he started getting heated when saying Jericho chose to go away be in a rock band , write books do game shows and the best was “while I’m here swimming with sharks you were dancing with the stars” that was an awesome line. Jericho stated that the one reason why he came back to the wwe was to embarrass Punk on the biggest stage of them all Wrestlemania. Punk said that’s all you ever need to say they didn’t need Mickey Rourke or Chris Brown just a ring and the two of them and he built up by saying that they could have the greatest wrestlemania match of them all .
Wow that promo work between those 2 guys was epic. Punks line about swimming with sharks was awesome they both put the other guy over too whilst putting over themselves. It was a fairly longish promo to start the show but they got through an awful lot. These 2 guys have such great chemistry together. The promo for me really put across how much this match means to the both of them It also set a high level of expectation for the match and it will only build before wrestlemania . Both are great workers 2 of the best if not best on the roster and again they are both 2 of the best on the mic on the roster so over the next coming weeks I expect more promo work and i have no problem with that if these 2 guys are involved.
Match 1: CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan
We get the first match of the night up next with Daniel Bryan being walked down to the ring with A.J, John Laurinaitis and David Otunga. We get back from the adverts and we have more guests at ringside with Santino there with Teddy Long representing smackdown. There is a bit of action on the outside with Punk about to do a dive before A.J got in the way and stopped him Bryan then gets hold of Bryan and throws him into the ringside steps. We get another advert break and the action is back in the ring this time with Bryan hitting a superplex on Punk. Punk then started to take control hitting Bryan with a spinning neckbreaker and a running knee in the coroner. Punk managed to hit Jericho with a top rope elbow but Punk was selling his rib injury so didn’t cover Bryan. It then all started to get a bit crazy Otunga was knocked down by Punk when he jumped on the apron. Santino then got involved with Otunga . Bryan went to leave with his title but again was stopped by Sheamus as he tried to leave who threw him back in the ring. Punk hit the go to sleep on Bryan but John Laurinaitis ran in to disqualify Punk and give Bryan the win.
Everyone then gets in the ring and starts to argue Teddy long pushes down Laurinaitis and Otunga and Santino step in to try to break it up. Punk has left the ring by this point and is walking up the entrance way smiling when he is attacked from behind by Chris Jericho who then puts him into the walls of Jericho with his foot on punks head.
Winner: Daniel Bryan by dq
I enjoyed the match in the short time we get from these guys I just wish they would give these guys 15-20 minutes advert free no interference and let them just go at it they are both great workers and given the right time they are both capable together of giving a really good match and they clearly enjoy being in the ring together.
We get another advert break and a couple of video packages the first a recap of Jericho’s attack on Punk the second one is on the build-up the Undertaker/HHH wrestlemania match covering from last year to all the promos that have been done on the recently.
Match 2: Kelly Kelly vs Nikki Bella
Dear oh dear what did this match get a minute? Less than that Nikki got a rare bit of offence in at the start then Kelly Kelly quickly picked up the win with a bridging pin.
Winner: Kelly Kelly By Pinfall
How can you even rate this match? It also seems if the diva division is an afterthought you have good workers WWE why not use them? How can you begin to get people to care about divas when you give them less than a minute in a throwaway match like this. It’s what we have come to expect from the divas but we can still always hope for better.
Before we come to the Miz/Cena match we get the Miz in the ring cutting a quick promo it was rather a strange one for a so called heel. He talked about how hard he had worked and no one had worked harder than him. If wwe needed anyone for public relations he was the guy they went to when he was champ that was certainly true. It just struck me a strange promo for a heel to get heat you say how hard your worked and how much you did for the company?. Miz stated that once again he would prove he would be worthy of wrestlemania by beating the guy he beat in the main event last year John Cena.
Match 3: The Miz vs John Cena
Cena started off the match as you would expect on top hitting a suplex and a back elbow on Miz. Cena went for the aa early but The Miz countered with his backbreaker combined with a neckbreaker which got him a pinfall to the count of two. The Miz hit his running knee spot in the corner but Cena came back with a backdrop for a count of two. It was over quite quickly after the Miz hit a short ddt whilst Cena was on the floor . Cena hit the running shoulderblock then the five knuckle shuffle and the attitude adjustment. He picked up with by licking the Miz in the stf for a submission win.
Winner: John Cena by submission
a squash match for Cena basically to make him look strong going into his program with the rock. The miz rather urgently needs a character re work he’s going nowhere fast as a heel the guy just needs a shot in the arm no one really believed he had a chance here. As John Cena is celebrating we get a shot of the Rock backstage he does the John Cena “you can’t see me sign” and the screen fades to black.
Match 4: R-Truth 7 Kofi Kingston vs Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger vs Epico & Primo
A tag match on raw involving proper tag teams such a rarity. The rule of this match were pretty simple 3 of the guys could be in the ring at any time whilst the other 3 tag partners had to be on the outside till they got tagged in. Kingston started off the match on a hot streak hitting a cool looking dropkick on Primo then a side kick on Ziggler. Swagger then got involved with Kingston and they fell to the floor where now all 6 of the guys were.
We come back to the match after the break and we get R-truth squaring off against both Ziggler and Primo .It’s all a bit chaotic in the ring as these type of matches always are R-Truth hits a nice looking neck breaker on Primo and Ziggler at the exact same time. We then get a flurry of tags with Kofi, Epico and Swagger all entering the ring. Kofi like he started he match is on fire with a double boot to swagger and a boom drop on both Epico and Swagger good looking spot that. Ziggler enters the ring hits the Zig Zag on Kofi but R-Truth takes him out of the ring. We then get another flurry of moves with Swagger with the ankle lock on Epico Kofi hits the trouble in paradise on Swagger. Primo gets the win with the backstabber on Swagger.
Winners: Primo & Epico
I quite enjoyed the match with these guys you involved you would expect a fast paced match and that’s what we got. It’s about time though that epico and primo got a proper tag teams to feud against. wwe needs to build up its tag teams again and Epico and Primo make a good team.
Eve is out next with Justin Roberts in the ring cutting a promo she looked fine by the way mighty fine. She said there wasn’t a man out there who wouldn’t want to get used by her. She said she had men crumble at her feet she then blew a kiss to the fans and left. A strange promo I know they are trying to get Eve over as a heel but to me she didn’t seem to be drawing much heat from the crowd so not quite sure it’s quite working yet but time will tell.
before the tag match that got announced earlier between Big Show & Sheamus vs Rhodes & Mark Henry we get treated to Cody Rhodes talking more trash bout the big show saying that Cotto is boxing mayweather and he barely weighs 150 pounds which makes Show’ s loss to Mayweather at wresetlemania that much worse.
Match 5: Big Show & Sheamus vs Cody Rhodes & Mark Henry
The match barely got a minute Cody straight away tagged in Mark Henry, Cody left as Mark Henry got knocked down by the Big Show. Sheamus picked up the win for his team when Show tagged him in and he hit the brogue kick for the win.
Winner: Big Show & Sheamus by Pinfall
A bit of a duff match done basically to put over the show vs rhodes feud. Mark Henry is another guy whose star seems to have fallen rather quickly I know he’s carrying injuries but what happened to the monster Heel who was beating everyone? This was the guy who beat Orton clean twice remember and now he’s losing in less than a minute not good for mark Henry at all.
The Rock Promo
So we come to the top of the show and it’s time for the Rock promo as you would expect he gets a large ovation and pop when his music hits and he comes out. The rock comes out sand says he feels good yeah he says he’s not here every week but he has been here for years and he loved it. He put over the wwe by saying that he wouldn’t be where he is or who he is today without the wwe. He said then when he said he would never go away again it was true but it didn’t mean he would be here every week I’m a little confused by that I guess. He said the only reason why he is here in the ring is because he loves the wwe. He says he will always be a part of the wwe.
It’s now time for him to address Cena he always thought of Cena as a phony because Cena’s the guy who went to private school and pretended to be a thug. The Rock said he doesn’t think Cena is a phony now or a bad guy but he does think he is a kung pow bitch. Rock brought up the fact that Cena talked about how he fights for the guys out the back but Rock said he fights for them and points to the crowds cue another big pop for the great one. He started to say what a lot of fans think that they are tired of having this Kung Pow Bitch forced down their throats every night. “King Pow Bitch” according to the Rock was now trending worldwide and so was “cena’s lady parts”. The Rock then started playing to the crowd encouraging the lady parts chants and the”rocky”chnats . he then said that only change that Cena has ever made is changing from the jean shorts to the camouflage shorts because we can’t find Cen’s balls forever cue anther trending topic of cena’s missing balls” .
John Cena then comes out with a big smile on his face and at first I thought this would be another typical Cena promo but he then called Dwayne a selfish son of a bitch who wouldn’t give a rats ass if the wwe company the claims to love so much went down tomorrow. Cena said that unlike Rock he doesn’t need things to trend just like he doesn’t need his notes for his promo on his wrist good line that. Cena promised that he would beat the hell out of the rock at Wrestlemania he then left.
The Rock said as always Cena leaves before he can slap the taste out of his mouth he said that all that really matters is when it comes to Wrestlemania the rock will kick John Cenas candy ass and the show ends.
They were two good promos for me but even as I type this I’m surprised to admit but I thought cena’s was more effective. Cena really managed to put a marker down here and the line about the promo notes on the rocks wrist even seemed to surprise the rock. Now I’m not sure whether there is genuine heat between these guys or not but it certainly looked personal and heated in there which makes the anticipation for when they get it on that much more. The crowd are certainly loving it that’s what going to sell wrestlemania huge because everyone wants to see what’s going to happen between these 2 guys. The rock is electrifying as ever in the ring and it will only help John cvena by being in the ring with him.
It was a strange show the end and the start was great . They are certainly setting the build for the main wrestlemania matches between punk vs Jericho and Rock vs cena and their promos were fantastic . I liked the tag match but as there was no real feud attached to it didnt mean as a much to me they need a tag team to feud with and quick. The divas match was short as ever and no divas champion on the show yet Eve gets promo air time? I was expecting to have seen Kharma by now but there is still time yet.
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