What a night! Triple-H and The Undertaker… with Shawn Michaels! C.M. Punk and Randy Orton! Trish Stratus and Snooki bar room brawling with Lay-Cool! And John Cena finally talking to The Rock like a man!
Let’s start this post off the way Raw started, and that’s with C.M. Punk. The first image we as the television audience see is that of C.M. Punk sitting in the center of the ring, receiving cheers from the fans? Oh, Raw’s in Chicago. That explains it. Although, I was enthusiastically chanting The Punker’s name before realizing that the masses were as well.
Punk once again brought it home, bringing up Randal costing him the World Title years ago, attacking Orton while his wife watched, and how this feud will end at WrestleMania. He also brought up The New Nexus, how they were his sheep, and that at the snap of his fingers he could get anyone to fetch him coffee. All I have to say about that is…
How do you like your coffee, Mr. Punk? Black with a hint of malice?
Then Randy Orton came out, hobbling on one leg as the other was heavily bandaged from the monkey wrench strike from last week. After delivering a rope hung DDT, all he did was incite Punk to knock his chin off with the GTS.
Albeit, still in Punk’s corner, my early prediction: GTS evaded into an RKO in mid-air. Why? Because that would be an awesome WrestleMania finish.
Now, the moment I’m sure the whole wrestling world had been waiting for… The Undertaker and Triple-H finally face to face. Though they did have a stare down on the infamous day of 2.21.11, they didn’t speak a word until last night. For weeks, we had heard the same spiel, When the streak ends so does The Undertaker, or HHH will die trying. We’ve seen the video testimonies from current and former WWE wrestlers. But all of that meant squat compared to last night.
Then, just when the moment couldn’t have been more iconic, The Showstopper graces the WWE with his presence. Now, we have seen the recorded testimonies from Shawn Michaels throughout the weeks, stating that he didn’t know how he felt about the whole thing. On the one hand, Undertaker ended his career, and a part of him regrets that HHH will attempt the same. But then again, if anyone could end the streak, it would be his friend because he has no emotion, or doubts. Last night, HBK bared his soul, and the outcome was not pretty.
While HHH may have all the respect in the world for both Taker and Michaels, he admitted that Michaels grew soft. That he concentrated on being the Showstopper, having the best match, he didn’t have the drive to win. Yet, for HHH, he has to win. As for Taker, HHH vowed that it was Taker’s time to retire.
The Phenom stated that HHH was just a number (19) and despite all the conviction in the world, he would fall just like Shawn Michaels did. He then turned his attention to HBK, and humbled the hell out of him. Stating that Shawn Michaels will be inducted into the Hall of Fame with regrets.
HBK attempted to superkick The Deadman, but he stopped him. HHH stepped in and asked for reassurance from his best friend how he would defeat The Undertaker. But a teary-eyed Shawn Michaels walked away in shame.
A lot of conclusions could be drawn from this, discussions that would last a lifetime. Will Shawn Michaels wrestle one more match? Will he allow himself to be inducted in to the Hall of Fame with all these regrets? Will he help or cost HHH his match?
Now, as great as that was, a close second was The Rock and John Cena in the ring at the same time. And John Cena finally talking to The People’s Champ like a man. The Rock can talk about his Team Bring It, and owning Cena all he wants, but John Cena not only talked like a man, he stood for all that he represented as one.
John Cena is who he is, from the way he talks, to the music he likes, to the bright shirts he wears, to the audience that his image hinders to, to the morals he stands for.
When it comes to popularity, The Rock may have Cena beat, but John Cena embracing who he is despite the Millions jeering him means a lot more. Now, I’ll always be in The Rock’s corner, but John Cena should be admired for his tenacity.
Then in the closing moments, when The Rock whooped The Miz’ and Alex Riley’s asses, John Cena delivered some Attitude to The Rock. And again, I will always be one of The Millions chanting The Rock’s name, but that was one hell of a moment for John Cena.
Now, other things to touch upon before I end this: New Jersey segment. Not for nothing, that was pretty funny in a tawdry way. Think Snooki was legitimately drunk, cause her words were slurring a bit, and Trish and her together seemed so awkward. But you got to admit that when LayCool showed up to the bar, and the girls started brawling, that was no doubt what Divas were meant to do.
Looks like there is no chance for that Triple Threat match, huh? Christian is advertised to be in Edge’s corner for WrestleMania. But does Alberto Del Rio have too much momentum?
And how does Daniel Bryan lose pathetically to Sheamus in tag team action? Way to watch his back, John Morrison.
Well that’s it for this post. I hope everyone is pumped for WrestleMania like I am! Also, if you are fans of Ring of Honor, ROH Takes Center Stage will stream live from GoFightLive.TV this Friday at 8PM and Saturday at 1PM. You can get both shows for $20. That’s a pretty sweet deal.