After spending a long time in fear… praying to find a way back… and trying to once again grasp that electricity. Finally! The Rock has been redeemed!
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. Last night, The Rock celebrated his 39th birthday in the biggest way imaginable. From start to finish, from catchphrase to Rock Bottom, from celebrities to pies, to promises and congratulations… The Rock created the most electrifying episode of Monday Night Raw. Not often can an episode be considered up to par with WrestleMania. Don’t know where I’m going with this? Need some help getting there? SIT YOUR MONKEY ASS DOWN, and KNOW THE DAMN DRILL. Let’s discuss–are you ready?–Rocky XXXIX!
On September 11, 2001, terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center. America was shaken, but not defeated. On September 13, 2001, SmackDown aired a special live episode, the first major congregation of Americans since the 9-11 attacks. On May 1, 2011, almost a decade later, the threat of Osama bin Laden officially ended. The footage of President George W. Bush eulogizing the attacks, and of Lilian Garcia singing the Anthem two days later, along with Garcia returning to sing the Anthem last night, was possibly the greatest patriotic moment in all of professional wrestling. The Raw open made you want to get up and start chanting USA! So to WWE, thank you.
Lilian Garcia is simply a rock star. Thousands of people have sung The Star-Spangled Banner throughout every sporting event, but Garcia nailed it like you wouldn’t believe. Check it out here.
Though many celebrities were seen throughout the broadcast, including live performances by Pitbull and Mya, what made The Rock’s Birthday celebration so amazing was that all the WWE Superstars stepped up their game to treat this edition of Monday Night Raw as they would WrestleMania.
After a brief match between Maryse and Kelly-Kelly, Kharma continued her methodical dominance by attacking The French-Canadian Diva with the Implant Buster. As one fan via Twitter brought up, Kharma had destroyed two blondes and one brunette Barbie dolls in her vignettes. Michelle McCool and Maryse have both felt Kharma’s wrath, which could only mean that the Divas Champion Brie Bella is next. “Kharma’s Gunna Kill You..!”
During the tag team match pitting four of Raw’s newest acquisitions, via the Draft, it became apparent that the feud between Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio will finally be revisited. The way that the feud ended on SmackDown was horrible, a dusty finish in their final bout, but now that Raw is obviously renewing the feud, this storyline of who is the Greatest Mexican wrestler could last well into the summer, if done right. And if the rumors are true, if Mysterio does intend on retiring soon, Del Rio is the perfect wrestler to put over on the way out.
R-Truth did a great job carrying the intensity from his Extreme Rules run-in over to Raw when he bum-rushed John Morrison at the start of their scheduled match, which has now been rescheduled until a later date. If there was ever a concern over wrestlers trying to make it “more real,” Truth knocked it out of the park by the force he drove Morrison down. Is he hurt? Because that looked like it hurt a lot! And if it has me questioning over the well-being of a performer, than Truth must be doing something right.
C.M. Punk walked down to the ring alongside Mason Ryan, who had a match with Kane. After this match, it’s obvious that Ryan is being pushed as the next big unstoppable force. He was able to strong-arm Kane from applying the Chokeslam, and speared The Big Show. But let WWE history show that being physically imposing does not guarantee that you will go over with the fans. Failed experiments include: The Great Khali, Vladimir Kozlov, and Ezekiel Jackson. But it did look as if Ryan has disbanded from The New Nexus, which must worry Punk.
And sure, Monday Night Raw did not have the “Match of the Year” caliber that was The Undertaker versus Triple-H, but it did make up for WrestleMania’s main-event. In the midst of The Rock’s Birthday celebration, and of the two-hour program, John Cena defended the WWE Championship against former-champion The Miz. First off, Cena went for a drop kick as one of his opening moves. How often do you really get to see that out of Superman? It almost felt like I was watching an actual wrestling match, as opposed to the “John Cena Smash!” garbage of 2007. The camera focused hard on The Miz, after he failed to lock in Skull Crushing Finale, and couldn’t get the pinfall from The Reality Check signature. Out of nowhere, Cena launched Miz with his Fireman’s Carry slam, but he kicked out! A false finish on Monday Night Raw, how often does that happen? Close to never. With The Miz utilizing the distractions from Alex Riley to smash Cena’s face with the belt, and be declared the new champion was a thing of beauty. But because Miz did not dispose of the belt from the referee’s field of vision, the decision was reversed.
This match was incredibly entertaining, with The Miz stepping up his game and telling a great story in the ring. Doesn’t matter that the ref reversed the decision, Miz proved that he could hang with the top dogs on Monday Night Raw.
That’s it for this post. One of the DAMN best special guest appearances of the night was Ron Simmons (a.k.a. Faarooq) because he started a stable known as The Nation of Domination. The faction that created The Rock character.
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