Thirty-three days before Wrestlemania, "WWE Raw Supershow" broadcasted live from Portland Oregon. The headline of the night was The Rock, making his electrifying return to address John Cena and the WWE Fan Nation. Also tension increased in many of the headlined feuds, as we are on a straight ahead, non stop course, for Wrestlemania 28 on April 1.
CM Punk vs Daniel Bryan (Champion vs Champion) -no decision-
The night began with this rubber match that we have seen two or three times over the past few weeks, and it still has no holding on story lines. The two compliment each other well in the ring, tho CM Punk is much better on the mic. The most noteworthy part of the match came after the final bell. The actual match came to an end with a run in from General Manager Jon Laurenitis to call for a no decision. As CM Punk made his way toward the locker room he was blind sided by his Wrestlemania opponent Chris Jericho. After being pulled to his feet, Punk took a painful body slam on the steel stage, and looked to have possibly taken the bump a little rough looking at his reaction. Time will tell if there is a legitimate issue or if this was simply Punk selling up to his tagline "best in the world".
Kelly Kelly def Nikki Bella
Both are getting better at their in ring move sets, I would like to see a real feud take place in the womans division and we may be on our way towards that as you will see later. However, both Kelly and Bella, are smokin hott. Got to love the divas.
John Cena def. The Miz
Early thoughts are that there will be some sort of run in with either the 'hoeski' or the The Rock. We would end up being half right… sorta. The match began with a promo from The Miz about not having a Wrestlemania match booked as of yet. However, after the mic was down it was not long until Miz was as well. John Cena locked in the STFU and Miz would be forced to tap. At the conclusion of the match, during he celebration, Cena was mocked as The Rock appeared on the titantron waving his hand in front of his face. This was a clear mockery of John Cena's trademark slogan. They would meet later in the night.
Tag Team Championship Triple Threat
Primo & Epico def. R-Truth & Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler &Jack Swagger
Kofi Kingston is always entertaining and this match really gave a good view of the faces of tomorrow in the WWE. Epico and Primo take the strap, which is a positive, this opens up Ziggler, Swagger, Kingston, and truth for more singles action. That is where they will be most effective anyways. The match was completed, only to have a surprise entrance by KANE. (who seems to have a new entrance, very menacing). While Kane is a heavyweight and would be able to manhandle most of the contestants in the rings. I have never been a fan of the returning superstar being able to 'one hit wonder' every superstar in the ring. This was a pretty decent match however, and I would like to see a match that can just have a straight forward finish take place more often.
Teddy Long and John Laurinaitis story line
This is almost certainly leading to singles match at Wrestlemania. General Manager vs. General Manger.
Eve Torres does a stand up
It is 'light weight' refreshing to see a woman doing a solo stand up for a change, in fact it is a pretty decent change of pace. Eve Torres may possibly be the next Ms. Elizabeth or Sensational Sherri for this generation of WWE. On the mic I would put her up with the likes of Trish Stratus and Sunny, clearly her in ring skills still has much to be desired. In any event the story line that she just pushed with John Cena and broski Zach rider, is definitely getting her over with the crowd, the heel turn is going well at the moment and I would not be surprised to soon see a hurt ex-friend feud against Kelly Kelly. Kelly approached Torres after the monologue and was shrugged off by the "Hoeski".
Trailer of Bending the Rules: EDGE.
A Miami Vice sort of movie, following the normal WWE movie sequence of being an action movie with plenty of explosions and less dialogue. This movie adds comedy to the mix. That role will fit well for Edge and his personality. However, I would not go into the movie with very high expectations, as yes, this is a pro wrestler in his acting debut. Should be a good time for the hard core Edge fan.
The Big Show & Sheamus def. Mark Henry & Cody Rhodes The recent push that Sheamus (aka The Great White) has been getting, is much more deserved than it was when he was handed a title back in 2009-2010. Sheamus is probably one of the top 5 draws right now and will be well deserving of his Wrestlemania title bout. I would not be surprised to see him win the strap, however it may do some good for his legitimacy to stay number one contender for a good rivalry with Daniel Bryan. The battle between Big Show and Cody Rhodes is getting pretty good as well. This could actually be the push that Cody needs to really get over, and I actually enjoy the "another embarrassing Big Show moment". Cody, if he can put on some size, may be part of the future upper tier of the company. In any event, the match was a quickie. Cody walked out on his partner Mark Henry and the match lasted no longer than 3 minutes. ****Mark Henry was just inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame! In his induction class is Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Randy Couture.
The Rock Promo Kung Pow Bitch, #CenasMissingBalls, The Rock, John Cena, and Boots to Asses, were all trending worldwide on twitter last night at 11:21 PM/est. This can only mean one thing, THE ROCK was cutting a promo. After his iconic, music began with "If ya smell, what The Rock is cookin", and The Great One came out to the biggest pop of the night. The promo showed a different side of Rocky, a more genuine… Dwayne Johnson side. While his promo was laced with a 'Fruity Pebbles' chant and a 'lady parts' chant, it was not his greatest promo for the first half. Cena came out after a variety of insults from Rocky and began to again lay insults down. It is hard to tell if this is a heel turn for Cena, as both he and The Rock are HUGGGGE baby faces for the company right now. How the crowd will react is still up in the air, shades of Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. The best part of the rock's promo was the last 3 minutes after John Cena Left the ring and the rock went all 90's rock, with intensity and finished with and "if ya smell what the rock is cookin".
The show was actually pretty good. If you are any WWE fan however, you will notice Triple H and The Undertaker were absent from the line up. There were a few commercials to keep the audience remember that there is a feud there, and a 'Hell in a Cell' match at Wrestlemania. However no live appearance, that is scheduled to change next week in Boston when Shawn Michaels returns… and so will we. thank you all for checking out this week's post! Check back next week for your Pro-Wrestling Rundown!