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TONIGHT: WWE.com announced a 12-man tag match to decide the fate of the general managers. Expect participants for that match to be announced tonight. Shawn Michaels and Undertaker have an in-ring confrontation tonight. And John Cena and The Rock have a duel…musically. Cena raps and Rock performs another one of his famous concerts. Oh, and “Psych” actor James Roday is the guest star.


-WWE Open.

-RAW Open.

-Fireworks inside the arena opened the show as Michael Cole announced that Wrestlemania is 20 nights away. He said they were sold out at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

-Jerry Lawler was in mid-ring, declaring tonight a “first.” The first-ever Rock and Rap concert. He said Rock and John Cena would each get to express themselves in their own way tonight. He said we’ll get things started with Thuganomics. Cena came out to his old theme music and was dressed in an old-school Cavs jersey (Mark Price, to be specific), backward hat and a chain around his neck. Cena broke right into the rap and compared Rock to LeBron James. He mocked Rock for the writing on his wrist from a few weeks ago and called Rock “G.I. Joke.” He said after April 1st Rock will need surgery on his face just like he needed on his “boobies.” It’s funny, because if Cena was still this version of himself, would Rock still have the problems with him? Would anyone? Oh, Cena swore! He was done and walked right to the back. Based on the Twitter comments, your mileage may vary as far as reaction to that particular rap.

-Cole plugged Rock’s counter to Cena’s rap later tonight.

-Lawler talked about Taker and HBK going face-to-face tonight.

-Vickie Guerrero interrupted the previous graphic to come onto the stage and bash daylight savings time. Somehow, she segued into introducing Dolph Ziggler, who came to the ring.

(1) Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus
Hip-lock take-over by Sheamus, then a quick pin attempt for two. Slow opening minute or two, but Sheamus took Ziggler down with an elbow. Cole read off some reaction to Cena’s rap on WWE.com InterAction. Ziggler escaped further wrath from Sheamus outside the ring as they went to break at 2:03.

[Commercial Break]

Back at 5:06 with Sheamus still in control. Sheamus wore Ziggler down with an arm-bar. Body shots by Ziggler had no effect, and he ran into a shoulder knock-down. Hip-toss sent Ziggler over the top rope, right in front of the announcers. Ziggler hid under the ring and came out on the side. Vickie provided the distraction, allowing Ziggler to take over. He threw Sheamus into the announce table, and Sheamus had a nice bruise/welt to show for it. He slowly made his way back into the ring, where Ziggler went on offense. Neck-breaker by Ziggler. They went up to Josh Mathews in the skybox, who was standing by with Daniel Bryan and AJ. Mathews asked Bryan about him being rude to AJ on Smackdown. Bryan was offended and said he was never rude to AJ (a note AJ attested to). Bryan said AJ loves him, and the feeling is mutual, then ended the interview before Mathews could ask a follow-up. Back to the ring, the guys went back-and-forth. Ziggler went off the top rope, btu Sheamus caught him and tried his new finisher, but Ziggler turned it into a backslide for two. He got back to his feet with Ziggler on his back, but couldn’t capitalize. Sheamus missed a shoulder charge in the corner and Ziggler gave him the fameasser for two. Brogue Kick from out of nowhere, followed by a pin.

Winner: Sheamus, at 11:53. You knew Sheamus would go over heading to his match with Daniel Bryan at ‘Mania, but I didn’t think Ziggler lost much by looking credible and taking Sheamus to the limit.

-Cole talked about WWE.com breaking the story earlier today about the 12-man tag match at ‘Mania. Lawler said the GM’s would be able to pick their own teams. We’ll hear from them both next.

[Commercial Break]

-Johnny Ace was on his way to the ring out of break. Lawler complimented Ace’s teeth and said he heard he has a dentist for each tooth.

(2) Aksana & Santino Marella vs. David Otunga & – Mixed Tag Match
Santino was announced as Long’s captain at Wrestlemania. Otunga is the captain of Ace’s team. Otunga came out without a partner and Ace announced no mixed tag match, but a handicap match. Otunga’s partner was Mark Henry.

(2) Santino Marella vs. David Otunga & Mark Henry – Handicap Match
Teddy Long walked out as soon as the bell rang. HE got a good pop too. Long went around to talk to Aksana as Otunga went at it with Santino. Long then argued with Ace. He shoved Ace into the chair at the announce table, and Ace spilled onto Cole and Lawler. Henry made a blind tag just as Otunga went for the Cobra. World’s Strongest Slam.

Winners: Henry and Otunga, at 1:31. Didn’t really see much of the match with the attention being on the stuff at ringside.

Cole yelled for the ringside doc to check on Ace. After the match, Otunga and Henry continued their assault until Kofi Kingston tried to make the save. Otunga and Henry just beat him up, giving him the World’s Strongest Slam. R-Truth then ran down and was again muted by the heels. Big splash on Truth by Henry. After seeing him on Smackdown this week and now on Raw, I hope they’re building Henry back up. Ace officially announced Henry as being on his team at Wrestlemania. We got a reaction shot of Logn and Aksana at ringside.

-They showed behind-the-scenes clips of The Miz on “Psych.” It airs Wednesday at 10pm EST.

-The announcers discussed Cena’s rap from earlier, and showed highlights of it. The “boobies” line was actually the one they replayed.

-The Rock in concert is still to come tonight.

[Commercial Break]

-Cole and Lawler talked about the WWE Divas on Extra earlier today. Maria Menounos talked with the Bellas and Alicia Fox, despite them not actually having a match on the show.

-Eve was walking backstage. Zack Ryder walked up and said he felt something last week he’s never felt before. But Eve never responded to his texts or direct messages on Twitter. He asked if she was playing him, but she said he was playing himself. She asked if he wanted to be friends with benefits and loved it. Beth Phoenix barged in and complained about the Bellas and Fox getting time on Extra and not her, the Divas Champion. She promised to pay Menounos a visit on Extra. Ryder walked off and Beth said she was impressed with the way Eve has Ryder wrapped around her finger, saying she could do the same thing. She asked if Eve would mind and she said she would, then stormed off. Hmm…

-Ace was backstage on the phone with Miz trying to constantly interrupt him. Miz wanted to know when Ace would put him on his team at Wrestlemania. Ace hung up with “Frank,” a member of the WWE Board of Directors. Miz introduced James Roday of “Psych.” “I’m a fan of your work,” said Ace. “I’m a fan of your length,” said Roday. Miz spoke for Roday, saying he wants to know why Miz doesn’t have a match at ‘Mania. Ace said Miz would have a match tonight and if he wins, he’s in at ‘Mania. He asked Roday if he’d be the guest ring announcer. “I’m gonna Fink it up,” said Roday. Roday told Miz to go get oiled up, since Ace said he has to face CM Punk.

-Brodus Clay is back, and he’s up next.

[Commercial Break]

(3) Jinder Mahal vs. “Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay
Brodus and the girls were dressed all in white this week. Mahal ambushed Clay before the bell, but ended up running into a headbutt to the chest. Overhead suplex, then a big splash for the three.

Winner: Clay, at :28. Kinda thought they’d save Clay’s return for after Wrestlemania.

More dancing after the match.

-Shawn Michaels was walking backstage. He’ll be out next.

[Commercial Break]

-Lawler thanked MGK and Ester Dean for “Invincible,” an official theme to Wrestlemania. Cleveland’s own MGK was introduced to the live crowd, as he had a front row seat.

-Shawn Michaels came out. Cole directed fans to WWE.com to check out HBK’s history as guest ref, saying Triple H doesn’t seem to lose when HBK guest refs. That’s a nice touch. Michaels got the mic and talked about Triple H not being aware of him being guest ref at ‘Mania. But he also got some info he wasn’t aware of, and directed everyone’s attention to the TitanTron and Hunter calling Michaels a “loser” last week. HBK said no one in the locker room the last few weeks has called him a loser or implied he can’t get the job done. But one person has been absent…he’s here tonight though, and Taker was called out. “Let’s settle this,” Michaels said.

HBK talked about them always having the utmost respect for each other, even if they didn’t see eye-to-eye. Michaels mentioned their match at Wrestlemania, which will stand the test of time. Yet, he thought Taker would have the guts to talk to Michaels face-to-face. Taker asked what Shawn wanted him to say. “That you’re a failure? A loser? Or that you couldn’t get the job done?” Fans started doing the “what” to Taker. Michaels finally countered Taker when Taker talked about Shawn’s insecurities. Shawn reminded Taker it was he who begged for the match, still in search of validation after being 19-0. He said last year, Hunter beat him within an inch of his life. He even told Hunter he knows who will win at ‘Mania. Taker said whether he wins or if he loses, he’s prepared to accept the outcome. He actually said April 21st as the date for Wrestlemania this year rather than April 1st. Taker said he’s not prepared for Shawn to stick his ego in this. He said ‘Mania is going to be the end of an era, but the outcome has to be pure. Taker said if it isn’t, there will be hell to pay.

Michaels said the guy who’s career he ended could count Taker’s shoulders to the mat and be able to call Take a “loser” and tell him he couldn’t get the job done. Michaels said he could still be the guy who could possibly end the streak. He went to walk away, but Taker grabbed him by the arm. He said he will beat Hunter in the Cell, the streak will continue, and he will officially end an era. He said if HBK gets involved, he will officially end him. HBK had Taker lined up for a superkick and appeared to think about it, but decided against it. Instead, he patted Taker on the arm, smiled, and walked out. As Michaels got to the top of the stage, Triple H came out. They exchanged glances and Michaels walked off. Hunter smirked atop the stage in a stare down with Taker. Then he gave Taker the crotch chop and walked off. I guess that’s to show that he and his DX brother are in it together.

-Next, The Miz vs. CM Punk.

[Commercial Break]

-James Roday was introduced as the guest ring announcer for the next match.

-Roday did a send-up on The Rock’s “Finally…,” then gave quite the introduction for The Miz.

(4) The Miz vs. CM Punk
Chris Jericho was shown watching Punk’s entrance on a monitor backstage. After a quick pin attempt by Miz, he knee-lifted Punk in the mid-section. They went to break only :42 into the match.

[Commercial Break]

Back at 3:45 of the match, with Cole calling this Miz’s “last shot” to make Wrestlemania. Punk, from the apron, kicked Miz right in the head. Springboard clothesline that barely caught Miz. Swinging neckbreaker, then a bulldog. Miz fought out of a GTS , but fell victim to a leg lariat. Short DDT by Miz for a two-count. Miz again dodged the GTS, but Punk got out of the Skull Crushing Finale. He locked in the Anaconda Vice for the win.

Winner: Punk, via submission, at 6:14. Eh. Roday seemed less-than-thrilled to announce Punk as the winner.

Jericho applauded the win on the Titan-Tron. Jericho called Punk a fraud and said he dug up a dirty little secret about Punk this week. Specifically, the reason Punk is Straight Edge, something he never talked about. See, his father is an alcoholic. His father let him down so much, he didn’t want to be like him, but alcohol is in his blood and he’ll end up just like his father. Jericho said he’s found something that gives Punk nightmares and terrifies him. He said the alcohol Punk craves is the same thing that gives him nightmares. He asked Punk if that’s why he has so many tattoos, to cover up the pain of the temptation to drink. Jericho promised to break Punk at ‘Mania, and when he leaves him with nothing, Punk will find solace in alcohol. He’ll take a drink, then another, then another. He said Jericho, after ‘Mania, will be recognized as a WWE Champion and Punk will be recognized, just like his father, as a pathetic, damn drunk. “CM Punk” chants from the crowd once Jericho finished up. Punk looked shaken at Jericho’s words. The camera followed Punk as he began to walk up the aisle and to the back. I don’t know if this is the way to go, but they finally made this match interesting.

[Commercial Break]

-Ha, an ad aired for the Law Offices of David Otunga. Typical local lawyer adspeak, but funny.

(5) Jack Swagger vs. Randy Orton
No entrance for Swagger. During Orton’s entrance, they chronicled Orton and Kane’s feud to this point. Orton stomped Swagger early on, then gave him a standing dropkick. Vickie kept yelling from ringside, but it didn’t seem to be working. Swagger was thrown to ringside and Orton rammed Swagger into the announce table. He made sure to look around for Kane. They went to break at 1:38.

[Commercial Break]

Back at 4:53. Swagger had the advantage at this point. Swagger got the ankle-lock, but Orton was able to fit it off. Orton brought Swagger down throat-first over the top rope, then hit a superplex. Did Cole just say Orton rarely does that? Isn’t it part of his repertoire now? Vintage Orton DDT, then he coiled and hit the RKO.

Winner: Orton, at 8:30.

As Orton went to stand on the turnbuckle to celebrate, the fire in the corner went off a la Kane’s entrance. Orton didn’t get close enough to get physically affected, but it did spook him. The red hue came over the arena, but Kane was nowhere to be found.

-A recap of Cena’s rap again aired.

-The Rock concert. Next! Lawler promised it’d be “the greatest thing ever.”

[Commercial Break]

-Next week, Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Undertaker will all be in the ring together. The graphic said “End of an Era Prediction.”

-Mark Henry vs. John Cena will also take place next week.

-The Rock came out with his guitar. He posed on the turnbuckles before beginning. The ring was decked out with the black carpeting on the mat. Rock did his “finally…” schtick at 10:59 EST. Rock told the fans that they have broken a record: The largest sellout crowd in WWE history in Cleveland. Close-up of Rock’s wrist, no notes. Rock thanked the fans for chanting his name, but said they should chant “Cleveland,” and they did. Rock segued “sell out” into speaking about Cena. Rock asked what Cena’s outfit even meant, and said the guy who came out was not John Cena, but Cena for the last eight years is the guy who looked like the product of Vanilla Ice banging a Teletubby. The chant didn’t catch on, but Rock helpfully gave us a diagram to explain how the love child would work.

Rock sat down in front of a mic and took a sip of water. Rock reminded everyone that Cleveland Rocks. Rock played the guitar to a version of “Jailhouse Rock,” though he appeared to be reading the words on the music stand. As you’d expect, the song was quite anti-Cena. He called Cena an Eminem wannabe and said there’s no balls down in Cena’s jock. Rock got a good ovation for that, then continued playing a little, singing about Rock wanting a rectal exam. Then Rock sung about Cena and Eve, with Cena getting frisky but not mentioning his wife. Is that supposed to be this era’s version of a Sunny Days reference? Rock claimed these were all true stories. Then he sang another verse about Cena’s birth and him having lady parts.

Rock finished up and asked if there were any grown men who are Cena fans. I’m glad Lawler and Cole were laughing during the performance, so I knew when Rock was making a funny! Rock made fun of the adult Cena fans with a few verses. Rock asked for the ladies to make themselves heard, and they did. Rock intimated that he and Cena’s mom had gotten it on. Rock said he wanted to end the night with a song for Team Bring It, and the millions (and millions) of The Rock’s fans. Rock said they’re all going to sing a song and “We Will Rock You” started playing. Well, at least the chorus and Rock filled in the rest with an anti-Cena bent. I’m just as surprised as you! Rock thanked Team Bring It as the words “We Will Rock You” played on the TitanTron. Rock finished with a flourished as the instrumentals to the song continued to play. Aaannnddd….we’re out.




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Stephanie McMahon "The Wind Beneath My Ring" > The Rock "We Will Rock You"

Oh my God, Undertaker, what's gonna happen on APRIL 21st?!?!

I enjoyed the throwback to Basic Thugonomics.

Captain Santino Marella. Captain David Otunga. If Big Johnny and Teddy were in charge of choosing Captains of Starfleet, the Federation would have fallen to the Klingons, the Dominion, and the Borg.

(edited by John Orquiola on 12.3.12 2023)


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    Originally posted by geemoney
    -Roday did a send-up on The Rock’s “Finally…,” then gave quite the introduction for The Miz.

I don't care what anyone says, James Roday rules the universe and so did his ring announcing! So happy he finally got his chance to be on Raw after his appendix surgery kept him out last time around.

I went in ready to completely hate on the Rock/Cena bits, but they had me at Thuganomics. That was such a great theme song. And Cena actually gave us REAL Thuganomics this time around and not the watered-down nursery rhymes he was giving us last year. Awesomeness! Everything here worked, except for when Cole kept calling it "attitudenal". I wish someone would club him with a blunt object.

And on the other end of the spectrum...that Rock concert kinda just kept going, didn't it?

Ok, I'm going to (shockingly) take the dissenting, cynical view of the Jericho promo. What the hell is so terrible about having Punk and Jericho go out and wrestle over who's the BEST WRESTLER? Why is that such a terrible storyline to these people? One guy's a champion and claims to be the best, the other guy disagrees, they fight. That's IT! They don't HAVE to turn this into a Jake Roberts angle! It's not necessary!

The live crowds have been shitting all over Undertaker's promos lately and it's pretty sad. They're not even bad promos, either, compared to some of the crap we've been subjected to in recent years. Maybe they should keep Undertaker doing Titantron promos for now. Might also help avoid mishaps like April 21st.

I want to welcome back Brodus Clay...and note that he was looking a little more serious this week. Much less jovial than normal. Hmm...

Hey, Beth Phoenix still works here! And looking much hotter than normal! It's just too bad she's there as a prop for whatever the hell they're doing with Eve. Does anyone have any idea where this is even going?

    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Captain Santino Marella. Captain David Otunga. If Big Johnny and Teddy were in charge of choosing Captains of Starfleet, the Federation would have fallen to the Klingons, the Dominion, and the Borg.

I'm sure Mark Henry must be THRILLED to play Worf to Otunga's Sisko. In a perfect world, Otunga wouldn't even qualify to be Neelix.

(edited by It's False on 12.3.12 2028)


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It's going to be a shame to see the streak end because Undertaker showed up 3 weeks late.



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After HBK and Punk both asked "Isn't it ironic?" tonight, I predict the Taker will drop a lyrical reference to "All I Really Want" next week on RAW.

Man, Dwayne keeps being more of a heelish dick...wasn't the last time he did a "Rock Concert" back when he was being Hollywood Heel Rock? And c'mon, you didn't actually have to say the word but you couldn't imply that "cock" rhymes with "rock"?? Instead of "ladyparts"? The karaoke singalong with the Great One...oof...

What *does* the Miz do at Mania?



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.15
    Originally posted by Spiraling_Shape

    Man, Dwayne keeps being more of a heelish dick...wasn't the last time he did a "Rock Concert" back when he was being Hollywood Heel Rock?


The last time The Rock held a Rock Concert in Cleveland, he sang a completely different tune.




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The Road to WrestleMania is having a reverse effect on me. The closer we get, the less I want to see it.


The Thuganomics theme is pretty sweet and I totally have a thing now for one of the Funkettes.

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I think I'm starting to be a Cena fan simply because of Rock's annoying pandering to crowds with catchphrases, and high school humor. Are we still saying "lady parts" Rocky?

I liked the promo cut on Punk by Jericho about his alcoholic dad mainly because it's a callback to him working with Raven in the indies. The story was that Punk projected his father issues on Raven cause he pissed away all of his opportunities in various wrestling companies due to drug abuse, much like Punk's father not doing much with his life due to his alcoholism. In actuality Punk brought up the angle in a RF Shoot video and said his dad is a healthy supportive dad who must either have a good sense of humor by letting his son portray him as a wasteful drunk.

Save up your money Swagger.

I truly hated that "Rock" concert from beginning to end (which felt forever). Do you know any other guitar riffs, medleys, chords? Throw in a solo or speed it up, and no one has ruined a Queen song that bad since Axl Rose during the Freddie Mercury tribute concert.

(edited by CruelAngel777 on 12.3.12 2049)
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    Originally posted by CruelAngel777
    I think I'm starting to be a Cena fan


Guys, do you know what this whole angle actually is? It's the Reclamation of John Cena. It's not about Cena becoming a heel, although he was unapologetically heelish tonight with no backward spin into RISE ABOVE HATE HUSTLE LOYALTY RESPECT CENATION Cena. It's about getting the male audience to turn around on the guy. This whole thing is being structured to give the audience that hates Cena reasons to get on his bandwagon after The Rock leaves. It's the maturing of the Cena character to a degree outside of the PG kiddie zone. (Whether or not it'll all be for naught and Cena reverts right back to where he was before when Rock rolls back to Hollywood after April 1st is the question.)

As for the Rock Concert, for me, nothing will ever top Rock and Austin singing "Margaritaville" together in Boston back in 2001. I consider this moment the unofficial end of the Attitude Era.





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The thing about the old Rock Concerts was that Rock did those back when he was a deluded heel who thought 'the people' all came him to see him be the world's greatest entertainer through song or whatever. Rock, as a face now, shouldn't be bringing back this part of his old act.

So, along those lines, tonight was just another 'geez, Rock's lost a few miles off his fastball' moment. I just don't whatsoever see the logic in trying to make Rock mediocre just to try to get this impossible 50-50 reaction at Wrestlemania. This is literally the pinnacle of WWE's even-steven booking that they feel they have to neuter the friggin' Rock as he's returning for this huge match in his hometown. Plus it's all for naught since Miami is going to boo the hell out of Cena regardless, and Cena will revert back to PG-Hustle Loyalty Respect guy as soon as Mania is over. It's like when Shawn Michaels morphed into being his old dickhead heel self leading up to his feud with Hogan in 2005, only to literally say "Well, that's over with" the next night on Raw.



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Tonight's most delightful find was Tha Trademarc's Twitter feed:


Marc was at RAW last Monday, so I guess he's been (partially) forgiven for his TNA stint.

Bumpy Knuckles is NOT here. :(

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It's far from the first time and this surely has been pointed out by many, but it's always funny when HBK walks off after a super-serious and intense segment and then you hear him from 20 years ago singing "I think I'm cute! I know I'm sexy!"

The skybox segment was good character development for AJ — I didn't know she owned any outfits that covered her midriff.

If the Rock Concert was mediocre than I think we should all endeavor to be that mediocre in front of that many adoring people at least once in our lives.

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    Originally posted by geemoney
    Jericho promised to break Punk at ‘Mania, and when he leaves him with nothing, Punk will find solace in alcohol. He’ll take a drink, then another, then another.




So we quickly went from Kane wanting Cena to embrace the hate to Jericho wanting Punk to embrace the alcohol.





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Undertaker has been lousy on the mic since been lousy on the mic since been lousy on the mic. Every week I feel like they should have held off on bringing back the Undertaker to defend the Streak until next year, no matter how unfeasible that may have been. Now it looks like they're teasing that it'll be Undertaker vs. DX shenanigans, too.

I missed the Big Show Embarrassing Moment and Cody Rhodes in general.

Why in the hell would Laurinaitis use CM FREAKING PUNK to test Miz? I smell a face turn for Miz.

And Jericho proves he has the biggest balls ever in the history of wrestling by calling a guy who is renowned for not drinking a drunk and making it work. Also, it creates a bit of sympathy for Punk, which doesn't hurt.

Cena was awesome tonight, and I liked the Rock concert, but it really tapered near the end when he called out the dudes in the audience and botched a singalong.

And so far it's looking like team Teddy is Santino, Truth, and Kofi and team Johnny is Otunga and Henry. That leaves 7 spots, 3 faces and 4 heels. I guess Swagger and Ziggler could work, probably Christian and ADR too. I'll shit if Teddy picks Goldust for his team.



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Wow. Literally none of you enjoyed the Rock concert? Didn't look like there were many people in that crowd who agreed. The We Will Rock You was a misfire, for sure, but he had them in the palm of his hand. I liked Cena's rap too. But I had people who haven't watched in years calling me tonight talking about the Rock being awesome and hilarious. I know this is the internet but Jesus.

Anywaydoe, liked Zigg/Seamus. Good match. Liked Jericho's promo. Nice to get some sympathy for Punk who is generally too smug to get it on his own. This Johnny Ace/Long is six times shittier than Cena/Kane ever dreamed of being. Speaking of that, Eve is absurdly hot. Amazing what a heel turn will do. Bareback, no questions asked.





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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.62
    Originally posted by Hogan's My Dad

    Wow. Literally none of you enjoyed the Rock concert? Didn't look like there were many people in that crowd who agreed. The We Will Rock You was a misfire, for sure, but he had them in the palm of his hand. I liked Cena's rap too. But I had people who haven't watched in years calling me tonight talking about the Rock being awesome and hilarious. I know this is the internet but Jesus.



It wasn't so much that a number of us didn't like it. I was digging the Rock concert at first. But then it went on...and on...and ON! At least Cena kept his rap to less than two minutes. Rock not only took up the end of the show, but he also took so much of the overrun that my DVR nearly cut out. I could have stood for the Rock concert to lose about three of those verses.

Oh, and the karaoke bit at the end. I could have done without that, too.




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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.58
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Plus it's all for naught since Miami is going to boo the hell out of Cena regardless, and Cena will revert back to PG-Hustle Loyalty Respect guy as soon as Mania is over. It's like when Shawn Michaels morphed into being his old dickhead heel self leading up to his feud with Hogan in 2005, only to literally say "Well, that's over with" the next night on Raw.


I'm glad you mentioned that, I've sort of been chewing over my take on this feud the past few weeks. My hope for the feud is that Cena builds up to 'the biggest match of his life' - all the pressure building on his shoulders - and then win or lose (and it makes little sense for Rock to go over) make the big heel turn, which sets him (and the company) up for next year, and eventually a big match at XXIX.

My expectation is basically what Big Bad says, making Cena's 2011-12 'season' like Bobby Ewing poking his head out of the shower.

I don't think most of the people on the board here are recent fans, some are younger, but most of us go at least back to the Attitude Era/Monday Night Wars. (I go back to the last decade of the territories as a fan.) That said, I'm a bit surprised to see so many here panning the Rock these past few weeks.

What did people expect? Rock came back because he has deep roots in the business, got 'the itch' from hosting WM last year, and to further re-connect with the WWE audience to boost his own box office power. He's certainly not going heel here, and he can't get physically involved to protect the main event as much as his own future projects. If he came up with new shtick, everyone would complain that it wasn't "The Rock".

So of course we're getting a "Rock's Greatest Hits" revue. And so Rock comes off as a brash, disrespectful tweener - that's what he does. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on the execution, but I thought the Boston taped spots and tonight's musical interlude were solid. If anything, I'll go along with observations that the wrist notes and apparent cool-losing were part of the work to give Cena a 'win' in the promo battle that is leading to the one-time only match.

Onto Cena. He's been doing great, holding his end up with his old-school shtick. Tonight I thought the front half was middling, but the last couple minutes were great. But if he's going back to SuperCena on April 2nd, it's just as much a nostalgia act as Rock's. And Cena didn't exactly get peak heat tonight. (Maybe a mistake to put Vickie and her "EXCUSE ME" on right after him?)

I would hope that the long-term fans can agree that we all respect Cena for his work-ethic, his willingness to do everything necessary on house shows and all the appearances that go with being the top headliner all these years. And no one should blame him for doing what VKM wants to get, and hold onto that spot.

Though I say that's part of the mixed reaction Cena gets in arena, particularly with the PPV audience crowds. Here's a WWE video they put out recently as part of the hagiographic effort to support the Cena brand, the guy that will actually be around in a month to continue to carry the company:



For those who don't watch, it shows Cena and a bunch of WWE developmental types banging weights at a gym Cena set up near his home. There's great camaraderie, and lots of pumped up people there... but there's no ring to be seen. And this is where I think there's fair criticism - the limited moveset, the bulked up physique, the SuperCena no-selling.. he's got HHH's "WWE Main Event Style©" down cold, he can brawl with the best of them - but Cena can't pull me into a match the way Punk can, and he doesn't appear to care to try. (Could be the booking/Vince's career advice)

So Rock is back for two months, and he's doing his stuff and entertaining people. I'm enjoying it for what it is. Cena is reverting back to when his promos were more entertaining, and people are reacting like Thuganomics Cena is back, and will never leave us again.

Fine, but what happens in a month if and when Mr. Golly-Gee-Willikers Company Headliner is back live and in PG ... and Rock, HHH, HBK and Taker are gone?

(And Jericho? Could it be he just came in because of all the injuries, for the WrestleMania feud with Punk?)



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.79
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    Originally posted by It's False
    Hey, Beth Phoenix still works here! And looking much hotter than normal! It's just too bad she's there as a prop for whatever the hell they're doing with Eve. Does anyone have any idea where this is even going?


It seems like Ryder's revenge feud with Eve and a dude has become a comedy angle where all the divas want Ryder. I'd say he'd ref the ladies match at Mania but we already have one guest referee with a mystery bias.

    Originally posted by Lexus
    Every week I feel like they should have held off on bringing back the Undertaker to defend the Streak until next year, no matter how unfeasible that may have been.


Personally I'm more excited for HHH/Taker than any match since Cena/Punk in Chicago.

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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.66
    Originally posted by JustinShapiro

    Personally I'm more excited for HHH/Taker than any match since Cena/Punk in Chicago.



I'm sure the match will be awesome, and I legitimately don't know what can or will happen, which is also awesome, but I wish there was a legit face in all this rather than a pack of tweeners.



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