|The champ is here!|
Monday Night Raw was in my hometown of St. Louis. I had a lot of friends who attended the show, and wanted to thank my buddy Weston for providing the pictures for this post. Since I'm going to Wrestlemania, I opted not to go to Raw. Here are some quick thoughts.
Opening Segment: Personally, I thought the Rock segment to kick off the show was outstanding. It was very entertaining and quite funny. I do think it was overproduced as Chad pointed out. The Rock is always great on the mic, and his work with that kid was over the top. I loved him letting the kid blow his nose in the purple shirt and then handing him the box of Fruity Pebbles. If Post isn't a sponsor now, they should be. Then to have the Miz come out and respond was much needed, as he seems to be the forgotten participant in this feud. Little did we know at the time, the Miz was just warming up.
During his segment the Raw GM chimed in to say the Miz would face the Great Khali. While the champ didn't win the match (Alex Riley interfered), the Miz DESTROYED Khali with a chair. The Miz had a mean streak a mile long last night and busting the chair on Khali's back was the tip of the iceberg. I liked it. He finally seemed to no longer be an afterthought.
I was really hoping they would have saved this match for Wrestlemania. I would like to see Bryan somewhere on the card. I've blogged my recent thoughts on a way to get Bryan and others not yet on the card to the big show.
Will Sheamus go back to dominating in the ring again? I hope so. I think the company needs that monster heel type, especially since it seems they're turning Kane face again. I think this U.S. title reign can be a "sink or swim" opportunity for him. I hope he takes the ball and runs with it.
|"Sooner" or later Cole will pay.|
I've got to comment on Brian Christopher too. I made the comment about how it's a little weird seeing a middle aged guy dancing around the ring with the bleach blond hair. Then Chad brought me back to reality and asked about middle aged guys dressing up like wrestlers at Wrestlemania. I stand corrected. Dance away, Mr. Christopher.
I did like the segment, even though Ross was made to look bad in it in the end. I also enjoyed the whole "Cole Mine" Michael was set up in throughout the show. I didn't find him as irritating last night, but I really do hope they put him in a managerial role.
|Punk & Orton: the Staredown|
And just like the other members of the group, Randall Keith Orton defeated the former FCW champion. Then he punted him in the head for good measure.
As Orton has proven he's better than the rookies of the group, it'll be showtime for Randy against Punk at Mania. Punk needs the win here, and I really hope he gets it. I think (although now the Miz stepped it up big time) that Punk is the best heel in the company right now. He's devious. He's evil. And he's influencing a band of brothers to do his bidding. Keep that momentum up with a win over Orton on April 3rd.
I've already posted my thoughts on Snooki being a part of Mania and Drew Carey getting inducted into the Hall of Fame. You can read those if you want my 1-2-3 cents.
|The Miz "rocks" Raw|
He whacked the former champ with the mic a couple of times, DDTed him on the ramp, and then delivered the Skull Crushing Finale on the WWE logo on the stage.
|The Miz is AWESOME!|
Most have the MizCena and Rock are in cahoots and they'll double team the Miz. At this point, I'm not ready to make a Wrestlemania prediction. The way he's owned Cena the last couple of weeks, I'm leaning toward him losing the title. But he's been so poorly booked, maybe the writer's finally woke up and have decided that a heel champion can be dominate.
I guess the proof will be in the pudding in 20 days. Looking forward to being at the show. We'll bring you coverage here on the blog, Facebook, and My 1-2-3 Cents on YouTube.
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