Torch Feedback RAW REAX #1: Why WWE TV is like the NBA Season, Cena vs. Punk kicks off Road to WM29 in style, Hunter-Lesnar brawl
Feb 26, 2013 - 1:00:18 AM
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO BOOKMARK US & VISIT US DAILY
-- WWE Raw Reax 2/25
Dave Harlequin of Charlotte, N.C. (9.0): Best Match: Punk-Cena. Worst Match: Team Hell No vs. PTPers. First, as a Charlotte native, I'd just like to send a Happy Birthday shout to Ric Flair - and what a way to celebrate the Nature Boy's birthday! I've gotta say, this was the best episode of Raw I've seen in ages. The show had a hot start with the Lesnar-Triple H brawl that finally brought back blood to WWE, which is exactly the kind of intensity a feud like that needs. I also thought the undercard matches were all good, or least tolerable. The Shield continue to impress me with both their ring and mic work, and my God, what a main event! Seriously, that main event was ten times better than anything Rock has done on PPV! My only complaint here is that it's not Punk-Cena in the main event of WrestleMania. I'd happily fork over money to see that one again. Great show!
Justin of Pittsburgh, Pa. (9.0): It is certainly WrestleMania season. I am always amazed at how they can put on shows like this and yet shows throughout the year are purely mediocre. I guess it's analogous to an NBA season - once in a while there is a great game with full effort in the regular season, but come Playoffs time, it's consistently top-notch... Best: Cena vs. Punk: I felt it was a little slow early, but they built on the early pace into a fantastic match. The match had some great spots and both guys should be applauded for their storytelling. Also, the announcing was fantastic. Worst: None really. Maybe Hell No vs. PTPers. It was fun, but I hate seeing the Players buried that way... I liked Punk's promo, but felt the "God" line was beneath him. It didn't offend me; just felt Punk was reaching... Brock and Triple H were great in the opening segment... Like him or not, Zeb is schooling people on the mic; even when he flubs, he quickly corrects himself and gets back on point. I usually defend Miz, but he annoyed me during MizTV... The only segment that felt like filler was Barrett and Sheamus, but even that wasn't horrendous... Great show. Now bring on The Deadman.
Anthony of Kenosha, Wis. (9.0): Best: Cena vs. Punk. Worst: Any other match. This wasn't the best night to tune into Raw if you were hoping to see wrestling. Despite the bad matches I still thought this was a solid promo night. The Heyman-McMahon segment was boring since we all knew that it was just so Triple H could return, but it really got interesting during the Triple H-Lesnar brawl. We even got to see blood for the first time in forever. I don't like the Colter/Swagger duo and their angle, but MizTV was a very good segment and kept up what is looking to be a suprisingly good World Title match at WrestleMania. Cena-Punk was a well performed match and deserved the 30, give or take, minutes. I've never seen Cena execute a powerbomb much less a huracanrana. Even though there was no Taker tonight, which is odd since he came back at a house show, Punk's promo pretty much sold him vs. Taker at WM29 if you listened to what he said.
Ryan Berglund of Buffalo, N.Y. (8.0): Very solid show as the Road to WrestleMania is becoming very clear now. Cena-Punk was arguably their best match, definitely my favorite, and on free TV. Cena & Punk showed how they are on top of the business; the only fault was Punk having to save the huracanrana. Before the match, Cena's promo was great for showing focus, silencing his doubters, and moving on to Rock. I was praying for a triple threat at Mania, but Cena-Rock II will still be epic. ... I loved Triple H's return to set up Lesnar-Hunter II... Ryback and Ziggler had a good match, although Ziggler continues to lose matches as we wait for him to cash in MITB... I'm relieved they are not making Henry-Khali at Mania; hopefully Henry moves on after squashing Khali... MizTV was interesting, but I'm not sure how I feel about Swagger and Del Rio's first confrontation. Zeb is still really strong on the mic, though, and gives Swagger the mouthpiece he needs. This could have been done completely without The Miz, although it was used to set up Miz vs. Swagger. They had a decent match, without any clear punishment for Swagger. I was really hoping to see Glenn Beck on Raw... I'm worried that Cesaro, who was just hitting his stride, won't have anything important to do at Mania... Barrett and Sheamus should have a great Mania match unless Sheamus is pulled back in with The Shield. On that note, I like the idea of Sheamus and Orton figuring out how to pick apart The Shield... Hell No vs. PTPers was a little ridiculous, and it didn't build to a possible tag match or Hell No separating for Mania... Overall, great show setting up Mania matches and stories, but I'm getting tired of the constant ad spots, like the movie trailers and Cole and Lawler eating Sonic.
Did you watch Raw? We're looking for your Reax and 0-10 score sent to email@example.com.
THE TORCH REACHES MORE COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT FANS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE
PWTorch editor Wade Keller has covered pro wrestling full time since 1987 starting with the Pro Wrestling Torch print newsletter. PWTorch.com launched in 1999 and the PWTorch Apps launched in 2008.
He has conducted "Torch Talk" insider interviews with Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Eric Bischoff, Jesse Ventura, Lou Thesz, Jerry Lawler, Mick Foley, Jim Ross, Paul Heyman, Bruno Sammartino, Goldberg, more.
He has interviewed big-name players in person incluiding Vince McMahon (at WWE Headquarters), Dana White (in Las Vegas), Eric Bischoff (at the first Nitro at Mall of America), Brock Lesnar (after his first UFC win).
He hosted the weekly Pro Wrestling Focus radio show on KFAN in the early 1990s and hosted the Ultimate Insiders DVD series distributed in retail stories internationally in the mid-2000s including interviews filmed in Los Angeles with Vince Russo & Ed Ferrara and Matt & Jeff Hardy. He currently hosts the most listened to pro wrestling audio show in the world, (the PWTorch Livecast, top ranked in iTunes)
REACHING 1 MILLION+ UNIQUE USERS PER MONTH
500 MILLION CLICKS & LISTENS PER YEAR
MILLIONS OF PWTORCH NEWSLETTERS SOLD
PWTorch offers a VIP membership for $10 a month (or less with an annual sub). It includes nearly 25 years worth of archives from our coverage of pro wrestling dating back to PWTorch Newsletters from the late-'80s filled with insider secrets from every era that are available to VIPers in digital PDF format and Keller's radio show from the early 1990s.
Also, new exclusive top-shelf content every day including a new VIP-exclusive weekly 16 page digital magazine-style (PC and iPad compatible) PDF newsletter packed with exclusive articles and news.
The following features come with a VIP membership which tens of thousands of fans worldwide have enjoyed for many years...
-New Digital PWTorch Newsletter every week
-3 New Digital PDF Back Issues from 5, 10, 20 years ago
-Over 60 new VIP Audio Shows each week
-Ad-free access to all PWTorch.com free articles
-VIP Forum access with daily interaction with PWTorch staff and well-informed fellow wrestling fans
-Tons of archived audio and text articles
-Decades of Torch Talk insider interviews in transcript and audio formats with big name stars. **SIGN UP FOR VIP ACCESS HERE**