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RAW REAX #2: Poll Results, will Cena-Rock come close to Cena-Punk?, why Lesnar-Hunter worked

Feb 27, 2013 - 9:32:05 AM
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-- WWE Raw Poll Results

Monday's Raw was...

Good Show - 82%
Middle of the Road - 11%
Bad Show - 7%

-- WWE Raw Reax 2/25

Richard H. of Wilmington, Ohio: It was a Rollercoaster Raw. The show opened with a nice brawl for a change with Brock Lesnar and Triple. Then, it went into the sewer with the multiple movie trailers, constant recaps, and spots for upcoming matches. I detest the "We the People" angle, especially Dutch and his WWE record mustache. Then, the tag handicap match made an even bigger joke of the tag team division. On a three-hour Raw, they still can't find room for the wom...sorry, Divas division. And, one of my least favorite characters had his best match on TV in years in the gripping 25+ minute battle between Punk and SuperCena. The bad news of Cena's victory? No way does he not get the belt from Rock at WM29. And, will Punk be challenged by the Devil's favorite son after declaring himself God? It is one of the few angles to make sense of Punk-Taker from a storyline perspective. And, as has been stated previously, Punk is one of the few Superstars on the current roster who can carry/protect Taker if he is still not 100 percent.

Evan, PWTorch reader: Good Raw! Opening up with the frenzied brawl between Triple H and Lesnar rather than the typical 15-minute talking segment really got the crowd into it. Ending with a five-star match rounded out a quality show. I wish WWE tried to do this throughout the year rather than just during "WrestleMania Season." Also, C.M. Punk's speech was so over-the-top setting up a WM match with Undertaker; nothing he said applied to Rock or Cena. I'm surprised Punk and Taker didn't just have a contract signing. Overall, the bookends really carried the show. John Cena really doesn't get enough credit. He puts together good matches on TV, and does a lot of good work off TV. Yes, he over-acts, and sometimes his interviews are a challenge, but he's consistent, solid, and surprises with some new moves. He also seems like he's having fun, which is nice to see. I'm not entirely sure why he's booed or criticized, but he's been true to his character throughout.

Adam Riemer of New York, N.Y.: The beginning of Raw was a hot angle, and Trips looks much-better with a shaved head than with his goofy haircut after he cut the locks. I wonder if HBK will eventually show up to at least be ringside for the Mania match. ... I thought Punk's promo was amazing. The "Icon among Superstars" line was brilliant. Using the word "icon" brings everything into play for Taker's return, which I am assuming is next week. His line about how his character is God was spot on, too. Then, his match with Cena was the best they've had. When Cena wrestles Punk, he's a different guy. I'm not a fan of The Rock as a wrestler any more and I don't think Rock and Cena will have a match like that; I got the feeling that both Punk and Cena knew that and went all-out... I thought the rest of the show sucked. It was a giant advertisement for movies, TV shows, and Sonic.

Mike Booble of Springfield, Ore.: As PWTorch specialist Benjamin Tucker put it, this episode is why I'm a fan. Cena and Punk just put on classics and it's a treat to watch perfection. There is a lot of criticism of John Cena, and while sometimes warranted, often-times it's fans who do not have a true appreciation for pro wrestling. Their match didn't have a title or contract on the line like their five-star classic at MITB 2011, but it delivered just as well in the ring. Multiple nearfalls, reversals, new moves, and for once incredible announcing. Cole actually called play-by-play and Lawler interjected relevant knowledge the way John Madden used to do on Monday nights. Although, as my buddy pointed out, to have a two-year storyline where Cena couldn't beat Punk just given away on free TV is kind of a letdown, but we're just splitting hairs. Whenever the top two guys can have incredible chemistry in the ring, a la Rock-Steve Austin, it helps grow a fanbase. If these two can continue to have this much passion and chemistry for the next few years, perhaps WWE has a shot at returning to the glory days of the late '90s.


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