CM Punk delivers a Go To Sleep to Daniel Bryan.
Strong promo to kick off the show from Chris Jericho and CM Punk. I would have liked to see this hyped up and saved for a later week, but that's nitpicking things. The WrestleMania opponents showed great intensity here and made their points as to why they are the best the world. I've been long awaiting this amazing promo from these two, and I hope to see more of it in coming weeks.
Much like on last week's episode of SmackDown, the match between WWE Champion CM Punk vs. World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan was overshadowed by the obnoxious John Laurinaitis and Teddy Long feud. It was great action while it lasted, but the no-finish was much of the same from their previous bout. Hopefully, we'll finally get a clean finish when these two feud for real down the line.
Meaningless match between Kelly Kelly and Nikki Bella. The action was fine, but what was the purpose behind it? We've seen this match more than enough times, and have no evident rivalry going into WrestleMania. I'd much rather see Beth Phoenix make an appearance and hype up the Divas Championship going into WrestleMania.
Good match with John Cena defeating The Miz. We've seen this match countless times, so I was glad to see it last only around five minutes. While Miz lost yet again, his promo prior to the bout was well-done in voicing his concerns regarding not being booked for WrestleMania. Cena needed the momentum heading into Mania, so this was a nice victory for him as well.
Fun Triple Threat tag team match with the WWE Tag Team Champions Primo and Epico successfully retaining their belts against the teams of Kofi King with R-Truth and United States Champion Jack Swagger with Dolph Ziggler. I was afraid we'd witness a title change in order to set up a match for WrestleMania, but thankfully that didn't come to fruition. All the participants worked hard and made this entertaining despite not being previously advertised. Kane's post-match attack seemed a bit random, but at least he's finally got his heat back and looks to possibly be building towards a Money in the Bank match at WrestleMania.
Survivor Series 1991
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Hello Wrestliing fans, and welcome to this, the first ever "Spotlight On" article, and it can only be found here, at Next Era Wrestling. I am JR, your guide through some of the most critical matches in Wrestling history.
Each of these articles will highligt a certain match, explaining the build up to the match, the match itself, and ultimately, the impact it had on the business after its inception. This may range from any company, and from lesser known matches to the classics. Lets get started, then, shall we?This week we'll be focusing on a match that has almost been forgotten to wrestling history. We'll be jumping back to Survivor Series 1991, and the match betweeen "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan, and a young upstart by the name of... The Undertaker!
CM Punk and Daniel Bryan both get their hands raised.
Good promo and match between Sheamus and The Miz to kick off the show. I enjoyed the verbal segment between Miz and Daniel Bryan given their history, and Sheamus played his role nicely as well. The Celtic Warrior's victory was extremely predictable since Miz hasn't won a match in ages, but the action was entertaining for what it was worth.
Fun tag team match with United States Champion Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler defeating Kofi Kingston and R-Truth. If Truth and Kingston were given a win over the tag champs on Raw, then why did they lose here? Is this setting up a three way tag feud over the tag titles? I certainly hope not, because all four of these Superstars have greater potential as singles stars going into WrestleMania.
Typical squash match with The Great Khali dominating Drew McIntyre. I have little hope at this point that this losing streak is actually leading somewhere, but with rumors circulating a possible makeover for McIntyre, there is still a chance that this angle has meaning.
CM Punk extends his hand to Chris Jericho.
Intriguing segment to kick off the show featuring John Cena and Eve. Sure, Eve's overdue heel turn came out of absolutely nowhere, but that's what made this segment enjoyable. Although Cena's name-calling of Eve might be a bit too derogatory, it got the crowd behind him, which is a very good sign heading into his feud with The Rock.
Brief match with Sheamus dominating Mark Henry that should have gone much longer than it did. These two former rivals had yet to have a blow-off bout to their rivalry last summer, and this was no way to go about it. Nonetheless, it beats Sheamus going over enhancement talent as he prepares for his World Heavyweight Championship shot at WrestleMania.
Good tag team match with Kofi Kingston and R-Truth defeating WWE Tag Team Champions Primo and Epico in a non-title bout. I like the team of Truth and Kingston given their chemistry, but I don't want to see either star resort back to the tag team division when they have brighter futures in singles competition going into WrestleMania. I'd rather have them compete in the returning Money in the Bank Ladder Match at the event if nothing else.
Big congratulations go out to Ron Simmons for finally entering the WWE Hall of Fame. The video package was well done and even mentioned the fact that he was the pioneer for other African-American stars of the present. As Ron himself would say, it's about damn time.
Throwaway match between David Otunga and Ezekiel Jackson that felt meaningless. I'm not too psyched about this feud between John Laurinaitis and Teddy Long since there has been no apparent tension between the shows for years, but at least it's something. On a side note, it's nice to see Otunga get somewhat of a push since that finisher he performed on Jackson was pretty impressive for my liking.
CM Punk successfully retains his WWE Championship.
Solid Raw Elimination Chamber match that featured entertaining action throughout. Kofi Kingston was essentially the John Morrison of this year's Chamber match and truly shined. I was surprised to see The Miz last until the very end, and with that being said, he had a strong showing as well. Chris Jericho's "elimination" from the bout was very anticlimactic as many were expecting him to re-enter at the end, but at least it protected him going into WrestleMania.
Great Divas Championship match that was certainly one of the better ones in recent months. It's no secret that both Beth Phoenix and Tamina have chemistry, and Phoenix was able to carry her opponent to a decent seven-minute match. Now, we can hopefully move forward to Kharma challenging the Glamazon for the strap at WrestleMania 28.
Intriguing segment with the returns of Christian, Alberto Del Rio, and Mark Henry. Other than that, the announcement from John Lauriniaitis fell flat and wasn't really anything noteworthy. It was established that he plans to take the General Manager spot from Teddy Long, but this segment felt meaningless as a whole.
Suspenseful SmackDown Elimination Chamber match that started off slow, but got extremely hot towards the end. Sure, I was beyond frustrated that someone like Santino Marella eliminated two future World Champions in Wade Barrett and Cody Rhodes, but they've been buried over the last few weeks anyways, so it wasn't much to complain over. Besides, the crowd was at its hottest for Santino and it also had me doubting my original prediction of Bryan retaining. Thankfully, Bryan showed some real aggression for the first time in ages and looked strong in successfully defending his World Heavyweight Championship.
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