John Cena raps as the Doctor of Thuganomics.
Fun throwback rap from John Cena to kick off the show. I've been highly anticipating the return of the Doctor of Thuganomics for a very long time now, so having him enter to "Basic Thuganomics" was a very nice touch. Sure, seeing Cena in a jersey for the first time in years looked a little out of place, but his insults towards The Rock were well delivered.
Excellent match between Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler that had both Superstars looking strong in the end. It was obvious Sheamus was going over given that he'll be competing for the World title at WrestleMania, but that didn't take away from the suspenseful action at hand. Their chemistry was unquestionable and has me chomping at the bit for a future rivalry between the two. World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan and AJ's interview in the box seats also added good build for their match at Mania.
Effective match with David Otunga and Mark Henry defeating Santino Marella in a handicap bout. As much as I don't like the idea of another power struggle (or the fact that Otunga and Marella are captains at WrestleMania), it at least makes sense and gets unused Superstars involved. We haven't seen Mark Henry this dominant in months, so I'm glad he's being rejuvenated as a monster and will hopefully stay that way this time around.
Typical squash with Brodus Clay dominating Jinder Mahal within a minute. His gimmick doesn't feel stale since he's been gone for over a month, so I'm thrilled to see him back. Unless he's featured at WrestleMania in some capacity, this does feel a bit random.
Yet another solid promo from Undertaker and Shawn Michaels that was nothing short of epic. These two always deliver on the mic together, and their combined intensity here has me intrigued big time. HBK once again did a great job in teasing that the outcome of this match could go either way. Triple H's involvement at the conclusion with the DX gesture was a suspenseful cliffhanger, and has me really looking forward to their WrestleMania encounter.
Chris Jericho confronts CM Punk over the Titantron.
Entertaining match between WWE Champion CM Punk and The Miz filled with tons of great offense. These two always worked well together, and the fact that a one-on-one feud between the two has yet to be booked. Nonetheless, James Roday played his role on this show to perfection. Being the Psych fan I am, I enjoyed his appearance, especially since he's a wrestling fan himself. Chris Jericho's promo that followed added an extra personal layer to this feud that seemed to be missing before. Props to Punk for exhibiting evident vulnerability with his emotions.
Competitive match between Randy Orton and Jack Swagger. This bout got more time than I originally expected, featuring some good action throughout. Of course, Orton winning was inevitable given that Swagger hasn't meant anything in quite some time, but at least it gave Orton more momentum going into WrestleMania. On that note, when will his match with Kane get confirmed for the event? And what wasn't that furthered on this show?
Hilarious "concert" from The Rock that featured more comedy rather than the serious tone we saw from him last week. Now, that's not necessarily a bad thing, since doing the same thing as last week would have felt repetitive. Rock looked more in his comfort zone this week, despite the fact that lyrics for his songs weren't very well hidden. Regardless, it was a nice break from their intensity that they've shown recently, and also felt innovate and a nice change of pace.
Overall, a fantastic show that had plenty of strong in-ring action as well as WrestleMania build. Additionally, the Zack Ryder and Eve angle didn't get much focus, but hopefully it shapes up to be something entertaining. The entire two hours were very enjoyable and has me highly anticipating WrestleMania 28 in only a few more weeks.
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