CM Punk delivers a clothesline to Chris Jericho.
Strong promo to kick off the show from Triple H and Shawn Michaels. HBK always delivers a quality, heartfelt promo, and this was no different. The tension between him and Triple H was once again well delivered, and adding Michaels into the pending Hell in a Cell match at WrestleMania makes me even more excited for this bout. The line about already knowing who was going to win and that he'd be right again from HBK was a nice cliffhanger.
Overbooked match between Santino Marella and Jack Swagger that saw Marella win the United States Championship. Everyone else surrounding the ring took away from the action (not that there was much to begin with), and not promoting this ahed of time made it feel random. Santino does nothing for me as champion, but at least he gets a reaction unlike the floundering Swagger.
Throwaway Divas match with Eve defeating Alicia Fox. They've had semi-decent bouts in the past, so I would have liked to see this go a bit longer. Zack Ryder's return was a nice surprise, and the kiss Eve delivered to Ryder backstage was intriguing. I'm looking forward to where this angle goes from here and how it will incorporate into WrestleMania.
Solid tag team match with Chris Jericho and World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan defeating WWE Champion CM Punk and Sheamus. All four wrestlers can work a great pace, and showed excellent chemistry here. The right winners went over, thus giving Jericho and Bryan going into their respective title matches and each bout successful hype.
Randy Orton exacts revenge on Kane with an attack.
Typical squash match with Big Show destroying The Miz. Cody Rhodes's video package obviously took up half the time, and Miz got in little to no offense. They should have made me emphasis about them being former tag team partners (ShoMiz), but that's nitpicking things. Regardless, having the man who main evented last year's WrestleMania job every week does the Awesome One no favors whatsoever.
Brief match between Kane and R-Truth. The action was fine, but forgettable due to being too quick. I'm glad Kane won in a dominant fashion and reinstating his lost heat. However, he lost that same heat when he was attacked by new rival Randy Orton. Regardless, it was a good way of progressing the rivalry and exposing it to the Raw audience. On a side note, I'd love to see R-Truth get involved somehow, since he is also demented as well in his own way.
Another intense promo between The Rock and John Cena, but not as electric as last week. Both seemed on their game here and brought the drama that was built throughout the night. Once again, I'd have to say Cena got the best of Rock, merely because he seems more focused than ever. I'd like to see Rock get a bit more serious in coming weeks, but besides that, they're on the right track with this boiling rivalry going into WrestleMania.
Overall, a good show that was more promo-heavy this week, but still managed to be enjoyable. The Rock and John Cena brief videos throughout the show were fun and kept the crowd hot for their eventual confrontation. It may not have seemed like the most exciting Raw recently, but it certainly was noteworthy with the title change and addition to an already announced WrestleMania match. I'm a bit intrigued as what the future holds for next week's Rock and Rap Concert as presented by Rock and Cena, but I'm not sure if it's big enough to attract viewers to tune in and spike a rating.
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