'Monday Night Raw' recap: Chris Jericho explains himself
On another solid episode of "Monday Night Raw," Chris Jericho finally explained himself and the build to WrestleMania continued.
The good: Jericho said the end of the world has arrived because he will bring an end to the thievery, plagiarism and liars who are claiming to be what they are not. He said he trolled and manipulated the fans because they are wannabes. He said every wrestler in the back has ripped off his act, and that CM Punk is the worst of them all. Jericho said he is really the best in the world, not Punk (Jericho said Punk stole gimmick from him), and that he is back to claim what is rightfully his.
That brought out Punk, who teased that he was about to say something but instead just held up his title. He then turned his back, showing Jericho the "Best in the World" that Punk has across the back of his T-shirt. He then left the ring and walked slowly to the back. An excellent segment, with Punk stealing what is usually Jericho's shtick of getting a message across without saying a word.
The bad: As strange as it sounds, the only bad thing this week was: No Brodus Clay! I hope the Funkusaurus is OK.
The mystifying: I hate to say it, but I was happy to see John Laurinaitis, who they teased firing last week. I couldn't stand the guy at first, but he's grown on me over the weeks and I felt he played an effective weaselly boss. If you had told me three months ago that I would be happy to see him, I would have laughed. Also, John Cena never appeared live on the show, but was in a pre-taped segment with NASCAR driver Carl Edwards in which it was revealed that Cena is scheduled to be the honorary starter at this year's Daytona 500.
-- Houston Mitchell
Photo: Carl Edwards with John Cena. Credit: WWE