'Monday Night Raw' recap: Brock Lesnar vs. The Three Stooges
It was quite an episode of "Monday Night Raw" this week, as you basically got two shows in one. One geared toward kids, one toward adults.
The big story of the last week has been Brock Lesnar's return to pro wrestling. He laid out John Cena with an F5 at the end of last week's show, and speculation ran rampant throughout the week as to what his role would be, with many armchair quarterbacks coming up with their own scenarios for how WWE should book Lesnar for the next year.
What WWE has decided to do is throw him right in the middle of the mix and not hold back. Lesnar and Cena opened this week's show with a pull-apart brawl, with Cena coming out of it with a bloody mouth, which, planned or not, works well to establish Lesnar's aura of legitimacy. A lot of times people forget that pro wrestling fans want to suspend their disbelief and buy into the feeling that the two guys in the ring really have a grudge to settle. Blood coming out of a guy's mouth helps that.
So Lensar will headline the next pay-per-view, Extreme Rules, against John Cena. In my mind, there's only one way for that match to end: Lesnar has to destory Cena. After all, why sign the guy to a big contract only to have him lose right away? Destroy Cena. The point Lesnar at both titles (Raw and Smackdown) and have him unify those belts, all leading up to Lesnar-Cena, the rematch, at next year's WrestleMania.
The other part of the show saw the actors who are portraying the Three Stooges in the upcoming movie portray the same characters during "Monday Night Raw." In fact, I'm surprised I didn't get whiplash from the extreme differences in the two story lines, a bloody John Cena vs. Larry, Moe and Curly. Luckily, the guy who plays Curly (the actors were never identified during the show), did an outstanding Hulk Hogan imitation at the end of the show, making the Stooges' appearance more than worthwhile.
All in all, a strange yet satisfying episode from top to bottom.
Photo: WWE superstar Santino Marella, left, and The Three Stooges discuss, well, you really had to see it to understand. Credit: WWE.