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'Monday Night Raw' star John Cena talks about 'WrestleMania'

John Cena talks about what WrestleMania XXVIII and his face-off with The Rock mean to him
As "Monday Night Raw" fans know, this Sunday is the biggest wrestling pay-per-view event of the year, WrestleMania XXVIII. In the first of a five-part Q&A with WWE superstars, John Cena talks about what the event means to him.

Q: My 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, is a huge fan of yours. Whenever I go to a WWE live event, there are kids wearing John Cena T-shirts everywhere. Why do you think you are so popular with kids?

A: I bring a lot of energy and passion to what I do. Plus, I've had some weird feats of superhuman strength! Seriously, I grew up a fan of Hulk Hogan, and I think I bring some of his best values to the ring ... the values of a superhero. Always do your best. Never give up. ... I think kids want to believe in that, and they should believe in that.

Q: You have been subtly pushing for a match with The Rock for years now, and it's finally here. Did you ever think it would happen?

A: People keep saying it has been a one-year build for WrestleMania, but I started calling out Rock in 2005 or 2006. ... I thought it was important to get The Rock involved with the company again. That his involvement could lift us to another level and would remind him of where he came from.

Q: What is your favorite WrestleMania moment?

A: Hulk Hogan slamming Andre the Giant. I remember watching WrestleMania with my family and friends on TV ... 93,000 people in the Silverdome. When Hogan picked up Andre, I got goosebumps.

Q: If you could transport any wrestler from history, in the prime of his career, to face you at next year’s WrestleMania, who would it be and why?

A: Well, it would be hard to top Dwayne this year, but I'd have to say Stone Cold Steve Austin. ... He is one of those guys who had a superhuman level of popularity, and I think we would match up well.

Q: When you get inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame one day, who is the first person you thank?

A: The idiots who voted for me! No, I'd have to thank Vince McMahon. Vince gave me the platform to do the things I'm doing. He gets so caught up in running a company every day that I think Vince forgets sometimes that he makes dreams come true. He gave me my dream life.

Q: Twenty years from now, when people are looking back on your career, what do you hope they say?

A: That they had a good time when watching me. ... Whether they cheered me or booed me, liked me or didn't like me, that they had a good time whenever they saw me.

If you want to know a little more about Cena and his match with The Rock at WrestleMania, be sure to watch an excellent preview building up the match, "Once in a Lifetime: The Rock vs. Cena," airing Monday at 8 p.m. on USA Network. A clip from the show is below:

 

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Photo: John Cena, left, confronts The Rock on an episode of "Monday Night Raw." Credit: WWE

'Monday Night Raw' recap: Whose side is Shawn Michaels on?

This week's "Monday Night Raw," including Triple H , The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels,was more of a placeholder than a story-line advancer as the April 1 WrestleMania pay-per-view nears
This week's "Monday Night Raw" was more of a placeholder than a story-line advancer as we near the April 1 WrestleMania pay-per-view. 

There are three big matches at WrestleMania, so let's take a look at all three and what happened this week.

1) Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk. Punk, unhappy that Jericho told the world last week that Punk's father is an alcoholic, cut a solid promo vowing to prove he is the best in the world. Jericho appeared on screen and kicked Punk's anger up a notch with a beautiful swerve. First, he appeared contrite and asked Punk to forgive him for dragging his father into this and vowed never to talk about his dad again. The crowd seemed to buy it, until Jericho said, "Your sister, on the other hand, is fair game." At this point the crowd in the arena audibly gasped. And whenever you can make a jaded pro-wrestling crowd, especially in Philadelphia (where this week's "Raw" took place), gasp, you know you've hit a home run.

2) John Cena vs. The Rock. Another pre-recorded promo from The Rock. Sure, he came out at the end of the Cena-Mark Henry match, but there really was little to get excited about this week. It was surprising the producers would put Cena in the ring with Henry though, because you would think WWE would want to make absolutely sure that Cena remains uninjured until WrestleMania.

3) Triple H vs. The Undertaker, with Shawn Michaels as special referee and another in-ring confrontation, featuring all three. There were some good moments, but I was left with a sense of "Let's get to the match already." All three were great Monday night, but it seems like we've had variations of this from them for a couple of months now.

It will be interesting to see what happens next week in the go-home show before WrestleMania. There's seemingly very little left to be done to promote the big three matches. Will it be another placeholder edition of "Monday Night Raw", or does WWE have some surprises up its sleeve still? Time will tell.

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Photo: The Undertaker, left, Shawn Michaels, center, and Triple H have an in-ring confrontation on "Monday Night Raw." Credit: WWE

'Monday Night Raw' recap: John Cena's rap vs. The Rock concert

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On yet another solid episode of "Monday Night Raw," two of the three main WrestleMania story lines came into greater focus, while one seems to be running on a treadmill.

Let's start with the most-hyped part of the evening. John Cena opened the show with an old-school rap, The Rock closed the show by singing a specially written song for the occasion. Once again, Cena showed a level of authenticity and believability his character has not reached very often in recent years. This program with The Rock is bringing out the best in him, and I believe he has gained a boatload of new fans as a result. Meanwhile, The Rock showed why he is one of the greatest sports entertainers of all time. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand from the moment he stepped in the ring to the moment the show went off the air. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that this was the third straight week of Rock and Cena trading verbal barbs, and it might be time to get off that treadmill, change it up and have something different next week.

Moving on, the Triple H-Undertaker match this week featured an in-ring confrontation between Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, who is the special referee for the WrestleMania match. Michaels was tremendous here, adding the new wrinkle of Michaels being the one who could end Undertaker's WrestleMania streak, just as Undertaker ended Michaels' career. Undertaker continued to seem nervous on the mic, stumbling over some of his lines and saying WrestleMania would take place April 21, instead of April 1. But Michaels more than saved the segment.

Finally, the star of the night was Chris Jericho, who added a much-needed dimension to his WrestleMania match with CM Punk. Jericho revealed that Punk's father was an alcoholic, and that is why Punk has been "straight edge" all this time. He guaranteed Punk would not be able to remain straight edge, since Punk inherited his father's alcoholic genes. It was a solid promo that seemed to cross over into the real world, and Punk sold it beautifully, dropping his cocky demeanor and looking hurt and vulnerable. All the WrestleMania hype has surrounded The Rock, Cena, Triple H, Undertaker and Michaels, but Punk and Jericho could very well steal the show on April 1, just like they did Monday night.

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Photo: John Cena revived his "Doctor of Thuganomics" persona on "Monday Night Raw." Credit: WWE

'Monday Night Raw' recap: John Cena outshines The Rock again

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On another solid episode of "Monday Night Raw," John Cena out-dueled The Rock on the microphone and had some people in the crowd cheering for him.

When The Rock said he was coming back to WWE to face Cena, most fans expected any verbal duels between the two to be extremely one-sided. After all, The Rock was one of the greatest promo men in pro wrestling history, while Cena seemed to treat every promo as a joke, filled with winks and smirks to the crowd, which was busy booing him.

But something interesting has happened the last couple of months. WWE has tried to re-position Cena as a man's man. They've cut down on the goofy Cena comedy and made him more three-dimensional. Sure, there are still a large number of people who can't stand him, and yes, they were in Cena's hometown of Boston on Monday night, but it has become apparent that Cena has won over some new fans the last few weeks.

Monday night, The Rock and Cena had another in-ring confrontation, and for the second week in a row, Cena got the better end of the deal, positioning himself as the guy who has been there for the fans week after week. The Rock even had a rare verbal misstep when he said he saw fear in the eyes of Cena. You can say what you want about the Cena character, but the one thing he has been consistently portrayed as is fearless. It made Rock look out of touch with the current WWE scene, which played directly into Cena's hands, since Cena has been telling everyone that The Rock doesn't care about WWE, he's just here to promote his latest movie.

The other interesting segment Monday had Shawn Michaels come out and reveal that he would be the special guest referee for the Triple H-Undertaker match at WrestleMania. But will he call the match down the middle? Michaels played it cagey, and left us wondering. Even better, he left us wondering if he would favor Triple H or Undertaker. Which is the perfect way to convince those still on the fence to open their wallets and buy WrestleMania on pay-per-view.

The road to WrestleMania, which usually lasts from mid-January to April, is often the best time of year to be a pro wrestling fan, as WWE's writers seem to have a laser-like focus on storylines that they lack the rest of the year. This year is no different. And all of us at home watching get to enjoy the ride.

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Photo: The Rock, left, confronts John Cena on Monday. Credit: WWE.

'Monday Night Raw' recap: The Rock strikes back

On "Monday Night Raw," The Rock returned, again, and laid the verbal smackdown on John Cena

On another solid episode of "Monday Night Raw," The Rock returned, again, and laid the verbal smackdown on John Cena. Also, Chris Jericho gave the promo he needed to give a couple of weeks ago.

The show opened with CM Punk coming out to face Daniel Bryan in a champion-versus-champion match. However, before Bryan made his way to the ring, Jericho came out to tell Punk a thing or two. Jericho proceeded to explain why he came back to the WWE, why Punk is nothing but a Chris Jericho wannabe and why he is the best in the world at what he does.

By the end of Jericho's promo, and Punk's response, you wanted to see the two wrestle and prove just who is the best in the world. Which is sort of the point of pro wrestling, a point that often gets lost in all the pyro and scripted comedy.

The show closed with The Rock coming out, putting the crowd in the palm of his hand and showing Cena how you do a proper promo in the ring. No smirking to the camera, no acting like "Hey, this is all a big joke so let's just have fun!" And then something amazing happened. Cena came out, and for the first time I can remember, made The Rock look human, if only for a moment.

While watching The Rock's promo, you could occasionally see some writing on his wrist -- probably just another tattoo. But Cena let us know otherwise when he took off his wristbands and said, "Unlike you, Rock, I don't have to write notes on my wrist to remember what to say." And for a moment, just for a moment, The Rock faded away and it looked like Dwayne Johnson got legitimately mad. For a moment, you forgot that pro wrestling is sports entertainment and believed that two men legitimately don't like each and will fight it out at WrestleMania.

And that is why pro wrestling has been around for over 100 years. The fans know it's scripted. The fans know the outcomes are predetermined. But the fans want to suspend their disbelief and buy into the characters. Just like watching a movie, when we suspend our disbelief and think for a couple of hours we are watching Indiana Jones take on some Nazis.

And for two fantastic segments Monday night, thanks to CM Punk, Chris Jericho, John Cena and The Rock, we were able to suspend our disbelief and think we are watching people who want to match up and see who is the best. And that is when pro wrestling is great.

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'Monday Night Raw' recap: The real John Cena finally stands up

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On this week's episode of "Monday Night Raw," John Cena finally came out and showed why he has so many fans in the first place.

The good: Cena did two things right this week. First, he stood up to the manipulative Eve Torres and put her in her place, and I dare say I believe over some male fans in the process. Second, he came out and cut an outstanding promo on The Rock to kick off the buildup to their match at WrestleMania on April 1. Cena did tell lame jokes, he didn't smirk, he didn't roll his eyes. He just looked in the camera and called out The Rock as being a Hollywood phony who turned his back on the pro wrestling industry, and only comes back now to promote a movie. Meanwhile, Cena has been here day after day, week after week, year after year carrying the torch for WWE. Cena made you think there was genuine bad blood between the two, and WWE has made a lot of money over the year convincing the people watching at home that the two people who are about to wrestle genuinely don't like each other.

The bad: For those of you who turn up your noses at pro wrestling and dismiss it as fake, I invite you to watch the show-ending battle royale. At one point, The Big Show lifted Dolph Ziggler over his head and threw him outside the ring. There, waiting to catch him, was Wade Barrett. Now look closely at Barrett. Watch his left arm. But you might want to watch only once, since he dislocates his left elbow while catching Ziggler. You could tell immediately that Barrett was in pain, and it was a bit surreal to watch medics rush down to ringside as the match continued in the ring. At one point, Santino Marella was thrown over the top rope and landed on Barrett's left arm while the medics were trying to immobilize it. All the WWE superstars are tremendous athletes, and we can only wish Barrett the best.

So, a great "Raw" episode, and I didn't even get to the continuation of the Triple H-Undertaker storyline, which was the highlight of the night until Cena stole the show. It was an episode of "Raw" that makes a person proud to be a pro wrestling fan. Now, WWE has to do it again next week.

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'Monday Night Raw' recap: Eve is short for evil

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In an interesting version of "Monday Night Raw," Eve Torres "wants to be just friends" with Zack Ryder.

The good: Shawn Michaels returned and told Triple H that he doesn't believe him when he says he doesn't want to wrestle The Undertaker at WrestleMania. It was a strong interview by Michaels, who showed that he is in a different league than most guys on the roster when it comes to putting over the importance of a match and making what happens in the ring seem important and believable. Also, Kane's plan to make John Cena embrace the hate took another step. He put Eve Torres, the girlfriend of Zack Ryder (who spent the whole show in a wheelchair and neck brace because of Kane's previous attack on him), in the back of an ambulance and prepared to speed off when Cena came and saved the day. Torres was so grateful, she gave Cena a passionate kiss right in front of Ryder. There's only one way this has to end: Torres has been working with Kane all along. It would be great to link the two, and it would give Torres mega-heat with the audience, as evidenced by the loud boos Torres received at the end of the show.

The bad: The opening debate segment featuring all six "Raw" superstars who will appear in the Elimination Chamber match at the next pay-per-view was really hokey. It was filled with bad comedy and didn't make me want to rush out and buy the show. It also diminished CM Punk, who took part in the debate and usually rises above poor material such as this. Not this time.

All in all, an erratic edition of "Raw," which seemed more like a place-holder for WrestleMania rather than a step toward it. Michaels saved the show and proved once again why he is Mr. WrestleMania.

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Photo: Shawn Michaels, left, confronts Triple H in the ring on "Monday Night Raw". Credit: WWE.

'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

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.

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'WWE Monday Night Raw' recap: The Undertaker returns

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Traditionally, the time between the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania is the best time to watch "Monday Night Raw." All the story lines are geared toward WrestleMania, leading to stronger writing and a more intense atmosphere. And if Monday was any indication, this year will be no exception.

In one of the best episodes in the last few months, Raw featured a host of strong angles that all should pay off on April 1, the date of this year's WrestleMania.

Chris Jericho completed his heel turn, attacking CM Punk during Punk's match with Daniel Bryan. Of course, Jericho is such a charismatic presence that it is hard for him to turn heel, as noted by the noticeable "Y2J" chants after he attacked Punk.

Kane continued to torment John Cena, trying to take Cena further down the path of hate. (I still say there's no way Cena turns heel, but they are making it interesting.)

There was one of the best matches on "Raw" in a while, as Punk took on Bryan in a champion vs. champion match. They proved why they are the two best wrestlers on the roster, and Jericho's interference (attacking Punk) left you wanting to see more between these two.

Triple H returned to fire executive vice president of talent relations and Raw interim general manager John Laurinaitis, but never got the chance to officially do it before the big event of the show interrupted him. He had started to wish Laurinaitis well in his future endeavors when a familiar gong sounded throughout the building as the lights went out: The Undertaker was back.

Undertaker hasn't been seen since last year's WrestleMania, where he improved to 19-0 at the event with a hard-fought victory over Triple H in one of the best matches of the year. Monday was his first time back since then. He made his classic, slow entrance to the ring. He stared at Triple H, then looked up at the WrestleMania sign. Then he looked back at Triple H and gave his throat-slash sign. As the crowd was screaming at the top of its lungs, Triple H patted Undertaker on the shoulder and left.

The pat on the shoulder could be read several ways, but to me it seemed Triple H was saying, "That's cute, Undertaker. You think you can come back after a year and beat me again after I almost killed you last time we met? Not gonna happen." OK, I read a lot into a simple pat on the shoulder. But there is one thing the pat on the shoulder meant for sure:

It's time for the Road to WrestleMania, the best time of year to be a WWE fan.

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Photo: The Undertaker returns to "Monday Night Raw" as the road to WrestleMania begins. Credit: WWE

 

 

'WWE Monday Night Raw' recap: John Laurinaitis finally gets it

"Monday Night Raw," featuring CM Punk and John Laurinaitis, came from Phoenix and presented a mind-boggling build to Sunday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view event

This week's "Monday Night Raw" came from Phoenix and presented a mind-boggling build to Sunday's Royal Rumble pay-per-view event.

The good: I haven't talked about him much since his debut, but Brodus Clay is beginning to grow on me. (By the way, I have checked with several experts and Clay is indeed the only living, breathing, rompin', stompin' Funkasaurus in captivity). Clay seems to be really enjoying his new role, and I defy you not to have "Somebody Call My Momma" stuck in your head after watching his entrance. Well done, Brodus Clay, well done.

The bad: I like John Cena. He works hard, does a lot for charity and seems to be a genuinely decent person. But his facial expressions while trying to show anger after Kane's destruction of Zack Ryder were just horrible. I've seen better acting at an elementary school play.

The mystifying: So, the producers spend weeks building up to CM Punk finally getting his hands on John Laurinaitis, executive vice president of talent relations and interim general manager of "Raw." The whole build for the Royal Rumble was Punk versus Ziggler for the title, with Laurinaitis as referee and getting beat up by Punk after trying to cheat Punk out of the title.

The crowd has been begging for this for weeks. Many were prepared to spend $40 or $50 fto see Laurinaitis finally get what is coming to him. So what happens? They have Punk give him the GTS on Monday. What? Aren't you supposed to entice people to buy your PPV events by teasing things like that and then making fans pay to see it? I don't get it.

It was truly mind-boggling that the producers would give this away in a regular "Raw" episode. It would be like Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather agreeing to fight on PPV, only to decide instead to throw all that money down the drain by fighting for free the week before the event is scheduled. It makes no sense.

The ending ruined what was a solid episode of "Raw."

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Photo: CM Punk prepares to give John Laurinaitis the GTS. Credit: WWE

'Monday Night Raw' recap: John Cena embraces the hate

RAW_01162012jg_0333This week's episode of "Monday Night Raw" came to us from the Honda Center in Anaheim, and as a bonus, I was there taking my youngest daughter to her first-ever live WWE event (special thanks to Kevin Hennessy for helping make sure she had a good time).

The good: If you haven't been to a live WWE event, you should go. The atmosphere is electric, the pyro is loud, and the fun is everywhere. During the show, John Cena took another step toward a heel turn. Earlier in the show, U.S. champion Zack Ryder, still banged up from last week's destruction by Kane, had to defend his title against the All-American American, Jack Swagger. An injured Ryder was no match for Swagger, and lost the title. Then, interim Raw general manager John Laurinaitis discovered that Ryder was not medically cleared to wrestle. It was too late to do anything about it, however, so he let the decision stand. An irate Cena yelled at Laurinaitis for not doing his job properly, then went out and destroyed Swagger with a beatdown worthy of any heel. He was getting ready to bash Swagger's head in when Kane appeared and congratulated Cena for embracing the hate. Will Cena continue down this path? I'm guessing not. There is too much to lose financially for the company with a heel turn by Cena. There were hundreds of kids in the audience dressed in Cena shirts. Kids who ask their parents to buy them Cena souvenirs and take them to the show. Kids who won't ask for that if Cena breaks their hearts.

The bad: If you watched closely, in the audience you could see a 44-year-old man dressed in a Jericho shirt and wearing a faux-WWE title belt. It was really sort of sad to see. I mean, really, what kind of life must this guy have to be that age and dressed like that. I felt so bad for his family. But don't worry. I've promised my wife I will never do it again.

Everything else: It was a strong episode of "Raw," mixing in (along with Cena-Ryder-Swagger) the in-ring return of Mick Foley, strong mic work from CM Punk, and the continuing saga of Chris Jericho, which advanced just enough this week to keep things interesting.

All in all, a great night. A good show. Only one thing though: When do they come back to town?

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Photo: Jack Swagger celebrates after winning the U.S. championship. Credit: WWE

 

 

'Monday Night Raw' recap: The Chris Jericho saga continues

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On this week's "Monday Night Raw," Chris Jericho returned and again stole the show by not saying a word.

The good: Jericho again came out about 90 minutes into the show, introduced as "the only man to defeat Steve Austin and The Rock on the same night." Interestingly, the heel Jericho would always point that out.

After the intro, Jericho came out in the same electric jacket he used last week. He came into the ring, led the cheers and grabbed the microphone to talk. But he then appeared to be overcome with emotion, with tears coming to his eyes, and he walked away, too emotional to say anything in the ring.

This was obviously another step in whatever master plan Jericho has cooked up for his return. Hopefully, we'll get the payoff next week, because going to the "I'm too emotional to talk" well three times in a row could backfire.

The bad: So the producers spend weeks building up the return of the masked Kane. They build him up as the old, unstoppable mysterious Kane, the way he was before he started wrestling without the mask a few years ago. Everyone I know was looking forward to the return of the mysterious masked Kane. I imagined weeks of him coming to the ring, destroying whoever was there, then going to the back without so much as a whisper from him.

Instead, what do they do? For the second time in three weeks, he cuts a five-minute, long-winded, boring promo. I don't remember Frankenstein having a five-minute monologue in any of his movies. Or Jason. Yes, nothing says unstoppable monster quite like a five-minute monologue. Why not have him appear on "Inside the Actors Studio" and be interviewed by James Lipton next? That will really scare people.

The mystifying: I was hoping it was part of an angle, but it looks like one of the worst blown ref spots in history happened during the match pitting CM Punk against Jack Swagger.

Punk hit a top-rope elbow, and Swagger clearly kicked out before the ref counted three. For some reason, the ref had a brain freeze, thought the match was over and called for the bell as Punk was putting Swagger in the anaconda vise.

When the bell rang, a visibly irritated Punk got up and yelled at the ref. It really looked bad, ruined the match and detracted from the story of the match, which was that if Punk won, Swagger and Vickie Guerrero would be banned from ringside during Punk's Royal Rumble match with Dolph Ziggler. I wouldn't have wanted to be in that ref's shoes when Vince McMahon got a hold of him.

The really mystifying: So, Eve Torres goes to the ring to wrestle, but before the opponent is announced, Kane's music hits, causing Eve to become terrified. Zack Ryder, who asked Eve out on a date earlier in the show, rushes out and leads Eve away by the hand to his car before Kane, who has also been stalking Ryder throughout the show, can attack either of them.

When Ryder gets to his car, he notices he has a flat tire. Now ask yourself a question: If you were being pursued by a person who has promised to "drag you to hell" and your car had a flat tire, what would you do? I'll tell you what Ryder did: He started changing the tire. Excuse me? There were literally dozens of ways for Ryder to escape the situation. Stopping to change his flat wasn't one of them.

If you want fans to get behind a baby-face and cheer him, it helps a lot if you don't make him look like a total moron.

All in all, a poor week for "Monday Night Raw." Here's hoping next week's show, coming to you live from Anaheim, will be better.

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