Title This: WWE Raw Reaction 3-25-13

Josh Isenberg

Wrestlemania 29Triple Main Events for Wrestlemania

-Raw kicked off with CM Punk talking about his match with The Undertaker. He cuts a great promo talking about being the 1 in 20-1. He also talks about how Wrestlemania is now his. As Punk begins to mock Undertaker and the urn, the lights go out and Taker appears in the ring. He strikes Punk a few times and chases him off. Heyman runs away with the urn. I really felt like this was a great way to kick off Raw. Although I would prefer Rock since he has not been on television for 2 weeks, this was perfect for Punk and Taker to continue to build and add more fuel to the fire.

-The Undertaker is being attacked personally. He desperately needed to attack physically and not use his entrance and scare off Punk. This was a logical and smart way to book this angle for the night. You tease the action and continue the ways Punk is trying to get into the head of his opponent. Next week, I would love to see Punk hit a GTS on Taker, gain the upper hand, and make people actually BELIEVE HE CAN WIN.

Grade: B+

-After a fantastic video, Triple H comes out to talk about his match against Brock Lesnar. He says he is not going to Mania to wrestle or fight, but to kick Brock Lesnar's ass. It was simple and to the point. I wish he made a dig at Brock's wife, Sable, but that did not happen. With the rumors of Steph and Paul having some interaction, wouldn't this be the best week? I would have loved to see Stephanie come out next to her husband. It creates a realistic approach to a story that needed more than four minutes of promo cutting from Triple H. This is something we have heard over and over and over again.

Grade: C+

-The Rock and John Cena faced off a Questions and Answers with Mick Foley, Dusty Rhodes, Booker T, and Bret Hart. Here is why I liked this segment: The Rock mentioned his failures in the WWE as Rocky Maivia. He rarely mentions how he has failed early on in his life. John Cena talked about how he beat himself, which is very true. He tried to mock The Rock and ended up costing himself the match. Cena never said that before and it felt real. It felt like these guys broke the line of believability and made us feel like it was coming from the heart. It was not the best segment, but you saw how Rock and Cena can make a hostile and bored crowd interested in a quick second. This did everything it could. Cena continues to look vulnerable while the champion looks strong. That is how is should be booked. Next week, I expect Cena to gain the upper hand.

Grade: B

Raw Grade: B-

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