It's midterm week for me, dear Cagesiders. So lets get right to the action faster than a Brodus' Clay match (and Clay's entire television run).
Cena! Rock! Chants! Wrist Notes! 4 More Weeks!
I try my hardest not to be "Mr. Smark" in my work, so I don't wish to spend any time on whether last week's (Feb. 27) interaction between John Cena and The Rock was worked, a shoot, or otherwise. Instead, let's just review what WWE has put in front of us. Rocky has come back as a conquering hero, fighting for the fans in the seats, the return of "The Great One." Which is beautifully ironic, when you think through it. "The People's Champion" started as a heel gimmick. The joke was that people hated him. It was only after his catchphrases caught on did he become a fan favorite. The Rock would get visibly pissed when the fans would interrupt him during his promos, but now he is actively leading them. On top of that he was actually flustered after Cena came and left, something that is very out of character for him. This isn't the Attitude Era Rock, folks. This is a parody of him.
Cena, on the other hand, got to benefit from Bizzarro Rocky. I really don't care if the wrists notes were real or not, because either way it accomplishes the same thing. Cena is working his ass off every night, always doing the right thing and trying to give the fans what they want. But we don't want him, at least not this version. We want to sing-along-with-The-Great-One. So Cena gets to look good compared to The Rock, but still receives his traditional hate. This has become a feud between a cheered heel and a booed face. It is a fascinating dynamic between them, and does have some potential. Lets see how they move forward with this.
The rest of the show after the jump.
Punk! Jericho! Best in the World! WWE Championship!
Since Chris Jericho returned, I have completely missed every step of the way. Last week, though, I finally broke that streak. Just let him and CM Punk be into the ring together, give them freedom to talk, and get out of the way. That is exactly what they did last week, and it was perfection. Punk was a little flustered on the mic, but he hit the main points extremely well and easily held his own. I still stand by the notion that Y2J is a walking metaphor for professional wrestling. The "It Begins" promos, the "end of the world," the LED jacket, the generic heel persona, even the last second swerve of losing the Royal Rumble all are window dressing. They represent our desire to demand too much and our failures to pay attention to what is important in pro wrestling, and in life. Sometimes we focus too much on the presentation instead of the substance. Jericho is trying to remind us to stop and smell the roses. And then he'll proceed to slam us into a metal ramp.
Trips! Taker! Michaels! Con! Fron! Tation!
Are you guys ready for a 30 minute segment tonight featuring Triple H and The Undertaker? No? That's a damn shame, because you are going to get it. Since there was no furthering this storyline, feel free to re-read that part of last week's Precap. The addition of Shawn Michaels to the proceedings will only improve the segment, but that probably won't matter to some. Yes, the trio tends to talk a little too long. They are entertaining television, though, and that is always a good thing.
Eve! Ryder! Divas! Head Hoeski in Charge!
I may have been a bit hyperbolic during last weeks live blog when I said Eve Torres has the potential to be the best heel in the WWE, but only slightly. There is something real here, and it could be something great. The art of being a heel is that you believe everything you say. Eve is out of our -- and Zack Ryder's -- league. She is furthering her career using her looks, not because she cannot wrestler, but because that is the standard in which the WWE values talent. Ryder has done nothing but be a nice guy, but we all know where they finish. What I want to happen? Eve takes control of the Divas division, teams with a male heel (hi Dolph Ziggler!), and they run rampant over the entire roster as partners in crime. What will actually happen? Kelly Kelly will get a small package rollup on Eve at WrestleMania 28. A boy can dream, though.
Smackdown! On Raw!
What the hell is Kane doing? Last week on Raw, he plows through half of the contestants in the Triple Threat Tag Team Match. Then on Smackdown, he interrupts Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan's match to lay a beat down on "The Viper." Does he want to hear the voices in Randy's head? That could explain why R-Truth was one of the people he attacked. As the show closed, John Laurinaitis announced a match between Kane and Teddy Long's girlfriend Aksana for Friday's Smackdown. Is Kane working for Johnny Ace? Is it just freelance work to pay for the ambulance ride (health insurance today, am I right)? Are they furthering a Kane and Orton feud? I'm not really sure what is going on here, but I am intrigued.
Hopefully this has helped get you prepared for the nights activities. Leave a comment about what you are looking forward to, make sure to follow the action @Cagesideseats and please join Geno, myself, and the whole Monday Night gang during the live blog here.