You didn't read the Precap last week? How could you? C. J. IS A ROLE MODEL! (via wwe.com)
Cena! Lesnar! Disappointment! Excitement! WELP! HERE COMES THE PAIN!
Following WrestleMania 28 on April 1, the story was The Rock had defeated John Cena. Following last week's episode of Raw (April 2nd), the story was Brock Lesnar had come back to the WWE after an 8-year absence to deliver an F5 on Cena. He is getting booed by the fans, hated by the smarks, and has recently been finding himself on the wrong end of a finisher. The face of the company is getting killed by outsiders, and I absolutely love it. If he wants to stay the same character, if he refuses to change for anyone, including his fans or his promotion, then I am perfectly fine with him getting killed.
Cena has put himself in this position. At any moment, he could change the entire landscape of the WWE. They wouldn't have to rely on those who have already left to create a spark. John Cena could do it all by himself. But he won't. So let him eat a Rock Bottom, an F5, and whatever else they can throw at him. When Cena decides to become a real person, hopefully he'll let us know. Until then, lets just watch and enjoy.
As for Lesnar, I will not hide the nostalgic kick I get out of seeing him again. It's amazing to see him back in the ring, and takes me back to a simpler time. I've said all of this before, though, so I won't overkill it. Just one final point:
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Punk! Jericho! Ace! Alcoholism! Slippage! WWE Championship!
I've always been of the mindset that pro wrestling feuds are more exciting when there is a third party present. The extra character adds another dimension, which furthers the story beyond a simple "I'm better than you" argument. Between the WWE Champion CM Punk and Chris Jericho, John Laurinaitis will be playing the role of outside instigator. Punk will be forced to defend his championship much more frequently thanks to Johnny Ace, and you can be sure Jericho will be there to keep things from "getting to his head." Leaving the championship on Punk now makes much more sense. Having the burden of the title, being forced to face whomever Laurinaitis puts in his path, as well has having to deal with Jericho's constant shenanigans puts all the pressure on Punk to stay strong and not slip up. It's a battle that all addicts have to deal with every day of their lives. Instead of a sobriety chip, though, Punk is carrying around a championship belt. A single mistake, and it's gone.
Eve! Ryder! Ace! Seduction! The best Hoeski is a sexy Hoeski!
Now that Eve's dumped the dead weight of Zack Ryder behind her, and has her stunning eyes set on John Laurinaitis, it seems that everyone now wants to board the Eve bandwagon. Everyone's talking about how great she is, how amazing she is, how much everybody loves her. Well all of y'alls better biggity-back-the-f*ck-up, sons. Cause that bandwagon is being driven by the one and only C.J. Bradford. All you were hating on C.J. when he was telling you she's was going to be a damn good heel. You all mocked C.J. for giving love to his girl. And now you think C.J.'s going to just forget all that? C.J. don't forget nothing. So don't think you can give Eve love without knowing exactly where it started. And that is right here, fools. Viva la Precap!
SmackDown! On Raw!
Daniel Bryan losing to Sheamus at WrestleMania 28 has taken him to an entirely new level. In fact, "18 Seconds" can be seen as a Rorschach test for WWE fans. One set sees the stupidity of those in charge, of a character so popular that he stays on top no matter how hard they try to bury him. The other sees a brilliant idea to unleash and unite the fury of the fans, an injustice so great that it was obvious that of course Bryan would be cheered afterwards. Many of you fall into the former, while I am firmly in the latter. And I'm not sure who is right. I tend to think that WWE is not run by a bunch of monkeys, as it is a multi-national, multi-billion dollar company. Plenty of you would disagree, and there is nothing I could do to convince you otherwise. What we can all agree on, though, is that Daniel Bryan is the greatest in world, and will continue to be for a long time.
A quick heads up; if Bryan decides to start "hanging out" with AJ's best friend Kaitlyn, you can be sure there will be a new Diva at the top of the Precap.
And now! For something completely different!
Were you wondering how exactly WWE would screw up Raw following one of the best shows in years? The Three Stooges are scheduled to play guest host tonight. WWE.com is not emphasizing it in any way, so perhaps we'll be lucky enough to avoid this train wreck. If not, lets make sure we cuddle together for warmth in these dark, cold times.
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