Did WWE handle Paul Bearer's death the right way on Raw last night?

WWE did not shy away from using Paul Bearer's death both in tribute to the man in video packages throughout the night but also as a way to advance the Undertaker vs. CM Punk match storyline for WrestleMania. But did they do it the right way?

As expected, WWE did not shy away from using Paul Bearer's death one week ago today in its storylines on last night's (March 11, 2013) episode of Monday Night Raw in Indianapolis. They paid tribute to the man in a number of videos that aired throughout the evening but also used him as a way to get heat on CM Punk for his feud with Undertaker heading into their match at WrestleMania 29 on April 7 in New Jersey.

The night started off well with a nice video package and an understated but pitch perfect nod from 'Taker:

That led directly into this, however, with Punk coming out to interrupt with the following promo:

After this, Kane got involved by going after Punk for disrespecting Bearer's name, leading to a match between the two. Kane was shown in an interview unable to speak, simply holding the urn, representing Bearer's ashes presumably, and carrying it around with him.

Later, Kane and Punk had a match and that's where it got the most questionable.

Undertaker distracted Punk, allowing Kane to win the match, but then this happened:

Punk grabbed the urn, attacked Kane with it before Undertaker could make the save, and then ran off with it, kissing it as he taunted the "Brothers of Destruction" who, in storyline, are Paul Bearer's children.

So I ask you Cagesiders: Did you have a problem with any of this? Or did WWE handle it the right way?

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