Last night's (April 1, 2013) episode of Monday Night Raw was the go home show to WrestleMania 29 this Sunday night at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Or, better yet, it was the last chance for each performer working the big event this weekend to sell fans on the show.
And in the case of the event's two headlining acts, The Rock and John Cena, we've been left wanting.
First, John Cena opened the show with a promo that was surprisingly strong in content but suffered greatly from the usual goofy delivery:
Again, his points are solid: He feels like he beat himself because he allowed Rock to get in his head and he hates that, so he's going to get the best revenge by taking the title the company made specifically for Rock and defending it against all comers in his new quest to dominate professional wrestling.
But the delivery was lacking and for as big as this match is supposed to be, it simply didn't feel that way.
Then, later on in the show, Rock got his turn:
Not nearly as strong as Cena, both in content and delivery. He connects with the live crowd, sure, but what was the overall message here? Was it anything that helps sell the actual match or, at the very least, was it a memorable promo that entertained you?
Sadly, the answer to both questions is no.
Or did you Cagesiders feel differently? And who was better here, Rock or Cena?