WWE RAW Coverage: Kung Pow What?

Last night wasn’t the first time The Rock was forced to save an episode of RAW.

It was also one of the first times he failed to deliver.

In a promo that dragged and lacked the same emotion as John Cena’s last week, The Rock has not increased the excitement level for a match the WWE is promoting as the biggest of all-time.

Sorry, this is not Rock-Hogan. Can’t turn the clock back there.

The promo was completely lackluster in spite of some random comedic flavorings. It’s almost as if The Rock and other superstars try to take the most unusual catch phrases and get them to trend on Twitter. Case in point: First Snicklefritz from C.M. Punk a few weeks ago and now “Kung Pow Bitch” this week? Where’s the real creativity? Where’s the intrigue? It’s not there right now.

Wrestlemania season is supposed to be entertaining- even more so than the usual offerings on the WWE’s flagship show. That was simply not the case this week on RAW, as the first 25 minutes were an absolute joke. After a boring verbal clash between CM Punk and Chris Jericho, there were two commercial breaks in just seven minutes during a champion vs. champion match. You might be able to argue the fact that the show started off slow originally, but those two commercial breaks killed the flow of that match, which was supposed to show off the two best workers in the company.

Epic fail.

The rest of the show was more promo and routine matches. Kane’s decimation of six WWE superstars and the rant of the always-beautiful Eve Torrez did nothing to spice up the vanilla show. The combination of too much promo and the trailer for Edge’s new flick put the show in a mediocre territory it couldn’t escape. Right now, although the card looks good, the excitement for Wrestlemania is just not there. Something needs to change fast.

Perhaps the return of Shawn Michaels will be a catalyst to better RAW programming.


WWE Champion C.M. Punk vs. World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan w/ A.J.: A by the numbers encounter that was marred by terrible timing of commercial breaks and had too much going on- too many people in the ring that didn’t matter. The match started off well enough and had a good pace, as the two were going “shot for shot” throughout the contest. Then things got messy. David Otunga tried to cause interference; Santino Marella got involved to even things up. When John Laurinaitis got involved, so did Teddy Long. After all this, Bryan decided to walk out of the ring and was greeted by Sheamus, who threw him back in the ring. There, Punk was waiting and caught Bryan with the GTS, but Laurinaitis called for the bell. The result? 35 minutes and no clear winner. What a waste of time. After the match, Chris Jericho took out Punk and latched on the Walls of Jericho on the entrance ramp.

Nikki Bella w/ Brie Bella vs. Kelly Kelly: A quick, but solid divas match that saw Kelly get the win with a nice rolling bridge cover.

John Cena vs. The Miz: Aside from a few moments of offense from The Miz, Cena was on the prowl throughout. Vintage Cena as an Attitude Adjustment and STFU earned him a relatively easy win.

Tag Team Triple Threat: R. Truth and Kofi Kingston vs. United States Champion Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler w/ Vicki Guerrero vs. WWE Tag Team Champions Epico and Primo w/ Rosa Mendes: Bets match of the night as all three teams pushed a goo pace. Epico got the win, after Primo hit the Backstabber on Swagger. After the match, Kane took out all of the competitors.

Sheamus and Big Show vs. Cody Rhodes and Mark Henry: Super fast match that saw Rhodes leave Henry in the ring to catch a Spear from Show and the Brogue Kick from Sheamus.

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