WWE Raw Breakdown & Results – March 25, 2013
CM Punk & Undertaker segment
More of the same antagonistic displays from Punk that we saw last week. However, this week Undertaker showed up in the ring and in a break from tradition for this time of year, didn’t just stare him down, but actually attacked him. Punk managed to retain possession of the urn though.
Nice to see they are still paying tribute to Paul Bearer throiugh Undertaker’s uncharacteristic aggression towards Punk rather than mind games, highlight his importance too him still.
Chris Jericho def. Dolph Ziggler
Another good match given the small amount of time they were given, it would have been great to see this match at Mania but it’s too late for that. Special mention to the proper Walls of Jericho applied to Ziggler at the end with Jericho knee on the back of Ziggler’s head. Always makes it look like a devastating move, I would expect nothing less from the best seller in the business.
For some reason there were chants of ‘you can’t wrestle’ directed at Fandango, I can’t understand this for a second because I’ve seen Johnny Curtis in the ring before and he certainly can.
Later on in the show we find out that Jericho will face Fandango at Wrestlemania. He seems to have made a complete turn around from being close to having his gimmick dropped to debuting at Grandest Stage of the All and got to say i’m glad they’ve stuck with him.
Mark Henry def. The Uso’s
Presumably it was The Uso’s that were put on the end of this squash match due to Jimmy Uso’s recent arrest for DUI again. Couldn’t really be seen to release him as it would have hypocritical to not release Swagger as well. Despite that they did actually get some offence which was the only highlight in a predictable match.
Antonio Cesaro def. Alberto Del Rio via Count out
Rodriguez character hasn’t been written off TV as he still appeared to introduce hips friend. Good news for Del Rio, as you struggle to know if he was a face without the pop that Rodriguez can deliver.
Swagger then came out at the end inevitably attacked Rodriguez’s injured ankle. The best part of this match came just after this and it was watching Cesaro do several knee slides in celebration like a child at a disco.
Team Hell No def. Prime Time Players
Triple H segment
Hunter talks in his extra gravelly voice to let you know that he really means business. The problem with having Lesnar on a limited number of appearances deal is that there are weeks when he’s involved in a storyline where he inexplicably doesn’t show up and it’s difficult to progress with the story when one if them isn’t there. With that being the case this week all that happened was that HHH asked Lesnar to give everything he has at Wrestlemania. I think it’s safe to say huge would have done anyway.
As Triple H walked up the ramp, Barrett came out and HHH kicked him in his special area.
The Miz def. Wade Barrett
Ric Flair was backstage at this show, but had to be taken to hospital with a blood clot. I have no idea whether huge was due to be involved with this match but changes may have had to have been made. Not that you could tell as they had a pretty decent match.
The biggest relief about this match is that we didn’t have to sit through a promo for each of their respective movies yet again.
The Shield def. Zack Ryder, Justin Gabriel and The Great Khali
I’m usually all for having more wrestling on the show but in this case it may have been more beneficial if The Shield had filmed another of their backstage promos. I don’t think any of us see The Shield as more of a team to be feared because they defeated a team of jobbers thrown together at the last minute.
Team Rhodes Scholars def. Tensai and Brodus Clay
A pretty forgettable match in Tensai and Clay had the upper hand until The Bella’s got involved, which caused the Funkadactyls to attack them which led to a distraction that allowed Rhodes to get the win.
After this match it was announced that there would be an 8-Man tag team match with Team Rhodes Scholars &The Bella’s taking on Brodus Clay, Tensai & The Funkadactyls.
Ryback def. 3MB
Exactly the same as the Mark Henry match.
The Rock & John Cena Q&A
Mick Finley, Booker T, Dusty Rhodes and Bret Hart were brought out to ask questions to the Rock and Cena. Despite a few attempts by The Rock the tone was actually very serious as Cena revealed that this year huge has to win. Rock stated that last year he thought he could win, now he knows that this year that he can and will win again.
The segment inevitably ended in violence and unsurprisingly it was The Rock who got the upper hand by delivering a Rock Bottom to Cena. Bret Hart then gave the show 4/10.