24/02/14 RAW Review – Undertaker and Hulk Hogan returns as all eyes are at Wrestlemania XXX

Tom Robinson’s RAW REVIEW!

Hulk Hogan’s Return

Whatcha Gonna Do Brother?

Whatcha Gonna Do Brother?

HUGE moment here with the return of the Hulkster. I love how Hogan just, and I said this in a recent NoDQ.com column, oozes enthusiasm and charisma about him just being there. The fans were still popping like crazy for the Hulkster. It’s funny that the so-called “modern-day Hulk Hogan” John Cena is still hated worldwide, and yet the original comes back and gets the biggest reaction of the night. People just see Hogan and pop and that’s incredible to see. He’s someone who appeals to everyone in a weird way. He appeals to fans from back in the day to even the new PG audience. He had the crowd at the palm of his hands and he delivered a quality promo as usual to hype up the WWE Network… and Wrestlemania 30!

Batista vs Alberto Del Rio

DEAL WITH IT!

DEAL WITH IT!

The rematch from last night’s Elimination Chamber wasn’t exactly the greatest of sights. Interesting thing to note that Batista was acting very heelish during his entrance and the match itself which now makes it seem absolute clear that Batista is now in a tweener role in WWE which does seem kinda strange. Especially with the promo he cut post-match. Randy Orton distracted Batista to allow Del Rio to win (which was quality to see). Orton cut a decent promo on the Animal talking about how the fans were booing him. Batista’s “comeback” wasn’t anything special but from the way he was sounding and acting, this promo all but cemented his status as a tweener. It’s weird thinking that at the main event of Wrestlemania 30, we’re going to see a heel taking on a tweener in a match for the main title. It’s just goes to show what a strange era we are in. No longer is it the era of the good guy vs the bad guy. What Vince McMahon supposedly said about having no more faces and heels in WWE anymore is starting to ring true. Hmmm.

Big E Langston vs Antonio Cesaro

Time To Go Swinging

Time To Go Swinging!

A better than average match, but nothing near to the Jack Swagger vs Big E Langston match from last night. These two wrestlers are very great in-ring performers but the chemistry is not really there yet. This could easily be worked on if a feud is in the works. However, this match seemed rather stale but the fans were into it which is an important factor to take into consideration. Jack Swagger got Cesaro DQ’d after attacking Big E which is starting to cause cracks within the Real Americans camp.  When Big E got revenge, Cesaro levelled him with a sick looking Neutralizer which looked like it could’ve broken Langston’s neck. Of course lifting someone like Big E for a move like that is easier said than done, but it would be best to take better care when doing moves like that to big men.

John Cena Attacked By The Wyatts

Follow The Buzzards!

Follow The Buzzards!

John Cena was all business on RAW as he demanded answers from the Wyatts. He talked about the future needing to get through him to step into the limelight in WWE, which drew out the family. Bray Wyatt cut a promo about Cena being a liar and being a man with empty promises. His promo resulted in a scrap between the Wyatts and Cena. This beatdown was rather weak but it got the job done. Of course, it probably was booked to be a bit worse considering they had a stretcher already for Cena. Cena looked liked he tweaked his leg during the beatdown when Eric Rowan got his leg to take him down.

Cena looked bad during that beatdown after he tweaked the knee. It’s worrying for the WWE considering their plans for Wyatt vs Cena at Wrestlemania, but I still think that Cena could probably be OK for Wrestlemania. Cena’s a trooper and he’ll probably just go all out if he is properly injured. Also, I have a history of being completely wrong about Cena’s physical well-being. We don’t know yet just how bad it is so all we can do is guess. But I hope that WWE have a quality Plan B for the Wyatts if their worst fears are confirmed.

Christian vs Sheamus

The Irishman Delivers The Texas Cloverleaf On The Canadian!

The Irishman Slaps The Texas Cloverleaf On The Canadian!

A decent match between the two. The fans were so annoying during this match. These two wrestlers were putting in a decent performance and all they did was rehash the lame-ass “Randy Savage” and “Jerry” chants that was going on when Sheamus fought Randy Orton the night after Wrestlemania 29. You know, the one when they chanted everyone’s names? I mean if a match is actually boring, I’d understand. But this was actually decent if you were actually paying attention and not acting like a bunch of jackasses. Speaking of acting like a bunch of jackasses, the commentary booth really did do this match injustice, because they weren’t paying interest in this match either. Your job is to analyze the match, and all they were doing were making jokes about Christian. Come on guys.

Daniel Bryan vs Kane

BOOM! Head Kick Bitch!

BOOM! Head Kick Bitch!

After confronting the Authority backstage in the “pre-show”, Daniel Bryan was put in a match with Kane for tonight. Ironically this match was very boring and nearly put me to sleep, but the fans were going nuts for it. What the? Seriously… fan logic these days. I just could not get into this match but that didn’t stop the fans from chanting “YES!” all over the place as Bryan picked up the win. Bryan reasserted his request for a match with Triple H at Wrestlemania 30. You see, Punk? You see what you’re missing out on?

Emma vs Summer Rae

The Emmalock... And People Call Me Corny!

The “Emmalock”… And People Call Me Corny!

Two things that made this match not completely suck:

  1. Summer Rae just being there. Definitely a star in the making and looked rather stunning I must admit. 🙂
  2. Santino Marrella at ringside. He was actually quite funny at ringside!

Everything else… sucked. Pure and simple. I mean the Emmalock was applied really well but I honestly can’t think of any other positive things to say about it. I hate Emma’s stupid gimmick. I hate her dance moves. And I hate the fact that the fans are actually getting into it and doing the dances. What the? How can you actually get invested in this character? Someone please explain to me what it is about her? Surely not that dance because that dance has to be the worse dance I’ve ever seen. If you actually did that dance in Middlesbrough (where I live) you’d actually get knocked out clean because of how much of a twat you looked. -.-

The Usos vs New Age Outlaws

Not A Great Night For Road Dogg To Say The Least

Not A Great Night For Road Dogg To Say The Least

The Usos won… yey! Please just put the belts on them already!

Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt

SUPERMAN PUNCH!

SUPERMAN PUNCH!

What a difference in 24 hours. At Elimination Chamber, the fans were all going nuts for the Wyatt Family and The Shield and on RAW they just didn’t care about the Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt match. Granted, it wasn’t that great of a match  but it’s the Shield vs The Wyatts. At least show a bit of care about it. It ended up in a huge brawl when Dean Ambrose got Roman Reigns disqualified. I honestly hope if Cena’s injury is legit that they continue the Wyatt/Shield feud. Make it like an elimination or possibly do something different like an elimination chamber at Wresltemania 30! Why not?

Undertaker Returns – Undertaker vs Brock Lesnar Signed For Wrestlemania XXX!

There Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down...

There Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down…

What a chilling segment this was. Undertaker back in the WWE for Wrestlemania. And it is official that Brock Lesnar is his next Wrestlemania victim. After Brock Lesnar was given an open contract to fight anyone he wanted at Wrestlemania, Taker stepped up to the plate and stabbed Lesnar in the hand with a pen! You talk about a jaw-dropper! And then Taker sent Lesnar through a table with a chokeslam as RAW went off the air. Definitely the road to Wrestlemania is under way. However, I hope Undertaker takes care of his unfinished business with the Shield first!

Decent RAW with a star-studded line up! I love that the big stars are coming in now. Batista, Randy Orton, Hulk Hogan, John Cena, The Wyatts, The Shield, Daniel Bryan, Triple H, Brock Lesnar and Undertaker all in the same show! Hopefully things can get better from here!

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