WWE RAW Review: Incredible Main Event, Zeb/ADR, Return Of Triple H, Barrett In Decline

WWE RAW Review: Incredible Main Event, Zeb/ADR, Return Of Triple H, Barrett In Decline Photo: Evan Hoffman
2/25/13 RAW Review

The February 25th edition of RAW is in the books, and The Road to WrestleMania is in full swing. We saw the return of HHH and an excellent Main Event match between CM Punk and John Cena, which capped off a very entertaining episode.

There were some hits, and some misses. Let's take a closer look…

Highlights
I knew the "fight" between Heyman and Vince would be short, and lead to an encounter between HHH and Brock Lesnar. What I didn't know is how good it would come off on TV. I'll admit, I was wrong on this one. Instead of simply pointing to the WM29 sign, these two waged an all out brawl that saw Lesnar get busted wide open. The war was great, and was an unexpected way to go this early in the renewed rivalry. Both Superstars did look slow and rusty, but made up for it with the brutality of their battle. This was a huge success, and I hope Lesnar's schedule allows for WWE to keep the momentum going through the next 6 weeks.

The Shield were strong again last night, reiterating how well they have performed after two big victories in two nights last week. Dean Ambrose impressed again, while Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins showed improvement on the mic. They will definitely be featured in a high profile match at WrestleMania, but I'd really like to see these guys break off into singles feuds after April 7th. Still staying together as a faction, of course.

CM Punk has always been gifted on the mic, but it seems like his skills have only gotten better since Paul Heyman returned. Punk shined in his pre-match promo early on in the show, while stating that he is a "God", and "an icon that walks among superstars". Perfect precursor to a match with Undertaker, eh?

Cut to the Main Event! John Cena went out there and proved to the world that he deserves to be Headlining WM29. Cena and Punk put on a clinic, full of endless false finishes and momentum swings that had the sold out crowd in Dallas on it's feet. That was the best wrestling match of Cena's career, and I couldn't be happier for the guy. Cena lives and breathes WWE while others before him have left when a better opportunity came about. He was never the best worker, but CM Punk brought him to a new level on RAW, and Cena now has a ton of momentum moving forward.

Too Close To Call
The rivalry between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger is only one week old, and its already more interesting than anything ADR and Big Show delivered to us. On Miz TV, Zeb conveyed a very controversial message that was attention grabbing, but he ran on entirely too long. I think partnering him with Swags is a smart move, but ADR and Miz kept cutting in making for awkward silences, which felt unscripted and uncomfortable. This has great potential in theory, if booked correctly. I'm just not sure the Creative Team can get this feud over if ADR and Zeb can't shoot effectively.

Let me know your thoughts! What do you make of their rivalry leading into WrestleMania 29?

Lowlights
How many heels does the WWE have on its roster that could make Ryback look good? Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Titus O'Neil, Antonio Cesaro…you get the point. Instead, Dolph Ziggler takes another loss. Add to the fact that Ziggler has not only lost almost every match he has had since TLC, but he has done so WITH help from Big E and distractions from AJ. What does that say about Ziggler's strength and credibility? Absolutely nothing. I'm not sure the WWE could be dropping the ball any harder here. I am starting to think The Show Off won't even cash in successfully at this point. I hope I'm wrong, because he deserves it.

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