Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Raw 1000th Episode Results Review

It's been a few days since Raw's 1000th episode has aired on USA.  The 3-hour event was full of some great moments, including bigtime returns from the likes of D-Generation X, The Undertaker, The Rock, and WWE Divas Lita and Trish Stratus.  It also featured a shocking end in the main event match for the WWE Championship.

Heading into this MITB it seemed to be too predictable that Cena would simply cash in his briefcase and leave as the new champion.  And why not, since after all it was the big, history-making episode of Raw.  However, his plans were thwarted when the Big Show got involved multiple times, costing him the clean win.

The bigger story came when Show kept attacking Cena, and The Rock rushed to the ring to try to make a save.  He was able to fight off Show, but then got attacked by CM Punk, who now appears to have gone back to heel.  Earlier in the night, Rock was in the ring with Punk and Bryan, both of whom were arguing over who is best in the world.  Rock said it was up to the people, but that was in response to Daniel Bryan.  Punk was sort of left out of the equation.  Rock also made the blockbuster announcement, that he'll be facing whoever is WWE champion at the Royal Rumble in 2013.

Based on a fan voting poll, it appears that Rock and Punk could be meeting at the Royal Rumble.  Could that lead to a huge rematch between Cena and Rock at Wrestlemania?  If Rock defeats Punk, and Cena wins the Royal Rumble, seems like you can bank on a rematch, this time with Cena walking away as champion.  Rock vs. Brock would make a great Mania match too though.

Speaking of matches, they finally made Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar official, with a bit of bumping and fighting to build things up some.  Stephanie McMahon got involved, as did Paul Heyman, and then Brock.  However, Triple H had the last laugh as he tossed Brock out of the ring.  Will it be an easy win for The Game at SummerSlam?

As for Undertaker, he was back once again, but will he be back in any capacity for the near future?  Probably not.  It seems he is at that stage of his career where he makes a big appearance here or there, and then it's all about hyping up his next Wrestlemania match.  Could that be Brock Lesnar perhaps?  Since WWE has Lesnar under contract for only so much time or events, it could be a strong possibility.

As for the big returns on Raw, it was great to see the segment with Lita and the "legends" all ganging up on Heath Slater.  The unfortunate part for Slater is he's become a glorified jobber, with no real other purpose in the WWE.  Almost like a "one man rock band" version of Brooklyn Brawler?

It's going to be interesting to see where WWE goes with having AJ as the General Manager, as well as what goes down between Charlie Sheen and Daniel Bryan at SummerSlam.  Otherwise, when will The Rock next appear?  Will he show up for another episode of Raw, maybe via satellite next week, or will WWE make him stay away and return closer to his GI Joe movie?

In all, the Raw 1000th episode was definitely fun to watch, but it's going to be hard to imagine that WWE can keep up the 3-hour funfest week in and week out after this top notch show.

What was your favorite part of the 1000th episode of Raw?

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