WWE Monday Night Raw Live Streaming Online, WWE Raw Feb. 25, 2013
Enjoy the Live Streaming Feb. 25, 2013 episode of WWE "Monday Night Raw", featuring John Cena vs. CM Punk for the right to face The Rock at "WrestleMania 29", the possible return of The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, a fight between Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman, AND MORE!
WWE Monday Night Raw preview 2/25/13 featuring Paul Heyman in a fight against Vince McMahon and CM Punk vs. John Cena with the winner moving on to face The Rock for the newly designed WWE Championship at WrestleMania 29. Also, Brock Lesnar is slated to appear on the program … and could The Undertaker also make his presence felt like he did at a SmackDown house show in Waco, Texas over the weekend?
Rock! Cena! Punk! Heyman! Now! It! Makes! Sense! WWE Championship!
There are days when I honestly believe WWE has no clue what it is doing. That the promotion is just throwing things haphazardly together. That everything is being juggled in the air, and at any moment the entire damn show will just come crashing down.
Then WWE is all like, "Yo, I got this." And I feel slightly reassured.
Last week (Feb. 18), WWE did something so amazingly simple that I'm actually a little shocked it happened. John Cena come out to hype up hisWrestleMania 29 (April 7) match with The Rock for the WWE Championship. It was a standard Cena affair made all the worse because of its inevitable conclusion.
Then things got interesting.
CM Punk came out and bitched about getting screwed out of the title atElimination Chamber (Feb. 17). Which he was. He said that winning the Royal Rumble Match requires only dumb luck. Which is a fair point to make. Then Punk reminded us that Cena has never defeated him in over half a dozen attempts.
Which is 100% true.
So we have someone with a grip and someone who lucked into the #1 Contendership. We have a pay-per-view (PPV) that is six weeks away and a weekly television show that needs content until then. We have a feud that has been running for damn near a year and a half without a single conclusory finish. The obvious thing to do is to is book Cena vs. Punk to battle for the right to face The Rock at WrestleMania 29. So what does WWE do?
It...books Cena vs. Punk to battle for the right to face The Rock atWrestleMania 29.
Don't look at me. I'm just as shocked as you are.
So WWE has set up a PPV main event on free television. The big question is what happens next? The way I see it, we have a few options available.
First, Cena goes over Punk clean as a whistle used by someone with a very clean mouth. We blow off one of WWE's biggest feud of the decade as buildup to WWE's other biggest feud of the decade. It makes Cena look strong heading into WrestleMania 29, and removes all doubt over the true #1 Contender. It's probably the "smartest" avenue to take.
But that is so damn boring.
Second, Cena goes over Punk despite having everything and the kitchen sink thrown at him. Punk is still working with Paul Heyman. Heyman is still in control of The Shield and probably Brock Lesnar. All Punk has to do is say the word and there will be an army marching to the ring to take on Cena.
If the plan is still for Cena to go strong into WrestleMania, though, then it is very possible he fights through all of it and still come out on top.
This takes the all the fun that is a clean win and turns it into another Super Cena adventure. "Mr. Never Gives Up" will add another notch to his bed post on his way to reclaiming the WWE Championship at the expense of CM Punk. A single clean loss is tough to swallow, but it's bearable. It allows the feud to continue at a future date.
This, though, would be absolute overkill.
Third, Punk goes over Cena dirty as a whistle used by someone with a very dirty mouth. This extends Punk's claim that Cena has never beaten him. It would be another shenanigan filled victory, but that's what Punk has been relying on for the past few months. It would simply be staying in character.
The problem becomes what happens for WrestleMania. John Cena vs. The Rock is basically set in stone by all reports. We have six weeks to screw around with the results, but is that really a good thing? Wins and losses should mean something. A Punk win that leads to Cena taking his place in the main event would be a waste of all our times.
There is a way for WWE to make this work. I'm just not sure what it would be, and if the promotion wants to go down that path.
Finally, Punk goes over Cena clean. This is entirly possi...BWAHAHAHAHA.
Sorry. Couldn't even type that with a straight face.
Tonight should make the WrestleMania picture a bit clearer. The show could very well close on John Cena standing tall, as he tends to do in these situations.
But at the very least we can say he earned it.