More news and views on WWE Raw: John Cena, Drew McIntyre, the Bellas
I’m surprised at the largely negative reaction from readers to John Cena’s performance on Raw Monday night. While there’s no doubt that CM Punk was the star of the show, I thought that Cena held up his end and that he and Punk played well off each other.
While Cena did get a little side-tracked with some lame comedy during the final segment, he was mostly serious and smooth on the mic. I wonder if some fans are just so anti-Cena that they have their minds made up about his performances as soon as his entrance music starts playing.
I’m also a bit surprised that some readers said they didn’t care for the final segment because it didn’t come across as “real” like Punk’s promo at the end of Raw did two weeks ago. That’s not really fair, in my opinion. Two weeks ago, none of us were prepared for Punk to “shoot” the way he did. It grabbed our attention and blurred the line between reality and fantasy.
But that can only really be done once. By the time Monday’s show took place, it was obvious to everyone – at least, it should have been – that this is an angle. WWE did try to keep some of the realistic feel to it by having Punk say things that you don’t usually hear on WWE TV. I’m not sure what more people were expecting.
My first thought when Drew McIntyre, Mark Henry and The Big Show all took bumps off the stage was that McIntyre was legitimately shaken up. According to pwinsider.com, that was indeed the case, although he was not seriously injured.
While Henry and The Big Show fell onto a gimmicked platform, McIntyre landed behind it and out of view. You could see medical personnel tending to him in the background while the camera focused on Henry and Big Show. McIntyre reportedly was not supposed to take the bump off the stage, but he slipped and fell.
I made a joke in the Raw post from earlier today about wanting to touch one of the Bellas, which was a play off of something that one of the twins said to Eve Torres. The truth is that I have actually touched both of the Bellas, and I have the photo to prove it.
The picture below is from the WWE’s reception for the media during WrestleMania XXVII weekend last April in Atlanta. The Bella twins were my dates for the evening (well, not really, but it makes for a better story).