Tuesday, February 26, 2013
WWE Power Rankings: John Cena climbs
By Jon Robinson
John Cena took down CM Punk to set up what will be a much-anticipated rematch with The Rock.
John Cena’s character is about as cool as the bent brim in his size-too-small hat, but I have to give props where props are due, and his match against CM Punk on Raw was a fantastic showing that proved he can still deliver entertainment and athleticism at the highest level.
And while his rematch against The Rock at Wrestlemania is not the match I had hoped would headline the year’s biggest show (wasn’t it supposed to be “once in a lifetime”?), it’s hard to argue the economics of booking a sequel to the biggest money-making match in the history of professional wrestling.
But where does that leave Punk, the heel who compares himself to God, and carried the company on his back for more than a year? I kept waiting for The Undertaker’s music to hit after Raw’s main event, especially after Taker returned Saturday night at a house show in Waco, Texas. Was that match a test to see how the Dead Man would hold up after taking nearly a year off to heal after his slugfest against Triple H?
I guess if The Undertaker’s going to make a return in time for Wrestlemania, next week’s old-school Raw might be the perfect opportunity, especially since he’s pretty much the personification of old-school in every way, and Punk’s rant about immortality already has me hoping to see an arena full of druids.
WWE Power Rankings: Feb. 26, 2013
Epic win against CM Punk leads Cena to the main event of Wrestlemania. Where did that Hurricanrana come from?! Awesome, awesome match.
Would love to see Punk bring the pile driver back into fashion. The way Punk and Cena used seemingly every move in their arsenals really upped this match to a classic level.
Crowd was in a frenzy for the Triple H/Brock Lesnar brawl that included everything from crutches to a steel chair to some awkwardly wet Triple H pants.
Left a sick smear of blood on the ring post, and his head reportedly required 12 staples to stop the bleeding. The crimson mask is back!
Dolph Ziggler sacrificed his body to make Ryback look like a complete beast in a 10-minute slam-and-smash beatdown.
The Apex Predator has been on quite a roll heading into Mania, picking up a win over Antonio Cesaro (sweet RKO from mid-air) and helping sabotage The Shield later in the show.
The man who could hide in a jar of mayonnaise is actually feuding with both Wade Barrett and The Shield at the same time, and Monday night, he got the better of both.
Mark Henry versus Ryback could be one of the hardest-hitting feuds in recent memory if done right. Both men could benefit from showing off their power against the other.
The Shield Dean Ambrose Roman Reigns
Would love to see The Shield versus Randy Orton, Sheamus and Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania, especially if Y2J turns heel to lead the stable of young superstars.
So does WWE have a wellness policy or not? How can Swagger get arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana last week and not only avoid suspension, but star in multiple segments on Raw? Weed the People.