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Raw 20: Hitting Rock Bottom
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Jan. 15, 2013 5:15 p.m.

By Chad Smart
@chadsmart & @my123cents on Twitter
I have a feeling that every
time I write my thoughts about RAW after The Rock has been on the show all the
blogs are going to say the same thing. Let me throw out this disclaimer, I do
not hate The Rock. Iíve never been a big fan, but I understand his place in
wrestling history and understand why fans cheer him. However, I feel The Rock
had his time and now needs to go back to Hollywood because what made him
popular 15 years ago is now at least 12 years past its expiration date. Before
I write more about The Rock, here are some quick points regarding the rest of
the 20th Anniversary of RAW, in no particular order. <>
Kaitlyn wins gold
Photo courtesy: WWE
Kaitlyn finally won the
Divaís title from Eve. Eve then quit the WWE. Hate to see Eve leave as I feel
sheís improved a great deal in the ring over the last couple of years and she
had a good character. One positive from Eve quitting is we wonít have any more
Eve/Kaitlyn matches so now hopefully a new challenger will step up. Over the
last year the Divaís division has taken a hit. The Bella Twins, Kelly Kelly,
Kharma, Beth Phoenix and now Eve have all left the company. Alicia Fox and
Tamina are the only Divas, besides Kaitlyn, who have wrestled more than one or
two singles matches in the past year. I donít know how the Divas division in NXT
is faring, but if WWE really wants fans to care about Divas, itís about time
they start adding some talent to roster. <>
Both members of Team Hell No
defeated members of Team Rhodes Scholars in singles matches. Based on WWE
booking philosophies, guessing this is a sign that Damian and Cody will become
champions at Royal Rumble. As entertaining as I find Kane and Daniel Bryan, I
think itís time for them to lose the tag titles and go back to singles
competition. <>
Ric Flair & the Miz
Photo courtesy: WWE
Ric Flair was the special
guest on the Mizís talk show segment. While I think the Nature Boy is beyond
his prime and should never wrestle another match, I canít deny I was marking
out during the Woo off and strutting. It is sad though that Flair has been
reduced to making fun of his failed marriages and huge debt. Still not sold on
the idea of a face Miz, but his upcoming match with Antonio Cessaro should be
entertaining. <>
Mick Foley was introduced as
the first inductee into the 2013 Hall of Fame. Before he could get too far
into his talking points, the Shield hit the ring. I was hoping for a Dean
Ambrose, Mick Foley face off, which had been teased about a year ago with
Ambrose posting videos on YouTube mocking Mick for destroying his body during
his career and inspiring backyard wrestlers to do crazy stunts. Unfortunately,
before anything could be said, Ryback hit the ring and chased the Shield out of
the arena. <>
The first two and a half
hours, while not blow away great, were entertaining. Even without a bunch of
former star cameos to highlight the 20th Anniversary, the show was
one of the better episodes in recent weeks. Then it all came crashing down. <>
Cena vs. Ziggler
Photo courtesy: WWE
We were treated to another
John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler match. This time they would fight in a cage. Much
like their match last week, Big E. Langston interfered, Ziggler hit Cena with
everything but the kitchen sink, but when it was all said and done, Cena was
standing tall after hitting the Attitude Adjustment. Iíve said it before, and
Iíll probably say it again week after week, John Cena doesnít need to win every
single match. Heís the biggest star on the roster. He could not win another
match this entire year and heíd still sell the most merchandise. Dolph Ziggler
is the potential future of the company, yet fans are being conditioned to not
care about him. The only
difference between Ziggler and Heath Slater is their position on the card. <>
Finally, after three hours
of wrestling, it was time for The Rock Concert. Is WWE still promoting the Be A
Star campaign? I donít think Iíve seen a promo for it in the last month or so.
If they are, they should stop and if they arenít, I wonder if it has anything
to do with The Rockís constant bullying persona. <>
The Rock Concert
Photo courtesy: WWE
I hated, HATED, this
segment. The Rock performed a song making fun of Paul Heyman then called out
Vickie Guerrero to run her down as a second rate hooker. The bad part is the
fans ate it up. Maybe Iím a snob. I just really hate lowbrow humor. The Rockís
concert also did nothing to make me want to see him wrestle. I want The Rock to
take his low-rent comedy act, his stale catchphrases and go back to Hollywood.
Again, I donít hate Dwayne Johnson. I hate The Rock. I enjoy Dwayneís movies.
GI Joe 2 would have been my top film of the year had it officially been
released last year. Iím looking forward to seeing it again to see what changes
they made. Dwayne is really good in it. I just feel heís still living in the
past and needs to evolve his character. <>
CM Punk vs. Rock
Photo courtesy: WWE
The brawl to end the show
between Rock and Punk was intense and would have made sense on next weekís show
to entice fans to buy the Royal Rumble. I like how Punk is not backing down
from The Rock. Iím still worried though that WWE will put the title on The Rock
to get some more mainstream publicity heading into Wrestlemania. <>
Weíll see what happens next
week. Hopefully John Cena will make someone other than Dolph Ziggler his
whipping boy and The Rock will leave his grade school joke book at home. <>

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