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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. I’ve 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

Diva’s title from Eve. Eve then quit the WWE. Hate to see Eve leave as I feel

she’s 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 won’t have any more

Eve/Kaitlyn matches so now hopefully a new challenger will step up. Over the

last year the Diva’s 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 don’t know how the Divas division in NXT

is faring, but if WWE really wants fans to care about Divas, it’s 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 it’s 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 Miz’s talk show segment. While I think the Nature Boy is beyond

his prime and should never wrestle another match, I can’t 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. I’ve said it before, and

I’ll probably say it again week after week, John Cena doesn’t need to win every

single match. He’s the biggest star on the roster. He could not win another

match this entire year and he’d 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 don’t think I’ve seen a promo for it in the last month or so.

If they are, they should stop and if they aren’t, I wonder if it has anything

to do with The Rock’s 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 I’m a snob. I just really hate lowbrow humor. The Rock’s

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 don’t hate Dwayne Johnson. I hate The Rock. I enjoy Dwayne’s movies.

GI Joe 2 would have been my top film of the year had it officially been

released last year. I’m looking forward to seeing it again to see what changes

they made. Dwayne is really good in it. I just feel he’s 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 week’s show

to entice fans to buy the Royal Rumble. I like how Punk is not backing down

from The Rock. I’m still worried though that WWE will put the title on The Rock

to get some more mainstream publicity heading into Wrestlemania. <>

We’ll 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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