It’s here! Is it not? This feels like the John Cena heel turn, doesn’t it? Cena beat Kane on Monday Night Raw, but more importantly, he mocked and taunted Undertaker throughout the match.
This, of course, will seemingly lead Cena vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania 34 in two weeks from New Orleans.
Cena has been doing some great work throughout this feud.
After he beat Kane, Cena went on a rant in the ring. He asked where the lightning was. He said he wrestled Kane in a no-DQ match, there were no rules, and Undertaker still failed to show up. Cena screamed for Undertaker and then held up the mic for the crowd to chant “Under-Taker!”
Cena said the Undertaker wasn’t deaf, he was just a coward. Cena said that night after night, people cheer for Undertaker.
“You don’t get to my mysterious here. Silence is not an answer. It’s either yes, or it’s no,” Cena said.
The crowd, of course, chanted, “Yes! Yes! Yes!”
“I’m fine with no, because I’ll go to WrestleMania as a fan. But get the eyes out of the back of your head and see the energy of the fans when they chant Undertaker, and do something!”
“Do something! Because now, you only have one week left. One week that sums up your entire career. You can do something, or you can do nothing. And if you do nothing, you let me down. You sure as hell let Kane down. But most importantly you’ve made it crystal clear to every person who has ever believed in the Undertaker that you don’t care about them, you only care about yourself.”
Triple H and Stephanie train for WrestleMania
What a weird video package. Was this supposed to make people think that Stephanie and Triple H have a chance against Ronda and Angle?
Stephanie talked about how there are “different rules” in their ring. Stephanie said she’s been around WWE her entire career. But she’s also not a fighter, so I’m not sure why that makes sense.
It’s a good premise, honestly. Triple H said that “this is our world, no one is coming into our world and take us down.”
Even Stephanie was good … “I’m a McMahon, which means she’ll work for me.”
It was a weird video package in the sense that it was there to make Triple H look like Hercules and Stephanie could show the world, “hey, look at me, I work out.” Triple H was wearing an NXT jacket, which is fine if you want to promote NXT, but you’re also supposed to be a heel. Who wants to support NXT if it’s run by a maniacal tyrant?
It’s a little nuance, but still.
Bayley and Sasha Banks brawled
This felt like it should have taken place in the fall … maybe the summer.
Sasha and Bayley have teased dissension in their friendship for months. Bayley and Sasha argued backstage after Bayley told Sasha that she was entering the women’s battle royal at WrestleMania.
Bayley said that Sasha screws her over, because she knows that she can’t beat her. Sasha didn’t like that, and then smashed Bayley’s head into the lockers. Bayley fought back and they brawled a bit before Sasha picked up a lifeless Bayley and tossed her onto a table. Bayley was alive again after that! And they brawled some more.
This is a nice wrinkle for the Raw Women’s Division. It’s going to be a heated personal feud that doesn’t need the title to become interesting. I’m sure it will get the Raw Women’s Title involved at some point, but it doesn’t have to.
Braun Strowman beat Sheamus
WWE keeps teasing that Strowman is going to need a tag team partner at WrestleMania, but the better storyline is for Strowman to enter this match alone and win the Raw Tag Team Titles by himself. That’s where I see the match going. They want to build Strowman up as this monster — he should be fighting Lesnar at WrestleMania — but having him win the Raw Tag Titles in a handicap match is a nice consolation prize, I guess.
John Cena beat Kane
The match was oddly physical, given the limitations of both wrestlers and the fact that they’re both part-time. But it was a No Disqualification match, so you come to expect some level of physicality.
Kane and Cena put on a good performance here, with some notable false finishes and a relatively big spot in the crowd, when Kane suplexed Cena onto the guard rail and it bent. Ouch.