This week kicked off to the Road to Wrestlemania 29. Monday Night Raw kicked off with Punk demanding a rematch for the WWE title. He was absolutely psycho in the ring and Vince came out to remind Paul Heyman that he was going to have a personal performance review. Punk stormed off but it wasn’t the last we saw of him.
The Antonio Cesaro and Miz feud continued when Miz was a special guest referee in Cesaro’s match with Orton. Obviously Orton won the match but Miz added insult to injury with a Skull Crushing Finale. I have a feeling The Miz and Cesaro will end at Wrestlemania but if it ends at Elimination Chamber then I see Miz winning back the United States Champion.
Newcomer Bo Dallas took on Intercontinetal Champion Wade Barrett and Bo Dallas continued to have Barrett’s number as he defeated Barrett in his Raw debut. I have a feeling Bo Dallas is going to be heavily pushed on this Road to Wrestlemania. He’s a third generation superstar with a great family lineage. Wade Barrett’s bad luck would continue on Smackdown as he lost to Randy Orton. After he lost to Orton, he attacked Bo Dallas backstage.
John Cena announced that he would challenge for the WWE Championship at Wrestlemania and before he could say anymore The Shield came out and attacked Cena as well as Ryback and Sheamus. Speaking of championships Alberto Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez were victims of a brutal beatdown at then hands of the Big Show leaving both men lying.
Other things that happened on Raw included Tensai and Brodus Clay in a dance off. Also a karaoke contest, a tables match and The Rock accepting Punk’s challenge at a rematch for the title at Elimination Chamber. At the end of the night Paul Heyman was about to get fired but before Vince uttered those famous word Brock Lesnar’s music hit and before too long he gave the chairman the vicious F5 ending Raw with one question in mind. How will Triple H react to the attack of his father in law?
Main Event showcased two matches that included Ryback versus Antonio Cesaro and Titus O’Neill versus Tensai. I was actually surprised how long Titus and Tensai went on TV. It turned out to be a really decent match.
Smackdown kicked off with Booker T’s Elimination Chamber announcement that Randy Orton, Sheamus, Great Khali, Daniel Bryan, and Kane would be in the Chamber to determine the number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. Ziggler was going to be in it but he backed out due to having the Money in the Bank briefcase. Jack Swagger made his return and asked to be in the match but was told he had to earn. Later in the night he defeated Kofi Kingston to prove his point. Speaking of the World Heavyweight Champion, Alberto Del Rio waited out in the parking lot all night for the Big Show. Once the Big Show arrived a parking lot brawl ensued but then Del Rio would have to go to the ring to face Dolph Ziggler. Del Rio beat Ziggler but Big Show appeared on the titantron and had taken Ricardo hostage and punished him to end Smackdown.
The match of the week had to be Team Hell No taking on Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara. This was a classic, fast pace tag team match that was a great way to kick of Smackdown. Sin Cara and Mysterio got the victory over the tag team champions which will probably result in a tag title shot for the mexican masked men. Speaking of tag teams, Team Rhodes Scholars decided to break up and pursue singles careers. So one can only wonder how the Road to Wrestlemania 29 will shape up for Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow?
The Road to Wrestlemania 29 kicked off in a huge way. So many question headed into Monday and I am sure many of them will be answered. Be sure to check back every Saturday for weekly coverage on the Road to Wrestlemania 29. Hollywood’s World of Sports is dedicated to having in depth coverage leading up to Wrestlemania 29 on April 7th.