Last night was not the best WrestleMania is history, but not the worst. The ultimately felt unsatisfying. There’s no one thing that was missing, but this definitely wasn’t an event that felt like the culmination of the past year’s stories. Sure, Triple HHH and Brock Lesnar’s feud goes back to last Summer, and the Rock versus Cena goes all the way back to WrestleMania 27, but those were two lackluster matches on a four-hour card. The show did leave us with a lot to talk about, so in that regard it was a success.
The road to WrestleMania finally ends tonight as WWE pulls into MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey for the biggest show of the year. The stage is set and while the path to get here may have had some bumps and even a few questionable detours, there’s an inescapable excitement when the show is imminent. With mere hours to go, we’ll touch on this past Monday’s Raw, review tonight’s card, and make our predictions for the “showcase of the immortals.”
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We’re just six days from WrestleMania 29, and the MLD Monday Night Warm Up is taking a bit of a break this week to prepare. We’ll be back later in the week with a special edition WrestleMania Warm Up, while tonight’s episode of Raw will emanate from Washington, DC. Last Monday’s Raw from Philadelphia was exactly the type of show WWE needed heading into the biggest show of the year. Local sports radio hosts in the City of Brotherly Love may not have understood any of what they were seeing last week, but the fans in attendance did and they approved. It would be great for the last Raw before WWE’s biggest show of the year to get the same high marks. At the very least, tonight is likely to bring the usual rhetoric from Cena and the Rock, more disrespect for the Undertaker from C.M. Punk, and Shawn Michaels returns for what could be the final Raw of Triple H’s career given the stipulations of his match WrestleMania match with Brock Lesnar.
While we get our thoughts together for WrestleMania, enjoy some of the highlights from last week.
Tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw emanates from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, just two weeks from WrestleMania 29. With the biggest show of the year right around the corner, WWE only advanced two of the three big matches on the card last week and the rest of the show seemed to be on autopilot. Things may change tonight with the Rock in attendance, but I think most fans would agree that Raw should always strive to be something worth watching and the WWE Champion’s appearance should be a given from week to week, not a special occasion.
The Road to WrestleMania gets another week shorter tonight in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The path for the top of the card for this year’s big dance is clear (including Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar, C.M. Punk vs. The Undertaker, and of course John Cena vs. The Rock), but there are still a number of names that don’t have a place just yet. We have our favorites on both ends of the spectrum and as the show approaches we’ll be right here with our reactions to what’s in store.