- Hulk Hogan posted the following on Twitter:
@apex1989 I think CM PUNK has stepped up and proved he can hold his own with anybody in the ring and anybody on the mic,he's on a roll. HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) January 8, 2013
- Jim Ross wrote the following on his blog:
@CMPunk had a stellar night on Raw as the WWE Champion stood out in multiple segments of the broadcast. Punk's TLC match with @Ryback22 was excellent and so well timed to occur during half time of the #Bama vs. #NotreDame National Championship Game. I was impressed by both men's performance and willingness to be physical. Ryback is really coming along in the development of his persona and presentation.
The closing segment involving @TheRock and Punk was the unofficial kickoff to the road to WrestleMania in my estimation which will be preceded by a stop in Phoenix for the Royal Rumble and in New Orleans for the Elimination Chamber. I felt the chemistry between the two stars and their verbal interaction had an Attitude Era feel.
I find it somewhat humorous that some fans and pundits are actually keeping score as to who got the better of the other during their extended 'conversation' as I felt that the true winners of the 'debate' were the fans. How one can accurately judge such a subjective piece of business such as we heard is a head scratcher to me but I'm certainly not saying that folks don't have a right to their opinion. Bottom line, and the good news, is that people cared enough to have an opinion.
Most resonating statement in the final segment, in my view, was Punk saying that he was "Going to kick your ass" to Rock. That's what it's still all about...kicking one's ass.
Click here to read JR's thoughts from Raw in their entirety.