RAW Is Blogged – Who Was That Masked Man?

I was surprised to read about Cena having a tough month, personally. I think a lot of us forget that these are real people with real lives outside of the WWE (or TNA/IW). What I found really heartwarming was the comments on the WNW page talking about Cena having a hard month. Most people agreed to their dislike of the Cena character on TV, but respect Cena the man for all he has done.

Cena is the most requested and devoted celebrity wish granter. Make-A-Wish hits very close to my own heart. When I was young I was very ill and spent the better part of a year in and out of the hospital. Much of that time I was on a pediatrics ward with many children in similar condition to me and worse. A number of children were terminal and I lost friends while I was in there. When I was finally operated on it was discovered that if they hadn’t operated when they did that I might not have made it as I was bleeding so badly internally. The medical records say I might have had two weeks left, but I was a lucky one. The hospital I was in did everything they could to keep our morale up. I was allowed freedom twice. The first was when my father came and took me to see Annie at the movie theater when it first came out. The other was when my parents took me to a block party in town. They brought a wheelchair for me, but I walked the whole way there and managed to walk through much of the festival, but rode back to the hospital in the chair. Many of the kids in with me weren’t able to do even those things. I was eight years old and weighed thirty-eight pounds due to malnutrition from the Crohn’s Disease, yet I was still better off than some of the other kids. One of our best days in there was when a hot air balloon flew by our solarium (play room where all the furniture folded out to beds for parents to stay). The balloon was so brightly beautiful and seemed like it was close enough for us to reach out and touch it.

Every little bright moment on that pediatrics ward (even as simple as putting apple juice in a specimen cup and telling the interns it didn’t look clear enough and should flush it through again, then drinking the juice and watching the interns freak out, or eating blue and green popsicles to dye our mouths and make the doctors take a double take or clomping down the hall in my wooden bottomed shoes to annoy the nurses) was something we all cherished, but those were little things. Something like Make-A-Wish, which was just starting up then, would have been amazing.

My oldest daughter, Ellie, had a very rare cancer when she was four years old. I adopted Ellie and did not know her at that age, but the scars, her reactions and her maturity show how she had to grow up young and deal with a lot. She was granted a wish and went to Disney World. To this day she wishes she’d had the time to think about what she really wanted and was mature enough to come up with something really creative. Her father told her to say Disney when they came in to ask her. She did have a great time at Disney and has some wonderful memories from that trip even though she was so young and sick. My parents took me to Disney World after I had recovered enough to appreciate it.

What I’m saying through all this is that Cena is an amazing human being. I remember how scary it was to be so sick and in the hospital. In some ways it helped to be in with other very sick children, in other ways I learned about the finality of life in a very personal way. Cena takes his own personal time to visit with children who might never grow up like Ellie and I were lucky enough to do. As much as I like to cut on Cena’s character and how corny he can be, I think I might have to agree with Foley on Cena’s possible heel turn.

His thoughts on the crowd reactions recently on John Cena today, and his thoughts on the notion by some in the WWE Universe that Cena needs to “turn heel”: “There’s one part of me that would like to see him really turn, and turn it on. But I think the moment he did that, the people who hated him would start to hate him less, and he would also lose the very very real love that part of the audience has for him. So I don’t know. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I think it makes for a great television show.”

I feel that Cena’s character really needs to be changed in some way, but I don’t want the children who love Cena so much to lose faith in him. When Hogan went to WCW and turned heel he was a bit past his height of taking vitamins and saying prayers, so it wasn’t as much of a shocker to the little kids who had loved him so much during Hulkamania. If Cena was to turn full on heel, the haters might not hate as hard and there could be a lot of little kids who are crushed. Maybe the WWE could make Cena edgier without turning him full on heel. Rocky is edgy and he’s a face. Heck, Edge was edgy and he was a face. Think about when Eddie was lying, cheating and stealing, but still a face and beloved by so many!

So maybe a change in character, but not a full on heel turn? Cena is getting reaction from the fans, it’s not like he’s going out and getting no reaction at all. The fans are hot for Cena, just not all in a positive way. I don’t ever remember a face that got so much heat and stayed face. Cena just continues to change the face or wrestling! Either way, the WWE needs to do something with Cena and that involved VKM getting off his high horse and letting others step up and possibly compete with Cena’s merch numbers. It is possible.

Show Starts

Tell Me I Did Not Just See That Slammy Award

B+ > I really hoped for more from Hornswoggle now that he can talk. I guess I was expecting too much. It was great that JR won the Slammy and that we got a dose of JR. But even better than his roonie was what happened after the segment. It looked like he blanked on his words and was struggling through it, but that he manned up online after the segment showed his true fiber (pun intended). Very few in the industry would step up and admit that they went blank and forgot their words. It happens to everyone at some point, but the way that JR owned up to it gave me just another reason to love JR and wish he was on announce every Monday night. Thank you JR for stepping up and admitting that he screwed up.

Winner > JR

Holy Bleep Moment of The Year Slammy Award

B > Foley and DiBiase were decent, but not as good as I expected from them. They came off as very stiff and dry, and not in a good way. On the other hand I was impressed with Big Show’s little speech. He brought up what happened between him and Henry as well as pushing the storyline further to TLC – always good for a segment, but saying that him talking wasn’t visually spectacular, so he was going to the ring to be spectacular there. I know that Big Show is a veteran in the industry, but after watching TNA/IW’s Final Resolution Sunday night I forget what a pro can do and Big Show did it beautifully.

Winner > Big Show

Big Show vs Wade Barrett

C+ > Wade was decent on mic and his facial expressions when Big Show broke the table was great. I have to admit that he badly over-sold the abuse Big Show caused him, but he was better than he was when he first impressed upon me that he was green and clueless. He’s really grown and hopefully working with Orton one on one will be good for him and his career.

Winner > Big Show

Pipe Bomb of The Year Slammy Award

A- > I have to admit that I loved Road Dogg Jesse James when DX was winding down, but before he started tagging with Ron ‘The Truth’ Killings. RD has one of the sexiest voices in the industry, sadly he has a face for radio. So while I was excited to see RD, it seemed as though most of the fans in the arena didn’t have a clue as to who he was. Seeing him on RAW makes me hope that his trial with the WWE as a road agent is going well and he’ll be kept on.

I loved Punk’s speech! Between the bottom-less mannequin in the Dynamic Dudes t-shirt and the video that they finally showed, Punk came back up a couple notches from where he’d fallen in recent weeks due to lack of edginess. I have been saying over and over that they needed to show Laurinaitis from back in the day. Now that they have, I want more and I want to see more true mocking of the video of Laurinaitis from back in the day. I forgot just how bad he was back then. Not saying that he’s good now, just talking about how little he’s grown over the years. I’m actually a bit surprised that he’s not still riding that skateboard with that horrid blond mullet!

Winner > Punk

Divalicious Moment of The Year Slammy Award

C- > While I’m a bit surprised VKM brought Lita back right after an arrest, but I was glad to see her. She was still stiff and awkward on mic, but she looked great! Seeing her in that sexy dress showing off her cleavage and her hair styled the way it was, she looked a lot more mature, but in a really good way. I’m quite impressed and wondering if this is the start of a return for Lita. The way Lita raised Kelly’s hand against Beth and Natalya. I have to admit that I’d like a Lita return, at least for a while.

Winner > Kelly

OMG Moment of The Year Slammy Award

B > They did a really god job of reminding us of Taker and his streak with a possible 20-0 coming, and how Trip said he’d be waiting for Taker when he returned, if he returned. So he reminded us or past and possible future storylines, then he want on to push the current storyline with Nash. I know that the Slammy Award are fully rigged and go along with storylines, but I was really impressed with how this specific this award pushed so many things further, and so simply.

Winners > Taker & Trip

Trending Superstar of The Year Slammy Award

D- > I wasn’t at all thrilled with Otunga and Atlas here. I’ll even venture to say that they royally skunked up the show for a few minutes. It just wasn’t good, and what is up with Otunga and his travel cup? It’s getting on my nerves!

Winner > Ryder

Fatal Four Way Match – Ryder vs Cody vs Bryan vs Dolph

A- > This was a really solid Match. The pairings were interesting, the ring work was interesting and creative while playing up to certain clichés, but not dragging them all over the ring. Cody and Dolph both helped each other and fought, but it wasn’t that they were besties then worst enemies. Ryder worked well in this Match even though he feels like the odd man out in that group. I’m really impressed with how long this Match lasted. I guess it’s coming off TNA/IW where they made such a huge deal of a 30 minute Match that I forget that the WWE isn’t the master of three minute matches!

Winners > Dolph

Game changer of The Year Slammy Award

A- > I absolutely agree that this was the game changer of the year. It took some serious guts for everyone involved to schedule a Match a year in advanced. There are so many what ifs, so many things that could go wrong with this, but things have gone well so far. Cena did a fabby job with his speech and taunting Rocky for not being there and not even being there on the tron. I’ll admit that I’ve been a little pissy that Rocky said he wasn’t leaving and had barely been back, but it’s the storyline! Anyway, Cena did a solid job and wasn’t terribly corny with it.

Winners > Rocky & Cena

ADR & Miz vs Orton & Punk

A > These four left it all out there. While I could be pissy about the Russo-esque ending with Wade getting involved, I’m not because it was short and sweet while continuing to push their feud. This is how a good run in is booked. Hogan, Bisch, Russo and even Dixie should take note of this, though they never will as Hogan, Bisch and Russo know what they’re doing and never do anything wrong with TNA/IW. Sorry, still reeling over neither Bisch or Hogan being at TNA/IW’s Final (lack of) Restitution. These four were great and the abuse brought on Punk after it was all over leaves us wondering if Punk can bounce back from it for TLC and retain his Title. Just beautifully booked and executed Match and segment.

Winners – Miz & ADR

Video

A > I loved these Kane videos, but little did I know what we were in for at the end of the show!

A-Lister of The Year Slammy Award

C > I thought Dust and Vickie were decent together, the makeup joke was funny, but Snooki is not an a-lister in any way, shape or form. I will admit her athleticism at WM impressed me and I’ve been seeing little glimmers of intelligence from her over the past year, but she is not worthy of an award and especially not a Slammy! She was horrible on the tron and her vacant eyes showed how little she cared about it all. She said the words, but no one was home. What a disaster.

Winner – Snooki

Backstage Segment

C > This was nothing to write home about. I know Henry can be decent on mic, but he’s fallen into ‘he aint seen nothing yet’ and ‘he be inducted into the hall o’ pain!’ He’s capable of more but seems to be phoning in his mic work lately.

Sheamus vs Jinder

C+ > While Sheamus was cute and got his pop, I don’t think this did much to continue to push Sheamus’ rebuild. I’m wondering what WWE has planned for Jinder. I haven’t seen much of him since Khali left. Now I fully admit that I don’t watch SD as closely as as I do RAW and Impact, but Jinder hasn’t done anything much lately, has he? Either way, it was fun to watch Sheamus though it did nothing for either wrestler.

Winner – N/A

Superstar of The Year Slammy Award

C+ > Okay, what was up with Rey’s lips? Much of the time Rey looks like he might be wearing lipstick, but during that segment Rey looked like he was wearing Peach Passion on his lips. Rey already has a very feminine mouth, and as that’s the most of what we see of Rey’s face, so the lipstick look made him look even girlier. I will say it was nice to see Rey back, even if not in action.

I’m thrilled that Punk won the Slammy Award for Superstar of The Year. He deserves it. I can’t say that it was better that Laurinaitis came out and accepted the award for Punk, but after the abuse he took at the hands of ADR and Miz, it made sense that he didn’t come out. Laurinaitis is really dry and annoying, but if I had to choose between the two, I’d rather WWE got rid of Cole over Laurinaitis. Laurinaitis has been playing up his lack of excitement in a way that’s very subtle, but funny. The problem with Laurinaitis working the way he is is that most wrestling fans don’t get subtlety. I normally don’t like to generalize about wrestling fans, but that so many fans are young children, I am willing to say that most don’t get subtlety like Laurinaitis.

Winner > Punk

Announce Segment

B+ > I love the story King and Cole told about the woman in the service who clung to VKM when she saw him, that the picture of her teen son with his WWE belt meant so much to her. I’ll be surprised if we don’t see her on the WWE in the future when she returns stateside, or maybe even in WWE’s Tribute To The Troops tonight. What a sweet story and it was nice that they brought her family to the show. I’m always impressed with what VKM and the WWE does for the service men and women.

Video

A > Another one of those confusing videos. I’ll be interested in seeing who it is who returns to the E. I will give the WWE credit for using these videos and keeping us wondering. In this day of the web leaking so much info, it’s nice to be left questioning a bit.

Henry vs Cena

D+ & A+ > I’m always annoyed when there’s no way Cena could be fighting back, yet he is. Henry would flatten Cena if this was at all real. I know, it’s all choreographed, blah, blah, blah. Anyway, the Match wasn’t at all impressive until…

KANE! That fire erupted and I marked out! I was yelling and bouncing around in my seat all the while typing away and trying not to dump my netbook off my knees and onto the floor. I’m thrilled that Kane is back and even more thrilled that he’s re-masked. I was a bit surprised that Kane took out Cena, but I guess he really has to be heel returning with his mask this way. I wasn’t sure about that big mask he wore down to the ring, but it was intimidating. I really love Kane’s new mask! I couldn’t tell what color the mask was as the lights were red, but I’m guessing it was red. I’m thrilled for Kane’s return and hope he’s able to finish off his career as he should, masked!

Post Show

I have to admit that this was a pretty decent three hour RAW. Normally I loathe them, but that was fun. I didn’t start getting worn out until the show was almost over and Kane got me through the end. The Slammy Awards were all rather predictable, but it is what they’re all about. All in all I’m pretty impressed with the show. I’m going to cut this off here as the Tribute To The Troops will be starting soon!

KB

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  • Jonaldinho1990

    Just watching the Fatal 4-Way match again from RAW. Did anyone else think that flip over the ropes onto Ziggler by Ryder was CRAZZZZYYYY!?
    A side of him we haven’t seen before, and also something that gives me great confidence when his INEVITABLE title reign begins! WWWYKI

  • jdl

    Henry wouldn't flatten Cena if this was real, Henry is a lumbering mountain. All Cena would have to do is stay out of arm's reach for a few minutes, sidestep when Henry tries anything and Henry would be completely gassed out.

    • Ernest Bethea

      Yep! That's Wrestling's version of the Rope-a-Dope. Let the big man gas himself out (one way or the other) and then when big man has nothing left… BOOM! You let him have it.

  • rasslin' fan

    rasslin' fan don't get subtlety….d-uh…lol
    but not to generalise, performance arts generally demands for over-the-top easily understood actions. its the same whether it be pro wrestling, TV or theatre, and not specifically a function of the viewer age or profile.

    • kbunyon

      Hey, I completely admitting I was generalizing and wasn't including everyone. I was more speaking about the young children who watch (and a few of those people who still think wrestling is completely real. Personally I love the subtlety and think it's about time they go there again.

      KB

  • jonathanb22

    rumours going round it was the undertaker dressed as kane? any follow ups on that? i saw kane pretty sure, just coz he has facial hair and weight change. thats gonna happen.

    i think its rubbish definately kane, but doubt is always in my mind, always

    • H.M.

      Just stupid rumours that only make us wrestling fans look like the idiots outsiders make us out to be. I don't understand how people can doubt that it's Glen Jacobs. Look at the mask, look at that twisted smile that creeps up on Kane's face near the end of the show after unveiling his new masked visage, look at the fact that his build is NOTHING like Undertakers. Any man can grow facial hair on their face after not having shaved for several days.

      The number of people doubting the fact that it's Jacobs under that mask is mind numbing.

      • Paul

        I agree it is clearly Jacobs under that mask! He has managed to drop a few pounds though which is good cus a couple of years ago he could have passed for heavily pregnant. Looks more like the Kane from the 90s I grew up with now.

        • kbunyon

          It was absolutely Jacobs under that mask. I have always found him and his brother rather attractive, but in totally different ways. There's no question in my mind that it was Jacobs under that mask. Beware of Newz sites!

          KB

  • Jim

    Between Hulk Hogan back in the day, and John Cena now, the WWF/E has literally granted thousands of wishes for some kids who could really use the cheering up, and that’s pretty amazing. Hogan was breaking records for granted wishes back when Hulkamania was the biggest thing since TV was invented, and John Cena seems to be taking that to a whole other level. I’m definitely one of the people who is getting severely tired of Cena’s on screen character, but I’m also smart enough to recognize all the good he does for charities and respect him for it. Not to mention, that even though he’s still one of the top workers in WWE, he’s still out doing tons of the grunt work for the company like meet and greets and press conferances. When he could easily get away with telling WWE that he’s not doing that stuff anymore, and there’s nothing they could do about it because he’s so popular.

  • Chris

    Winner > Dolph and Cody….Wasn't that a Fatal 4-way?

    • Jason

      Yeah it was and Dolph won not to sure that the writer was watching Raw I guess

  • sforester

    The Blitz is here! Pile on the thumbs downs so I can rise above it LOL

    I'm going to discuss the awards first then get to the matches:

    JR wins the "Tell me I did not just see that!" award: JR has nothing to apologize for, as even forgetting his lines is better than the schlock we have to listen to Cole spewing day in and day out. Nice to see JR get some respect.

    Big Show/Mark Henry win the "Holy Bleep" award: Hands down, the best decision though it was the second time WWE's used that spot with Big Show. The "Holy bleep!" chants have been way overused over the years and it was good to see a simpler moment get the nod.

    CM Punk wins the "Pipe Bomb of the Year" Award: With an award name like that you knew Punk was going to win it. I loved the mocking props at Johnny Ace!

    Divalicious Award goes to…Kelly Kelly?: First off, I think VKM had Lita down before her little escapade. Second… Kelly Kelly the top Diva moment over a double sharpshooter and a top-rope Glam Slam? I guess it's time to turn the channel when the Divas come on. That was sheer robbery!

    Taker/Trips win the OMG moment award: No surprise here. I still think Trips and Taker could pull one more WM match and not disappoint the fans. After all, HBK-Taker II somehow managed to top HBK-Taker I. However, Trips would have to be full-on heel, reminding the fans that he put the Deadman on a stretcher, for this to work.

    Zack Ryder, the trending Superstar: Woo woo woo, we already knew that! Quite obvious that was going to happen. More on Ryder later.

    Rocky and Cena are the game changers: Indeed, scheduling a match a full year ahead takes a lot of planning, and so far the sporadic mentions are working….but it's time to ratchet the build up.

    A-lister of the year is….Snooki?!: Jersey Shore gets that kind of award? That's almost as bad as Kelly winning and worse than watching Michael Cole wrestle!

    Superstar of the year: CM Punk deserves it for everything he's done to help the company this year. Good choice by WWE.

    On to the matches, not that there were many…

    Big Show vs. Barrett: Once Barrett and Big Show are done with their respective programs, this could sow a few good seeds in a feud between these two large men.

    Fatal Four Way: This was a great match, props to Ziggler for finally getting the W and looking good going into TLC. He really needed that good performance!

    Sheamus vs. Jinder: I'd love to know what Jinder Mahal did backstage to get beat up like this. He's pretty much been everyone's whipping boy…yikes, bye bye major build!

    Del Rio and Miz vs. Punk and Orton: ….This should have been a fatal 4-way match because I just can't see Miz and Del Rio on the same side for too long. Nice job of Barrett coming in to once again cost Orton a match… extreme rules match on Sunday? Please?

    Henry vs. Cena: It was all yawns until Kane came out. Was it heelish to dunk Cena? Absolutely! Keep in mind though that Kane wanted Henry, who had just hauled freight (all 400+ pounds of it) to get away. Sorry Cena: Wrong place, wrong time….and I loved it!

    Overall I would have taken a two hour with just the matches plus a Divas potty break over the Slammys, but that's the dislike of overdone talk segments coming out of me. The Blitz has spoken.

    • H.M.

      "Taker/Trips win the OMG moment award: No surprise here. I still think Trips and Taker could pull one more WM match and not disappoint the fans. After all, HBK-Taker II somehow managed to top HBK-Taker I. However, Trips would have to be full-on heel, reminding the fans that he put the Deadman on a stretcher, for this to work. "

      Please lord no, I do not want to see HHH vs Taker III. Kane seems to be more of a fitting choice judging off of how he's being built. HBK-Taker II was epic but the first match was generally better. HBK-Taker II was more of an emotional rollercoaster.

      • sforester

        I can't blame you for not wanting to see HHH-Taker III. For me, I would also prefer to see Kane given the brother vs brother…Mind you, I do think VKM intends on having Kane vs. Taker III before it's all said and done, just not THIS WrestleMania. Trips fully retiring against Nash would be…anticlimatic. Only Taker (or maybe Orton) can give Trips that decisive career-ending match. Kinda sentimental reasoning for me LOL

    • joe

      cena and rock didnt really change anything, edges retirement however changed the whole whc picture, if not for the retirement we might not have gotten the great christian/orton rivalry, adr might have won the whc orton would still be on raw maybe, henry might not have been the champion, big show and henry might never have been a main event, who knows how things might have been

  • Morgan

    I know it's been awhile, but I don't recall Lita sucking that badly on the mic. It was amazing seeing her and she did look gorgeus, but the only thing she could've done worse is forget her lines (not a jab at JR). I highly doubt she's coming back, as I don't see her being happy at all with most of the divas, though Lita and Kharma would likely be spectacular. I refuse to comment on anything else involving the divas though, cause Kelly Kelly won the award for being pretty
    .
    I got pretty peeved when Triple H said he ended the streak, as I know that brings up the possibility to turn him heel and have another match, but he was choked out and down for a good few minutes at WM. He didn't tap then get right back up.

  • Morgan

    Everyone is mentioning that they didn't think Glenn Jacobs was being Kane due to the scruffle of facial hair. Last I checked, he had that during his last part mask too. I completely marked out when the fire started, as I was expecting this to go on longer, but seeing him (hopefully) going back to being the cold hearted, ruthless, sadistic…PG Kane…..well, maybe it'll still turn out well. Kane knows how to be one of the best, and he deffinatly has a major fear factor back now that he's remasked. I'm speculating here, but wouldn't it be nice for Kane to be Undertakers last opponent? They are "brothers" after all.

    CM Punk winning two awards at once was nice, and him not getting the second one personally makes sense, but it meant we had to listen to Johnny Ace some more, which bored the crap outta me. I hope he doesn't drop the title already, he hasn't had this one very long, and Del Rio does not need to be champion again! I know Miz is there too, but I highly doubt he'd win the match. He's on another roll, but he's taken out two upper mid carders alone, and no one else.

  • Morgan

    It was nice seeing Road Dogg, and I was hoping for Triple H to do something with him, but atleast we got to hear Road Dogg again. Hopefully he'll get the job based on skill and not any potential ties.
    I'm sorry I didn't go into any order, and that these are so long, but I just wanted to share my thoughts on this episode.Now let's see what Smackdown does before TLC!

  • H.M.

    This Raw was mainly a bore for me, but I can see how some might have enjoyed it. I found it ludicrous that Triple H made that remark about ending Takers streak. That tribute video for Laurinaitis was pure gold and Punk was priceless yet again. Speaking of Punk, he was a shoe-in for star of the year and I'm relieved he got the award. No one has had as big of an impact as he has this past year. Cena has obviously been dwindling in popularity, Henry might be somewhat of a contender, Miz has been great but nothing revolutionary, Orton has had better years(IMO) and Del Rio has merely been shoved down our throats.

    In the span of 3 hours we only had about 4 legit matches, excluding Sheamus/Mahal and the Divas match(which I didn't watch).

    Obviously Kane saved the show. I'm a bit ambivalent to his new mask. On one hand I'm happy as hell that he's been remasked. On the other I've always preferred the full mask over the partial one. However I loved the unexpected nature of this return and I marked out like no other, being a long time Kane fan and all.

    I wouldn't say Kane is a heel. It wouldn't make sense, as you can pretty much bet on the fact that every time he came out he'd receive cheers from the audience. He'd have to do some pretty heinous things to get booed.

    I think Kane chokeslamming Cena was more of a matter of Cena being at the wrong place at the wrong time, AND Kane sending Henry a message. To further my claim, Kane had a dark match with Henry(a monster heel albeit no so monstrous as of late) after the show went off air and won clean. So with all of this in mind, no I don't feel Kane turned heel whatsoever last night.

    • H.M.

      NOT so monstrous as of late**

  • David F.

    I liked seeing some of the past mid-carders from the Attitude Era even if kids in audience have no idea who these people are. Kendra I think WWE should just turn Cena heel against the men like they did with Bret Hart back in the late 90s. Bret Hart was still cheered by the women and kids and he showed his hatred for the men. Some of his heel promos were very good considering Bret was not that great on the Mic. Cena is already hated by the men so just have him turn heel against the men at Wrestlemania against the Rock.

  • Gary

    Randomly returning with the mask was just stupid. Creative lacks creativity which is a shame b/c I bet Vince wastes a lot of money paying them all.

    • @RatedMKD

      I don't see it as a random return for the mask. Shortly before he took time off, he was saying that he'd gotten soft and needed to become a monster again. Then, Mark Henry inducted him into the Hall of Pain and took him out. If the character was angry at seeming too human right before being forced onto the shelf for months due to (kayfabe) injury, then that could spark something in him and explain the return of the mask. When he debuted with the mask in 1997, it was supposedly to hide physical scars. This time around, it could be psychological scars, perhaps?

  • George

    I don't think Kane is a full-fledged Heel. I think he's more of a tweener who doesn't care who he destroys like in the old days. While Kane may have choke slammed Cena, I think it was because his intended target, Mark Henry rolled out of the ring and Cena was at the wrong place at the wrong time.

  • Jbreed

    Slammy Awards…bleh. There were some really lame categories. I realize the Slammy Awards are a joke but how about some more serious awards like Breakout Star of the Year. The OMG Moment of the Year may have happened last night when Santino Marella came out and wasn't as intolerable as he usually is and he actually didn't make me want to break my tv set with a sledgehammer.

    Anyway, the first half of the show was unwatchable. I've completely lost all respect for J.R. The spinaroonie (and I use the term loosely) was the last straw. COME ON MAN!

    The fatal four way match, tag team match and Kane's return were the only highlights of this loooong three-hour show.

  • @RatedMKD

    Was it just me, or did having three separate categories along the same lines (the "Tell Me I Did Not Just See That", "Holy $@*#" and "OMG" awards) seem a bit redundant? I understand there were slight differences between them, like the "Holy $@*#" award being specifically for a jaw-dropping maneouvre as opposed to a shocking moment, but that kinda seems like it's splitting hairs a bit.

  • Ben

    Honestly idk if your look at the picture it does look like undertaker the face the hair idk I may be seeing stuff but I really think it could be undertaker but at the Same time I haven’t see undertaker or Kane do a choke slam that beautiful in a long time nor have I seen them move that fast who ever it is most likely ken they have lost weight gained speed and hopefully will make a beautiful story line

  • Simon

    Was it just me or when Rey opened the card for Superstar of the Year and the camera panned round, it REALLY looked like it said "Alberto del Rio" – and with Rey's pause, I was certain he changed the winner as he didn't want ADR to get the prize after the beating he received from him… Oh well – just me making up storylines….

  • Jbreed

    By the way, unless The Undertaker got laser surgery done to remove all the tattoos from his arms and shoulders, it's safe to say the guy we saw attacking John Cena last night was NOT The Undertaker.

  • Coopapalooza

    I thought it was Jacobs at first as well but after looking at this pic I'm not so sure, the beard looks a bit ginger (some would say a bit like Takers?) http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/wrestl

  • drhaase

    the Slammy presenters are always dry. it's just awkward to watch. though i do like where they are going with Otunga's character. he finally has a character with some personality…even if that personality results in me wanting to bash his coffee mug against his head.

    Kane is back……Kane is masked…..yes

    nice to see Punk win superstar of the year, and i like Johnny Ace coming out and taking the award for him. a nice subtle retaliation after Punk's utterly hilarious video tonight.

    the Slammy's suck in general. i'd much rather see WWE do old school RAW again….speaking of old school…Ted Sr. still has the best laugh in the history of pro wrestling.

    and that was not Taker in the ring for all those who said it was. there was no tat's…and Kane has always been stockier than Taker. that was def. Jacobs. you could see it in his eyes at one point if i am not mistaken

  • Jean

    There is no way in hell that the masked man we saw on monday was Glen Jacobs…. Definitely looks like Undetaker but then again..I gotta agree with the fact that all those tatoos are not showing….