In recent years, the debate on whether WWE superstars should be classified as "wrestlers" or "entertainers" has raged on across television, social media and casual conversation.

At times, it's been used as part of storylines, with performers like CM Punk and Chris Jericho mocking the use of the words "sports entertainment." But on tonight's Raw, fans saw the semantics at play in a different manner.

Look at the careers of Shawn Michaels, who was being recognized in his hometown of San Antonio, and Brock Lesnar and there's a world of difference. One is Mr. "WrestleMania," and the other is a former UFC champion.

Yet they stood across the ring from each other on Raw, with Paul Heyman speaking on Lesnar's behalf. Heyman went as far as to call Michaels the greatest "entertainer" in WWE history.

But even that, he said, couldn't compare to Lesnar's abilities as a fighter and a warrior. Michaels responded by saying he has faith in his longtime friend - and frequent enemy - Triple H to take care of business.

And Michaels will have a front-row seat for the action, as he plans to be in Triple H's corner.

The segment ended without much drama, as Triple H emerged and Lesnar left, with Heyman cryptically indicating that they'll be seeing Michaels before SummerSlam. It will certainly be interesting to see what that means.

WWE has done a good job with the slow build to the Triple H-Lesnar match, and Heyman deserves a lot of the credit, as he's carried the program on the Lesnar side to this point.

The Rock-John Cena program leading up to this year's WrestleMania was the first attempt at a long-term build with limited appearances by one of the competitors, and it was apparently a success, as WWE seems to be adopting that strategy with Lesnar, as well as The Rock's Royal Rumble challenge.

After losing the Cena at Extreme Rules, Lesnar needs to look dominant in order for his return to be considered anything but a flop, so here's hoping Triple H does the right thing come SummerSlam.

 

Quick Hits

 

  • Daniel Bryan and John Cena worked a fun main event with a hot crowd. These two should be allowed to work a long-term program together, as they could likely do some amazing work. Cena doesn't get the credit he deserves most of the time. After the match was over, Punk left everyone in the ring laying and cut a promo about that's how Raw should end. But it was Big Show who actually had the last laugh, as he delivered a knockout punch to Punk and closed the show hoisting the title belt in the air. It's a shame Bryan has been relegated to a SummerSlam match with Kane, as he would have been a good addition to the triple threat match to make it a fatal four-way.

 

  • CM Punk and Rey Mysterio re-ignited an old rivalry, thanks to the WWE Universe. Through RawActive Twitter voting, the fans selected Mysterio - other options were The Miz and Kane - to face the WWE champion in the show's first match. The two put on a good show, and Mysterio actually hit the 619, likely putting doubt in some people's minds. Their previous feud was highly entertaining and produced one of the creepiest scenes of recent memory, as Punk serenaded Mysterio's young daughter with a creepy rendition of "Happy Birthday." If WWE needs someone to keep Punk busy until his inevitable Royal Rumble collision with The Rock, Mysterio isn't a bad option.

 

  • Alberto Del Rio's refusal to compete until SummerSlam was ignored again, as AJ booked him into a "surprise" match. Del Rio had to rush to get ready to face Christian, which was kind of funny to watch. The match itself was good, a drastic step above watching Del Rio face Santino Marella again. They worked a competitive match with some good counters. In the end, Del Rio clocked Christian with his boot to pick up the win. It was nice to see a more aggressive side of Del Rio, which is what he needs to be to portraying against Sheamus at SummerSlam.