** The Miz tapped out to CM Punk to lose out of his spot on Team Raw. It really seems like Miz may be left without a WrestleMania match. Hopefully, if that happens, it fuels a comeback angle for him later this year, as I'm still a proud Mizfit. The match itself was good. Afterward, Chris Jericho took his feud with Punk to the next level, saying he learned Punk's father is an alcoholic and that Punk is straight-edge to try and find solace for his desire to consume alcohol. Jericho said he'll leave Punk a broken made, who has hit bottom, forcing him to alcohol. Well, that was ... awkward ... Apparently it was a throwback to Punk's feud with Raven in Ring of Honor, but I'm not sure it's appropriate for WWE's audience demographics.
** David Otunga and United States Champion Santino Marella were named as the captains for the WrestleMania teams representing Raw General Manager and Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long, respectively. Marella was then booked into a handicap match against Otunga and Mark Henry. The duo destroyed Marella, which brought out Kofi Kingston and R-Truth, who also fell to Laurinaitis' duo. Henry was confirmed for Team Raw, and one can assume Kingston and R-Truth will be added to Team Smackdown. As I've said before, I'm actually enjoying this feud, and it's a good way to get the midcard onto a packed WrestleMania card.
** Brodus Clay made his much-anticipated return to Raw after a six-week or so absence. It was good to see the Funkasaurus back, but the problem of just squashing jobbers seems to be continuing. Hopefully he earns a spot on Team Smackdown and gets the opportunity to have a real match.
** Zack Ryder looked to be healed, at least physically, as he had a backstage segment with Eve and Divas Champion Beth Phoenix. Ryder continued to look like a fool with his handling of the Eve situation. I had high hopes this angle would turn Ryder into a serious character, but that seems less and less likely the longer the angle goes on.
** I've been a long-time "Psych" fan so it was nice to see James Roday appear on the show. He didn't do anything of major significance, but he also didn't make a fool of himself like some other guest hosts. I'm looking forward to The Miz's appearance on the show this week.
Sheamus d. Dolph Ziggler
David Otunga and Mark Henry d. Santino Marella
Brodus Clay d. Jinder Mahal
CM Punk d. The Miz
Randy Orton d. Jack Swagger
Tonight’s Raw was a strong episode for the Road to WrestleMania. Heading into the show, I had low expectations, based on the amount of talking and promos that had been promoted. I also had no idea what would come of the Rock and Cena’s concerts. In the end, we received a night of quality in-ring action and strong microphone work, well, from everyone except the forgetful Undertaker. If we get a few more weeks of shows like this one, I’ll be a very happy camper.
Comment of the Night
“Undertaker takes longer to walk to the ring than Jinder Mahal’s match. And no one complains.” – Justin Ruff, @justinruff