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WWE Raw: `Stone Cold¿ Steve Austin shines on All-Star Night

"Stone Cold" Steve Austin was in fine form on Monday's three-hour All-Star Night episode of Raw.

Austin – who served as Raw general manager for the night – was all over the show. He was funny at times, intense at others, but always entertaining – and the crowd loved every minute of it.

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It was exactly what you would want from an appearance by Austin. Not only was he great on the mic, but he gave a rub to guys such as The Miz, Alex Riley, Alberto Del Rio, CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler by interacting with them.Austin's best verbal exchange of the night was with Punk. Austin asking the straight-edged Punk if he wanted a beer and Punk responding by mocking Austin's "what" nonsense was tremendous. In the unlikely event that Austin ever decides to come back for one more match, I would love to see it be against Punk.

The one surprise Monday was that no one received a Stunner from Austin during the show. He did, however, beat up the anonymous Raw general manager's computer and run over it with his four-wheeler.

Austin also announced that next week's Raw – another three-hour episode, which will air live from Baltimore's 1st Mariner Arena – will be called "Power to the People," as fans will get to choose the matches and stipulations.

Other thoughts on Monday's show:

R-Truth was on fire once again. I wrote last week that he needed to show his vicious side this week heading into his WWE title match against John Cena at Sunday's Capitol Punishment pay-per-view, and he did exactly that. Not only did R-Truth attack John Morrison backstage in Morrison's first TV appearance since returning from injury, but he also laid out Cena at the end of the show. Best of all, R-Truth beat up Hornswoggle. ...

In between all those beat-downs, R-Truth continued to do his hilarious "little Jimmy" shtick. I also find it funny that since turning heel R-Truth seems to be channeling Gomer Pyle. That's where the "Shazam!" and "surprise, surprise, surprise" lines came from. I'm guessing that only people over 40 will get those references. ...

I was pleasantly surprised to see Punk pin Cena in the main event (thanks to a distraction from R-Truth, who was picking on a "little Jimmy" in the audience). Perhaps that's an indication that Punk is staying with WWE. We can only hope. ...

The crowd was really hot for the Punk-Cena match. As is often the case when Cena wrestles, it seemed as if all the women and children were cheering for him, while all of the males were cheering for his opponent. On a side note, Punk once again did a move made famous by the late "Macho Man" Randy Savage – an axe handle off the top rope onto the floor. ...

It was nice to see one of my all-time favorites – "Rowdy" Roddy Piper – make an appearance. How cool must it have been for a longtime WWE fan like The Miz to engage in verbal exchanges with Austin and Piper and also work a "match" against Piper all in the same night? ...

It was another good night for Riley. He was endorsed by both Austin and Piper, and he once again got the better of The Miz. Riley, serving as the special referee for the Miz-Piper encounter, got physically involved and delivered a fast count to give Piper the win. ...

I would have tweaked the booking of the Christian-Rey Mysterio match. Instead of Christian getting disqualified for failing to break an illegal maneuver before the referee's five count and then hitting his finisher on Mysterio after The Nexus interfered, I would have had Christian pin Mysterio thanks to a distraction by The Nexus. With my scenario, Christian looks like more of a viable challenger heading into Sunday's title match against world heavyweight champion Randy Orton, and it gets heat on Punk and The Nexus prior to the Punk-Mysterio match at Capitol Punishment. ...

I liked how Christian teased that he was going to come out and confront Orton face to face before ultimately choosing not to do so. It sounded at first as if a portion of the crowd was behind Christian and against Orton, but that changed after Christian referred to the audience as a "bunch of Long Island idiots." ...

Speaking of Long Island idiots – and I mean that as a compliment – Long Island's own Zack Ryder was nowhere to be found on the show. It's too bad, because a "We Want Ryder" chant broke out during the Sheamus-Santino Marella match and there were signs in the crowd supporting him. Perhaps WWE kept Ryder off the broadcast because it didn't want a low-level heel getting a huge babyface reaction. ...

The backstage segment that Austin had with Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero was well done. For a second, I actually thought that WWE was breaking up Ziggler and Guerrero, which would have been a bad move, in my opinion. ...

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The Big Show, who did a run-in after Del Rio was disqualified for failing to release the Cross Armbreaker on Kane when Kane reached the ropes, sure did run down the aisle fast for a guy who had his leg run over by a car three weeks ago and was wailing like a wounded animal. ...

Del Rio running away and leaving Ricardo Rodriguez to get pummeled by Big Show was classic. ...

Ezekiel Jackson was booked as a monster babyface in the six-man tag match that saw him, Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan defeat Wade Barrett, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr. It was an interesting booking choice to have Cara score the winning pin on Barrett despite the fact that Barrett is defending the Intercontinental title against Jackson Sunday. ...

Sheamus adding a submission maneuver to his repertoire – he used the Texas Cloverleaf to defeat Marella – is a good idea. ...

Jack Swagger was pinned again by Evan Bourne, this time in a tag match that also involved Ziggler and Kofi Kingston. What has Swagger done to deserve this? And how many times have I asked that question about Swagger during his WWE tenure? ...

So WWE books a seven-on-seven Divas match and it doesn't even go 90 seconds and only two women were officially in the match. That was pretty silly. ...

Kelly Kelly, who won the match for her team by pinning Rosa Mendes, is clearly being pushed as the top female competitor in WWE, which is fine with me. ...

It was odd that Kelly Kelly and her story line rivals The Bella twins were so chummy in the video package promoting their appearance on "The Price is Right." It's kind of funny that the three women were treated as celebrities on the game show, while current TNA and former WWE performer Brian Kendrick appeared on the program a few months ago as a contestant and no mention was made of the fact that he's a wrestler. ...

The President Obama press conference parodies officially jumped the shark with this week's offering.

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