February 18th Raw Results

Contender’s Match

LAFAYETTE, La. — We’ll say this much for CM Punk: He does not go down without a fight. Like the proverbial bad penny, The Straight Edge Superstar just keeps coming back when the WWE Universe thinks he’s gone for good. This week, his machinations have ostensibly inserted him back into the WWE Title picture he was removed from just 24 hours earlier when The Rock retained his championship at Elimination Chamber. Punk’s latest scheme, however, was not targeted at The People’s Champion but instead at his old foil John Cena.

Cena, who declared his intention to challenge for the WWE Title at WrestleMania 29 several weeks prior, had barely begun to address the Cajundome crowd when Punk cut the Cenation leader off and attempted to provoke the proverbial bear, recalling Cena’s defeat at Rock’s hands at WrestleMania XXVIII and his numerous losses to Punk himself.

“The Rock beat me fair and square last night … and he beat you fair and square last year at WrestleMania,” Punk said. “But when we’re talking about wins and losses, you have never beat me. You have something that doesn’t belong to you.”

But Cena would not be quite so easily goaded. However, he did concede two points: He had never beaten Punk and he had never beaten The Rock. Cena had just the solution in mind to silence The Straight Edge Superstar as well as his critics, though.

“A match,” Cena said. “The big one. John Cena vs. CM Punk. If I win, you shut your mouth, crawl back in the hole you came from and go away.

“If you win, then you’re right. I don’t deserve to be in the main event of WrestleMania. If you beat me, you deserve it. My word, if you beat me in a match right here, right now, I will give you my WrestleMania title shot.”

Never one to welcome such a challenge on anyone’s terms but his own, The Straight Edge Superstar accepted the offer, with the caveat that it would happen next week.

“You just made the stupidest decision of your life,” Punk said after Cena had laid down the challenge. In one week’s time, the WWE Universe will know whether the onetime “Voice of the Voiceless” spoke the truth.

The Rock unveiled the new WWE Championship

Pour one out for the WWE Championship as we have known it for the past eight years, because even though The Rock is going to WrestleMania with the title in hand, well, let’s just say he’s switching up his style as champion in the process. The Great One officially turned the page in the annals of WWE history, revealing a brand-new WWE Championship to the Cajundome crowd and ushering in a new standard for all future champions to bear.

Let the record show, though, that The Rock gave the “spinner” WWE Title a gentle eulogy in its final moments, handing it off to a WWE official and requesting it be placed into the WWE Hall of Fame. Before turning to a velvet bag The Great One had set up on a pedestal in the middle of the ring. But let the record also show that the new WWE Title he unveiled was quite amazing. As the Cajundome crowd roared its approval, The Great One shouldered his new prize and turned his attention toward WrestleMania and his potential opponent.

“Between those two, there is one man who brings out the very best in The Rock. For professional reasons, for personal reasons, that man is …”

The revelation would have to wait, however, as John Cena picked that moment to crash The Brahma Bull’s party. Before the two old rivals could mix it up, though, CM Punk stormed out from the locker room area and felled Cena with a shot from the old WWE Championship. With Cena face-down on the ramp, Punk tossed the now-defunct design on its prone originator and hungrily eyed The Brahma Bull’s new championship

“I want that one,” he sneered. And knowing Punk, there’s nothing he won’t do to make that statement a reality.

2 Comments on “February 18th Raw Results”

  1. Wellllll…Punk let them do this to him. The WWE is a nasty place these days. it’s easy to make someone look like they don’t draw or that they aren’t a great fit for the tippity-top spot by simply not placing a focused creative and marketing spotlight on that person. In order to make Punk work as what we all know him to be capable of being—the Big Guy—you have to change some of the context and subtext of the rest of the product around him—as WWE has done for years with Cena, for example—or what was done around Stone Cold, Foley, et al.
    While folks like Moxley and Black have been brought on board in a half-hearted way—they are not exactly treated as something here to stay or as something new or different in a substantive way. (There is an argument to be made here that the first mistake was changing all of their names. Is it really a threat to WWE to acknowledge that Tyler Black is a noted wrestler on the indy circuit? Why not carry that history over to expand the casual fan’s understanding of the product? Who the hell is WWE competing with anymore? Is Chikara a threat? Must we crush ROH when it already fits between the waffle on WWE’s jackboot?)
    The point is that Punk made some valiant efforts—but the needed change obviously couldn’t be actuated by a single man, no matter now talented. The change must come from within, and that is not the direction that WWE seems to want to go. Instead they will go on thinking that co-producing some s#itty Colin Farrell movie that will bomb at the box office somehow is anything different than producing “The Chaperone”—if a movie sucks, and it isn’t the right venue for your company to be expending its energies, you can cast Viggo Mortenson in it—and it’ll still suck. It’s a wrestling company, and wrestling is what it should be focusing on. By “expanding”, there is already a very loud subtext that of course one should “expand”, because wrestling is somehow a thing of the past, or something to move beyond once a level of “success” is reached. When you’re subliminally telling the pop culture that you’re embarrassed by and feel stifled by your own “product” and are trying to expand beyond it—then you’re not sending a great message as far as the future of your “product”.
    Punk got played. You can get more creative control. You can sign a contract that makes it worth their while to “use” you. But you have to be real sharp in a different way to play in the bloody pool where Vince and his fellow sharks swim. They know the tricks. Change a spot here and there. Put the focus on this instead of that. And pretty soon, you can crush what you wanted to crush, while the victim of that crushing is made to feel that there is nothing that he or she can say. “Haven’t we given you the spot you wanted?” “Haven’t we given you everything?”
    And of course on the surface, it looks like it. Until one scratches that surface. And then there is a different picture.
    “Oops—your segments aren’t drawing like we expected…” Bulls#it…It’s hard for those segments to draw when they are hamstrung in every subtle little way that they can be. They’re hamstrung when the context and subtext of the overall product and the presentation of the product as a whole doesn’t change. What if Stone Cold were given the same push—but Vince had gone right on using the blue and gold “WWF” logo, and Austin’s matches had been preceded by Akeem the African Dream and Doink the Clown? For that matter, what if Sid and Bret Hart were given the main event of every Raw while Austin, even with a title strapped on, appeared in the middle of the show, wrestling The Jackyl and Kurrgan the Interrogator?
    Yeah, same middle fingers and beers—and people would have chanted and raged for him to have a biggger part—-until WWF just kept him where he was enough—and then the cheers fade…and after all–what’s at the end of the show is more important, right? That’s what the fans are conditioned to see–and they eventually respond to it. Forget the fact that in Punk’s present era, Vince has conditioned everyone so much that he calls them a “Universe”—just an isolated entity completely divorced of anything but his propaganda.
    Punk should quit while it still makes a difference—while he has enough umph left that it will make people take notice. I don’t know where the hell he’d go–but it seems like there ought to be investors out there who could put up a stake in a new company–a legitmate threat to WWE—where the “generation of stars that never were”, in a way, have a chance to really shine before they’re all too old to compete.
    Why aren’t we seeing Samoa Joe, Tyler Black, Chris Hero and CM Punk together on a nationally distributed and televised forum? Why isn’t Colt Cabana the comedy relief and occasional serious storyline so that we don’t figet how damned good he is? What if Ken Anderson had actually ended up in an environment which fostered him?
    Wouldn’t Jeff Hardy be more interesting if he was in the mix with Punk and Joe and Cabana and Moxley…and yeah, what if…Like a double-sized Marvel What If comic.
    It’s fu#king pathetic. There is no “era” now because the characters of that “era” that could’ve been are either misused and cast aside by dinosaurs like Vince and Hogan—or just simply don’t have a place where the context and subtext of the presentation is about bringing them all together and letting them shine for what they are—a new generation of wrestlers with a decidedly bright future…Except it ain’t so bright now. They’ve all been stifled so long that the “youngsters” are actually getting old.
    F#ck it. I’ll shut up now. I’m tired of the sound of my own voice, lost in a din of shadows and idiot wind.

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