I don't know about anybody else but after a first live viewing, I absolutely ADORED that Rumble match. Wow. I haven't that much pure fun watching a WWE match in forever. Jericho at number 2? HES STILL GOT IT BABAY! That was great and what a freaking pop. Crowd loved him and he was a legit surprise. Fantastic way to kick things off. Goldust. I marked. Godfather. I marked. Cool little moments throughout combined with the star power. I really enjoyed myself watching this thing and I'm not even mad that Cena won. I knew he would win, what's there to be mad about? Rock/Punk was pure fuckery. That ending?
Jesus. The actual match was....I'm not quite sure yet. I think I need to watch it again. I don't think it was fantastic but I don't think it sucked either. I need to watch it again before I come to a conclusion. I liked the rib work from Punk and then the leg work from Rock but neither was consistent enough for it to really stand out on either side. Rock winning the title after all this time gave me my moneys worth. That's what I bought this PPV for and as a paying customer, I'm happy. Yeah, Rock/Cena II is obviously on the horizon but I've accepted it and I'm fine with it. It's not what I want but it's happening so I may as well get used to it. Hey, maybe that heel turn will finally happen...
Rumble match - ****1/2
Rock/Punk - Something around ***1/2 to ***3/4
As for Mania, I'm predicting Rock/Cena II for the WWE Title and Brock/Taker for the streak. I'm with KOK in that I'm starting to think HHH won't physically wrestle but be involved with a match, possibly something to do with The Shield. I'm thinking they're going to attack Vince on Raw tonight sparking something between them. Maybe Team HHH/WWE vs The Shield at Mania or something along those lines. No clue where that leaves Punk. I reckon Seamus and Orton will have a non title match, Kane vs. Bryan, Ryback vs. Show or Punk maybe, Jericho vs. Ziggler with a Ziggler WHC cash in at Mania itself. That's where I'm at regarding Mania atm. Now that it's all finally happening though, I'm just going to let it all play out and see what happens before throwing a fit over anything. Raw later on tonight, let the fuckery begin again.