The 2.21.11 RAW mystery has been solved and we are step closer to finalizing the WrestleMania 27 card. The Undertaker and Triple H returned to the WWE on RAW to start the build to their WrestleMania collision. Triple H vs. The Undertaker is coming to WrestleMania!
After weeks of speculation about the RAW 2.21.11 videos, the questions were finally answered…well sort of. At the start of the RAW second hour, The Undertaker made his way to the ring as part of the 2.21.11 announcement. Just as the Undertaker’s music wound down, it was time to play the Game. Triple H’s music hit and he made his long awaited return to RAW. Triple H and the Undertaker proceeded to have a face to face stare down with nothing said. Game on!
[adinserter block=”2″]It isn’t The Undertaker vs. Sting or The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar but honestly, I think this is a much better match. Triple H vs. The Undertaker is one of the few power matches that the WWE can deliver in 2011 that people will want to see. Triple H can still go and is the best opponent to get a great match out of the Dead Man. Coming off of an injury, watching an Undertaker at less than 100% in the ring with 52 year old Sting or a rusty Brock Lesnar is not something I was looking forward to.
The rumor over the last few weeks is that this match would be Career vs. Streak with Shawn Michaels as the special referee. Nothing was said about this, nor was the match officially made. Personally, I hope they go the same road as Michaels-Undertaker and have a regular match this year and start the build the day after WrestleMania for Career vs. Streak next year. There is big money there and I’d hate to see it wasted with only six weeks of build up.
Jerry Lawler also issued a challenge tonight on RAW to Michael Cole for a match on WrestleMania 27. It was a fantastic segment that tore the building down. The crowd went nuts for the challenge and went crazier when Lawler ran Cole from the building. Cole didn’t accept but I am sure it is coming.
John Cena and The Miz did a deal tonight where the “G.M.” made a Cena and Miz vs. Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel for the unified WWE tag team titles. Cena and Miz won, and The Corre invoked their rematch clause immediately. The rematch ended when The Miz cost his team the win by hitting Cena with the Skull Crushing Finale as he had Slater up for the Attitude Adjustment. Cena was then subsequently pinned. The show ended with Cena looking shocked in the ring at The Miz who stood at the top of the ramp. The idea that Cena would be “shocked” that The Miz couldn’t be trusted made Cena look like the dumbest pro wrestler walking the earth.
So as of this writing WrestleMania 27 looks something like this…
Triple H vs. The Undertaker
John Cena vs. The Miz for the WWE championship
Alberto Del Rio vs. Edge for the WWE world heavyweight title
Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler
CM Punk vs. Randy Orton
The Rock as the Special WrestleMania Guest Host
[adinserter block=”1″]It isn’t a great card but the addition of Undertaker-Triple H definitely helps give the show a special main-event. I can’t imagine anyone is dying to see The Miz vs. John Cena, although Edge vs. Del Rio is appealing for the freshness of the match. Of course The Rock on WWE television for four hours as Guest Host is an element that can’t be discounted as the real hook of the show.
I will say this and that is I can’t recall the WWE being this hot in a long time. RAW was great tonight as were the Royal Rumble and the Elimination Chamber shows. If the WWE can keep producing great television like they did tonight, maybe they will make this WrestleMania special after all.