The 25th anniversary of Monday Night Raw was a mixed bag depending on who you talk to. Some fans loved the show but the overwhelming sentiment seems to be that the show fizzled out after the opening segment with Stone Cold Steve Austin and The McMahon’s.
The Manhattan Center crowd was probably the least happy group of fans on Monday night since most of the big stuff happened at the Barclays Center. One of the segments was scheduled to take place at the Manhattan Center but there was a last minute change and it was moved to the Barclays Center (click here to read more on that story).
Fans expressed disappointment in The Undertaker’s segment because there was an expectation from fans that his WrestleMania match was going to be set up on that show. If you watched The Undertaker’s promo and noticed that he seemed a little bit off, you weren’t the only one to pick up on that. The promo left fans confused but it wasn’t meant to be a retirement speech. The promo was supposed to honor everyone that has been a part of Monday Night Raw even though it left people confused, including Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler. Some speculated that he was talking about the wrestlers that have passed away but that was not the case either.
Wade Keller of The Pro Wrestling Torch noted that a wrestler told him that Taker got a little bit lost during the promo because of the small venue. He was also thrown off by fans chanting “one more match” at him and on TV he seemed to be slightly annoyed.
Here is the video of The Undertaker’s segment from Raw:
The belief is that The Undertaker vs. John Cena match is still on for WrestleMania in New Orleans. It’s a match that both men wanted for last year’s show but Vince McMahon changed his mind because he wanted Taker to put over Roman Reigns.
We’ll see if Taker shows up at the Rumble to eliminate Cena or if the big hype for that match is held off for a few weeks.
For those of you that missed it, Aaron Varble wrote about the original plans for Enzo Amore on Raw. Yes, they had to rewrite his segment. Click here to read more.
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