This week is certainly off to an interesting start. John Cena wins the Royal Rumble and challenges the new WWE champion, The Rock, for WrestleMania.
Now that we got the obvious stuff out of the way, what we need to talk about is the fact that WWE managed to keep two major returns secret until the moment they came though the curtain.
Chris Jericho made a surprise return at The Royal Rumble after speculation ran rampant about a laundry list of names that did not end up being in the Rumble at all.
Brock Lesnar also returned Monday on Raw and attacked Mr. McMahon before he could fire Paul Heyman.
With The rock as Champion and Lesnar and Jericho back in the ring, this is starting to feel lke 2002 all over again.
If WWE indeed brings The Undertaker and Triple H in for a couple matches at WrestleMania, it will mark the first time these five men have been on a card together in nearly a decade.
WrestleMania XX was the last time these five men were all on the same pay-per-view.
Chris Jericho faced Christian, Undertaker faced Kane, Brock Lesnar faced Goldberg and The Rock n Sock connection faced Evolution.
That night also included many top superstars who are still with the company to this day like John Cena, Big Show, Christian, Randy Orton and Kane.
Talk about a memorable night.
The WWE is always filled with great talent, but for one reason or another, their rating have been in a steady decline for several years.
The Internet, spoilers and a lack of interest with no major competition like WCW saw fans begin to move away from the squared-circle.
Now we are seeing yesterday's mega-stars mixing with today's top talent in a way we have never seen before. And it is a mixed blessing.
These kinds of moves are bound to be met with criticism by some, but there is no denying the positive impact it will have on the company as a whole.
Tickets sales will increase and PPV buys will shoot up if fans think they will get to see five first-ballot hall of famers at WrestleMania:
Trish Stratus @trishstratuscom
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Lest we forget the announcement that Trish Stratus is being inducted into the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Class.
As one of the greatest Divas of all time, she is certainly deserving. And wouldn't you know it, she was also a part of WrestleMania XX during the Christian/Jericho match.
Raw also featured the first singles match for NXT superstar, Bo Dallas, outside the confines of NXT when he faced Wade Barrett in a match he ended up winning.
This may lead to Dallas being called up to the main roster, but we will have to wait and see.
Raw had some headaches for sure, but the buzz surrounding several events from Sunday and Monday are sure to give WWE some high volume press coverage.
What did you think of Raw and the returns of Brock Lesnar and Chris Jericho?
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