Lesnar and Triple H Fight, Punk and Cena Put on a Clinic and More from WWE Raw

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2013

Photo: WWE.com
Photo: WWE.com

This week's Raw had plenty of notable moments that are likely to keep fans talking until next week's show.

We saw Brock Lesnar and Triple H in a bloody battle, R-Truth returned and defeated Cody Rhodes and CM Punk and John Cena had what has to be considered the best match of 2013 thus far.

WWE gave Punk and Cena roughly 40 minutes to tell their story, but it ended up being a multi-volume encyclopedia on how a great wrestling match should look.

Both men pulled out moves that we have never seen from them, from Punk hitting a piledriver to Cena hitting both a powerbomb and hurricanrana.

The match was for John Cena's WrestleMania spot, and considering how WWE books things, we all knew Cena would come away with the win.

That did not make the match any less special. Both men performed at the top of their game, left everything in the ring and gave every fan in that arena more than their money's worth.

From the numerous counters to the innovative offense, the match was gripping from start to finish. If the WWE superstars in the back were watching, they got a free lesson in wrestling brilliance.

But the main event that capped off the show was not the only highlight worth mentioning.

Brock Lesnar and Triple H got into a bloody fight in the beginning of the show that saw Lesnar busted open like it was the Attitude Era again.

This will clearly set up a match between the two at WrestleMania, where Hunter will likely get revenge for having his arm broken by Lesnar twice.

What we did not get was a resolution in the feud between Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon.

The show started off with Heyman and McMahon trading blows, but that quickly ended in favor of the Lesnar/Trips showdown.

Considering Heyman is Lesnar's representative and Trips is the boss's son-in-law, it is possible we could see the two promoters in the corners of their guys.

In between those two awesome bookends we saw a return for R-Truth, some more controversy from Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger and Randy Orton get a measure of revenge with an RKO to Seth Rollins.

WWE is really stepping up their game heading into WrestleMania, and we haven't even gotten a return from The Undertaker yet.

If half the matches at WrestleMania are half the quality of tonight's main event, then the show will be worth the money.

For the first time in a long time, we have a Raw that had great action and storyline development in the beginning, middle and end.

If you did not have a chance to watch Raw, then you may want to consider the free trial from Hulu so you can watch the show when it goes up tomorrow.

What was your favorite moment from tonight's show?


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