* It's always a cheesy situation when WWE is making a big cover reveal on television -- whether it be Playboy, Maxim or their new video game release -- and Monday night was no different. John Laurinaitis unveiling a cover with his own face on it was pretty funny. In reality, it's Punk who will be featured, but according to my Twitter, some people would prefer to see Johnny Ace receive the honor. Can't say I disagree; no offense to Punk.
* The Memorial Day tribute videos produced by WWE were extremely well done and respectful. Always a great thing to see.
Alberto Del Rio d. Santino Marella
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth d. Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler
Daniel Bryan d. CM Punk
Christian d. The Miz
Sheamus d. David Otunga
Big Show vs. Brodus Clay never officially started
Starting Raw with such a lengthy Big Show promo seemed like a rough way to start the show, but when it became clear that Show was the focal point of the entire episode, it made sense. The show featured some great wrestling from Punk and Bryan and a number of other matches ranging from serviceable to strong. Cena was absent from the show, except for a pre-recorded promo thanking veterans, so that was an interesting development, as well. There are some good stories being told heading into No Way Out, and it seems WWE is using the right steps to tell them.
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