8 Jan 13
@HulkHogan Hulk what do you think of CM Punk? His Rain as WWE Champ?
Hulk Hogan @HulkHogan
@Apex1989 I think CM PUNK has stepped up and proved he can hold his own with anybody in the ring and anybody on the mic,he's on a roll. HH
The closing segment involving @TheRock and Punk was the unofficial kickoff to the road to WrestleMania in my estimation which will be preceded by a stop in Phoenix for the Royal Rumble and in New Orleans for the Elimination Chamber. I felt the chemistry between the two stars and their verbal interaction had an Attitude Era feel.
I find it somewhat humorous that some fans and pundits are actually keeping score as to who got the better of the other during their extended 'conversation' as I felt that the true winners of the 'debate' were the fans. How one can accurately judge such a subjective piece of business such as we heard is a head scratcher to me but I'm certainly not saying that folks don't have a right to their opinion. Bottom line, and the good news, is that people cared enough to have an opinion.
Most resonating statement in the final segment, in my view, was Punk saying that he was "Going to kick your ass" to Rock. That's what it's still all about...kicking one's ass.
The first 30 minutes of the show, prior to the BCS National Championship game kicking off, was important to set the stage for the night. @JohnCena vs. @HeelZiggler had the time to tell a compelling story. It seems to me that Ziggler really brings out the best in Cena. Really solid bout.
You can read the entire blog at http://www.jrsbarbq.com/blog/jrs-tampa-raw-thoughts-random-thoughts-and-more.
D’Angelo Dinero noted on his Twitter page that he is no longer with TNA Wrestling. He posted the following yesterday:
Pope's Contract expired with TNA on Jan 1, I will not be resigning. Thanks to Dixie and the whole TNA Family for a wonderful 3+ Years.~PHS
Finally, last night’s WWE television tapings were full of newsworthy items, including an appearance from The Rock and a World Title match. For the spoilers, log on to http://www.examiner.com/article/wwe-main-event-1-9-and-smackdown-1-11-spoilers-new-world-champion?cid=db_articles.