DALLAS -- The WWE made its stop through DFW with Monday Night RAW before a capacity crowd of 17,131 fans. When we arrived at American Airlines Center shortly after 4 p.m., thousands of fans clad in pro wrestling gear -- many with their own championship belts -- and signs proclaiming their loyalty to their favorite WWE stars were lined up around the arena to the point where the end of the line could practically see the beginning of the line.
The action got underway at 6:30 p.m. -- 30 minutes prior to going live in USA Network -- with what would certainly be deemed the undercard, but did the trick of ensuring the seats were full for the TV cameras. The show started with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and Paul Heyman getting into a brawl involving McMahon's crutches. The buzz of the evening really got going with Brock Lesnar coming to Heyman's defense followed by the surprise appearance of Triple H having his father-in-law's (McMahon) back. After all, the reason McMahon is on crutches is due to Lesnar's body slam a month ago. The Triple H-Lesnar clash certainly got the night off to a good start.
Well-known names including Randy Orton, Ryback, Dolph Ziggler, the Shield and Alberto Del Rio made appearances throughout the night. Jack Swagger, fresh off his arrest in Mississippi for DUI and possession of marijuana, was also in the house with a spot on MizTV. The news that Donald Trump will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, also came down during the event that had the atmosphere of a pay-per-view extravaganza.
The final match of the evening featured John Cena vs. CM Punk for the opportunity to face The Rock for the WWE Title at WrestleMania 29. What followed was over 29 minutes of crowd-pleasing fun as each wrestler was within inches of winning on numerous occasions while using every weapon in their arsenals. The show definitely lived up to the hype as John Cena defeated CM Punk in a match that was a perfect combination of athleticism and entertainment.
"Suffice to say Vince McMahon always anticipates what the WWE universe wants," Willie Martin, a lifelong fan of wrestling since 1971, said. "The Rock vs. John Cena will be epic!"
WrestleMania 29 is set for April 7 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
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