The superstars of WWE's Monday Night Raw rumbled at the Sprint Center last night. There were plenty of screaming children and grown men with championship belts in the crowd, rooting for their favorite gladiators. The evening culminated with the return of the Undertaker, who stared down his rival Triple H and restarted their feud leading to their showdown at WrestleMania on April 1.
The Dead Man hadn't been seen since last year's WrestleMania, where he defeated Triple H to keep his 19-0 WrestleMania winning streak alive.
At these events, the fans always add to the atmosphere. Take the fan next to me. During good guy John Cena's brawl with the demented monster Kane, the guy kept yelling for Cena to "take his [Kane's] ass to Swope Park" because that's how we do it in KC. Cena was content to bash Kane's skull with the metal ringside stairs. As Kane retreated, the guy screamed, "Running like a bitch."
I snapped a few unimpressive photos with my iPhone. Of course, there's always pyro.
WWE Champion CM Punk led the crowd in chants of "Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey Goodbye" as he celebrated the expected firing of executive vice president of talent relations and interim Raw general manager John Laurinaitis.
Punk would face World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan.
But their match was rudely interrupted by Chris Jericho.
The crowd was also treated to the only living, breathing Funkasaurus, Brodus Clay, who strolled to the ring with his dancers and busted a move in the ring prior to squashing the muscle-bound Tyler Reks.
There was plenty of hype for Cena's WrestleMania dream match with the Rock.
Finally, it was up to Triple H to send Laurinaitis packing.
But before Triple H could give the suit his pink slip, the lights went off and the familiar funeral march played.
The two stared each other down before Triple H patted the Undertaker on the shoulder and left the ring.