Title This: 2/25 WWE Raw Reaction; “Hogan Returns Home”, Quick Network Thoughts

Josh Isenberg

Hulk Hogan Returns

wwe raw reaction"The Immortal" Hulk Hogan returns and kicks off WWE Raw with a promo in the ring talking about WWE Network, WrestleMania XXX and being home. This was a great way to start off WWE Raw because all casual fans get to see someone who is a legend in his own right. I do not need to tell you all about Hulk Hogan, but I can say this: Without WWE, Hogan is a pop culture joke who runs into horrible publicity. Back in WWE, all seems right in the world. You can tell that he was happy and relieved to be away from TNA.

Score: 6/10

Alberto Del Rio defeated Batista in a rematch from last night. Unlike a night ago, Batista is the guy in full control from the beginning. He slams the back of Del Rio into the corner of the ring. He sends Del Rio back into the ring and kicks him a few times. Del Rio punches down The Animal and the crowd is still booing Batista. After a suplex, Batista clotheslines Del Rio to the outside. Del Rio would send Batista into the steel steps. Del Rio flies to the outside and misses Batista. Batista hits a suplex from the top rope, which takes both men down for a few seconds. The end of the match finally came when a missed kick gives Batista the chance to hit a spinebuster. Randy Orton comes out with a microphone and Alberto Del Rio rolls him up for the win.

Randy Orton talks about how the WWE Universe has reacted to his return, saying that the crowd does not like you. Orton says he thinks Batista is sorry that he came back. Batista says that he loves this business and gets booed even more. He also says that he loves he has a voice and the fans do too. He says it's called being "honest." Batista calls Orton a suck up and a kiss ass. (Was that supposed to be a heel or face promo?)

Score: 5/10

Cesaro defeated Big E. Big E gets the early advantage in the match. Cesaro hits multiple knees to his stomach and then hits a few uppercuts. He continues to try and knock him down, but Big E hits a beautiful belly to belly suplex twice. Cesaro hits the ropes and hits a boot to the face. Big E catches Cesaro and drives his knee into his back. Cesaro catches the big man with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. We come back from break and Big E hits a massive body slam. The match continues and Cesaro drives Big E into the post. (Side note: Big E needs to sell the moves with his facial expressions. Horrible, as he never seems to be hurt. The little things need worked on)

Big E hits a splash and puts the straps down. Cesaro throws up E and meets him with a European Uppercut. Big E hits an inverted side slam, something that I haven't really seen before. It looked ugly but effective. After a giant swing, Swagger locks in the Patriot Lock and gets Cesaro disqualified. I did not expect to see this, but i loved it. This should be the time where Cesaro and Swagger split. I love them as a tag team, but Cesaro is is getting so much love from the crowd that he needs to do something important. There is no reason WWE should hold him back right now. After he argues with Swagger, Cesaro hits the Neutralizer and says "We The People." An open ended finish gives us much more to watch between The Real Americans.

Score: 7/10

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