Previously on: No Daniel Bryan, and Undertaker continued to make Brock Lesnar look weak. At least the Bray Wyatt and John Cena match still looks like a standout.
The big news: It’s the final “WWE Raw” before “Wrestlemania 30” and, fittingly, it begins with The Undertaker. He walks to the ring to call out Brock Lesnar, who makes his way out with Paul Heyman. Heyman does the talking but eventually Lesnar slowly makes his way to the ring. Finally, Brock gets in some much-needed offense on Undertaker.
The dead man is left laying in the ring, hurt. This is the aggression Lesnar has needed to show to get fans thinking he has a shot.
Meanwhile, Bray Wyatt drove his feud with John Cena forward even more with another wonderful promo. You’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone in WWE as engaging on the microphone as the leader of the Wyatt Family. However, after last week’s brutality, Cena was able to get a little revenge. He made an appearance in a sheep mask during Wyatt’s match and tossed out a couple Attitude Adjustments to get the upper hand going into “Wrestlemania.”
Cena sealed the deal with a promo that showed he still has some fire after letting Wyatt get into his head. This match has the possibility of stealing the show at “Wrestlemania.”
Finally, Daniel Bryan was back. After not appearing on “Raw” last week, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon told the crowd he wouldn’t be on the show once again. In fact, they were there to kill the Yes movement. Triple H keeps mentioning himself as the “most powerful man in WWE,” so it’s entirely possible it’s all a setup to have Vince McMahon return as “Wrestlemania” to set him straight. If that’s the case, Bryan still needs the clear win over Triple H. He deserves it. Naturally, Triple H and Stephanie couldn’t kill the Yes Movement, because the audience won’t let them.
Later in the show, when Batista and Randy Orton fought with Triple H at ringside, Bryan made his miraculous return and put the boots to Hunter, even doling out some kendo stick shots. Batista took a running knee and Orton got a kick, leaving Bryan in the ring celebrating to end the show.
After a week with no Bryan, this was desperately needed. It’s a foregone conclusion that Bryan is going to the main event to win the titles and while he has the fan support, he needs to be portrayed as someone who can represent WWE.
Odds and ends:
- WWE had one of their best tag divisions in years just a couple months ago. Now it’s in shambles and relegated to the “Wrestlemania” pre-show.
- Piper’s Pit was back!
- Unfortunately, it was wasted on competitors in the Andre the Giant battle royal.
- Triple H and Stephanie take up way too much air time.
- It was good of Hunter to show a video of all the former employees he beat over a decade ago when he was an active wrestler.
- It’s also great how Triple H blamed the audience for WWE’s totally fumbling Fandango.
- Jack Swagger’s haircut is silly.
- “Raw” has somehow made “Total Divas” way less realistic.
- Really though, how awesome is it to see Roddy Piper back on WWE TV?
- The WWE Universe votes Roman Reigns to fight Kane by a large margin. He continues to be the deserving breakout star of The Shield.
- Alberto Del Rio beat Big E.
- Summer Rae beat Natalya
- The Usos and Los Matadores beat The Real Americans and Rybaxel
- Goldust and Cody Rhodes beat Fandango and Damien Sandow
- Bray Wyatt beat R-Truth
- Nomi beat A.J. Lee
- Kane beat Roman Reigns
- Randy Orton and Batista fought to a no-contest