Kane vs. Daniel Bryan
While it seemed rush and happened without Randy Orton getting his re-match, I’m looking forward to Sunday’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship bout. The former “Team Hell No,” should put on one heck of a match since Kane thrives in hardcore bouts and it gives Daniel Bryan a fighting chance against the near seven footer. Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella’s recent involvement in the storyline added some additional drama to the title match. While Kane popping out of the ring was an old bit, it helped sell the idea that Kane is an uncontrollable monster once more. I also enjoyed Stephanie saying she had nothing to do with Kane’s attacks and none of the audience buying it.
Bray Wyatt’s Got The Whole World in His Hands
While children have been used in Pro Wrestling before, I’ve never seen anything like what Bray Wyatt did on Monday Night Raw. Utilizing a whole children’s choir in robes and eventually lamb masks, he really upped the creep factor. Crossing my fingers that Bray finally goes over Cena at Extreme Rules this Sunday, since he jobbed at Wrestlemania. Said it before, but The Wyatt Family is my favorite thing going in Wrestling today and I hope WWE resists the urge to turn the group as they continue to garner support from the audience.
Ric Flair Sides with The Shield
On Monday afternoon Triple H tweeted that Ric Flair would be returning on that night’s episode of Raw, as a fellow founding member of Evolution and one of the greatest of all time, many were looking forward to seeing the Nature Boy with his old running buddies once more. In what was a bit of a headscracther, he didn’t appear onscreen until the final segment during a showdown before Randy Orton faced Roman Reigns. He did a classic bait and switch promo where he seemingly talked up Evolution, but at the end he clarified that he was referring to The Shield. Then, rather nonchalantly, he left the arena. I kind of figured ‘Naitch wasn’t there to re-join Evolution since he’s no longer a full-time performer, but I think Evolution could’ve gotten more heat if they put the boots to him, provided Flair was up for it. The post-match brawl was a well balanced affair, with each side getting their shots in and The Shield almost hitting Triple H with the Triple Powerbomb. Any time we’re treated to Flair on screen is time well spent, and I don’t believe he was drunk (unlike a lot of folks on twitter) his promo did what it was supposed to do, which is give Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns the rub heading into the 6-man tag match on Sunday.
The Wolves Reclaim The TNA World Tag Team Championships
Was glad to see Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards become TNA’s Tag Champs once again, beating the Bro-Mans at Sacrifice. The two passed on an opportunity to join the WWE a few months back, because they didn’t want to have to spend time learning the WWE style and it’s probably better that they did. There was a time when Tag Team wrestling was the one area TNA had the WWE beat, with teams like Beer Money, Motor City Machine Guns, Team 3D and LAX. While the WWE has done a lot to improve their Tag Division in the last couple years, I think The Wolves, with their more technical style would’ve been lost in the shuffle. Tag Team wrestling can draw money for any promotion and I wish there was more of an emphasis on it, rather than just using it as a breeding ground for future stars.
Hugh Jackman on Raw
Second only to Bray Wyatt and Cena’s segment, this was the best part of Raw. WWE’s celebrity guests are usually either amazing or god-awful. This was an entertaining segment, Dolph Ziggler and Damien Sandow had been going back and forth about the appearance all week leading up to it, since Jackman had cold cocked “The Showoff,” last time he came to the WWE. This didn’t disappoint with Sandow coming out as the Master of Magnetism, Magneto. If you’re not familiar, Magneto is an X-Men villain and along with Jackman, is a key part of the new film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. When guests are actually given something to do, and the right talent is involved, the segments can turn out great, but when it’s Jewel and her rodeo boyfriend it can be excruciating. More guest appearances like this one, WWE.
WWE Air Freshners
I saw these in my local grocery store over the weekend. I didn’t end up buying one, but feel like they really missed the boat by not having a “Sexual Chocolate” scent featuring Mark Henry.