WWE Monday Night Raw took place in Birmingham, Alabama. The show followed last week’s show, which featured the coronation of Daniel Bryan as the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion and an epic Paul Heyman promo regarding Brock Lesnar’s win against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania 30. How would WWE follow up after quite arguably the best Raw of 2014?
1) Bray Wyatt Promo: Thank god Wyatt was out there with John Cena because if it was anybody else, this segment would have been in the gutter. Cena was being Cena and goofing off about how each member of the family would look if they were somebody else and then made of fun of Bray referring to him in a Cinnabon type of manner. Loved how Bray was able to turn it around and say when Cena feels threatened he makes corny jokes, which in turn made Cena get serious and that’s when he is at his best.
2) Number One Contender Tournament For The Intercontinental Title: Smart move by WWE as they have to start making these mid-card titles feel important. The IC title used to be held in high prestige, but in the last 15 years it hasn’t felt important at all. We seen some good first round matches on the show and this is a good way to give more guys something meaningful.
3) Daniel Bryan and Kane program: If this was the title program one year ago, this would have been a better idea. Why would you go with this program? Kane regaining his mask and becoming a monster would have worked ten years ago, but now, not so much. The matches between these two in the past have been average at best. Common thought would have been Triple H vs Bryan for the title as that is still a hot program based off what those two did at Wrestlemania and last week’s Raw. Let’s just hope this lasts until Extreme Rules and we get to more serious challengers.
4) The Return of Evolution: You could tell what the world was thinking as soon as their music hit and the crowd was flatter than a pancake. When I think of top factions, Evolution doesn’t even register in my mind. I respect all three guys, but they are more known for their individual feats than for being together. Obviously the premise here is to get The Shield over, so hopefully this is another program that lasts one month and it is done.
5) The Ultimate Warrior Tribute: Even seven days later, it is still weird to think Warrior isn’t alive. The tribute video was well done as no one does a video package like the WWE. Also liked the fact that you had all the superstars on the ramp and even Vince McMahon up there. Then you had a few superstars who had Warrior shirts and facepaint on. Very classy tribute by a company who had their trials and tribulations with Warrior throughout the years.