The buildup to Extreme Rules continued last night on WWE Monday Night Raw from Baltimore, Maryland. Some of the highlights of the show included the return of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan, the latest in the ongoing saga’s of Evolution vs The Shield and John Cena vs Bray Wyatt. Their were good and bad points of the show, so here is the good, the bad and the dirty from last night’s show.
1) Sheamus vs Wade Barrett: A really good, physical match in the semifinals to determine the number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship. It was really good to see WWE give Barrett a clean win over a top guy in Shemaus. It was weird to see the company not play up the Sheamus knee injury from last week and went this route instead. Now let’s see WWE give Barrett a sustained push as he does have the fan support behind him and the talent to back it up.
2) Evolution/The Shield segment: Was good to see WWE play old clips of Evolution for the newer fans of wrestling, even though it was weird to see Ric Flair in the clips and he isn’t involved with the group at this time. Some people were down on Seth Rollins with his talking points, but he is improving each time he is handed the microphone including last night. Liked how when The Shield were walking up the ramp to get to Evolution, the same eleven fighters came out to protect the group. Very smart to keep The Shield from getting their hands on the group until the event. A simple, yet effective build.
1) Emma and Santino Marella: This is bad and needs to end immediately. It has been a waste of Emma’s time as she should have been put in the Divas division right when she debuted. With the skill set of Marella, it is a shame that he has never been given a serious role within the company. Simulated arm sleeve makeout session? Pass
1) Kane brutalizes Daniel Bryan: WWE had announced earlier in the day that Bryan’s dad had passed away at the age of 57. It was rough to see him come out when Raw opened up as you can tell he just wanted to cry. This was a smart move by the company they made Kane from someone no cares about to a serious threat to Bryan in one segment. Really liked the use of Brie Bella and the fact a tombstone piledriver was used three times in different areas outside the ring. The move isn’t used often and when it is, it should be used in spots like this. It definitely sold some pay-per-views and subscribers to the WWE Network.