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The Raw Review – Is Daniel Bryan Going To WrestleMania?

Monday Night Raw Review
Episode Air Date: 2/2/2015

Today’s review may not last very long. We’ll see how much I can get out of the few stories I feel are worth discussing. It wasn’t the best Raw, but it had a couple good segments and a couple great matches. Which, honestly, given the state that Monday Night Raw has been in for some time, was more than enough for me. The show started with Triple H coming out into the arena, accompanied by his wife Stephanie. It was time for the announcement that would “shake the WWE to its core.”

Triple H wasn't in the ring long before a few interested parties came down to talk to him (Courtesy of WWE.com)

Triple H and Stephanie weren’t in the ring long before a few interested parties came down to talk to them (Courtesy of WWE.com)

I would hardly say that it did just that, but it did get the fans back into the show again. The current-day fans seem to go into a rabid frenzy, due to how much they love an underdog story, so they were psyched to have Daniel Bryan back in the WrestleMania Main Event picture. It came by way of demand, honestly. With Roman’s permission, Stephanie and Triple H put Seth Rollins and Daniel Bryan into a match for the end of Raw. The winner would go on to face Reigns at Fastlane, and the winner of that match will go on to face Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.

Daniel Bryan won his match with Rollins and is going to face Roman at Fastlane. I don’t believe he is going to win. I’d be very surprised if he did. I’m more expecting Daniel Bryan to go out and give Reigns the kind of match that will prove he deserved to win the Royal Rumble. Roman Reigns has to be impressive from now until WrestleMania, and a match with one of the best workers in the ring today could help get him there.

However, if Bryan vs. Reigns isn’t top notch, I expect people to burn him in effigy in the parking lot outside whatever arena that Fastlane is held in.

Ziggler entering the ring for his match with Wyatt (Courtesy of WWE.com)

Ziggler entering the ring for his match with Wyatt (Courtesy of WWE.com)

Moving on to the next story, Dolph Ziggler vs. Bray Wyatt. That’s how you come back to television, Mr. Ziggler. You’re the man. I know a lot of people are complaining that Wyatt took one of Dolph’s signature moves and got right back up, but that’s only because they’re trying to build Bray up. It has nothing to do with Ziggler. They need Bray Wyatt ready by March 29th.

Why, you ask? Well, it’s because they would like him to take on The Undertaker at WrestleMania 31, and it looked like those plans were confirmed during the show last night. Did any of you guys catch Bray’s incredibly creepy promo that nobody said a thing about? The one that cut into the middle of the broadcast and ended with him doing that weird ass crab walk thing he does in the ring all the time? Yeah, I have no idea what to call that, but I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, he was calling Undertaker out during the segment.

“I know you’re out there,” he said to the Phenom, before ending the segment with an incredibly eerie, “Come find me.”

I know a lot of people aren’t too fond of the idea of Wyatt vs. Taker, but I think it’ll be great. Bray is the only guy left on the roster who really could take on the Dead Man. I can’t imagine he’s going to wrestle another match, so they need a young guy in there with him. Sting vs. Undertaker wouldn’t work. Can’t have two old dudes stumbling through a match together. As incredibly disheartening as it is to say, Undertaker needs someone to help him through his last match.

The psychology is easy: will the Demon of Death Valley be the one to finally shut Bray Wyatt up, or will the Eater of Worlds, Bray Wyatt, finally put Undertaker out to rest…in…peace.

Daniel bryan and Seth Rollins locking up (Courtesy of WWE.com)

Daniel bryan and Seth Rollins locking up during their match (Courtesy of WWE.com)

Finally, the last story I have to discuss from last night’s episode of Monday Night Raw is Seth Rollins. We know he lost to Daniel Bryan last night, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t look good while doing it. How is it that he is as constantly impressive as he is? Every match he has is phenomenal. I just watched his cage match with John Cena on the, “Raw Is Jericho,” episode of Raw that Y2J hosted in 2014, and I thought it was great. Then, I see this match and it’s just as great. I’ve already raved about the Shield, which really was one of the best factions in WWE in a long time. I couldn’t be happier with the way the future looks for the WWE.

Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, and Bray Wyatt are all great, and now we have Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, Adrian Neville, Hideo Itami, and Sami Zayn coming up from NXT?

WWE is not going to be able to suck at a point. Even if each promo is tightly scripted horse caca on a page, the work inside the ring is going to be unparalleled.

I can’t wait….

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