The Day After: Raw 12/29/14

Image Credit: WWE.com

Image Credit: WWE.com

A packed Raw with a couple of long matches, no celebrity guest host, and storyline developments?  Without cramming everyone on the roster into the broadcast?  Maybe they should think about a brand split again.  Perhaps it’s the live WWE experience talking but that was quite the development filled Raw to close the year out.  Let’s dissect.

Daniel Bryan is Back!

Let’s start with the biggest story coming out of Raw.  After teasing retirement on Twitter and during his promo, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan announced he would be making his in-ring return in 4 weeks at the Royal Rumble.

It wasn’t quite the level of deception when salmon suited Mark Henry announced his retirement, but until he broke into the “No!” portion of his speech, Bryan was convincing.  After losing his father and everything we’ve heard over the past 6 months about his health troubles, Bryan having to walk away seemed plausible.

Instead, he will make his long-awaited return in one of the most important matches of the year, certainly shaking things up when it comes to predicting a winner for the 30-man match.  Roman Reigns seems to be the company’s choice, but reports have come out speculating guys like Ziggler could be given the nod.   Now add Bryan into the mix, one year after his 2014 Royal Rumble snub, AND Rollins’ Money in the Bank briefcase looming over the Cena-Lesnar match, the field of combatants for the championship match for WrestleMania is wide open.

The Authority is Back too!

Pop the corks, the King and Queen are back because Seth Rollins tricked that ole softy John Cena into bringing the Authority back.

As a guest on the show closing Cutting Edge Peep Show, Rollins and J&J Security wanted to propose a New Year’s toast with the Big Show, John Cena, & Brock Lesnar.  However, we quickly learned that it was all a ruse.  A cunning attempt at trickery.  Rollins’ true intentions were to hold Edge and his surgically repaired neck hostage in exchange for Cena returning the Authority to power.

In something I hope that is followed up in the ensuing weeks, Cena comes off really bad here.  First, had he came out when Rollins first requested his presence, Edge’s health wouldn’t have been at risk.  Secondly, rather than try to outsmart Rollins, he caved quickly and meekly to the demand. In the weeks to come, I’d like to see this action have real repercussions with guys like Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler, and Sting, three names who will be squarely in the crosshairs of the reinstated duo.

You could suggest that Bryan wouldn’t have been able to announce his Rumble participation if the Authority had any say in the matter based on their year plus of history.  What type of punishment awaits Ziggler as the man who ended their reign?  It’s time for other fan favorites to call Cena out on his sh*t, for lack of a better term.  Remember when his team was getting savaged by Team Authority prior to Survivor Series and Cena did nothing?  Now that all their work was for not, shouldn’t they be pissed at Cena? Being truly alone and without other babyfaces’ support now could be an interesting turn for Cena in the new year.

Quick Hits:

  • Live note- Children who go to wrestling events want nothing to do with anyone but John Cena, The Usos, Randy Orton (who showed up post-show to save Cena from a 2-1 attack), & Daniel Bryan.
  • Props to our guy @HappyLars for getting his @DukesWrestling sign on TV.  He also reported that it was taken later in the evening. Harumph.  My guess?  Some sort of policy against Twitter handles.
  • Brock got the heel heat of the night by breaking up the 5 second pose.  What a dick!
  •  “Penetrate the virgin neck.”  Paul Heyman is quite the wordsmith.
  • Wasn’t quite sure what was up with the Ryback career retrospective at first, but I liked it.  It acknowledged history that has never been referenced about Ryback before, the Big Guy got some mic time, established what the “Feed Me More” bit is all about, and set up his feud with Rusev.  That scar on his leg was gruesome too and makes him a sympathetic figure in light of the CM Punk “hurty” comments.
  • Who do I have to talk to so we can get more Tyson Kidd on Raw?
  • I love that the crowd is mad for Sandow, my worry is will that remain once he’s not aping the Miz for comedy effect?   I loved him before so I’ll remain true to him but everyone else?  I’m not so sure.
  • Cesaro spitting truths and #BNB in the same segment?  Pinch me.  Now if they were only teaming instead of fighting…
  • The Ascension’s debut would have been PERFECT during the Usos’ post match interview celebrating their title win.  BOOM new tag team blood.  If they’re going to be faces after squashing Miz/Mizdow are we going to do round 2 or 3 on all the Usos’ previous tag feuds now?

Match Results:

  1. Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler defeated United States Champion Rusev for ignoring the referee’s instructions while kicking Ziggler in the corner.  Post match he locked the Accolade on the Show Off in the ropes and Ryback made the save.
  2. Nikki Bella defeated Natalya in a quick match with a Rack Attack after Natalya was distracted by Tyson Kidd catching Nikki Bella.
  3. The Usos defeated The Miz/Mizdow to regain the WWE Tag Team Championship.
  4. Bad News Barrett defeated Cesaro with the Bullhammer.
  5. Luke Harper defeated Jack Swagger with the Discus Clothesline.
  6. Roman Reigns defeated Seth Rollins via disqualification after the Big Show pulled Reigns from the ring before he could spear Rollins.  Post match Show threw Reigns across the announce table, then threw the announce table on top of him.
  7. The Ascension defeated Miz/Mizdow with the Fall of Man.

One Comment on "The Day After: Raw 12/29/14"

  1. paul says:

    show in rva was cool…. i hear kane and roman both made it to dc in time for raw…. thats crazy…. their live matched in richmond lasted maybe 3mins…

 
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