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.