Young Randall Must Run The Gauntlet
YOUR WWE World Heavyweight Champion & Frogman LeBlanc’s Lifemate, Randy Orton was out to open the show discussing the injustice the Face of WWE has had to endure these last few weeks: The Elimination Chamber, Brock Lesnar staring at him like a giant steak, being devilishly handsome, having washboard abs -wait where was I? Oh right, Orton’s had a rough go of it.
This brought forth the Authority, Triple H & Steph, who if you’re scoring at home are faces this week. You see, Orton’s kvetching has caused the power couple to possibly reconsider their faith in the Viper. Maybe they need a new Face of WWE. So over the next few weeks, Orton must run the gauntlet of his Elimination Chamber opponents starting tonight, with Daniel Bryan. The segment ends with and I S you not, Triple H leading a YES Chant.
Orton did really well here on the stick. I’m generally indifferent to the Viper, while I enjoy his matches, his character is usually not my thing. However, his ability to power through the crowd’s attempts to hijack the segment with CM Punk chants and the content of his promo were very well done.
Flashing forward a second to that main event, what a match. After about 2o+ minutes of action and the nearest of near falls after a Bryan diving headbutt, Corporate Kane hit the scene to interfere on Orton’s behalf. Unfortunately for Slacks Kane it backfired with Bryan sending him into the steel steps. With Kane out of the picture Daniel Bryan was able to nail Orton with the Flying Knee for the clean win. Orton and Kane would have the last laugh, laying out the Dazzler post-match.
The fabled IWC tends to crap all over Orton but there’s no disputing Bryan is one of the athletes, like Christian, that brings out the best in Orton. There was great psychology from both men with Bryan attacking Orton’s leg and Orton working over Bryan’s shoulder. What a sell by Bryan on that shoulder by the way. I was shocked to find out this morning that he wasn’t legitimately injured.
Great match, great segment, but selfish crowd. Omaha (and future WWE cities) you are not doing Daniel Bryan any favors by chanting for CM Punk. You love Punk we get it. So do I. Most of you also probably love Bryan as well. Want to help facilitate the change Punk fought for? Transfer that energy towards supporting Bryan. Transfer those dollars to Daniel Bryan merch. Buy Elimination Chamber to prove he’s a draw. And for gods sake don’t chant for Punk when you’re getting Daniel Bryan going over Orton in the main event of Raw.
The Punk chanting in general, while expected, still bothered me all night. The WWE would be happy to give those chanting what they want but let’s remember, Punk walked out on them. Something to consider: if it’s not a work, @IVPVideos on twitter pointed out, how would we all be reacting if it were Sheamus who walked out because he wasn’t in the main event at Mania? Taking your anger over the situation out on the rest of the roster seems very disrespectful. Why chant for Punk when Cody Rhodes is wrestling and risking his livelyhood diving off a cage?
More on an oncoming war and the rest of Raw after the jump
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