By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder
Thoughts From Raw:
Seth Rollins turns heel on The Shield. I’ll say this much: I didn’t see that coming. I was expecting Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose to turn on Roman Reigns. But obviously, the decision was made to go with Rollins alone. I think that’s a wise move. Ambrose is such an awesome talker, it would likely be difficult to get a good portion of the fans to boo him. And of course, WWE is grooming Reigns to be a big babyface. In turns of turning just one member of the group heel, Rollins was the best choice.
So I suppose that’s it. That’s the end of The Shield. WWE breaks the group up at the height of their popularity, which is exactly the way it should be done. Break it off when the fans are most invested. I imagine this will lead to Rollins & Orton vs. Ambrose & Reigns at Money in the Bank.
Bryan to defend at Money in the Bank, or the title will be decided in the ladder match. Wow. So it really is touch and go with WWE and Daniel Bryan. I’ll give them credit. At least they’re trying to keep the belt on him. But I’m ready to have a WWE Heavyweight Champion, even if it isn’t Daniel Bryan.
Alberto Del Rio def. Dolph Ziggler to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Hm. I wonder who the fans would have rather seen in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match…
Stephanie McMahon strikes back at Chicago crowd chanting for CM Punk during Payback. I’ve got to applaud Stephanie McMahon, and whoever came up with that line about the fans wanting Daniel Bryan to quit “just like CM Punk.” That was not only an effective way to strike at the heart of those same fans who wanted to hijack Raw before Wrestlemania XXX, but an interesting way for WWE to say: “Hey, it’s not us. It’s him.” And that’s not exactly a false notion, is it? Punk walked out on WWE. I’m not bashing him for that. But, at least to the public’s knowledge, that is what happened. He did what he felt he had to do. And thus, it seems WWE is doing what it feels it needs to do in terms of the public’s desire to see CM Punk. It’s a sad situation, but it is what it is.
Bray Wyatt absent after losing to John Cena at Payback. If I may be so bold: Fans who think Bray Wyatt got “buried” in his match against John Cena at Payback seem to be unable to see the forest for the trees. Bray Wyatt is a villain (at least in theory). Villains can lose and come back quite easily. How many times has The Joker lost to Batman? The Green Goblin to Spider-Man? Lex Luthor to Superman? Bray Wyatt is coming off a lengthy program with the WWE’s biggest star, and has upped his game in the process. There are great things in store for Bray Wyatt. Heck, he might even be carrying around a Money in the Bank briefcase before long…
Batista “Quits” WWE. This was expected, as Batista is apparently set to start the publicity tour for Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s certainly sad we didn’t get to see a big pay per view match between Batista and Daniel Bryan. With luck, that’s still in the cards for later this year. For as much crap as I, and other fans gave Batista when he came back earlier this year, I now give him a lot of credit. He helped save Wrestemania XXX by contributing to an awesome main event that revived the crowd after Brock ended The Undertaker’s streak. Then he proceeded to lose on three consecutive pay per views. Considering what he was likely told he’d get when he came in, that’s a pretty rotten deal. So kudos to Batista on being a professional. Or is it Bluetista now?
Luke Harper and Erick Rowan def. The Usos. The Usos had a nice little promo before this match, which helped showcase their personalities a bit more. The match that followed was solid, and set up a title match between the two teams at Money in the Bank, which the Wyatts could very well win. I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Wyatts walk out with the tag straps, and a Money in the Bank Ladder match victory in the same night.
Bo Dallas def. Kofi Kingston. Bad camera angle on that “Running Bo-Dog.” Kofi’s head didn’t even come close to the mat. Still, I’m definitely a fan of the whole “Bolieve” character.
Ryback & Curtis Axel def. Goldust & Sin Cara. So Cody wants his brother to have a “better tag team partner,” and yet he picks a guy who can’t win a match unless Scooby Doo is with him at ringside. Yeah, way to not be transparent, Cody…
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