Daniel Bryan is stripped from the WWE World Championship title +++ Sheamus could hold three titles on his own +++ Bray Wyatt is reborn +++ When the death of The Shield was good for anything then for the promos of Dean Ambrose +++ Someday my cause of death will be die laughing while watching Damien Sandow ridiculing himself +++ Seth Rollins is good as scum +++ Super Cena gets another push back to positive popularity +++ There is some serious daddy / twink issue going on between Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger +++ Vickie Guerrero has got another cameo +++ WWE needs to run The Shield over with a car to get rid of them.
Daniel Bryan is stripped from the WWE World Championship title
As almost usual The Authority, named Triple H and his dear wife Stephanie McMahon, kicked off RAW. And they had a blockbuster enouncement to make which Triple H had already teased via his Twitter account. But it wasn’t really surprising what this blockbuster enouncement was all about. With all the information tickling into social media and the internet in general, it was quite clear that Daniel Bryan was about to be stripped from his title belt collection. What was interesting to me was that WWE had a short statement by a certain Dr. Joseth Maroon who wasn’t some fake doctor but indeed Daniel Bryan’s actual surgeon. And he told us that with his shoulder injury Daniel Bryan won’t be able to participate in any in-ring action until at least Money In the Bank where he was supposed to defend his title. So, at least we got some clarification about the MITB ladder match that will indeed be a match for the WWE World Heavyweight title. Alberto Del Rio won the first qualification match last week on RAW, so he he is the first no.1 contender for the title. As from today there will be several other qualification matches for it but Randy Orton was put in the MITB match without the need to qualify for it. The WWE Universe will be mad when he finally gets back the belts in this very match. But the message is clear: Randy Orton adapted and the rest will perish.
Sheamus could hold three titles on his own
Since this was the second qualification match for the now vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship, I didn’t see real sense in it, given its opponents were title holders themselves: Sheamus now with the U.S. Championship belt and Wade Barrett the Intercontinental champion. Before the match we once again got the wisdom of Wade Barrett because he told us that the same people we face on our way to the top, we would face again on our way down. So, he, Wade Barrett, would now face Sheamus on his way to the top, i.e. on top of the ladder to grab the title belts. But he wouldn’t face Sheamus again because he wouldn’t step down from this ladder to stay on the top. He wasn’t really in his all over cocky self, so that could have been a spoiler on the outcome to this match. Because it wasn’t Wade Barrett who won but Sheamus. And that means that Sheamus come 02 July 2014 could hold three title belts around his waist and on his shoulders. Won’t happen though. And I guess, Wade Barrett have to defend his Intercontinental title on MITB.
Bray Wyatt is reborn
I already said it but I don’t mind to say it again: I really like the voice of Luke Harper. What a shame he can’t say more when Bray Wyatt is around. And the latter was indeed around again because he was reborn. Of course. And he is stronger than ever. Try it on your own: die, get reborn, be stronger than before. But I doubt that it will work. Because it only works with Bray Wyatt when put into an arena furniture by the hands of Super Cena. So, since Bray Wyatt was there again with his family and their match against Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns with a still unknown partner was already announced, he told us that The Shield will burn (probably in hell, and not getting reborn, I guess).
Then we went back to the very short matches of Rusev. This time he got his win over Zack Ryder in exactly one minute. Before that Lana told us that Barack Obama is a sissy and a girly man. At this point I slightly feared for William Regal to have come out to his Man’s Man gimmick; thankfully that didn’t happen! Instead, in comparison to a YouTube video of Obama, there were shown some pictures of Vladimir Putin, including the infamous Putin on the back of a horse, nude chest, in some Russian deep forest. At least, there was a bit of variation. Then, Rusev presented his Gold Star Medal, he received last week on RAW. And then, Zack Ryder got another reminder that he is only low card, at best.
The other short match of just over two minutes happened to be another tag team match Goldust was involved. And Cody Rhodes looked on backstage to see if R-Truth, the partner he had chosen for his brother, would be of more use than Sin Cara last week on RAW. When this storyline is for any use then to get the low carders some rare matches. Because, in this case today, also R-Truth was quite useless and Rybaxel won again in no time. At least, Goldust was able to show some good in-ring action.
The next backstage segment only happened to explain Layla’s chicken-like appearance. Layla just got her make-up done for his dance-out with Fandango later on, when Summer Rae spilled milk all over her. We left Layla sitting there on the floor, for once not so beautiful anymore.
When the death of The Shield was good for anything then for the promos of Dean Ambrose
For this segment I’ve pretty much waited for months now: Dean Ambrose is allowed to do his own promos again, and he didn’t get any chains by WWE for his performance. I just find it always funny that so many people are surprised about the quality and intensity of his promos. There was full of praise on Twitter about him and at some point later during RAW on my screen appeared the message that “Dean Ambrose” was top-trend on Twitter. Another funny moment for me because usually the commentary team always hype these trends. But did they mention that Dean Ambrose was trending? Nope. This treatment really keeps me laughing on the floor. It’s almost similar to this big star in a football team: a rival team finally buys this big star but not to let him play the big star in their own team but just to keep him on the bench, so he can’t play for his former team any more. But like Dean Ambrose himself said back at FCW: They need to run him over with a car to get rid of him. Given this strategy it will take a little longer like a big push would do but finally – and on the long run – DA will take over. And WWE can’t do anything about it.
But before the promo, the remaining Shield members had to run over 3MB who for some reason were standing inside the ring. Heath Slater was about to make fun of DA and Roman Reigns when The Shield music hit for them to come out through the audience. And DA and Reigns wasted no time to basically beat all three guys of 3MB down. Just one minute was needed to make Heath Slater flee but got speared by Reigns on the ramp anyway and for Dean Ambrose to unleash Jon Moxley. I sensed the very moment as when he jumped after Drew McIntyre over the barricades to hold the guy down and to stare into the camera like a lunatic. When Reigns finally made his way back inside the ring, Dean Ambrose was already there to calm himself down for this epic moment:
The most important (and most lunatic) part of his promo you have already read as caption under the picture shown on top of this page, so I don’t need to repeat or or even try to describe it. You can’t describe something like this. You have to witness yourself. At least, I’m still able to interpret. And together with everything else we got on this episode of RAW, I can point on several thoughts I already mentioned in my previous wrestling report. Because right now I very much think that this was indeed the end of The Shield. Seth Rollins isn’t playing a role; he really thinks that he is better than DA and Reigns. But first of all, DA was addressing SR and told him what he would do to his face when he gets the opportunity. In length. And like we almost already know that will lead to Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins, very much likely at MITB. What about a barbed wire steel cage match? Just a suggestion.
The above shown Gifs refer to DA’s promos on Seth Rollins – the first one was an unaired one just before his debut at FCW. The second one – well – from this latest RAW episode. Beside William Regal, Dean Ambrose already feuded intensively with Seth Rollins on FCW. Will be interesting to see how much these matches will differ from the one’s to be happen in the future.
After DA, Reigns addressed SR just barely to go straight after Triple H. Maybe the WWE won’t split DA and Reigns officially but let them just go in two different directions. Maybe that’s the only scenario how this split can work from now on. Because when DA would turn his back on Reigns now he would be considered a heel. But heel versus heel can’t work in the books of the WWE. Already in this episode of RAW, DA and Reigns were just barely mentioned as “the remaining members of The Shield”. When mentioned as a group / tag team, they were called “Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns”. So, until MITB all three former Shield guys will probably wear their Shield gear. And for their matches at MITB they could all have new gear and individual entrance music. Lot of work to do for Jim Johnston, I guess.
BREAKING NEWS (12 June 2014) | Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre from 3MB were released by WWE. And there are jokes right now around the internet that Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins are supposed to take over this gimmick and forming as the new 3MB with Heath Slater. This is even more ridiculous than the next segment.
Someday my cause of death will be die laughing while watching Damien Sandow ridiculing himself
The next segment could have been completely irrelevant, given Fandango came out with the slightly deranged Layla. But The Usos were already out and this match was supposed to be a tag team match. So, there was still Fandango’s tag team partner about to appear from the apron. And it was Damien Sandow with just another ridiculous gimmick. This time he had to appear as an interpretive dancer, undoubtedly the most ridiculous I have seen him in quite a while. But hell did he sell it. I’m still in awe of him putting on a straight face the entire time of this segment. As much as I’d like to see him as a serious competitor, I also like his acting talent. It tells you much when the audience chants for Damien Sandow with such a stupid gimmick.
Afterwards we had to stand another win for Bo Dallas, this time against Xavier Woods. Plus: after that Paul Heyman inside the ring hyped his clients Brrrock Lesnarrr and Cesaro for the upcoming MITB qualification match of Cesaro vs RVD. That was a decent, almost nine minutes long match, which Cesaro did win in the end.
Seth Rollins is good as scum
Finally we got some explanation by Seth Rollins in this segment. It was an interview inside the ring with him coming out in a black suit through the ramp with his own music. Michael Cole asked him why he did what he did last week on RAW. And SR came up with some ridiculously arrogant explanation. In his mind, he himself created The Shield, so he could also destroy it. He called DA a lunatic – nothing new – who wouldn’t be able to create such great time like The Shield. The funny thing here was that he contradicted himself with first stating that it wasn’t a big deal to turn his back on his business partners. Just to tell us a few sentences later that it took guts to do what he did. Heel logic at its best. Plus: for him, DA and Reigns were never brothers, and when he put his fist out , he always thought “Believe in Seth Rollins”. Won’t make the Hashtag Of The Year Slammy in 2014, I’m pretty much certain about it.
Super Cena gets another push back to positive popularity
After he thought he had answered all the questions, SR called out DA and RR. And, of course, they wasted no time to come out. But when they were about to get their hands on SR, the Wyatts interrupted the party to play Shield for SR. First there were just Luke Harper and Erick Rowan, but when Bray Wyatt also joined in and SR also standing inside the ring, Super Cena came out to make himself available of being the tag team partner for DA and RR in their main event match against The Wyatt Family.
After that we got a 5-minute-match between Paige and Alicia Fox. It wasn’t quite clear why Oksana was on ringside. But I’m writing this on the Thursday after RAW, so I already know that Oksana was released from WWE. Her last goodbye was to get stuffed with popcorn by her “good friend” Alicia Fox after she was beaten by Paige. And on SmackDown she will have her last match against Alicia Fox. Nice kick up her ass!
There is some serious daddy / twink issue going on between Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger
Maybe because Adam Rose was slightly injured above his eye in a house show, Jack Swagger had to fight another guy. And, of course, it had to be a non-American, so Zeb Colter was able to continue with his racist gimmick. The chosen one was Santino Marella. For numerous times I have said that I don’t like this guy’s gimmick at all. It’s just stupid. And watching Santino in the ring, doing actually quite good there (except for his cobra finisher!), makes my heart almost bleed. Jack Swagger supposedly wasn’t entirely over Adam Rose, so Zeb Colter only got his concentration back with two slaps into his face. After that Swagger went berserk to finally get the win.
Vickie Guerrero has got another cameo
Just before the main event we got another backstage promo, this time with Triple H and Stephanie all happy with themselves. Until Vickie Guerrero made her cameo appearance. She brought champagne and some plastic cups with her and wanted to celebrate that Daniel Bryan and Brad Maddox weren’t around this evening / anymore. But in all her excitement she spilled the champagne all over Stephanie. I didn’t really get this segment. But again, since Thursday many low card wrestlers (many of them with stupid gimmicks) were released, Vickie Guerrero could be one of them. So, this cameo could be her last hurray.
WWE needs to run The Shield over with a car to get rid of them
It was the same strategy all over: DA got a lot of beating, so RR was only out for 3:24mins but went berserk and all triumphant in the end with getting the win. And Super Cena also got some good amount of time inside the ring with 6:49mins. I know as well, that this strategy is supposed to show DA as the weak one: he has to take a lot of beating and can’t make it to his side to make a tap to one of his partners. But I just don’t care as long as he sells and acts in the ring like he always does. At least, I very much enjoyed his 9:54mins of ring action. And right at the beginning he also had some glorious moves I haven’t seen from him in a long time. Beware, WWE, Jon Moxley is unleashed!
The two Gifs shown above were made by sethballins.