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The Raw Rerun – Daniel Bryan Returns

John Cena sees sheep

It was the go-home show before WrestleMania XXX and it hit just about everything it needed to, especially with Daniel Bryan.

Daniel Bryan returns.

At the top of the second hour, Triple H and Stephanie cut fantastic heel promos. They made the crowd cheer like lemmings again, with Stephanie making the crowd do the Yes chant and then laughing because she knew they would do it. They showed a video narrated by Stephanie featuring wrestlers like Goldberg, Booker T, RVD, and Scott Steiner. The idea was that they were guys who Triple H beat and sent packing and who were no longer wrestling and he was still on top of his game.

They said that Bryan wouldn’t be on the show as they sent him to New Orleans to heel up for his match. They also said that last week and it was in fact true. It only whet the appetite of fans who desperately wanted to see him. Batista and Randy Orton came out. Batista reminded Triple H that he has never beat Tista. Orton tried to get Triple H to change his mind about joining their title match. He made their match scheduled as the main event a no DQ match.

There was some kendo sticking in their match, but nothing really happened until Bryan finally came out. Triple H and Stephanie were on commentary and Bryan came through the crowd and jumped Triple H. He cleared the ring of all three men and stood on the turnbuckle throwing his hands in the air and getting the fans to cheer. It was quite the beating and was a great closing segment for WrestleMania XXX.

Brock Lesnar finally gets one over on the Undertaker.

Taker opened the show by saying that three things couldn’t be beat – death, taxes, and the streak. Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar came out and Heyman said that Brock beating Taker would be a seminal moment like Hogan beating Andre. Lesnar teased going to the ring and finally did, clotheslining the Undertaker and then delivering the F-5. Finally.

John Cena wears the sheep mask.

After Bray Wyatt beat R-Truth, he looked at Rowan and Harper and saw a third man also in a sheep mask. It turned out to be John Cena who cleared house. Cena also cut a spirited promo after the run-in and said he wanted to put his boot up Bray’s ass.

I think we’re going to get a super intense match at WrestleMania. It’s really the first time since WrestleMania XX that Cena’s match isn’t a main event or semi-main. I don’t know that the story has really worked, but Cena can really make Bray here.

Other tidbits

– Alberto Del Rio beat Big E. Who did Big E piss off? Whose girlfriend did he hit on?

– Summer Rae pinned Natalya, which is part of a Total Divas storyline.

– Los Matadores and the Usos beat the Real Americans and Curtis Axel and Ryback in an 8-man tag. Based on what we saw here, even though the tag match is in the pre-show, it should still be good.

– Cody Rhodes and Goldust beat Fandango and Damian Sandow and it’s really a crime that they’re not in Axel and Ryback’s spot in the tag match (or even Los Matadores’ spot).

– Naomi beat AJ Lee in a Lumberjill match.

– The fans voted Roman Reigns as the Shield member (and by a wide margin) to face Kane and Kane won by DQ after the New Age Outlaws and rest of the Shield all came down to ringside and interfered.

– Piper’s Pit never really got started as it turned into what was about 1/2 of the 30 men who are in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Big Show got the fake win here, so that probably means he’s not winning at WrestleMania.

– No Hulk Hogan tonight, but he will be on Smackdown Friday (which was taped tonight).

The show was okay for what it needed to be. The main event segment was excellent. Taker and Lesnar was still really just average like it’s been. But they’ll probably have a helluva match. And Cena/Wyatt got some shine, but the angle hasn’t yet worked well, but I still think they have a really good match.

And here’s your card for WrestleMania XXX (click to enlarge).

WrestleMania XXX card
Via Wikipedia
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