It was the final show before WrestleMania 30 and as I mentioned in my article a few days ago - WWE needed to put on a solid show. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. The show had one or two high points, but was dull for the most part. Below I've created a list of the highlights and downfalls of the show.
Highlights of the Show:
- Bray Wyatt & John Cena segments
- Daniel Bryan's triumphant return at the end of the show
- The 8 Man Tag Team Match
- Many segments/matches that felt like they were put together last minute
- Bad booking
Bray Wyatt and John Cena continued to deliver quality television with outstanding storyline development. The build for their match has been tremendous. The eight man tag was a very fun fast paced match that could quite possibly have been the best match of the evening. The ending was easily the best part of the show as Daniel Bryan returned to a huge pop and beat down Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton.
Now onto the downfalls. For a go-home show, this episode of Raw felt like it was just thrown together. There were so many random and seemingly out of place segments. The Wyatt's and Cena both appeared two times each instead of doing everything in one segment. The Shield appeared three times. It just seemed like WWE put the majority of the stuff together last minute.
This week's episode of Raw should have been one of the best of the year, instead it was just a showcase of the one thing that WWE has done wrong over the past year - which is changing things last minute.
WrestleMania 30 is this weekend and it sure doesn't feel like it. The only things that I'm really excited about is the Wyatt/Cena match and what takes place with Bryan/HHH and the WWE Title Match. Those are intriguing and unpredictable bouts. The build has been perfect, but everything else doesn't have much hype around it.
Lesnar/Taker has been built poorly. The Shield is facing off against Kane and two old timers instead of two young talents. The Battle Royal doesn't feel special. It just doesn't feel like WrestleMania season much less the 30th Anniversary of the show.
Needless to say though, if Bray wins and Bryan sweeps Mania to become the WWE Champion - the hype that was missing before Mania may be there afterwards. Let's hope that WrestleMania 30 turns out to be much better than it's been built.
As far as Raw goes, it was a poor go home show. If you missed it, I'd say check out the three things I mentioned above. The Big E/Del Rio match was also exceptional. The opening segment is worth seeing as well just because Lesnar finally got his hands on Taker. So I'd say check those things out as those are the only real standout segments/matches.
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