Tuesday, April 15, 2014

WWE - The Road Forward

 OK, so we're a full week removed from WrestleMania 30 and we're starting to get some semblance on where things are going to go at least in the short run.  Extreme Rules is the next big show, and we already have some matches lined up.  As of today it looks like we're going to get:

  • Daniel Bryan vs. probably Kane
  • Big E Langston vs. the winner of the Intercontinental tournament
  • The Shield vs. the reformed Evolution (Triple H, Randy Orton, Batista)
  • John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt in a steel cage match
 I'm guessing we'll get another match or two for the show, and a pre-show match to round things out. As far as how things are shaking out storyline wise, here's what we got:

  • Evolution re-formed - The end of RAW saw Triple H, Randy Orton, and Batista standing over the Shield after a dozen men beat down Rollins, Reigns, and Ambrose before the three former members of Evolution came to the ring to finish the job.  In case you were wondering Hunter, Orton, and Batista once comprised three fourths of the group Evolution, a Four Horsemen-esque faction (the fourth member being former Four Horseman Ric Flair) that had a good run during the mid-2000s.  Right now we don't know if this is a short-lived reunion or one that will stick for a while.  The dynamic this time around is way different than it was the first time they were together.  In their initial run, Orton and Batista were the backup to Triple H; now they're on much more equal footing.  And seeing as how Orton and Batista are both laying claim to a world title shot it's unlikely that they will coexist for long.
  • Kane brings back the mask - Looks like we're going to get old school Kane to take on Daniel Bryan, as he responded to getting reamed out by Stephanie McMahon by reaching for the glass box that held his mask and promising to destroy Bryan.  Kane won't be winning the title but should be able to follow Bryan's lead in the ring to an entertaining match or two (if this thing lasts longer than a month).
  • Cena vs. Wyatt, part two - Their program isn't over yet.  The rematch from WrestleMania goes down at Extreme Rules and hopefully Wyatt gets a win and we don't get a burial.  The two men had a nice promo showdown on Monday, and Cena threw out an inside joke for the Cena haters about them not wanting to see him get another push.  This upcoming match is as important for Wyatt as the Extreme Rules rematch between Triple H and Brock Lesnar  from 2013 was for Lesnar.  Wyatt has to get the win here or he's just another Cena victim.
  • Intercontinental Title Tournament - Good to see them putting some attention towards the belt again, as it was in danger of becoming another prop like the U.S. title is now.  This is also a good way to continue pushing Cesaro towards bigger things.  He's over with the fans now so I think he's a no brainer to get the title shot, and maybe even the title itself on the Pay Per View. We also get a look at where some other people stand.  Dolph Ziggler is officially a guy who puts on good matches and loses to whoever the up and comer of the day is.  He went down to Wade Barrett, who is also getting another push in his Bad News Barrett persona.  Barrett faces Sheamus next, and Cesaro takes on Rob Van Dam.  My money is on a Cesaro-Sheamus final.
  • Fandango's new dance partner - Apparently Summer Rae is done and Layla has taken her place. I'd call this an upgrade, seeing as how Summer Rae was beyond awful in the ring and Layla can actually work a mixed tag match or interfere in a singles match much more effectively than Summer Rae could.

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