My Thoughts: WWE Raw 5.19.14 (Bray Wyatt, John Cena, The Shield, Evolution)

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#1 ~ That was a fantastic way to open RAW. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the WWE “Signature” interrupted before and it just shows how much faith the WWE does have in The Wyatt Family act & particularly Bray Wyatt. Granted the great opening and promo was almost washed away by the “Super-Cena” moment but there’s just no way of getting around things like this with the “John Cena” character.

#2 ~ I’m guessing Cesaro didn’t get an entrance because he probably got a massive pop from this crowd and he’s SUPPOSED to be a “bad guy”. They had to know that Sheamus would be booed. He’s a damn Irishman, wearing the United States Championship and facing Cesaro. Still, a relatively stiff match between two guys who know how to take a punch. I liked the sudden, “stolen” finish with Cesaro winning pretty cleanly over the US Champion. They might be able to put on a pretty good show at Payback.

#3 ~ Once again the WWE attempts to heighten the prestige of the Intercontinental Championship by having a Beat The Clock Challenge for the number one contendership. Add that to the Battle Royal a month ago & WWE’s on the right track to make the IC title something to strive for again.

#4 ~ Hey, at least we didn’t have to sit through Fandango versus R-Truth…

#5 ~ Stephanie McMahon still is one of the greatest heat-seekers in the WWE. First she comes out to Daniel Bryan’s music, a tired & true tactic. But it was the Bad News Barrett montage that really turned up the heat. Even without Bryan on TV, I still look forward to Stephanie’s segments.

#6 ~ Nothing at all special about Batista and Rollins – except for Ambrose on commentary. He was just golden. The only thing we can hope for is that the Evolution/Shield match at Payback is at least as good as their match at Extreme Rules. Adding in that it’s an elimination match and I have high hopes. This is a perfect opportunity to showcase anyone from The Shield and while Roman Reigns may be the obvious choice, Dean Ambrose seems to be the one guy who hasn’t had an opportunity to showcase what he can do in the ring. What better way to spotlight the “lunatic fringe” by having him overcome unbeatable odds?

#7 ~ I had to double-check my calendar because the way this show ended felt like a “go-home” show if there ever was one. Bray Wyatt hovering over John Cena singing while Luke Harper counted to 10 was the perfect image to sell a pay-per-view. But yet we still have another week to go through and thus another chapter to write before we get to Payback. With the way tonight ended, I can only believe that Cena will be standing tall leading into their Last Man Standing match. Whatever they do, I really don’t think they’ll be able to top tonight’s Wyatt/Cena story.

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One thought on “My Thoughts: WWE Raw 5.19.14 (Bray Wyatt, John Cena, The Shield, Evolution)

  1. I love the Wyatt Family. Everything about them is just awesome. It seems like Wyatt’s character is almost a baby face by how is talking. I do think its a mistake to turn him although I doubt that’s what there going for.

    I’ll admit, Layla smoking hot but something is off with her and Fandango. I dont know what it is. Its too bad because I like Fandango.

    I think Adam Rose is going to fall into the category of Brodus Clay when he started dancing. It was great for a little bit but got old fast. His music is catchy although his line about having seeds in his buns or whatever was ultra lame.

    Did they hit the reset button on Rusev or what? Now, he’s from Russia and his first name is dropped.

    I dont understand how The Shield got to be guest commentators. I get they attacked Brad Maddox but cant HHH overrule him? I thought Stephanie was fantastic in her role. She’s a very good on air character although I dont understand why she just didnt strip Bryan of the title. Maybe on Raw, HHH and Steph strip Bryan of the title and Vince comes back and overules them?

    I wish Barrett got to have a match. The crowd obviously loves him. I will say I like him to now. At first, I thought the Bad News gimmick was bad because he had some lame material but thats changed. I will say that has RVD ever meant less? This is starting to be like his TNA run. Something is not connecting.

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