Inside Harrak’s Head: WWE RAW 3.23.15

Inside HH Logo HeaderIt’s the last Monday before WrestleMania 31 and the world is… apathetic.

At least the WWE is trying by having Sting open the show. Although whoever tuned in specifically to see what Sting had to say probably isn’t watching any longer. All of the months of speculation about why Sting was finally coming to the WWE and why he targeted Triple H was up in the air & Sting just let it stay there. And it floated out of the collective consciousness of WWE fans as they all just ceased to care. I really hope the first segment isn’t the last we see of Sting or Triple H because that was NOT WrestleMania hype.

The Intercontinental Championship is on the brink of becoming a relevant championship again. So is the United States Championship if the WWE doesn’t screw it up. The wrestlers scheduled for the IC ladder match at WrestleMania 31 have blindingly bright futures (except for R-Truth) and each man could be the star that elevates the championship the prestige it used to hold. But the one man who will be able to succeed in this endeavor will be Daniel Bryan. He’s the only one fans will believe. It’s the classic case of the “man making the belt”. It’s what the Intercontinental Championship needs & what it deserves.

Randy Orton and Seth Rollins could be a huge match at WrestleMania but tonight’s show seemed to downplay it almost as much as possible. I wonder if this is because they want to downplay Seth Rollins in many fans’ minds so he can “shockingly” cash in the Money In The Bank briefcase at WrestleMania. Either way, Orton and Rollins should put on a fantastic in-ring match between two terrific athletes. I’m looking forward to it.

Who could have predicted that Curtis Axel would have had the most concise and consistent storylines from the Royal Rumble to WrestleMania? Curtis Axel’s “Axelmania” essentially began the night after the Royal Rumble and finally culminated the Monday before WrestleMania 31 with Hulk Hogan confronting Axel & reclaiming “Hulkamania” for his own.

It sucks that Tyson Kidd and Cesaro only found recently. These two men are the perfect example of tag team chemistry and can showcase the excitement that a tag team match can truly bring to a card. As it stands, Kidd and Cesaro have ONE team with similar abilities to compete with… the Usos. A generation ago, these teams would be able to main event a local arena near you and today they will be featured as part of the free show prior to the biggest event of the year.

I appreciate the effort being put into Rusev’s push and his match with John Cena at WrestleMania but I canNOT see Rusev being a long-term player in the WWE. To quote Teen Titans GO!, Rusev is a “one trick pony”. The man is a fantastic athlete and very good at his current role but there’s no future in being an “anti-American” professional wrestler. Name me one “anti-American” gimmick that succeeded at a main event level for an extended period of time and I will do a complete 180 on my opinion of Rusev.

Tonight was the most coherent, logical, energized and intense I’ve seen Bray Wyatt in months. Everything was precisely on point in his segment and while I’ve lost a lot of interest in this match at WrestleMania, this Bray Wyatt provided me with more hope in Wyatt’s immediate career outlook than anything else he’s done with the Undertaker before. I would not be surprised to see Wyatt move into the WWE World Heavyweight Championship picture after WrestleMania.

So I didn’t realize that there were two 7-year-old girls wrestling for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 31. I don’t think that could have been any worse.