I’m watching the segment over as I write this, and I still cannot stand it.
Last night, the Shield was blown up, as Seth Rollins “sold out” to Triple H and turned on his running buddies, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. I suppose it was the logical end for them, since they really had no more to accomplish after a sweep of Evolution in their Payback rematch, but as a fan, it was immensely hard to handle.
The Shield was the one enjoyable, consistent match week in and week out. They had chemistry, they were exciting, they had charisma oozing out of them. And so, even the turn looked good. Ambrose sold the HELL out of Rollins whacking Reigns with the chair, so much so that it inspired a great meme.
The sad thing is, most people I knew had turned RAW off earlier in the night, myself included. Thanks to the magic of DVR, we could always go back later to see how it ended, but up until the final segment, this RAW was one of the purest pieces of crap WWE has dropped on its fans in a long time. The whole night was filled with garbage matches and lazy gimmicks, making last week’s RAW seem like an amazing night (it wasn’t), which only goes to show how thoroughly putrid RAW was this week.
The general feeling I have right now is that WWE is flailing about. Daniel Bryan was thrust into a lazy feud with Kane immediately after Wrestlemania, a Wrestlemania that featured Kane being trounced by the Shield. Kane is no longer believable as a monster, because, much like Mark Henry, he’s spent long periods putting over newer monsters or top talent, and you can’t just switch on the monster switch. Brock Lesnar, when he’s putting over people, still beats the everloving hell out of them first. Kane hasn’t done that. His best run in the past five years was with Daniel Bryan as a funny freak in Team Hell No, and his feud with the Undertaker over the World Heavyweight Championship. He hasn’t done much else of note.
Removing the mask from Kane, then having him put it on again, took the aura away from it. It rendered it meaningless, so when he put it on and attacked Daniel Bryan, it felt contrived. Bryan did his best to sell the attack and the match they had at Extreme Rules, but it was stale. A better story would’ve been delving into their shared history together, using Dr. Shelby again, but that didn’t serve WWE’s purposes (one wonders what they expected to happen, anyways, with such a stale storyline).
The news that Bryan would go on the shelf with a neck injury seemed to exacerbate the creative woes. The Shield had no point to fight again with Evolution after beating them at Extreme Rules, and yet they did, only to beat them in a clean sweep in the elimination tag match they had at Payback. John Cena had his rubber match with Bray Wyatt, and with the chance to make Bray Wyatt a convincing monster, nope, WWE hit Copy, Paste, Cena Superman victory. While the matches at Payback were well-executed, they didn’t have much excitement, except for the Shield’s rematch, because even in a match that really had no point, The Shield is…ahem, WAS, so good at what they do that it was impossible to not be excited. And that match certainly delivered.
However, when it came time for RAW, there wasn’t anything left to work with. Cena had vanquished another opponent he should’ve put over, and was left without a feud or direction. Batista quit Evolution (a totally expected move, because he has a movie to go promote). Bryan was still champion, because, in reality, WWE is scared to strip their one other marketable star besides Cena of the title, and is continuing to stall on stripping him of his championship (something they should’ve thought about with Dolph Ziggler last year!).
The result was the unwatchable RAW, a mishmash of segments and matches, and it’s a shame that a heel turn of such magnitude as Rollins’ was consigned to this RAW. It reeks of desperation, and while I suppose we have to wait and see what happens before we pass final judgement on this move, all it’s done so far is break The Shield, one of the best teams to come down the pike in a long time. I damn sure don’t believe in this.
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