Welcome back to The WWE Week in Review. There’s always something happening in WWE so let’s see what the biggest news in the last week was.
WWE Week in Review 1/13-1/19/14
Daniel Bryan breaks away from the Wyatt Family.
At the end of RAW, Daniel Bryan decided to stop being Duke “The Dumpster” Droese’s little brother and go back to being Daniel Bryan. It was one the more spectacular endings in recent RAW history. The sight of Bryan and the crowd in unison doing the “YES” chant was beyond amazing to watch. It was the big babyface payoff I was hoping for when Bryan joined the Wyatts. Here’s the problem: WWE turned him back way too soon. We barely got into why Bryan joined the Wyatts and barely got to see him struggle with his decision and he’s already back to being Daniel Bryan. I personally have no problem with it because I never wanted Bryan to be a Wyatt but once you go that route you have to give it time to develop and really become a great angle.
The rumor is that Vince McMahon wanted to keep Bryan with the Wyatts until WrestleMania but only turned him back after seeing how much play the “YES” chants got on SportsCenter when the Michigan State fans did them at a recent basketball game. I don’t watch ESPN anymore so I can’t comment on how much the chants were all over SportsCenter. I don’t watch ESPN not because I don’t like sports. I love sports. I just don’t like ESPN but that’s completely off topic. The main point of this is that Bryan is super over and people love doing the “YES” chant so WWE should have never veered away from that in the first place.
The interesting thing is that Kane set up the Cage Match with the door being chained shut to prevent Harper and Rowan from interfering. Kane and Bryan are former Tag Team Champions and the Wyatts dismantled Kane at SummerSlam and that’s still unresolved. Coincidence or something more? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Daniel Bryan suffers a concussion.
There’s the hitch in the Daniel Bryan wagon. After the amazing reaction he got on RAW one would think he’d ride that momentum into the Royal Rumble where he’d have to be one of the favorites but reports are surfacing that he sustained a concussion during the Cage Match vs. The Usos on RAW. WWE usually verifies things like this on their website but they have yet to do so. No one knows the severity of the concussion but there are people saying Bryan doesn’t remember much of anything from the Cage Match on RAW. I’m not a concussion expert but that doesn’t sound good. We’ve seen WWE derail the pushes of people dealing with concussions, most recently Dolph Ziggler and Fandango. You hope that doesn’t happen with Bryan and with the Royal Rumble being only a week away you hope it’s not something serious enough to keep him from competing in the big match. Like with any injury though, the superstar should come back when he is healthy and ready to.
The Ultimate Warrior is the first inductee in the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame.
This gets a big ol’ “YAWN” out of me. Don’t get me wrong, I 100% understand and agree that Warrior should be in the WWE Hall of Fame. I’m just not particularly excited about it since I wasn’t then and not now a fan of the Warrior. I was always a Hulkamaniac and haven’t liked Warrior since he beat Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship at WrestleMania VI. He just never did it for me. He didn’t have the longevity that other top guys did. Even Vince McMahon soured on Warrior as his top guy when he took the title off of him at the 1991 Royal Rumble.
There is no denying the Warrior’s popularity and the impact he had on the WWF during his initial run there. His most memorable moment to me will always be when he obliterated Honky Tonk Man’s long Intercontinental Championship reign in mere seconds at SummerSlam in 1988. I think there is one thing we all can agree on, that induction speech is going to be something.
The New Age Outlaws turn their back on CM Punk.
On RAW, Punk and The Outlaws battled The Shield in a Six Man Tag. When Punk was looking to tag out of the match, The Outlaws hopped off the apron and left Punk to fend for himself. This makes plenty of sense in the arc of this story. Punk is seemingly on a collision course with triple H for WrestleMania XXX and The Outlaws are longtime friends of HHH. So, them shunning Punk to help their D-X brother out makes all the sense in the world. I get it. What I don’t get is why they helped Punk out at Old School RAW and then teamed with him on SmackDown to face The Shield and then wrestled the whole match on RAW. They took a beating from The Shield three times before turning their back on Punk. Why even subject yourself to punishment at all if you’re only there to turn on Punk? This type of angle has happened many times in the past and will happen again in the future. It is just one of those lapses in wrestling logic that irks me.
Batista returns to WWE tomorrow night.
If the Warrior’s induction into the Hall of Fame gets a “YAWN” then this gets a “YAAAAAWN”. I’ve never been a fan of Batista but I get why WWE wants to bring him back. He’s is a proven main event talent and he is in a huge Marvel movie during the summer that WWE is going to cross promote the hell out of.
Batista has always been vastly overrated in my opinion. His initial main event feud with Triple H was outstanding and then two years later his feud over the World Heavyweight Championship with The Undertaker was great. Other than that, his career is filled with lackluster matches and injuries. Hopefully Batista comes back to WWE motivated and ready to put on a show for the fans knowing that this is his last run in WWE. Batista’s first feud upon his return is set to be with Alberto Del Rio. Del Rio has been a credible main event heel for the past couple of years and he will never be more than he is so getting destroyed by Batista won’t really hurt him.
Batista is also set to compete in the Royal Rumble Match. I can see a scenario where he wins since he’s a Triple H guy and as I said before a proven main event talent, but I hope he doesn’t win. It’ll do more good for a guy like Bryan to win the Rumble. Batista should be used as a special attraction and face a guy like Brock Lesnar. That’s a feud I think I’d enjoy.
That’s all for this week in WWE. There will be no Week in Review next week since next Sunday is a PPV day. Instead I will have a special Royal Rumble themed column, so be on the lookout for that. Let’s wrap this up with the WIR Awards.
Wrestler of the Week- Daniel Bryan
Match of the Week- John Cena vs. Damien Sandow (RAW 1/13/14)
R.I.P. Mae Young
(That’s what she said.)
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