WWE Week in Review 3/10/14-3/16/14
Daniel Bryan occupies RAW.
This past Monday on RAW, WWE masterfully executed the “Occupy RAW Movement”. Daniel Bryan came out to the ring and said he wasn’t leaving until he got what he wanted and what he wanted was a match with Triple H at WrestleMania. To ensure that he would actually stop RAW he brought out at least 100 fans to the ringside area to fill the ring and the surrounding area. These fans were all decked out in D-Bry gear so you would know they were a part of the YES Movement. The key players of the segment, Bryan, HHH and Stephanie McMahon all played their parts to perfection. HHH finally fed up with Bryan agreed to the match with him at WrestleMania. Oh, but Bryan and his beard weren’t done yet. He said what he and the fans really wanted was for Bryan to be the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Bryan said if he beat HHH at WrestleMania then he wanted to be added to the title match at WrestleMania. Triple H agreed because in his mind there was no way Bryn would get past him in the first place.
So, there you go. The thing that everyone was clamoring for, Bryan being in the main event is finally happening. Of course the caveat is that he needs to beat HHH first but WWE wouldn’t have thrown that out there if it wasn’t going to happen. If WWE advertised that and then had Bryan lose to HHH there would be a full scale riot at the Superdome and I don’t think WWE is looking for that to happen. Of course Bryan could always lose in the main event but I don’t think they’d take it that far and then have him fall short. He’s been chasing the title since August and it’s the right time for him to ascend to the top of the WWE mountain. WrestleMania can be used to make someone’s career. Steve Austin, Shawn Michaels and Batista come to my mind first and foremost. Daniel Bryan is fixing to have a night bigger than all of them if he can claim the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and defeating Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton in the process.
If Triple H puts Bryan over clean in the middle of the ring and then Bryan goes on to win the title then I don’t want to hear any more complaining. Ever.
Hulk Hogan announces the 30 man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Hulk Hogan’s big WrestleMania announcement last Monday was that there will be a 30 man Battle Royal at WrestleMania in honor of the late, great Andre the Giant. The winner will receive a trophy with the likeness of Andre on top and hopefully a push.
I’m all for a good Battle Royal. It’s one of my favorite match types in wrestling. I just hope that this isn’t pushed to the WrestleMania Kick-off like I read earlier this weekend. It would be a waste to have something associated with Hogan, Andre and top current WWE stars relegated to the Kick-off. So far just six competitors have been announced: Big E, Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio, Fandango, Curtis Axel and Ryback. It would be nice for WWE to announce all 30 guys before WrestleMania but I doubt they even know at this point.
I like the announcement of the Battle Royal because it’s a great way to get 30 guys onto the show. Everyone that appears on TV over the course of the year should get the opportunity to perform at WrestleMania as sort of a reward for their hard work over the year, so I commend WWE for the idea. With only five announced matches and 30 men being in this match, you wonder what WWE will do to fill out the card but the announced matches have the Showcase of the Immortals taking shape nicely.
The Shield stands united.
The Shield Summit that took place on SmackDown last week seemed to unite the Hounds of Justice. This past Monday, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns beat the Rhodes Brothers then on Main Event, Dean Ambrose retained his United States Titles against Mark Henry and then on SmackDown, Damien Sandown and Kane were the targets of their aggression.
For now, it seems The Shield has put their problems behind them and have set their targets to the Director of Operations, Kane. Kane ordered The Shield to be at ringside for his match with The Big Show. Kane wanted The Shield to interfere when Kane was in trouble but they refused. The Shield said they don’t work for Kane, they work for themselves. Kane ended up losing the match and then went after Seth Rollins but all that did was get him a Spear and feel the wrath of The Shield.
WWE has done a great job of planting the seeds of The Shield’s demise but I think a slow, slow burn works best in this scenario. They don’t have to break up The Shield and with post WrestleMania season usually being slow in terms of viewership and storytelling, it would be really cool to see The Shield be booked as the number two act behind Bryan in the spring. They could be the anti-heroes that set their sights on the heels like they are doing with Kane. Then maybe along the way Rollins wins the Intercontinental Championship and Reigns wins the Money in the Bank and that causes Ambrose to explode with jealousy because he’s lost the United States Championship by this point and been the member of the trio lagging behind the others. The Shield has their big breakup match at SummerSlam. Just a thought.
The Retro Wrestling Match of the Week: WWF Championship Match- Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Shawn Michaels from WrestleMania 14.
The Main Event of WrestleMania is most special when it accomplishes what this match accomplished. This match was the crowning of a new top superstar in WWF and that man was Stone Cold Steve Austin. Last year at WrestleMania began the climb to the top for Austin and this match culminated it. Austin won the 1998 Royal Rumble and was granted this match in Boston. Aside from this being Austin’s first WWF Title victory, it was Shawn Michaels’ last match for nearly five years. It took everything Shawn had to gut out this match and put Austin over as the next “guy” in WWF. The WWE Network just chronicled this match on WrestleMania Rewind. The other factor in this match was Mike Tyson who was the special enforcer for the match and the one that actually counted HBK’s shoulders to the mat. Vince McMahon knew that with WCW having surpassed him in the ratings that he had to make a big splash at WrestleMania and he did with the signing of Tyson. I had the match rated at ***1/2 which is a testament to just how great Michaels was that he could deliver such a good match considering how bad he was messed up not only physically but mentally as well. I always wonder what could have been had HBK been healthy for this bout.
Wrestler of the Week- Dolph Ziggler
Match of the Week- Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio (SmackDown 3/14/14)
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