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WWE RAW Analysis

So, another Monday night has come and gone and the WWE has given us quite a bit to chew on as they lead into Fast Lane this Sunday and ultimately, Wrestlemania. Many different angles are starting to take shape, which leaves us with some questions.

Here are my top discussion points that I feel have the most importance to the direction that we can expect the WWE to push us as Wrestlemania approaches.

1. Triple H vs. Sting
Many longtime wrestling fans have anticipated the appearance of Sting in a WWE ring ever since the downfall of WCW. I for one am itching for this to finally come to fruition at Wrestlemania, and we have finally been given the indication that it may be against Triple H himself. While Triple H isn’t the most active in-ring participant at this stage of his illustrious career, he can still cut promos with the best of them. His reactions to the shadowy and mysterious message from Sting, while a little over dramatic, are exactly what this match needs in order to get the fans excited. Especially given the fact that Sting either has not been or is not willingly available for weekly appearances on RAW. But we do know that he will be at Fast Lane.

Will we see the highly anticipated Wrestlemania match that Sting fans have been waiting for?

Will we see the highly anticipated Wrestlemania match that Sting fans have been waiting for?

2. Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns

Will Daniel Bryan be able to overcome the odds again and vie for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at Wrestlemania, or will the chosen one Roman Reigns send Bryan back to the drawing board?

Will Daniel Bryan be able to overcome the odds again and vie for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at Wrestlemania, or will the chosen one Roman Reigns send Bryan back to the drawing board?

The situation between Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns has not come as a surprise to me, especially after the way Bryan was represented in The Royal Rumble and the fans negative reactions to the popular Reigns as the winner. I am intrigued to see if the WWE Universe will win out and have Bryan in the main event at Wrestlemania, or if Vince McMahon and his staff will stick with their choice in Reigns opposite Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. In my opinion, Reigns does have some work to do both in the ring and on the microphone in order to be ready to be a true main event caliber performer. Bryan has the mic skills, the crowd support, and certainly the in-ring ability to put on amazing performances each and every night. I feel like Reigns can learn a lot from his work with Bryan, and that it will only serve to help his future development.

3. Dean Ambrose vs. Bad News Barrett

The lunatic fringe Dean Ambrose.

The lunatic fringe Dean Ambrose.

Call me old school, but I remember when one of my most anticipated activities was watching the magic produced by RVD as the ECW TV Champion in memorable matches with guys like Jerry Lynn, Sabu, and Lance Storm. These matches contained athletic action, some rather stiff bumps, and some of the greatest in-ring action I can remember. These are the types of exciting things that I feel a long term angle between Ambrose and Barrett can produce. Both are capable enough at cutting interesting promos, and are always capable of stealing the show on any given night. Putting them against each other can hopefully provide some of the sheer excitement and old school wrestling that is sorely missed by fans in the current world of “Sports Entertainment”.

4. John Cena vs. Rusev
I know that some will be surprised that I have this ranked so low. My main concern is that I am not entirely sure in which direction this angle will go. It is hard to see Cena go from chasing after Brock Lesnar to setting his sights on Rusev. While many are excited about this change, me included, it is still somewhat strange to see Cena vying for the U.S. Championship. My reservations are not that the feud will be uneventful, but rather towards how it will end. Rusev can really get a boost from Cena putting him over, and honestly needs that to happen for this angle to be beneficial for him. I for one hope that he does not lose to Cena, as that will most likely result in him getting buried somewhere in the middle of the roster when the WWE is so desperately in need of main event performers. Cena, on the other hand, does not need to defeat Rusev in order to maintain his credibility with his fans. In all honesty, a loss could lead to a revitalization of his character where he has to claw his way back towards the top of the food chain. I just feel as though Rusev has a lot more to lose with this angle, if not handled properly by the WWE.

WWE Diva, Paige.

WWE Diva, Paige.

Honorable mention goes to the Bella Twins vs. Paige. I am a huge fan of Paige and what she brings to the table as an “anti-DIVA”. She has shown the ability to perform very well in the ring and has the promo skills to garner a great crowd reaction. Pair that with Nikki Bella’s strong weekly improvement and ability to get heat and we are given a promising angle that could possibly lead all the way to Wrestlemania. I am also curious to see if Brie ends up standing by her sister or turning on her when Nikki needs her the most and if/when the return of AJ Lee has any impact on this angle as well. The DIVAS division has not looked this strong for quite some time, and it is a refreshing feeling for sure.

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