Bryan closes the show, Wyatt Family make their Monday Night RAW debut

July 09, 2013|By Arda Ocal

In a show that involved Vince and Stephanie McMahon, Triple H, a firing, several champions in action and multiple hype videos for a returning main event caliber Superstar, the two events that stood out involved three newcomers and an Internet darling.

Let me start by saying this - I hope we see John Cena versus Daniel Bryan for the WWE title at Summerslam. I will repeat this statement in my WWE Money in the Bank predictions coming later in the week for The Baltimore Sun. Personally, I don't care how we get there - whether Daniel Bryan wins and cashes in, or gets the title match another way - I want this match to happen. He's been getting the biggest positive reactions on the roster lately and last night in Baltimore was no different. He's a star, something many hardcore fans have known for years, and now is the time to prove he is a Top 4 guy in WWE. The fact that he closed out RAW, attacking CM Punk and Randy Orton and Punk beat Orton in a match, speaks volumes. That is the last image you see six days before a major pay-per-view event, where the landscape of future champions gets molded via winners of the Money in the Bank briefcase.

Before that, another memorable moment took place: The Wyatt Family (Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan) made their debut on RAW. There has been a lot of attention to detail and unique camera/production effects that we haven't seen in many WWE video packages used for the Wyatt Family promos, and their entrance was no different. Wyatt led the charge in a dark arena with a lamp dimly lighting their way. A rocking chair awaited Wyatt as he sat and watched his family members attack Kane. Their first appearance on RAW was simple and effective. They beat up an important, established name in WWE and kept it short, simple and sweet. Can't ask for anything more than that.


* Vickie Guerrero got fired by the WWE Universe via a vote on the WWE App, which was decided upon by Stephanie McMahon after Vince McMahon and Triple H bickered over her qualities during Vickie's job evaluation. Brad Maddox was then named GM of RAW. A cool moment of this entire story on RAW was prior to this, Vickie climbed a ladder in the ring and addressed the WWE Universe from the top of the ladder, much like her late husband Eddie Guerrero, who did the same thing on an episode of Smackdown in Toronto years ago.

* Daniel Bryan beat Sheamus with a rollup out of the Cloverleaf. With wins over Randy Orton and Sheamus lately, this only supports my hope written about above.

* The Shield (Roman Reigns / Seth Rollins) defeated Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay / Tensai). Their match with the Usos on Sunday could be a sleeper pick for match of the night.

* John Cena and Mark Henry talked back and forth in the ring. The "Hall of Fame" promo was really all I needed to care about this match so I'm already interested, this interaction didn't devalue my interest, which is always a good thing.

* Curtis Axel suffered his first loss as a Paul Heyman Guy, being pinned by Chris Jericho. He defends the title on Sunday.

* Alberto Del Rio vs Sin Cara was interrupted by Dolph Ziggler. What I noticed was that as Ziggler interrupted, the lights went from "Sin Cara lighting" back to normal. If that's the case, can Ziggler interfere in every Sin Cara match moving forward?

Follow Arda on Twitter @arda_ocal. Arda will be live at the Grand opening of the WWE Performance Center on Thursday with live Tweets. As well, look for a Money in the Bank PPV preview on Friday.

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