As the storyline of Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton and the WWE brass (Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, etc.) blossoms, we are seeing the "building heat" phase. The WWE Universe is developing more and more discontent toward the villain side of the equation, as the hero constantly gets one-upped and beaten down. Two weeks away from the next pay-per-view, Night of Champions, Bryan looks like he doesn't stand a chance. This week's Raw ended the same way it has ended for the last few weeks -- with Randy Orton and the "corporation" standing tall over a lifeless "B+".
One of the biggest points of "heat" on Raw was Triple H firing Cody Rhodes after he lost a match with the WWE champ. Worse, it was mentioned that Rhodes will get married in a few days (this is actually happening), so the boss firing a talent days before the supposed "happiest day of their lives" can definitely be infuriating to an observer. Though I don't believe Cody Rhodes is gone forever -- I think he will return just in time to be a fresh title challenger for Damien Sandow, who will eventually become World Heavyweight Champion. Despite the firing, this was a big week for Rhodes, with a terrific match and a passionate promo. Triple H gets nuclear heat.