Believe In The Yes Movement
The last two days of WWE action have been the best two days the company has given the fans in a long time. Wrestlemania XXX and Raw on the following night both took place in the rowdy city of New Orleans. The crowd definitely brought their spirit and enthusiasm, especially for Monday night, leading me to promise myself that my husband and I WILL be at the Raw following Wrestlemania next year. Now, let’s address the elephant in the room that is The Streak.
I did not see this one coming. Not in a million years did I expect Brock Lesnar to break the Undertaker’s 21-0 streak and put that ghastly 1 loss on his record. Never once did I expect Lesnar to walk away with a smile on his face while the Dead Man lay broken and battered in the ring. At no point was I not confident that we would see 22-0 on the big screen when the match concluded. It wasn’t the most energetic match I’ve seen, but the Undertaker did suffer a concussion which could have happened early on in the bout and hindered his performance. Regardless, it is always impressing seeing these two athletes in the ring, especially together.
In hindsight, the streak did have to eventually end, as Taker has a wife and family to worry about and certainly can’t be doing this forever. As sad as I am to see the streak end, I am amazed by the production that went into it and impressed with the insane reaction it received. The arena went quiet for what felt like an eternity after the three count. Lesnar’s music didn’t play immediately as it usually does with a victory; we were given uncomfortable silence while Taker lay still and Lesnar raised his arm victoriously. To say the world was shocked would be a huge understatement. This will be one we talk about for a long time.
The WWE’s golden boy, John Cena, seemed like a natural choice for a big match for such a historic Wrestlemania. Instead, Cena was given a very standard match against his new nemesis, Bray Wyatt. Cena always becomes unbearable near Wrestlemania season in preparation for a main event or other big deal match, but this time around, we saw a more subdued Superstar. Clearly, Bray Wyatt and his creepy backwoods family were the stars of the matches on both evenings. Wyatt took a loss to Cena at Wrestlemania, but the crowd swaying and singing along with him showed that he was the true winner.
On Raw the next evening, the entire Wyatt family entered into a tag match against Cena, Sheamus, and Big E. The three faces were booed while the Wyatts were cheered. Almost overnight, the entire WWE Universe has rallied behind the genius Bray Wyatt and his creepy clan. It’s amazing to see the pops he’s now getting and I hope it continues to grow stronger. The trio is going again The Shield tonight on Main Event, who turned away from The Authority on Raw last night, and it is bound to be a crazy match.
One of my favorite Superstars, AJ Lee, defended her Divas championship at Wrestlemania against thirteen other women. The first to get a submission or pinfall would win the title. I’m sorry, but this match was a ridiculous thing to throw on Wrestlemania, especially when it immediately followed the fall of the Undertaker. The odds were pitted against AJ in such an unfair manner, it was hard not to wonder if this was payback for her engagement to former Superstar CM Punk (whose early exit no doubt angered the powers that be).
Luckily for AJ, she retained her title by forcing Naomi to tap out. I was ecstatic! AJ is the self proclaimed saving grace of the WWE Divas division. She brings personality, a sharp tongue, and serious in-ring skills; the girl packs a punch for such a tiny person. On Raw the following evening, AJ came out to celebrate her victory, only to be interrupted by NXT star and women’s champion, Paige. AJ ended up challenging Paige to a match, LOST the match, and LOST HER TITLE. Are you kidding me?!? To have AJ drop her title to who most fans were seeing as a nobody (we don’t all tune in to NXT, guys, come on…) was the ultimate punch in the face. For me, AJ is and always will be the Divas Champ. I hate that this happened to her.
One pleasant surprise at Wrestlemania was the victory of Cesaro in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal. We all expected Big Show to win; the giant winning the giant trophy just made sense. Little by little, 30 men became two and Big Show was left in the ring with Cesaro. And then, as if the seven foot Superstar was made of feathers, Cesaro plucked him up into the air and heaved him out of the ring, earning the victory, a handshake from Show, and the trophy. On Raw, we were treated to Cesaro’s final separation from Jack Swagger and Zeb Coltier as he became a Heyman Guy! It was a smart move; Cesaro needs a push and pairing him with Heyman is not only good for his career, it made the audience forget their anger towards Heyman due to the broken streak.
What we all came to see though was the continuing saga of Daniel Bryan. Screwed out of the title by Triple H again and again, the WWE Universe has rallied behind Bryan with a passion that cannot be contained. Entire arenas erupt with Yes! Yes! Yes! chants upon his entrance; arms raised high and voices on blast. YES! signs are seen everywhere, shirts worn proudly, and fans seen hanging on every word Bryan has to say. In a short time, he has worked his ass off and become one of the top Superstars in the company, if not the #1 guy. Sorry, Cena.
First, Bryan was forced to battle Triple H at Wrestlemania to earn a shot at the WWE World Heavyweight Title. The match was high energy and exciting, keeping fans on the edge of their seats as the upper hand was rapidly traded back and forth. Against all odds, Bryan scored a victory over the intimidating Triple H. Sadly for him, Triple H didn’t lose gracefully and attacked Bryan with a chair before leaving the ring, setting up a possible loss for him later due to injury.
The main event featured current champion Randy Orton versus Batista and Bryan in a triple threat match for the title. The original match was to feature only Batista and Orton, and it was apparent very quickly that the addition of Bryan was absolutely necessary to make this match a success; the underdog facing these two powerhouses kept the audience’s full attention and added an element of excitement that Orton and Batista alone could not have created.
In a very tense moment, after partially disassembling the announce table, Batista stood on the table with Bryan in his arms to set up the Batista Bomb. Orton, teaming with Batista for the moment, grabbed Bryan out of the bomb to RKO him on the table. Both stars were injured during this move, but damn was it impressive. Sadly, it did result in Bryan being loaded onto a stretcher and taken out of the match.
No injury could keep Bryan down though, as he wasn’t on the stretcher for long. No interference could keep him from winning, as he turned Triple H’s sledgehammer back on him when the man in charge attempted to sabotage the main event. After months of Bryan getting screwed over in the worst possible ways by The Authority, he finally locked Batista in the Yes Lock, making the big man tap and winning the WWE World Heavyweight Championship! FINALLY! Damn, was it an exciting moment.
Raw the following evening was tense, as the chance of Triple H going postal and taking the titles away (again) was ever present, but instead, Triple H decided that Bryan would defend the newly won titles that evening again him. To the surprise of nobody, Triple H did attempt to sabotage the match to secure his victory. To the surprise of many, The Shield rallied to Bryan’s defense, entering the arena during a “Hounds Of Justice” crowd chant. It was a brilliant moment; Bryan retaining his titles with The Shield at his side.
Two seriously solid days of wrestling have passed. I’m both excited and nervous about what is coming next, especially when it comes to AJ Lee, but I am so happy for Daniel Bryan, who finally got his moment and then some. No one deserved it more than he did. Congrats, Bryan… I hope your reign is a long one!
Posted on April 8, 2014, in Sports and tagged aj lee, batista, bray wyatt, brock lesnar, champ, daniel bryan, diva, john cena, randy orton, raw, title, triple h, undertaker, wrestlemania, wrestlemania 30, wwe. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.