My biggest buy(s) from last night's Raw go to The Shield and Ryback.
WWE is doing a good job of establishing Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns as a legitimate force. The three were up in a sky box to start the show, and merely grinned at Kane when he stood in the ring and called them out.
Then, they stalked Kane and Daniel Bryan, working their way slowly down from the box to the event floor during Team Hell No's match with the Primetime Players. While everyone knew an attack was coming, the slow approach built tension and made the attack more effective.
Later in the show, The Shield attacked Randy Orton for no apparent reason. This attack was possibly even more effective than the first, since it was unexpected. Orton had just defeated Brad Maddox when the trio came out and powerbombed him. While there is some reason to suspect that Ambrose and Co. have an association with Maddox, they didn't rescue him from Orton.
Then, the three men in black made another semi-predictable attack, trashing the Miz TV set before CM Punk could answer a question about whether he worked with the Shield and Maddox. They powerbombed Miz and brawled again with Bryan and Kane until Ryback's music hit.
This was my second big buy of the night. Ryback is being treated like an attraction by WWE. His first appearance of the night was in the last segment of the show. He didn't end up being powerbombed for the third week in a row.
Instead, he tossed Ambrose into the crowd, chased him into the stands, and let Kane and Bryan deal with the other two Shield members. Then, he came back to the ring and destroyed Punk with a ladder before powerbombing him through a table.
Saving Ryback for the end of the show makes him seem like a big deal. Allowing him to get some revenge on the Shield without dominating all three members keeps both he and the faction looking strong.
Allowing Ryback to dominate Punk at the end of the segment makes him look like a beast as the buildup to TLC continues. If WWE was smart, they'd have Vickie ban Ryback from the building on next week's Raw...ust to keep him dominant.
That's this week's Buy or Sell. Did I miss anything? Is there something you totally disagree with? Feel free to make your feelings known and do your own buy or sell in the comments section.
See you next week.