The framework of a great angle has been built over the last few months. The idea, in brief, was to create a new "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, pitting the everyman against the evil corporate wrestling monolith.
Unfortunately, Daniel Bryan was a bust at the box office. Whether that was his fault, or a product of an angle designed to make him look weak, is in the eye of the beholder. Numbers, however, are tangible and beyond dispute. Business, in life and storyline, was down with Bryan on top.
As the caretakers of the company, it was up to Triple H and Stephanie McMahon to do what's best for business. That meant making a change.
But the angle? It was too good to go.
Bryan is out, back on the undercard where he can create some excitement around acts looking to make it big. In his spot on top? The biggest act of all—Paul Wight, better known as the Big Show. It's Show who is now the focus of McMahon and Helmsley's wrath and the recipient of a WWE title shot on pay-per-view.
That's the storyline as it stands. As it stood last week, too. As usual when the promotion goes overseas, Raw was mostly a placeholder. Not much was done to advance the plot at all. It was just more.
Of course, that doesn't mean it wasn't amazing. The show may not have been connected to anything bigger, but as stand-alone wrestling bouts, the matches on this show delivered in a major way. I've graded every major segment and match from A to F. Disagree? Let me know in the comments.