It's hard to argue that at Monday's Raw, the Seattle crowd, and their frenzied reaction to Daniel Bryan, didn't well and truly steal the show.
Most notably, the fans at the KeyArena completely hijacked the final segment, in which Triple H and Stephanie McMahon attempted to hype the Randy Orton and John Cena main event at this Sunday's TLC pay-per-view. The ring was full of former champions, including Bryan, who had been brought out to emphasize the importance of the title unification. Or something like that.
Both Triple H and his wife found themselves bombarded with chants of "Daniel Bryan." Then when it came Orton's time to the talk, the WWE champion unfortunately found himself besieged by "boring" chants and heckles.
Orton didn't even try to disguise his annoyance. Triple H, too, looked visibly irritated and appeared desperate to get back on track.
Everyone else looked either horrified or faintly bemused.
CM Punk and The Miz could barely hide their smiles. Mark Henry appeared to, jokingly, threaten the audience to quiet down. Meanwhile, Bret Hart looked like he would rather be anywhere else on the planet.
Credit to John Cena, though.
The star obviously realized halfway through that there was little point in ignoring the crowd and then turned to Bryan for a funny albeit brief interview, which the fans lapped up.
Cena may truly have saved the skit from being a total trainwreck and demonstrated why he truly is a once-in-a-generation find.
Compare John Cena's sharp reaction to the shell-shocked, inert behavior of Orton and Triple H, and the gulf in talent and improvisational skills is astounding.
But how did all of this go down backstage?
While the company knew that Bryan would be popular in Seattle, nobody had any idea that the fans were going to take over the show to this degree. Vince McMahon was very upset as it was going on, but John Cena was back there with him in the gorilla position telling him that it was OK and to let the fans enjoy themselves.
Bryan's problems in WWE over the last couple of months have been well-chronicled. The 32-year-old has been trashed nonstop on television over his alleged weaknesses and, generally, has been booked terribly.
He seems to have also taken some of the blame for the company's recent spate of low buyrates, per recent reports.
Come this week's Raw, it will be interesting to see how WWE brass handle the situation. Will Bryan make his way back into the main event scene?
Or will management continue to insist that he simply can't be a top guy and continue booking him in the midcard?
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