The week that was in World Wrestling Entertainment brought with it a shocking alliance, the return of the so-called "Beast Incarnate" and a lengthy live event tour that split the roster in two and limited the amount of talent available for television.
As usual, social media was buzzing with activity surrounding this week's events.
Twitter was flooded with fan sentiments and opinions following Monday's newsworthy Raw, while Superstars and Divas posted pics from across the country during WWE's Holiday Tour.
In the days following Christmas, World Wrestling Entertainment presented shows in the Midwest, Northeast and East Coast. One of those shows took place on Sunday, December 29 and featured the company's resident Show Off, Dolph Ziggler (pictured), taking on Alberto Del Rio in the night's penultimate contest.
It was a stellar match that this writer was lucky enough to be in attendance for. Ziggler picked up a win over the man who took the World Heavyweight Championship from him back in June, thanks in large part to special referee (and 2013 WWE Hall of Famer), Booker T.
Monday night saw two major occurrences that will have lasting effects on the road to WrestleMania.
First up was the return of Brock Lesnar to WWE programming. The Beast had not been seen since August's SummerSlam, when he defeated CM Punk, and he had a major announcement upon his arrival to Raw Monday night.
With friend Paul Heyman by his side, he issued a challenge to whomever holds the WWE World Heavyweight Championship after Royal Rumble. This photo shows Lesnar moments before heading to the ring.
Also on Monday night, Daniel Bryan found himself the victim of a vicious beatdown at the hands of the Wyatt Family. This time, however, he did not resist the invitation by Bray Wyatt to join his cult-like faction. Bryan, defeated and demoralized, agreed to join the Wyatt Family and left the Richmond Coliseum with his head hung.
Since then, his fiancee, Brie Bella, has released a statement, via the Bella Twins' official Twitter account, playing up the show-closing angle.
Bryan's friend, and current WWE Tag Team champion, Cody Rhodes, also talked about the controversial, shocking finale to Raw on his Twitter account.
On Wednesday, Michael Cole sat down with Triple H for his weekly WWE.com Exclusive interview with the COO.
The Game discussed the new year, described it as "epic" and continued to explain that, despite his personal issues with Lesnar, the former WWE champion's return is best for business.
That same evening, WWE presented Main Event, headlined by Damien Sandow taking on Kofi Kingston. The other match on the show featured Rosa Mendes and Alicia Fox taking on Naomi and Cameron, the Funkadactyls. Here, Mendes and Fox pose for a quick photo prior to the match. Judging from the pom-poms, they were not above taking a jab at their opponents.
Bad News Barrett rang in 2014 the same way he said goodbye to 2013, unleashing some bad news on the WWE Universe in the form of a YouTube video documenting some of the worst news in WWE. From Edge calling off his wedding to Vickie Guerrero to Eric Bischoff's firing in 2006, the exclusive video looks at moments only the former Nexus leader could find pleasing.
Barrett's considerable in-ring talents may be misused in his current role on WWE programming, but if Monday night's Raw was any indication, he may finally have eased into a character that will get him over far more than being a tough Brit ever did.
As 2014 kicks into gear, Barrett is one of a handful of Superstars to watch out for.
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