Biggest Lessons Learned from Feb. 24 Edition of Raw
The Feb. 24 edition of Raw was a pretty big one—after all, it was the launch of the WWE Network.
We had two or three huge returns—more on those later—and we all of a sudden have some huge momentum going into WrestleMania XXX.
The big return was Hulk Hogan, who is back to guest host WrestleMania this time around. He drew a huge reaction from the crowd, and it is great to see him back.
The rest of Raw featured some pretty decent matches throughout, and some more intriguing storyline development heading towards Mania.
So, let's take a look at the biggest lessons we learned from Raw.
Cesaro Delivers Yet Again
First of all, there was a stunning match with John Cena last week on Raw. Then, he followed that up with an impressive showing in the Elimination Chamber.
Cesaro made it a trio of great matches this week on Raw, when he had a great tussle with Big E. First and foremost, the way the match ended does indeed indicate that The Real Americans could be about to split.
However, let's focus on Cesaro. The guy is clearly heading places with the WWE—and a face turn should really be on the cards.
If that happens, you can only imagine Cesaro pushing for the main event spot on a regular basis. After all, that swing is one of the most popular things in the company right about now.
The Usos Are the Next Tag Team Champions
Forget what happened at the Elimination Chamber. The next tag team champions are going to be Jimmy and Jey Uso.
After all, they're a pretty good tag team, it has to be said. They can work the crowd, and seem to be pretty popular right about now.
And their in-ring approach also puts them at the top of the pile when it comes to tag teams in the WWE. They stole a march on the champions on Raw, when they grabbed a pretty quick win.
That will no doubt cement them in as No. 1 contenders for the tag belts at WrestleMania XXX. It would be very hard to see them losing yet again.
Randy Orton's Heel Persona Excels Once Again
Raw was a good solid start for what is supposed to be the main event at WrestleMania XXX. Batista vs. Randy Orton has had precious little buildup prior to this point, despite most people knowing it would be the main event.
Batista finally expressed his emotions over crowd reactions and Randy Orton's character. However, Orton rose to the top once again with another smart heel promo.
He identified that Batista isn't exactly the most popular guy in the world right now, and even managed to draw a few cheers from the crowd. It must be difficult for Orton—having to deliver a solid heel program against a guy who the crowd have effectively turned into a heel too.
You get the impression that Batista vs. Randy Orton will be interesting if it is done correctly—the involvement of Triple H will likely be crucial.
Still, a good solid start to this particular WrestleMania rivalry.
Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H Is on
It's been suggested for months—and many have felt it was on the cards. Well, you can almost lock it in now—Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan is on.
It was teased when Bryan confronted The Game backstage about the events that happened at the Elimination Chamber.
Then, after Bryan picked up a clean win over Kane—he addressed the WWE Universe once again to try and make it happen.
It seems like it will happen—there doesn't appear to be another path for Daniel Bryan heading into WrestleMania XXX.
If he wins, it will surely launch him back into the champoinship picture.
Dean Ambrose Will Sell the Shield Short
It looks we're starting to get a more defined image of how The Shield's split is finally going to occur.
It was teased at the Elimination Chamber—when Ambrose was mysteriously absent at the end of their match after brawling with Bray Wyatt.
Ambrose was at it again on Raw—showing up late on during Roman Reigns' match with Bray Wyatt to make the save. However, he then cost Reigns the match by turning his attentions to Bray.
The fractions are clear, and everything is set in place for the split to take place. It just seems like it is a matter of when, rather than if.
The WrestleMania Card Is Rapidly Taking Shape
You can essentially book three or four matches in already for WrestleMania XXX—even after just one edition of Raw.
The aforementioned tag team belts will be defended, and Daniel Bryan vs. Triple H looks locked in. You could probably add John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt to that list, too.
And of course, that isn't forgetting the ending to Raw. The Undertaker's return to confront Brock Lesnar adds another match of high quality to the card at WrestleMania.
For a pay-per-view that was looking seriously thin in terms of solid matches a few weeks back, one edition of Raw has changed all that.