With WWE gearing up for WrestleMania XXX—currently shaping up to be one of its biggest shows in history—the writers are going full steam ahead. Monday's Raw was a pivotal one: Big names returned, angles were hugely developed, and we now have a fairly good idea of where things are headed.
But what are the most intriguing storylines to keep track of on the way to New Orleans on April 6? Well, in order of just how interesting they are and how big of an impact they will have, let's have a look.
Daniel Bryan has spent most of the past year being mistreated, mocked and outright sabotaged by Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and the rest of The Authority. The heels have made it clear: The small, unconventional-looking Bryan is most certainly not who they want as one of the main faces of the company.
Going by Monday's Raw, the wrestler looks to be facing Triple H at WrestleMania. Will he finally be able to gain revenge over The Authority's treatment of him and establish himself as one of the company's biggest stars? Of course, no matter how hard Bryan tries, we’re still stuck with the same old Bryan/Authority program we’ve had for ages. Hence, why this isn’t ranked higher; it’s just not terribly original or must-see.
John Cena was stretchered from the ring on Raw on Monday after he suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury after being attacked by Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Relax, Cena fans. As PWTorch notes, the injury is 100 percent a work.
So how will the “injury” impact Cena's feud with Wyatt? Will it give the program some much-needed dramatic tension? Is it the WWE bookers' way of protecting Cena if he's scripted to lose clean in New Orleans by giving him an excuse? We'll have to wait and see.
Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins have spent much of the last three months bickering and arguing amongst themselves. A nasty breakup appeared to be looming, possibly culminating in a Triple Threat at WrestleMania XXX.
However, the trio seem to be getting along much better in recent times as they unite to take on the Wyatt Family. Rollins and Ambrose even saved Reigns from what looked to be a bad beatdown by Bray and friends on Monday's Raw. Will the much-expected split still happen, or has it been forgotten about for now?
OK, so Dave Batista's heavy-hyped return hasn't exactly turned out as well as people in WWE must have been hoping. In fact, you could say it's been a total disaster. “The Animal” is receiving loud and thunderous boos everywhere he goes these days. It’s almost embarrassing.
Interestingly, rather than ignoring the jeers, WWE scripted world heavyweight champion Randy Orton to bring them up to the star on Mondays Raw. Batista begrudgingly acknowledged the chants and said the fans had a right to say or feel what they wanted (a babyface remark), but admittedly, he was still greatly angered by them (a heel remark).
While it's refreshing of the writers to not attempt to sweep the crowd reactions under the rug, you have to wonder: What is the point of bringing all of this up on television? Is WWE attempting to make the wrestler more sympathetic here? Is this going to salvage what is currently looking like one of the worst and most flat WrestleMania events ever? Just what is going on with Batista's character?
The Undertaker vs. Brock Lesnar for WrestleMania XXX became official on Monday, with the flagship show closing out with a deeply intense confrontation and contract signing between the pair.
Lesnar, aided by duplicitous manager Paul Heyman, has been on a rampage over the past two months. The former UFC champion has a point to prove—and ending the infamous streak would certainly be one way to make it.
Of course factoring in Heyman's nefarious tactics in the past, we certainly can't expect the two to play fair with “The Deadman.” Just what do they have in store for him over the next month?
Considering the importance of this bout—it’s the real main event—this promising angle is really the only option for the No. 1 slot.