Bray Wyatt Accepts
John Cena's challenge for a match at WrestleMania was accepted later in the evening by Bray Wyatt. Wyatt's promo once again stood head and shoulders above any other interview cut by any other Superstar all night.
"Do you see yourself in him, John?" was a great line in reference to Cena sharing the ring with childhood hero Hogan. The delivery by Wyatt was so great (and the facial expression so well done) that it does not take a leap of faith to buy into the Wyatt character or anything he says.
He speaks with such great conviction and belief in what he says that it is easy to forget he is a performer portraying a character.
"Just remember, you have everything to lose. Your time is up. My time is forever. Ti-i-i-i-me is on my side" was a great way to wrap up the money promo from Wyatt, who may be the best overall performer in WWE today.
The Shield Meets with the Director of Operations
Kane called the members of The Shield into The Authority's office and questioned just how valuable an asset they are to Triple H, Stephanie and himself following the airing of their grievances on last week's SmackDown.
He ordered a tag match featuring Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns taking on Cody Rhodes and Goldust. Rollins, the architect of the group and always two steps ahead of everyone else, questioned whether Kane's dissatisfaction with The Shield was his way of deflecting heat from himself following two straight losses to Daniel Bryan.
Roman Reigns standing up to the Big Red Monster and promising to slay any demon in their way was a great line and teases tension between he and Kane, but the real MVP was the United States champion Dean Ambrose, who really said nothing of note but brought it in terms of the small things that set some performers apart from others.
Ambrose standing in the background with an arrogant smirk on his face as Reigns stood up to Kane was brilliant and really put him over as the cocky runt of the group who has no problem expressing himself when he knows his boys will be there to back him up.
How he handles the challenge of Mark Henry on Tuesday's live Main Event should be interesting to see play out.
The Rhodes Brothers vs. Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins
Two of the best matches of 2013 featured Cody Rhodes and Goldust taking on The Shield's Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.
They rekindled their rivalry Monday night when they met in a tag team match that would determine just how strong a unit The Shield still is and how valuable it can still be to The Authority.
The star of the match was Rollins, who continues to stand out amid rumors of singles pushes for Reigns and Dean Ambrose. His performance was stellar, and the strong win for him over Cody Rhodes only highlights the fact that the creative team may have seen something in Rollins that has won them over in recent weeks.
The Rhodes brothers are in a predicament heading into WrestleMania because they certainly deserve to have a place on the card. But with spots filling up rapidly, it appears as though their 'Mania moment will come in the form of entrances into the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Sheamus vs. Christian
Though it felt like the 1,000th match between the competitors in the last month, Sheamus and Christian delivered a very physical, hard-hitting Memphis Street Fight that was won by Sheamus and, hopefully, puts an end to their feud.