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Daniel Bryan Held off Raw
One week after absorbing a vicious beating at the hands of Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, Daniel Bryan was nowhere to be seen on Raw. Triple H took part in a sit-down interview with Michael Cole in which Bryan was referenced on several occasions, but the hottest star in professional wrestling was kept off television with less than two weeks remaining until WrestleMania XXX.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Was This a Logical Decision by WWE?
There are two schools of thought when it comes to the Bryan situation, and while neither is necessarily right or wrong, both are intriguing. On one hand, it can be argued that keeping a huge star like Bryan off TV is a huge mistake. Bryan is going to be a key part of WrestleMania, and he could very well end the night as WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Because of that, it's understandable why some might think that showing his face as often as possible is the best course of action.
Conversely, it can be said that the circumstances surrounding the build to WrestleMania made keeping Bryan away from Raw a smart decision. Bryan was still selling the Triple H attack, and while some might scoff and chalk it up to The Game putting himself over, it makes some sense from a storyline perspective. The heinous attack made Triple H look like a diabolical heel, and the fact that it forced Bryan to miss Raw only added to Triple H's heel persona.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
In terms of the natural progression of this storyline, Bryan missing Raw wasn't a huge deal. What happened on the previous Raw between Triple H and Bryan was so significant that letting it simmer made sense. Bryan ultimately has to get his revenge prior to WrestleMania, and there is little doubt that he will. Having him show up on this past week's edition of Raw very well could have negatively impacted the build since it naturally would have been a drop-off from the Triple H attack.
Holding Bryan back for a week builds anticipation even more, and the crowd reaction will be huge when he shows up on the go-home Raw prior to WrestleMania. Bryan will also get his revenge on Triple H during that Raw, so essentially everyone will forget about the previous week anyway. The absence of Bryan was a definite disappointment on the surface, but it will be a blessing in the coming weeks.
Batista Reportedly Mocked Backstage (WrestlingInc.com via PWInsider Elite)
The Shield Set to Face Kane & New Age Outlaws
After months of tension, The Shield members settled their differences a few weeks ago and appeared to get back on the same page. They have gotten a face reaction ever since, and they have shifted their focus toward attacking heels. They have been at odds with WWE Director of Operations Kane in particular, which resulted in Kane pitting himself and the New Age Outlaws against Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins at WrestleMania.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is This a Proper Match for The Shield?
Few teams in the history of professional wrestling have stolen the show with as much consistency as The Shield. Reigns, Ambrose and Rollins complement each other so well, and they have put on countless great matches since joining forces. The Shield should be able to carry Kane, Road Dogg and Billy Gunn through a solid contest, but The Shield feels like an afterthought at WrestleMania after being a focal point for much of the year.
The Shield's feud with Kane developed out of nowhere, and while it could have been used as a creative way to further tension within The Shield, it led to what feels like a random six-man tag instead. On top of that, the New Age Outlaws were supposed to face The Usos in a rematch for the WWE Tag Team Championships, but that has apparently been struck from the record books. It isn't as significant as the impact that this match has on The Shield, but it is one of many inconsistencies.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Considering the fact that The Shield faced Randy Orton, Sheamus and Big Show at WrestleMania XXIX, this is actually a fairly significant step in the wrong direction. While Kane and the Outlaws are surefire Hall of Famers, they simply aren't major players within WWE at this point in their careers. Keeping The Shield together isn't necessarily a bad plan, but there should have been a plan in place for the unit to face a trio that is currently on its level.
Even better than that would have been a Triple Threat match pitting The Shield members against each other. That would have been extremely easy to accomplish by having Kane set up the match in an effort to dissolve The Shield. The group still could have existed in the aftermath of the match, but that could have restarted the breakup before it ultimately comes to fruition around SummerSlam, which is when we predict it to happen. A Triple Threat between The Shield would have been one of the best undercard matches in WrestleMania history, but the creative team simply dropped the ball in that regard.
Backstage News on Shield Breakup (WrestlingInc.com via F4WOnline)
Interview with WWE Superstar Kofi Kingston
With WrestleMania XXX approaching quickly, high-flying Superstar Kofi Kingston joined Bleacher Report and Ring Rust Radio to discuss "The Showcase of the Immortals" and much more. Kofi had plenty to say about what he'll be doing at WrestleMania, his future prospects in WWE, his longtime status as a wrestling fan, the WWE Network and much more.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What's Next for Kofi?
Although Kingston isn't currently involved in any storylines, it is quite likely that he will have a major impact on WrestleMania in New Orleans. Kofi is entered into the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, and even if he doesn't ultimately come out on top, he has a penchant for stealing the show in Battle Royals. Kofi has performed some insane spots in past Royal Rumbles, and he is excited to do something special at WrestleMania:
Any type of Royal Rumble or Battle Royal I always look forward to because I usually get to do some pretty cool things. And then on top of that, just to be involved with a match dedicated to a man with the profile and the caliber of Andre the Giant, I mean, when you think about that it's awesome. I mean, how cool would it be to be the first guy to win it? I think it would be really, really cool.
Kingston is one of the most athletic, creative and innovative wrestlers in the business today, and fans are always waiting to see what he'll do next. It won't be easy to outshine 29 other Superstars during the Battle Royal, but Kofi is definitely equipped to do it.
Ring Rust Radio's Take
Kofi has been a face for his entire WWE tenure, and that has led to him gaining a loyal fan following. Essentially every character in wrestling undergoes a transformation at some point, though, and it's only natural that a heel turn might be in the cards down the line.
Kingston is such a nice guy that he doesn't seem like a natural heel, but he admitted that a villainous run is something that interests him if the stars align properly.
I've been clamoring at that for a while now, but the situation has to be right and the timing has to be right; everything has to be right. I wouldn't want to just do it for the sake of doing it because you might get lost in the shuffle that way. If the situation was right, it would give me a chance to do something completely different and show people a side of me they have never seen before, which I think would be great and I think would be fun.
Kofi has had a huge amount of success in WWE as a former WWE Intercontinental, United States and Tag Team champion, but he may have to change his character in order to enter the WWE World Heavyweight Championship fray. Kingston is open to it, and he is definitely talented enough to make the transition.
RRR Season 4 Fantasy WWE Standings
1. Mike Chiari: 277.5
2. Brandon Galvin: 135
3. Donald Wood: 35
4. Michael Cahill: -20
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