The Raw after WrestleMania is quickly becoming just as much of an institution as WrestleMania itself. Themes have repeatedly played out on shows in recent years. At this point, these themes have evolved into cult traditions.
The off-script chant. The loud futbol-influenced arena crowd. If WrestleMania is the wedding, the post-WrestleMania Raw is the reception.
Night-after WrestleManias also tend to be dedicated to a pseudo MVP. A people's champion from WrestleMania that fans rally behind for one reason or another. In 2012 it was Daniel Bryan. In 2013 it was Fandango.
Even a resurgent Ricky Steamboat received all the love in 2009 during a group tag team match in Texas.
As he hits his stride during this critical time, Bray Wyatt is almost a lock to be that guy in 2014. Especially if he draws the sympathy vote by losing.
Another fledgling mini-tradition for night-after Raws is the surprise appearance or announcement. The night after WrestleMania XXVII saw The Rock and John Cena agree to face off in one year's time.
Brock Lesnar set that bar unattainably high following WrestleMania XXVIII. In fact, the only appearance that would surpass the shock of Brock Lesnar—the rare UFC export—would be that of Sting.
Sting has become a favorite of this series, which speaks to the chances of him actually showing up in WWE. His chances of being WWE bound have never been better, however, given the logistics of WrestleMania XXX weekend.
Sting is currently in the host city of New Orleans. His would-be surprise appearance can be easily disguised because many secondary promotions annually (and shrewdly) book events during WrestleMania weekend. Their purpose is to act as parasitic alternatives to a massive wrestling audience.
Sting's opted to choose whatever alternative there is to WWE for his entire career. The legendary wrestler is deep in his twilight, and with one final glaring pay day in a similar final stage, it's now or never.
A Sting arrival in WWE, almost 30 years in the making, will add to the legacy of the night after. Far from a hangover, these particular Raw shows will be near or on par with WrestleMania itself with Sting's help.
It would also be the strong counter to the NCAA College Basketball championship WWE will run head-to-head against.
PWTorch covered a recent Q&A session with Sting in London. It was noted that Sting has been “purposefully” watching Raw since his departure from TNA.
Most notable? According to the report, “Sting said he wants to face The Undertaker in his last match. He's not interested in fighting other opponents in WWE or for independent promotions.”
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