Raw London was a nice mix of storyline progression and meta-audience interaction. While the show did have its obligatory “JBL” chants, fans still remained passionately interested in WWE matches and characters, which always enhances a wrestling show.
The fate of Daniel Bryan’s WWE title reign continues to be in doubt both on and off camera, with Stephanie McMahon demanding that he surrender the WWE World Heavyweight championship on Raw next week. In a best-case scenario, Bryan’s ambiguous title reign will be stretched out in non-wrestling segments opposite The Authority until he has fully recovered.
Sheamus will be another party interested in his recovery, as WWE seems to be hedging their bets with a Celtic Warrior heel turn. Sheamus has slowly teased that may turn heel through subtle facial expressions and a shady title win, but not so much that he couldn’t remain a babyface if Daniel Bryan were to be out for longer than expected.
WWE should have held out on debuting Adam Rose for a couple more weeks, as the U.K. was the perfect market to roll out this gimmick. Rose incited fan fervor in the O2 arena similar to his post-WrestleMania Raw appearance. Hopefully domestic fans will catch on as well.
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