John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
John Cena and Bray Wyatt were in desperate need of a great match to pay off their rivalry.
They got that match Sunday night. They pulled out all stops in front of a Chicago crowd that was completely invested in the action they were providing.
The involvement of The Usos, Erick Rowan and Luke Harper added to the match rather than taking away from it.
There was very little in the way of technical wrestling, and the high spots started early. Cena delivered multiple Attitude Adjustments, and Wyatt introduced his rival to Sister Abigail on more than one occasion. The violence increased with every passing minute, building until the finish, which saw Cena delivering yet another AA to Wyatt, this time through an equipment case.
Cena shoved another case on top to prevent Wyatt from emerging and waited as the official counted to 10.
The irony of Cena burying Wyatt, quite literally, is not lost on this writer. Still, it was a fitting and adequate way to end the story.
If that is, in fact, the end.
The Shield vs. Evolution
Sunday's main event was a tale of two matches.
The first half of the bout focused on Evolution working as a unit to decimate The Shield. They isolated The Hounds of Justice and beat them down in hopes of picking them apart one by one.
Seth Rollins then made a leap of faith, jumping off the video screen and re-energizing his teammates. Reigns and Ambrose fought back, and the Hounds systematically destroyed Evolution. Rollins eliminated Batista following a spear from Reigns.
Ambrose finished Orton off with Dirty Deeds onto a steel chair.
This left Triple H and his trusty sledgehammer to square off with all three members of the opposing team. As one would assume, it did not end well for The Game. Reigns flattened the COO with the spear and pinned his boss, fitting retribution for the three-on-one beating the second-generation star took earlier in the bout.
The match culminated a heated rivalry that featured the rise of The Shield to the top of the company. As they had so many times in the past, they worked together as a team to overcome three of the greatest stars of this generation.
Where this leaves The Hounds of Justice is a bit of a mystery at this point, but one thing is for certain: If Rollins keeps executing those high spots and continues to be the glue that holds the group together, he is going to be the real breakout star, regardless of how hard the company attempts to push Reigns on the fans.
There was only one way that the entire segment featuring Daniel Bryan, Brie Bella and Stephanie McMahon could end that would result in a satisfying conclusion, and fans saw it Sunday night.
Bryan handing over the titles would make him look bad. Allowing him to let his wife be fired would make him look worse. Stephanie stripping Bryan of the strap would be logical but could have been done on Raw without wasting valuable pay-per-view time.
Brie stepping up and quitting instantly endears her to the audience more than anything she had done to this point. Her slapping Stephanie won her even more fanfare and ended the segment on a high note.
Could a high-profile match between Bella and McMahon be on the horizon, perhaps with the state of Bryan's title reign at stake?
Only time will tell.