WWE Fatal 4-Way: Nine Things We Learned
As with any WWE pay-per-view, Fatal 4-Way ended up with its share of surprises, upsets, and things we saw coming.
In other words, there are always things we learn after a pay-per-view and the last one was no exception.
So here's what we have learned—and didn't learn—from Fatal 4-Way.
1. The Kane / Undertaker storyline is far from over
We have not learned the identity of The Undertaker's aggressor, so Kane will continue his rampage.
What was meant, according to Kane, to be a fatal night has not been so fatal after all—he only attacked CM Punk and they both disappeared backstage with Luke Gallows helping his savior.
2. The NXT Invasion's angle will continue for a while
We have not learned who is manipulating the NXT Seven, so they will continue to disturb Raw.
The NXT Invasion storyline was promising, but it is already stale. Their attack at the end of the show was a repeat of the June 7th episode of Raw except for minor changes.
They should assault differently—not always the seven together—they could go with two or three on one attacks to change things up.
Now let's hope the angle will evolve soon—and wisely.
3. The ''Anything can happen in WWE'' days might be back
The WWE shook things up with Fatal 4-Way. Two unscheduled matches and three new champions provided some interesting surprises.
Despite it bring a match without hype, a surprise bout is often something interesting. It's not about the match itself, but about the speculation—and regarding speculation, the WWE did a good job with only five announced matches.
There has been a lot of speculation about a match between The Hart Dynasty and The Uso Brothers, but no one thought about adding Nathalya and Tamina into the mix.
Many IWC fans were hoping to see Chris Jericho, and they have been served but still have a bitter taste in their mouths. I have seen no one speculating about a Y2J and Bourne match, so thumbs up to WWE.
Three new champions emerged from the three Fatal 4-Way matches, so thumbs up again to WWE.
The only thing missing was the major announcement for a perfect "Anything can happen in WWE" show.
4. Evan Bourne's continuing push
It's a good thing to see that Bourne is such a push. The fans in general like him and the crowds react well with him.
He is a part of the new WWE wave so he needed to get that push.
With one of the biggest wins in his career, Bourne will probably win the U.S. Title very soon and continue his ascension to the next level.
After his presentation beside Cena in the June 7th Raw main event, he launched to the top of the mid-card for the ultimate tests before reaching the top-card level.
5. Chris Jericho is still the WWE's top jobber
One of the best on the mic in WWE history, Y2J still has the touch to collect the boos from the crowds.
But his role is now limited to providing great promos for the fans. He seems to have taken Kane's place as the top WWE jobber.
I have read that this jobbing role is because of his TV Show, and WWE's not happy about it.
6. The Tag Team Division might come back to life
The Uso Brothers have shown they were a great legit tag team that can actually wrestle very well. That breath of fresh air is more than welcome in these dark days of tag team wrestling.
The Hart Dynasty, the only other legit tag team on Raw has done well once again. The Usos proved that they could face the heat and that they could hold their own in an expected long rivalry against the Hart Dynasty.
While the only two legit pairs on Raw are fighting, we might see other legit duos emerging and entering the hopefully soon-revamped tag team division.
7. The WWE seems to enjoy making the Internet Wrestling Community mad
One of the IWC's most despised wrestlers has won the World Heavyweight Championship.
Rey Mysterio is the new Champion and continued his ultimate underdog gimmick perfectly.
With such a result, the WWE fell from grace with a lot of IWC fans.
Was it necessary to have Mysterio as World Heavyweight Champion? Any of his opponents needed the belt more than him.
CM Punk as champion would have given some prestige to his stalling Straight Edge Society.
Big Show deserved a title run after all the time he spent without a major championship.
Jack Swagger needed to establish himself for good after his disqualification loss against Big Show at the previous pay-per-view. Swagger now looks weaker than ever before—all of his bragging promos have been done for nothing.
8. The WWE also seems to want to please the IWC fans
With Sheamus winning the WWE Title, the WWE made a decent choice.
Orton and Edge will continue their feud and many believe that they don't need gold on the line for something intense between them.
Many are now happy to see John Cena without the belt and, anyway, he doesn't need it to continue with the NXT Seven angle.
If Cena doesn't win his re-match and remains out of the title picture, things might be very interesting.
Sheamus is far from being my favorite, but I will give him a second chance. He has a lot of fans so he might have something I didn't see yet. But I'll give him the credit he deserves—he did very well to win the Championship and he has shown his opportunistic side.
9. A new WWE pattern of creating low expectations to give a better show?
I don't know if it will become a pattern, but the WWE fixed low expectations to deliver a good show overall.
As we could see, there were mixed emotions among the fans leading to Fatal 4-Way. From total indifference to excitement, the expectations were generally not very high.
I have seen many bad comments about the pay-per-view, but I personally think it was something solid. No huge surprises or significant developments with the current top angles, but great matches in general.