Raw kicked off Monday night with Brad Maddox and Vince McMahon exchanging remarks about the Number One Contender for the WWE title, Daniel Bryan. As Mr. McMahon continued to rip on Bryan, The Submission specialist made his way to the ring to give an address of his own to the chairman of the WWE.
It seems like earlier reports on several wrestling websites were correct. When they reported Mr. McMahon wasn’t happy that Daniel Bryan was selected to battle John Cena for the WWE title, preferring a freakish giant instead of the smallish troll.
The WWE Universe quickly sided with Bryan, as yes chants filled the arena, while Mr. McMahon unsuccessfully tried to continue his speech. When the crowd finally quieted down, McMahon continued his verbal assault on Bryan saying Bryan winning the title at Summerslam would be the biggest embarrassment to the WWE and its management.
Mr. McMahon also voiced his displeasure Monday night for current WWE Champion, John Cena, stating that Cena walks around like he’s a better man then Mr. McMahon, and that Cena acts like he owns the place. The segment continued with Mr. McMahon saying the only way he could come out a winner at Summerslam, is if Bryan and Cena lock up during the start of their match, and exploded into sub atomic particles and float way.
Bryan surprisingly complimented Mr. McMahon for being honest with him, and telling Bryan what he really thought of them. He then went on to say that even in Mr. McMahon’s own words. That it doesn’t matter what you want, it matters what they (the WWE Universe) wants. Bryan then asked the WWE Universe if they wanted to see a new champion at Summerslam. The fans responded with mixed reviews on Daniel Bryan, as some fans surprisingly chanted no to the submission specialist’s question.
After watching that opening segment Monday night, it’s pretty safe to say that Daniel Bryan will win the WWE title at Summerslam, only to fall victim to Mr. Money in the Bank, Randy Orton and lose the title moments later. The decision to make Orton Champion at Summerslam seem senseless with Daniel Bryan already so over with the WWE Universe and receiving huge pops from crowds every night.
Of course the WWE Universe has a history of not getting who it wants, but who the company thinks fans need as a WWE Champion. The move could have a stroke of genius to it if WWE continues with a storyline between Orton and Bryan, to build up Bryan even more as superstar, before giving him the title. What better way to cement yourself as great WWE Champion then to beat The Viper?
The title bout at Summerslam also seems to have more implications then just a title changing hands, as Vince McMahon and Triple H are engaged in a battle over who should be the face of the WWE. Vince obviously favors superstars that are larger than life giants and rule the WWE with pure strength and aggression, while Triple H seems to prefer smaller guys that supply more high flying action inside the ring and can be made into great underdog’s stories.
My prediction is after SummerSlam, McMahon will put his full support behind Randy Orton as the face of the WWE, while Triple H will still argue that Daniel Bryan’s explosive aerial offense makes him the one who should be rewarded as the future of the WWE. Assuming Orton does turn heel, like speculated, Bryan and Orton will battle until night of Champions. Where Bryan should finally overcome all odds and hold the title again. The win will also give Triple H his first win in his storyline feud with Mr. McMahon.
Although the feud between McMahon and Triple H has potential to be the best in a long time. It seems to me like the feud is starting too early between the two. With WrestleMania 30 still eight months away, I worry the WWE will have trouble sustaining interest in the storyline. Especially with the feud already reaching a fever pitch in its opening stages.
After proving himself in last week’s Gauntlet match, Bryan looked to continue that momentum Monday night, taking on his former tag team partner and friend, Kane. The match reached a fever pitch as Bryan delivered three missile drop kicks to Kane in the corner of the ring. Bryan went for the cover, but Kane was able to kick out a two.
Bryan then tried for a top rope maneuver to put away his former friend, but was nailed with a fist to the chin by Kane. The Devil’s favorite demon was able to take control of the matchup from there with a powerful side slam on Bryan.
Feeling confident, Kane then went for a top rope maneuver of his own, nailing a vicious clothesline on Bryan. Kane went for the choke slam to finish off Bryan, but was reversed by the Submission Specialist into the No Lock. Kane however, was able to battle back by throwing Bryan across the ring.
Bryan quickly got back up and began his signature kicks on a disoriented Kane, as the WWE Universe yelled yes with each kick to The Big Red Monsters body. Bryan went for one more kick to finish Kane off, but was blocked by Kane, who then set up Bryan for the choke slam. Bryan quickly reversed the choke slam into a miraculous inside cradle to get the win.
After Cena won his Main Event match against Ryback, putting him through a table with a last second Attitude Adjustment, Bryan ran to ringside and grab Cena’s coveted WWE title. The gesture seemed to be good natured as he looked to hand it to the WWE champion in a sign of respect.
The good natured gesture didn’t last long, as Bryan quickly pulled the title belt back to his side after prompting a few yes chants from the crowd, Bryan relinquished the belt to Cena. But made it clear what his intentions were at summer as Raw went off the air.
Results by match:
The Shield defeated Mark Henry and The Usos.
Rob Van Dam defeated Fandango by count out.
Kaitlyn defeated Divas Champion, AJ. Lee.
Dolph Ziggler defeated Big “E” Langston by disqualification.
Christian defeated Alberto Del Rio by pin fall
Cody Rhodes defeated Wade Barrett. By pin fall
Daniel Bryan defeated Kane by pin fall
Brie Bella defeated Natayla by pin fall
Curtis Axel defeated R-Truth by pin fall
John Cena defeated Ryback by putting Ryback through a table with an Attitude Adjustment