Kester's WWE Raw Rundown: Kane destroys Daniel Bryan, Evolution and The Shield bicker, and Bray Wyatt sings John Cena a lullaby
By Ryan Kester
Daniel Bryan and Kane
Kane's show-opening attack on Daniel Bryan was well done, and Stephanie McMahon's reaction to his assault added to its intensity. While this feud and the attack were not ideal, Bryan needed a way to get off of tonight's show with minimal fanfare, and this served to accomplish that goal while putting heat on the recently remasked Kane.
Speaking of Kane's mask, WWE should have come up with something other than a retread of his outfit from his Team Hell No days. Each new iteration of a character's persona should be met with a visual change that sets that part of their gimmick apart from its previous incarnations. They did with well with the Corporate Kane look, but by retreading this version of Kane, viewers are visually reminded of Kane's previous run with this getup and the highs and lows that went with that run. He should be starting fresh as a monster rather than regressing to a previous version of that identity.
My sincerest condolences go out to the Danielson family. I hope Bryan takes as much time away as he needs to grieve.
Evolution and The Shield
This week's verbal exchange between Evolution and The Shield left a lot to be desired. It served the purpose of keeping the feud in viewer's minds, but it went on too long and took out some of the momentum gained from last week's assault on The Shield. The video packages covering the assault were strong and Evolution's brief promo helped get more heat on the group, but The Shield's response went far too long and far too flat for a follow up.
That being said, the end of the segment with the heels of the locker room barricading Evolution made for a strong visual. It's difficult to make it feel like the odds are not in a faction's favor, and WWE managed to do a great job of establishing that dynamic last night and last week.
John Cena and The Wyatt Family
The Wyatts and Cena had a strong main event match. The sight of Cena getting so close to victory was unnecessary considering he is a win up in the feud, but that was quickly glossed over by the assault he suffered after the match. The story WWE is telling with Wyatt slowly converting fans is an interesting one considering Wyatt's cult leader persona. WWE could have a lot of fun with this if they are careful not to pander too much and give the fans a chance to turn Wyatt.
This is a minor complaint, but Wyatt needs to cut back on the singing. It can go from creepy to cumbersome and distracting in a heartbeat, and there was far too much of an attempted (and often failed) sing-along with the crowd last night.
Last night's show was decent. The presence was rampant rewrites was apparent but understandable. It left a passable show with strong bookend segments and a whole mess of filler in between.
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