The show opened on Monday with CM Punk's music, but it was his former manager Paul Heyman who made his way out to the ring in front of Punk's hometown. Well played WWE. Heyman did his thing. He mentioned CM Punk, the first time the name has been uttered on a WWE broadcast since he left the company. Heyman said Punk was NOT in the building. He blamed the fans for why Punk wasn't there and referenced his loss last Wrestlemania to the Undertaker, which allowed him to introduce his current guy Brock Lesnar.
Solid start to the show. I was still thinking Punk would arrive and blow the roof off the place.
First match was for the Tag belts where The Usos beat The New Age Outlaws to become the NEEWWWW WWE TAG TEAM CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD! Good for them.
Big E and Cesaro have a match. Fine.
The Wyatts vs. The Shield is next. Once again it's terrific. Without these two factions, I'd be out on the WWE right now. Bray Wyatt is the best on the mic (since Punk is gone, remember) and Dean Ambrose isn't bad himself. All 6 can wrestle and put on great matches. Crowd chanted "This Is Awesome" a few times for this one, even before it started.
First hour of the show was great. No CM Punk, but his name was mentioned and the crowd chanted it a few times.
Then a bunch of crap matches follow including Sheamus vs. Christian. No thanks.
Jesse (Aaron Paul) from Breaking Bad comes out with Dolph Ziggler for his match with Alberto Del Rio. Gotta promote that movie.
John Cena comes out, says he won't be wrestling and then talks about the Wyatts. Least the WWE realizes Bray Wyatt is legit, as he is in TWO rivalries/ storylines right now.
Main Event time: Batista vs. Daniel Bryan. And of course Randy Orton is out too. He's the champ.
Looks like Bryan will win and then shockingly Orton comes in and it's a DQ. Next thing you know Triple H, Stephanie, and Kane are all in the ring beating up Bryan. This would be a pretty good time for CM Punk's music to hit again... but it does not. The WWE knew it was the perfect time and once again ended the night with Triple H and Steph reigning victorious. Weak sauce.
Remember when the WCW had too many of their wrestlers (Hogan, Nash, NWO, etc.) in charge of creative and the whole operation went in the trash? Well Triple H is doing a hell of a job trying to recreate that mess.
Daniel Bryan not being good enough is getting tired.
Triple H and Steph as the lead villains is getting tired.
Randy Orton sucks.
I'll probably still watch through Wrestlemania, but they are making it tough. If I had the feeling that they were setting us up for something awesome it would be one thing, but the storytelling/ writing is so bad there is almost no hope. Do they write this stuff day of? How much of a long-scope do they have? Remember when Kane was kidnapped by the Wyatt Family? What about Daniel Bryan? Do they remember?
I'll end with a quick Pros vs. Cons list of the current state of the WWE.
The Wyatt Family
The Shield CM Punk
Paul Heyman CON:
Triple H/ Steph as the main heels
Lack of CM Punk
And John Cena probably lies somewhere in the middle.