Raw Five-Point Preview: February 3, 2014

Raw Five-Point Preview: February 3, 2014

What a difference a week makes. Just seven days ago, Daniel Bryan was the people’s pariah after being denied the chance to enter the Royal Rumble Match. Now, thanks to some serendipity, he’s headed into the Elimination Chamber to challenge for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. Similarly, The Shield seemed to be coming apart at the seams last week; now, in the face of a new enemy, they’ve cried unity more than ever before. Will Bryan’s momentum — and The Shield’s resolve — hold? WWE.com previews tonight's Raw for some hints.

Justice for all

The Wyatt Family responds to their upcoming match against The Shield at Elimination Chamber: SmackDown, Jan. 31, 2014

It looks like The Shield may have met their match in The Wyatt Family.

The Shield took its biggest hit ever in the Royal Rumble Match when Roman Reigns — angered  by Dean Ambrose’s attempt to eliminate him, which also drew an angry reaction from Seth Rollins —  eliminated both of his teammates only to be thrown over the top rope by the winner, Batista. A potential implosion was stopped, or at least delayed, when The Hounds of Justice set their sights on The Wyatt Family after the freaky tro cost The Shield their trip into the Elimination Chamber. With one more faction in WWE left to topple, can the men in black pull themselves together?

Prime Time no more

The Prime Time Players vs. Ryback & Curtis Axel: SmackDown, Jan. 31, 2014

The Prime Time Players face the duo of Ryback & Curtis Axel on SmackDown.

Well, we did not see this coming. One of WWE’s tightest tandems, The Prime Time Players, abruptly collapsed on SmackDown when Titus O’Neil blamed Darren Young for a quick loss to “Rybaxel” and promptly stomped his former friend into a stupor. With “The Big Deal” gone solo and D. Young reeling, what’s next for the former partners ?

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide

Cody Rhodes & Goldust vs. The New Age Outlaws - WWE Tag Team Championship Match: Raw, Jan. 27, 2014

The New Age Outlaws defend their newly won WWE Tag Team Titles against Cody Rhodes & Goldust.

The Rhodes Brothers’ bid to reclaim the WWE Tag Team Championships from The New Age Outlaws was abruptly derailed by an enraged Brock Lesnar, but WWE COO Triple H has granted Cody Rhodes & Goldust a Steel Cage championship rematch this Monday on Raw. With nothing to interfere in their match, can The Outlaws prove they do, indeed, still have it? Or will their “Attitudinal” victory at Royal Rumble Kickoff be proved to have been a fluke?

The most dangerous game

Kofi Kingston vs. Alberto Del Rio: Raw, Jan. 27, 2014

Kofi Kingston and Alberto Del Rio square off on Raw.

Alberto Del Rio promised for weeks that he’d embarrass Batista in the Royal Rumble Match. It didn’t quite work out that way, and The Essence of Excellence vowed on Monday to ensure The Animal doesn’t even make it to WrestleMania. He got a win over Kofi Kingston to start his campaign off on the right foot, but will Del Rio find his mark and hit Batista where he lives? Or is The Animal truly ready for anything the former WWE and World Heavyweight Champion can throw at him?

The #YESMovement begins

Daniel Bryan says The Authority is ignoring the wishes of the WWE Universe: Raw, Jan. 27, 2014

Daniel Bryan wants to be in the Elimination Chamber Match at the upcoming pay-per-view on Feb. 23.

Daniel Bryan has taken his first official step toward the WWE World Heavyweight Championship by claiming one of the six spots in the Elimination Chamber Match, and the WWE Universe’s legions have firmly placed themselves at his back. With John Cena, Sheamus, Antonio Cesaro, Christian and current champion Randy Orton opposing him, though, the submission specialist’s path to the WrestleMania’s main event against Batista is anything but guaranteed. Can the people’s hero keep his momentum going? Or has the other shoe simply not dropped yet for the former WWE and World Heavyweight Champion? Find out this Monday at 8/7 CT when Monday Night Raw airs live on USA Network. 

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