Raw Five-Point Preview: March 3, 2014
It ain’t over till it’s over: The Shield and The Wyatt Family haven’t remotely settled their differences despite their battle at Elimination Chamber. In fact, lingering tensions between the factions have led to the rematch of all rematches this Monday on Raw, by order of WWE COO Triple H. Yet despite The King of Kings’ efforts to keep his house in order, an intriguing proposal by Daniel Bryan has put The Authority as a whole on the spot, and a just-announced match against Batista puts the submission expert in The Animal's crosshairs. So let’s rev things up with WWE.com’s five-point preview for this week’s Raw, featuring special guest star Aaron Paul.
Guess what? Batista doesn’t like you very much, either. That, at least, was The Animal’s message to the WWE Universe last Friday on SmackDown, as well as a promise to dominate every favorite of the WWE Universe who stood in his way between now and WrestleMania. Dolph Ziggler – despite an inspired effort – was first on the chopping block. Next up in The Animal's sights is none other than The Authority's No. 1 enemy, Daniel Bryan himself. Can the No. 1 contender score his second consecutive victory? Or will he submit to The Beard?
Prepare for war … again
Ready for Round Two? The Shield and The Wyatt Family are set to collide yet again just two weeks after they nearly tore Minneapolis off the map in their epic battle at Elimination Chamber. The Wyatts have looked dominant in the weeks since then, while The Shield, who was divided and conquered in the contest, have looked less than cohesive of late, particularly with regards to Dean Ambrose’s increasingly hostile attitude toward his teammates. Can The Hounds of Justice put their internal issues aside and get the job done? Or are they doomed to repeat history when The Wyatts come calling again?
Just say “YES!”
Daniel Bryan can’t have the WWE World Heavyweight Championship just yet. But perhaps hecanhave Triple H. The submission expert took the fight straight to its source last week, delivering an emphatic WrestleMania challenge straight to The King of Kings himself. The COO all but laughed in Bryan’s face, though the “Yes!” man’s handy defeat of WWE Director of Operations Kane shows he’s not exactly ready to give up on his endeavor. Bryan clearly wants to play The Game; will Triple H oblige?
A one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest
John Cena told Bray Wyatt to come get some. And Bray Wyatt did, taking a piece of the 14-time World Champion with him when The Eater of Worlds – aided, as ever, by his Family – seemingly injured the Cenation leader’s knee in an in-ring mugging one night after costing Cena the WWE World Heavyweight Title inside the Elimination Chamber. The exact state of Cena’s injury is unknown, but it’s unlikely he’s going to let this go by without some kind of response before long. What – if anything – can we expect from the wounded Cena?
Next stop, Raw
And we didn’t even need a giant magnet to get him: “Need For Speed” and “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul is headed to WWE’s flagship show as the special guest star. How will the WWE locker room react when the Emmy Award-winning actor steps into their midst? Given what happened the last time Raw had a guest host, we’re guessing The New Age Outlaws will be sitting this one out. Nevertheless, see what goes down when Raw airs this Monday at 8/7 CT on USA Network, and be sure to check out the live Raw Pre-Show, airing at 7:30 p.m. ET, and Raw Backstage Pass after the show on WWE Network!