It looks like WWE is going with Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania XXX. If CM Punk had accepted the supposed match with Triple H, what would have been the plans for Daniel Bryan?
The original plan for Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania XXX was a singles match against Sheamus. The talk of switching Bryan's opponent to Triple H began the night after Royal Rumble. I still do not know what CM Punk knew about this before he walked out. Did word reach him the proposed bout against Triple H, that apparently he wasn't happy about, being off in favor of extending his program against Kane? Remember, Punk was scheduled to work Kane at Elimination Chamber in a stopgap to Hunter but there was talk they could wait until Wrestlemania to blow it off. The Wrestlemania lineup is now beginning to take shape and the current plan is in fact Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan.
Where exactly did Erick Rowan and Luke Harper come from?
Erick Rowan was known on the independent scene in the United States and Japan before signing a WWE developmental contract in February 2011. Luke Harper was better known as Brodie Lee as one of the top independent names in the US during his time with Evolve and Dragon Gate USA. He signed his developmental contract with WWE in March 2012. The team was put together and seasoned in NXT, where they held the NXT Tag Team Championship for 84 days. They taped a reunion match at NXT against Marcus Luey and Jason Jordan on January 9, 2014 that you can read about here. I actually watched the tape on Wednesday night and it was a short squash match but Bray Wyatt proclaimed they hadn't forgot where they came from. The Wyatt Family were babyfaces at NXT that night.
Since Monday Night Raw is taking place in Chicago this Monday, could we see CM Punk?
We can't rule anything out because literally anything is possible, however, I would classify a possible CM Punk return at Raw in Chicago on Monday as doubtful. If Vince McMahon could work some magic, this would be the time to do it. Could you imagine the pop Punk would get at the Allstate Arena and the momentum they would have leading up to Wrestlemania XXX in April? It would make for a historic night and a historic moment, however, I have heard of no such plans. WWE continues to move away from Punk, with the overwhelming assumption being that he's gone and not coming back. My one hope about Raw in Chicago is that the crowd doesn't behave like they did in Green Bay this week. That crowd didn't send a message, they seemed out of touch and irrelevant.
What are your thoughts on Undertaker's look on Monday Night Raw? I thought it was a mixture of old and new school with the beard.
I believe it's humanly impossible to get tired of the gong hitting and The Undertaker returning. Even though most expected him to come back on Monday night, his entrance was epic. The goatee and shaved mohawk looked great and got me ready for Wrestlemania season. After last year, the conversation needs to shift. We need to stop debating whether or not "the streak" should end and start debating whether or not Undertaker is the greatest Wrestlemania superstar of all-time. I also implore readers to realize that every Undertaker appearance and match from this point forward is historic. Don't miss them and don't get overly critical. Realize you are watching something that's coming to an end and it's a privilege to be a part of it.
From the Ask WNW vault…
April 2013: When will WWE realize Undertaker should always go last at Wrestlemania? Every year the crowd dies down after his matches no matter what happens next. - I agree, The Undertaker is impossible to follow at Wrestlemania. We’ve seen him do what he did at Wrestlemania 29 before (saving the show with an outstanding match) yet we all wondered going in what CM Punk would be able to get out of him. Here’s a guy that works one match a year and consistently puts on “match of the year” candidates. Following his match against CM Punk, the conversation has shifted. We need to start having serious debate on whether or not Undertaker is the greatest of all-time. I almost feel bad for even doubting what we would get out of the bout this year. Undertaker not only showed he hasn’t “lost a step” in the ring but his physical conditioning was very good as well. He certainly looked the part and did not disappoint.
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