Richard’s Notes From Raw In Brooklyn – Batista Ripped, Cena Destroyed, Undertaker’s Alive; Closing In On Wrestlemania 30

The show opened with Stephanie McMahon cutting a promo on last week’s attack on Daniel Bryan. She said it was hard to watch but they had to send a message that insubordination would not be tolerated. Stephanie stated they didn’t want a passing fad creating a false leader. The crowd was hot with a lot of heat and loud CM Punk chants ensued. Stephanie said her husband Triple H was the greatest WWE superstar in history.

Randy Orton came out and cut his standard promo before Batista came out. Batista’s promo had some problems as he had a bad mic. He told Stephanie she’s been drooled over a lot and she slapped his sunglasses off. Stephanie got out of the ring and the cameras caught a shot of her underwear as she bent over. Batista speared Orton and ripped the ass out of hits pants.

The problem with the opening segment is Orton vs. Batista is a match fans don’t want to see. Yes, the heat is there but it’s not the heat WWE wants. The situation should be resolved with the Triple H vs. Daniel Bryan stipulation, however, I can’t remember the last Wrestlemania where there was so much apathy to the title match. We’re less than two weeks away and the fans have made it clear Batista vs. Orton is something they want no part of.

Christian won a Fatal 4-Way match to get a shot at the WWE Intercontinental Championship on this week’s episode of WWE Main Event when he pinned Dolph Ziggler after a Kill Switch. This was a great match that also involved Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus. Big E sat in a chair and watched from ringside. Ziggler was over like rover, garnering at least double the reaction of anyone else. Neither Christian nor Del Rio had their entrances televised. Ziggler hit a great dropkick on Sheamus, who had a nice spot with Christian on the outside, where he landed a fallaway slam. Del Rio was the weak link, botching an enziguri badly. He also kicked Christian in the head, which I question the logic behind that given his recent concussion problems. The bout went 12 minutes and is worth going back and watching if you missed it.

The Wyatt Family cut a promo on John Cena. Bray Wyatt was singing “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” and asked Cena if he’d take the time to see who he really was. The way into the city of woe, the way into eternal pain. Really good stuff by Bray, who *is* the character he plays. Luke Harper said they were coming to find him. This program has been very well built by the outstanding mic work of Bray Wyatt. He’s certainly a candidate for a major breakout performer this year.

Sin Cara squashed Damien Sandow as he hit the Swanton Bomb from the top rope before pinning him. There’s no question where Sandow stands right now, very low on the card. His entrance wasn’t televised and he didn’t land any offense in the bout that was just over one minute long. Scooby-Doo came out with Cara, coming out of the Mystery Machine that was driven out to ringside. Hunico has embraced this opportunity and looked good in the ring, the problem is the crowd couldn’t have cared less. I’ll also note Michael Cole actually sang the Scooby-Doo theme song on Sin Cara’s entrance.

Los Matadores beat Curtis Axel & Ryback when Axel was rolled up because he was distracted by The Shield coming out through the crowd. The news here was that Axel and Ryback were removed from the 30-man Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal because they’ll challenge The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Championship at Wrestlemania XXX. The storyline is Kane “gave them the match” for helping him against The Shield on Smackdown. It’ll be interesting if they actually challenge for the titles as they are essentially afterthoughts on the card right now. After the match, The Shield, now babyfaces, took out Ryback and Axel with Romain Reigns spearing Ryback and then a triple powerbomb to finish him off.

Before break, they promoted the appearances of Hulk Hogan and Arnold Schwarzenegger with the following graphic:

Triple H did an in-ring sit down “interview” with Michael Cole as the 9 PM lead-in. This was a…

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