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1. Good Heat that Lasted Too Long...

The Authority got theirs last night after Daniel Bryan ran his Occupy Raw segment last Monday.  Triple H ragdolled Bryan all over the ringside area at the end of the show after cops had handcuffed him at Stephanie's behest.  They did a good job of teasing a face turn for Hunter even though you know he won't turn before Wrestlemania at least.  Stephanie played her part well too, breaking Triple H's balls at times throughout the night, then mocking Bryan throughout the beatdown.  They did a good job of putting this as the real main event of Wrestlemania 30.

My issue - it just went on too long.  There's just a certain point where you can cool off the heat you are attempting to generate.  The beatdown overran the normal overrun of Raw and to almost 20 minutes past the hour.  I thought the angle started hot, but I eventually felt like "OK Hunter, you can beat a handcuffed man up, hit your finisher and kiss your wife over the fallen opponent."  I'm also not a fan of handcuff angles, as a rule, either.  Not to mention this all just felt like McMahon-Helmsley circa 2000 all over again.  I think I was more of a fan of Occupy Raw than I was this angle.

2.  Oops, He Did it Again...

In a smart move, Triple H guaranteed the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania will be a triple threat.  This is a good move.  It plays into the doubt and paranoia of the "internet" fan that thinks Triple H is out to bury Bryan.  Every near fall in that match will be bought into and will definitely energize their match a little more.  Also, it guarantees we won't get the flat Orton vs. Batista title match.

3. Age is Catching Up...

WWE is so good at producing hype video normally, and the Undertaker video from last night was no exception.  It really put the focus on Undertaker's age is catching up with him and he has escaped the last several Wrestlemanias with wins.  Heyman has been golden in this storyline so far and by far the MVP.  With Taker and Lesnar scheduled to appear on the remaining shows going into Wrestlemania, this is a great opportunity to get some much needed heat on Brock Lesnar.  They need him to look confident, and Taker having some doubts.

4. Mixed Emotions...

The Shield seems to be turning face.  If this means they get to stay together, I like it because I think there is money to be made with the trio before they break them up.  I was hoping, however, that we would see the Shield's Wrestlemania program come to light tonight but it just didn't happen.  Given what we've seen so far, I can only suppose that the Shield will be taking on Kane with two partners, like Luke Harper and Erick Rowan perhaps.  That just doesn't work for me like The Shield facing the full Wyatt Family would.  It makes more sense to have the Shield face each other in a triple threat, but I don't see that coming together and I'm not a fan of that idea either.

5. Arrrrrr...Matey!

Naomi is back now after the eye injury that she got from a careless knee drop from Aksana.  She looked decent in her return and worked the match with an eye patch on.  The bigger story here is the aftermath.  It looks like the issues between AJ and Tamina are sudden like the ones between Gail Kim and Lei'D Tapa on iMPACT.  They need to take their time and build up to the eventual split of these two.  Nothing that was done here built fan anticipation toward a split, for sure.

6. Still a Weak Champion...

I found the no-disqualification match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton entertaining.  The fans were into it, and it showed that Bryan can beat Orton yet again.

7. Unluck of the Irish...

In the past WWE has a tendency to really overload on the holiday show stuff.  Hornswoggle was tame, and the match itself between Sheamus and Titus O'Neil was fairly standard fare.  The only reason these two were together was because of the Irish themes to both men's names.  I am shocked that they are putting Sheamus and Christian in the Andre the Giant Battle Royale rather than have them face off at Wrestlemania.  They had a great match last week, and a rematch wouldn't have been out of line.

8. Laying it on Thick...

John Cena really embellished hard when he talked about facing Bray Wyatt, talking about how he's afraid of Wyatt and the things he represents.  That said, I would rather see Cena take that route rather than go on with the Jimmy Buffett comparisons and singing we saw last week.  Wyatt is so in with this character that he continues to carry this feud on the mic.  The video package before his match with Kingston was well done too.  This match is coming around well.

9. Eight Man Disappointment...

The eight man tag match left me wanting a bit, but the rapid-fire finishing sequence with various wrestlers hitting their finishers is always a crowd pleaser and draws a good reaction.  But what really disappoints me is that the eight men in this match, along with Christian and Sheamus, are all a part of the battle royale.  There are only five advertised matches, and maybe two that are possibly coming.  Will we see a lot longer matches out of the rest of the card?

10. Real Opportunity

The Real Americans and the Usos had a really good tag match.  One can only ask if the Real Americans are going to get the tag team title shot, or will there be a gauntlet or multi-team match at Wrestlemania.  I wouldn't oppose a single-team match, as these two worked well.

That's all for this week. Be sure to watch for RingRap Audio later this week, and we'll have more Road to Wrestlemania with Raw coverage next week on Ring-Rap.com