I feel like each match served their purpose, and every thing told the story that was intended. Sure, you can say it wasn't like you predicted. I think myself, I went pretty bad on the predictions, but that's probably good in a way. But I am objective enough to sit back and think what does it all mean. That's what I am going to accomplish here.
|Start of a new Evolution?|
Randy Orton def. WWE Champion Daniel Bryan
You want to end a PPV like this way. With some questions leading into Monday Night. And that's exactly what we got. At first, I think Orton not doing anything to win is a bit of a cop out, but I am sure that will be answered in the coming future. But the big kicker is Triple H taking out Daniel Bryan. I saw Orton cashing in, so I will give myself a high five for that, not that it was hard to predict. But now we have Bryan chasing after Triple H and Orton for that title. I don't want to see Bryan and Triple H go at it, and HOPE we don't go that route. This chase will probably last longer than people want, so I hope that doesn't turn it off in the meantime. But you could have it get resolved at Mania with Daniel Bryan overcoming the odds, and celebrating that second WWE title win with the streamers at the big PPV.
You have Orton align himself with Triple H in what hopefully won't be an exact copy of Evolution as to me that was the worst run for Triple H in that role. I just never got enough interest to even hate that group. Maybe this time around it works for me, but I am clueless about who to bring in as far as this goes. Does Vince McMahon just align himself with this, and then we won't have to worry about all that between him and H? I think for me, that's the BEST way to go about it. Heel Vince, Heel Triple H, and their hand picked champion in Randy Orton.
Daniel Bryan def. WWE Champion John Cena
Bryan picks up the win over Cena and that's something not many guys can boost about recently. He gets to hold the title for that one time, like he said, but now has to overcome some big odds to get back to that mountain. This is where I think we see what Daniel Bryan is made of, and that should make the moment of him picking up the title again an even BIGGER moment.
Dolph Ziggler & Kaitlyn def. Big E Langston & AJ Lee
This one is so easy for me to gaze into my crystal ball and see. Each person in this story goes their separate ways. I think you have to break up AJ and Big E in the near future, for each of them to achieve what they need to. Dolph Ziggler needs to get back on that road he was, which should solidify this baby face run. As far as Kaitlyn, I am fresh out of ideas for her.
Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman def. CM Punk
I think this result threw me for a loop as well as I figured you just have Punk take out Lesnar, and get his hands on Heyman, GTS, and move along. But now it looks like we could get another match out of this pairing, but who knows when that might be. I hate to see Punk and Curtis Axel go at it, so the ideas are drawing a blank here. This did serve Punk well as that guy who won't quit, and took everything from someone who was dominant at times. Punk even got to stand tall in the lose, so that should work well for what he can do next.
Natalya def. Brie Bella
I was very surprised with Natalya picking up the win here. Maybe she gets that title shot that we all know she deserves, and somehow ends up champion, especially with Total Divas being the hit it is. That seems to make sense as there's no reason for the Bella Twins to hold the title. AJ is the champion, and I think she makes that great champion for it. But with this reality show, things could be on the change here soon.
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio def. Christian
Christian is probably not going to see a title match anytime soon, unless there's no other option for another match with Alberto Del Rio. I would have liked to see Del Rio just dominate this match, and try to build up that heel side of him. I've just never been a big Del Rio guy, and still question this move as him for champion. But taking out Ricardo was a good step to get him that heat he needs. From the promo, I wonder if Rey Mysterio steps up soon as challenger to the WHC since there was that talk about a Latino Hero. Makes a lot of sense now that I really do the thinking.
Cody Rhodes def. Damien Sandow
Money in the Bank case on the line next month should be where this feud needs to go. Sandow can go over there, and then start on his way to be built into a legitimate contender for the title. I think Rhodes needs to look strong as well, and if he can come out looking good in that lose, then maybe he can challenge for the title because how much heat would Sandow have if he cashed in on the guy that he took out at Money in the Bank. Things would come full circle, and that's howI play things out in my head.
Bray Wyatt def. Kane (Ring of Fire Match)
I thought the afermath would be where this short lived feud would take off. I still believe the Wyatts will corrupt Kane back into that monster heel since that is something WWE can always use. Especially if you have Mark Henry as a face now. Kane without the mask aiding the Wyatt Family at times after he's been brainwashed could be a really cool idea. I think you have some segments where it's shown in that back woods area, and Bray is showing Kane the way back. That's why these guys had to come together.
Rob Van Dam def. United States Champion Dean Ambrose via disqualification (SummerSlam Kickoff Match)
Dean Ambrose retains, which wasn't odd, but I would have liked him to win the title on his own. I think we get this match again at Night of Champions, and Ambrose goes over without the Shield. Henry and Big Show look to challenge Rollins/Reigns for the titles. I believe we'll see these six men fighting each other over the next month for the build up to Night of Champions.