On the day after Wrestlemania, I spent hours sitting in front of my computer sifting through the myriad complains of the NAIborhood, and, if I'm being honest, offering many of my own.
Why did Brock Lesnar so handily defeat Dean Ambrose?
Why did WWE build up the Shane McMahon story only to have Undertaker win?
Why did The Rock put Bray Wyatt over verbally, but not necessarily physically?
Basically, the world wanted to know What in the blue hell is going on?
With last night's RAW in the rearview mirror, I can't look at you and say all of those questions have been answered. In fact, I can't look at you and say that ANY of those questions have been answered.
What I can do is look at you and say. . . Who cares?
The two RAWs coming out of Wrestlemania have been fantastic, WWE Payback looks like it is going to be an amazing Pay Per View, and even some of the most fervent critics of WWE (Hi, Laz!) have been, at least temporarily, silenced. As Pope of Positivity, I am feeling pretty darn good right now about my wrestling experience.
Let me share some of the moments that made me smile most.
Shane McMahon continues to do a stellar job running RAW.
I don't know how long this storyline is going to last, I don't know where exactly it's going to lead and quite frankly, it doesn't bother me in the slightest. Shane coming out and seemingly being "The People's Authority" has resulted in some fantastic television, and I'll enjoy it as long as WWE goes with it.
Kevin Owens might be my perfect wrestler.
I love technical wrestling, I love the ability to mix power and aerial ability and I LOVE Wrestle Silly. What about that is NOT Kevin Owens? While Bo Dallas will always hold a special place in my heart, I don't think I can consider him my favorite wrestler right now while KO continues to turn in such epic performances. Nobody I can think of would take the time to stop, pick up JBL's hat, put it back on the announce table and apologize for knocking it over.
PPV Quality Matches on a Monday Night RAW.
Someone on Twitter didn't really know what to make of Zayn vs. Styles, which could easily have been a main event matchup on pay per view. I think they felt like it was wasted on a RAW. How could it be? With the depth of talent we have in WWE right now, EVERY show should feel like a PPV, match-wise, and let the storylines be darned. I loved AJ vs. Sami, and that's all that matters.
Dean Ambrose is back where he belongs.
While the Wrestlemania loss will still sting for a while, I think, when push comes to shove, I am really just angry with myself for having such irrational expectations as to think Ambrose could feasibly beat Brock. I fell victim to my own fantasy booking.
Now Dean is back where he belongs, FINALLY coming back to address the "feud" that started way back at Night of Champions. He and Jericho are going to do amazing work (the Highlight Reel-turned-Ambrose Asylum was particularly stellar) and Dean will be stronger for it.
I spent a good portion of the morning fanning out with fellow Bray Bo-Lievers (See what I did there?) Shannon Scott and Whitney Harris, and I think we can all agree that last night ranked among the best all-time moments for Bray Wyatt since joining WWE. Everything he did was terrific - The interactions with LON and Reigns midway through the show, his promo before his entrance was thrilling and he might have just redefined what a "hot tag" can be.
Perhaps this has been what's wrong with Bray this entire time - He's meant to have the WWE Universe in his hands. As a "babyface" (using this term VERY loosely), it's entirely possible that the sky is the limit for Mr. Wyatt.
Wrestlemania 32 might be one of the all-time question marks in wrestling history, but that's exactly what it is right now. . . HISTORY.