Last night’s ending of Monday Night Raw reminded me of why it’s fun to be a wrestling fan & of something wrestling has been lacking lately; unpredictability. NOBODY expected the 8 rookies of NXT, which has pretty much been a ratings bomb, to not only show up on Raw, but ruthlessly take out the WWE Champion and utterly destroy the ringside area while shocked fans and crying children looked on. This is one of those rare perfect moments in wrestling where you have the audience eating out of the palm of your hand. They were hooked & the raw emotion (no pun intended) showed how into it they were. Some have even probably said “I know it’s fake…but that right there…that was real.” Perfect. Pandora’s Box has officially been opened. Now where do things go from here? Let’s look at possibilities.
1. This was obviously done to create interest for a strong opener for Season 2 of NXT, which starts tonight. I’ll definitely be following to see the fallout from Raw.
2. Suspicious by his absence…Michael Cole. He seemed to get the Hell out of dodge as the mayhem started. Will he be a target of NXT, or will WWE serve us & have Cole aligned with the group in some form? Perhaps as their voice…killing off the “vintage” announcer & turning Cole into an effective heel manager? Cole has really seemed to come into his element on NXT in getting the fans to hate him more than normal. This could be his moment to shine.
4. I’m going to call this right now. NXT is responsible for the storyline “vegetative state” of the Undertaker. Storyline wise, when is the last time one man has been able to take down ‘Taker? Now 8 men, especially after the beating they gave Cena, makes this believable in the eyes of the fans. If their beloved champion & the Phenom can be dismantled by NXT, it leaves them wondering “who’s next”.
5. IF done right, & as we all know, this is a HUGE IF, this COULD be the beginning of the Survivor Series (yes ladies & gentlemen…it’s back on). Teams of WWE Stars vs. teams from the NXT Brand. If done though, NXT needs to assert dominance or at the very minimum, be made to look like they’re ready to take the reigns.
“YOU ARE NOT BETTER THAN ME!!!” – Bryan Daneilson after kicking John Cena’s head in, Raw 6/7/10.
Quote of the night. Someone had to say it. Lol.
Until NXT time!
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