Brock Lesnar’s return to the WWE after eight years pushed everything else to the side on Raw last night. That says a lot about Lesnar because it was one of the best Raws in recent memory.
The Miami crowd was so good last night that the WWE should have them at every televised event. The one thing you may have noticed is how over Daniel Bryan was with the fans in attendance. Fans chanted Bryan’s catchphrase “YES!” all night. At one point John Cena got caught up in the excitement and started a “YES!” chant of his own.
This got me to think that maybe the 18-second loss to Sheamus at Wrestlemania 28 wasn’t the worst thing in the world. WrestleZone.com sent out a tweet last night stating that after Bryan was released from the WWE in 2010, he received such an outpouring amount of support that he was brought back and his release was worked into the storyline.
Not convinced that his release helped his career? Other than David Otunga and Wade Barrett, who is injured, Bryan is the only member of the Nexus stable that is still very active in the WWE today. Not to mention, Bryan is a former World Champion and that’s something no former member of Nexus could claim.
Bryan always finds a way to rebound and turn a negative into a positive. It’s a huge testament to Bryan’s character and his loyal following. Any time the WWE knicks Bryan down a few pegs, the crowd comes back even stronger to support him. He's quickly gone from a so, so heel to a top baby-face.
Bryan’s only appearance during Raw was via a backstage segment. Following Raw, Bryan and Kane teamed to face Sheamus and Randy Orton in a dark match. Sheamus pinned Bryan, but after the match Bryan thanked the fans for the overwhelming amount of support. Here’s the video:
*The other big return/debut was Lord Tensai, who sued to go by the name of Prince Albert/A-Train during his first run in the WWE. His debut was impressive in a squash match of Alex Riley. Tensai showed some impressive moves from his time in Japan and if he could continue that style of wrestling, he will be interesting to watch.
He’ll probably squash a few more guys, much like Brodus Clay has been doing.
*Speaking of Clay, he might just have graduating from beating up jobbers. He came to Santino’s aid last night and delivered a huge head butt to Dolph Ziggler.
*Chris Jericho continues to make like a living hell for CM Punk. Following Punk’s WWE Title match against Mark Henry, Jericho poured alcohol all over a fallen Punk. Yet another throwback moment to Punk’s ROH rivalry with Raven in 2003.
The Punk-Henry match was really good, with Henry dominating solid portions of the match.
*John Lauriniatis’ victory at Wrestlemania gives him full control of both shows and he got off to a quick start punishing all members of Team Teddy. I like Johnny Ace’s character and I still believe a heel general manager works better for storyline purposes.