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WWE TLC: Post-Payback Raw show breathes life into every division

Barnaby Read 19/05/2015
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Cena (l), Rollins and Owens (bottom r) have shaken things up in WWE.

It is a rare treat for each WWE title to be fiercely contest between a number of superb in-ring performers who can all master the mic.

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These periods of time are to be savoured like a keenly contest Premier League title run-in.

To see the most talented athletes in the world peaking at the same time and bringing real character to the screen is what makes premier athletic events so exciting.

At present, the WWE is just that: exciting.

While Brock Lesnar remains conspicuous in his absence since losing the title at WrestleMania and crowd favourite Daniel Bryan is out for the foreseeable future, the rest of the WWE roster is flourishing. 

The battle between former Shield members Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns (and their brief reunification at Payback) has softened the blow of not seeing the dominant Lesnar take opponents to Suplex City.

Sheamus’ return to the ring and his face-off with man-mountain Ryback have equally negated Bryan’s enforced exit.

And no sooner had we said goodbye to the John Cena-Rusev rivalry than two cracking prospective storylines were thrust upon us.

While Lana’s turn-face was a long time coming, the love shown to her by the WWE Universe and the hatred directed at Rusev has made the shift one that has united fans. With Lana seemingly picking Dolph Ziggler as her new fighter, you can be sure of an ensuing rivalry that will draw great response from the stands.

The less expected change of paths came to Cena.

The United States champion was on Raw greeted by NXT title holder Kevin Owen who ended up putting Cena on his backside and sending a strong message in his first performance of note on the main show.

A great deal of credit must go to the performers who are currently providing some of the best in-ring work for some time. Equally, WWE Creative deserve a huge pat on the back for maintaining such momentum.

Similar to the Raw that followed WrestleMania, this week’s PPV follow-up built on the feuds that developed and instantly geared viewers towards Elimination Chamber.

Some of that momentum was lost in the ensuing weeks after WrestleMania and you hope that is not the case this time around.

Considering the chemistry the current roster has, it will be an opportunity missed if that is the case.

MOVE OF THE WEEK – The Shield triple powerbomb

For many this was the highlight of this week’s PPV. Seeing Shield briefly reunite was a great sight and brought back some superb memories of the faction’s utter dominance in the WWE.

TWEETS OF THE WEEK – #LanaFightsBack

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Relive WWE Payback 2015 - Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Randy Orton

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Kane loses his job if Seth Rollins doesn't win.

Follow all the WWE action LIVE for the latest event- WWE PAYBACK. In the main event WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins has to defend his title against Randy Orton, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in a Fatal 4-Way Match with Kane's job at stake!

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WWE TLC: No Payback for Daniel Bryan as injury ends another title reign

Barnaby Read 12/05/2015
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Bryan relinquishes his IC Title.

The disappointment continues for WWE superstar Daniel Bryan, who this week was once again taking centre stage in a Raw ring for all the wrong reasons.

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Bryan’s latest battle with injury this time saw the fan favourite reluctantly relinquish his Intercontinental Title after announcing he had been undergoing MRI scans and may never wrestle again.

“The Intercontinental Championship should not be sitting on a physical therapist’s chair. It deserves to be in this ring and in this ring is where I am going to leave it,” Bryan told the Cincinnati crowd.

“They don’t know how long I’ll be out. They said maybe weeks, maybe months. They said I might never be able to wrestle again.

“You deserve to have WWE Superstars fighting for this championship.”

The affable wrestler has established himself as the WWE Universe’s ‘man of the people’ and this announcement is yet another nail in the coffin for one of the company’s biggest assets.

It is yet to be seen whether Bryan will return to the ring and the timing of his heartfelt admission couldn’t have come at a worse time for both wrestler and the WWE.

Having won the title at WrestleMania in a six-man ladder match, Bryan and his cohorts had breathed new life into the once renowned Intercontinental belt.

With another defence scheduled for the upcoming Payback PPV, Bryan was back making headlines in the ring rather than in the doctor’s office.

It is a position he has unfortunately become accustomed to after previously vacating the WWE Heavyweight belt after needing of neck surgery, almost a year ago to this day.

For now, Bryan must pass the baton and hope the likes of Dolph Ziggler, Neville, Sheamus and co can continue the momentum that has been built in the past few months and concentrate on getting fit.

He will be sorely missed by fans but his health must take precedence.

Hopefully, Bryan will come back fitter and stronger than ever before and target a return to the top table on his return.

MOVE OF THE WEEK – Finish-off

In keeping with the usual PPV pre-amble, each of the Superstars in the Payback main event took turns to put WWE champion Seth Rollins down on Raw as Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton and Roman Reigns each gave Rollins a taste of their finishers. 

TWEETS OF THE WEEK #ByeByeBryan

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