|The Shield "returns"
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Some surprises came out of the WWE Payback show, at least to me. I'll get into the undercard in a minute, but since I titled this as such, I figured I'd touch on the brief, but awesome reunion of The Shield during the main event. Obviously going into the the fatal four way I knew that Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns had once been a part of the most dominant trio in recent years. But it never occurred to me that they would all work TOGETHER during the course of the match.
Because of my work schedule, I was fast asleep (actually I was still tossing and turning) by the time the WWE World Heavyweight Title match started. When I logged into Twitter hours later, I saw pics and gifs of the "one-time only reunion" between Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns. It made me look forward to coming home and watching the former Shield members take out Randy Orton with the triple power bomb.
I loved it. I know the way the current storyline is going it doesn't make sense to reunite the trio for good. But for those few moments, I thought it was awesome. I liked how Rollins seemed to think the band was back together and when Ambrose and Reigns tore into him and Kane it was a nice break from what I'd expected during the match.
|Did he quit?
Another minor surprise, although I had written in my previous blog my predictions and they mostly matched up, there were no title changes. I feel like that's a rarity these days, but I don't have any proof that it is. I'm curious to see where the Rusev angle will go next, as I do believe they botched up over emphasizing that the Superstar must say "I quit." Clearly Rusev did not. I imagine the story will unfold on Raw with Rusev "firing" Lana, which will be odd to see these two without each other.
|New Day... rocks
I thought New Day did a great job getting heat during the tag team title match. I still love the combo of Cesaro and Kidd and those uppercuts that the Swiss Supermen threw were incredible. This story could continue, but I do think the tag team ranks need some fresh faces in the hunt for gold. Speaking of which, I was surprised to see Axelmania and Macho Mandow lose in their first outing as a team. I really am impressed with both men's impressions of the legends, but Axel's "Hogan" routine is spot on as far as I'm concerned. I guess this means The Ascension is here to stay.
Dolph Ziggler getting busted open was ugly. It took ten stitches to sew him up. There's plenty of speculation online as to whether he did that himself or if it happened the hardway. It seemed a bit too bloody too fast for a blade job, but I'm just a fan.
I hope Bray Wyatt's win over Ryback helps him continue to climb the ladder (perhaps right into Money in the Bank). And despite some online criticism, I think Naomi is a great athlete. I'm still not sure she's next for a run as Divas champ. Time will tell for all these things and the future of the Intercontinental title will be told in a couple of weeks at Elimination Chamber. We'll break it all down soon here and on the podcast.