Hittin’ It Raw-Dawg: Hell In A Cell

(Maximum Sports Channels – Joseph Randazzo) Shawn Michaels is the showstopper. What better way to put an end to the Hell in a Cell Pay-Per-View then a sweet chin music to the face of his mentor Daniel Bryan. It’s something we see coming but don’t want to think about because our love for the bearded-one has left our better judgement clouded.

The clues of Shawn Michaels joining the dark suits are in the most subtle of places -a sign of good storytelling. In an interview with Michael Cole this week on WWE.com, Triple H says his friendship with HBK doesn’t get rattled by the television drama. According to him, they still keep in touch daily. Loyalty is a big factor in terms of a potential screwjob here. It’s really important for the title to be kept off Daniel Bryan’s waist to Triple H, so in this instance, Shawn Michaels will go against the grain -as he usually does- and stay true to his friend. In a way by screwing Bryan, he isn’t really changing the HBK moniker at all. He’s stealing the show, championing his role at standing out, and staying true to his friend.

The WWE is chomping at the bits for a legitimate screw-job. They have tried branding screw jobs since 1997 but each one fell flat because of a lackluster storyline, or the necessary tools to make a perfect storm weren’t there. The last time the WWE tried branding a screwjob was a match that happened a few years ago between CM Punk and the Undertaker. The ref rung the bell in the midst of Punk’s Anaconda Vice despite Taker not tapping. It was a great match as a Punk/Taker match should be but something wasn’t there. The crowd was just indifferent by the match. Sometimes when a match concludes you can almost feel the energy in an arena change. The energy was the same before and after the bell rung in this instance. The crowd will not be so indifferent between Orton and Bryan though.

Daniel Bryan is so beloved right now, a Sweet Chin Music to give Orton the WWE Championship, might actually fit the proper description of screwjob. For one, Shawn Michaels is a rugged outdoorsy type. To see the guy suit-up like Barney Stinson and join the McMahon/Helmsley Era 2 when he has a hunting show on the nature channel would be well worth the YOU SOLD OUT chants. Then you have to factor in the power of the YES chants. Daniel Bryan has become more than a great wrestler. He’s an attraction. He makes you want to buy Raw tickets just so you can say YES. Those YES chants are so powerful, they haven’t come close to dying out in two years. To piss off those fans who just want to say YES, would lead to a natural chorus of boos. Especially if the man screwing Bryan is his mentor.

There will never be another Montreal Screw Job but this will still be pretty monumental. It certainly would make wrestling more interesting to see Shawn Michaels with short hair and a Louie suit. Degeneration X could change its name to Mad Men at that point and the crotch chops can be replaced by the Revenue Stream. All that is is Triple H and Shawn Michaels high fiving with credit cards in the palm of their hands. If you ain’t down with that we got two words for ya: FUTURE ENDEAVORED!

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