In one of the biggest matches in WWE history, Randy Orton was crowned the WWE World Heavyweight Champion after an epic battle with John Cena during Sunday night's WWE TLC. Day of a new era in WWE begins tonight on Raw. Here are five reasons to tune in at 8/7 CT on USA Network.
1.) Bryan on the verge of giving in?
Physically overmatched by a trifecta of opponents, Daniel Bryan gave it his all against The Wyatt Family in a 3-on-1 Handicap Match at WWE TLC. After holding his own against Erick Rowan and Luke Harper, the Slammy Award-winning Superstar of the Year was unable to overcome the creepy clan leader, who continued to urge Bryan into joining his family throughout the match. On Raw, will the trio continue in their quest of getting the bearded Superstar to become part of their flock?
2.) Unbreakable Bound
Together, Cody Rhodes & Goldust earned their jobs back in WWE. And together, they emerged victorious after a fast-paced Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match at WWE TLC. Up against the likes of Big Show & Rey Mysterio, Ryback & Curtis Axel and The Real American, the Rhodes brothers found a way to persevere and retain the WWE Tag Team Titles during the final pay-per-view of the year. Who will be next to test their brotherly bond?
3.) Is Roman Regins The Shield's weak link?
Roman Regins is often described as The Shield's "muscle." Yet at WWE TLC, when the pivotal memeber threw caution to the wind and attempted a flying spear across the announce table, he wound up with a nasty gash near his eye. Stll affected by the injury, he mistakenly speared his own partner, United States Champion Dean Ambrose, which allowed CM Punk to captialize and get the pinfall. Has Punk uncovered the code to beating The Shield?
4.) Start of the streak?
In November, Big E Langston used his massive might to capture the Intercontinental Title in commanding fashion from third-generation Superstar Curtis Axel. During the final pay-per-view of 2013, Langston successfully defended his title against the formidable Damien Sandow. Perhaps no one is riding a bigger wave of momentum into 2014 than Big E. Matching his might seems almost implausable. Implausable - thought perhaps not impossible.
5.) Dawn of a new WWE
WWE COO Triple H dubbed Sunday's contest to determine the Champion of Champions the biggest in WWE history, and the Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match between John Cena and Randy Orton at WWE TLC did not disappoint. Handcuffing Cena to the ropes, the cunning Viper laid the groundwork for history-changing victory. Although The Authority - including Mr. McMahon himself - emerged and showed their respect for the new World Heavyweight Champion, how long will it take before they decide it's time put him to the test?