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The WWE May Have Found Its Attitude on Monday Night

With one F-5, the world of professional wrestling is whole again. Thank you Brock Lesnar for finally giving me the match I want to see — a confrontation with none other than CM Punk.

Actually, the final segment of Monday Night Raw was a summarization of how things should good over the hot, hot summer months, leading us to Money in the Bank and then into SummerSlam. Let’s just say the WWE got its head out of its backside and became “must see” television again.

Now to coin a phrase from Impact! Wrestling, “wrestling matters,” again. In the span of three hours, which were used properly for a change, we saw new storylines, developing character changes, feuds that were unpredictable and of course the F-5 to CM Punk.

Who would have thought we would have come out of “Payback” and our heroes would be John Cena, CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler. Add Sheamus, Kane, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton to the roster of stars and wow, we may have something special here.

Has the balance of power shifted in the WWE? Has there finally been a wake-up call from Vince and the boys? Does the idea of Vince, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon fighting for control of the WWE mean Vince is going to step back finally and allow his family to run the business?

I am reminded of the NWA and old school wrestlers who would change personas with a drop of a hat. Ric Flair shifted back and forth but was best as a heel. So was Bob Orton, Jr. Wahoo McDaniel tried it and was awful. Steve Williams was a better face. Ted DiBiase could do both very well. There was build up to matches; we all knew what we were getting when Flair and Ricky Steamboat walked into the ring.

To some extent, Vince McMahon did the same thing when he started out as owner of the WWF— he built momentum. He got us excited. Until last night, I had not been excited about a pay-per-view because there has not been real build, there has not been a true vengeance formed. Now, there is. And there is hope.

Now, let’s see what happens with it.

For the record, a WWE card that looks something like this is worth watching over the summer months and makes Money in the Bank very interesting.

John Cena vs. Mark Henry

CM Punk vs. Brock Lesnar

Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio

Kane vs. Dean Ambrose

Sheamus vs. Ryback

Kaitlyn vs. AJ

Curtis Axel vs. Triple H (because Vince will force this)

Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton

The Shield vs. the Usos

Things don’t look all that bad. And with Money in the Bank coming up (where I think Daniel Bryan wins as does CM Punk) things will get even more interesting. The challenge for the WWE will be to maintain momentum and keep the train on the tracks.

The WWF was quick to make events out of matches. My question is, “Why hasn’t that happened lately? Why hasn’t Vince of someone who has been with the company for a long period of time?

David is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report and can be read here. Follow David on Twitter @davidlevin71

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