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WWE RAW: Review May 26

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The final Raw before Sunday's epic Payback pay-per-view came to us live from Knoxville, Tennessee and for the go-home edition of the show seemed to be something of a let down.

Stephanie McMahon announced last week that Daniel Bryan would "do what's best for business" and surrender the World Heavyweight so that it can be defended, something which he can't do following his neck injury and subsequent surgery. 

Bryan was there live on Raw but he refused to give up the title, even though he did acknowledge that he himself could no longer defend it and a new champion was needed. Then to many fans horror, Stephanie prolonged our frustration and gave Bryan a further six days to figure out whether or not he was going to "do the right thing" but if he didn't Brie Bella, Daniel's wife, would be fired for putting her hands on Stephanie two weeks ago.

Elsewhere, The Shield and Evolution stood in a Raw ring together for the last time as they signed the contract for what is set to be a war! The signing didn't fully go as planned and The Shield this time were on the receiving end of Evolution's dominance as they were brushed aside by Triple H and his trusty sledgehammer, before Roman was again made the example and was triple-power-bombed through the announce table.

With Batista set to leave after Payback and The Shield now well and truly up for a fight, you have to believe that momentum just swung back into their favour.

John Cena and Bray Wyatt continued their disagreement as Bray attempted to hit Jerry Lawler with Sister Abigail, but John Cena and the Usos made the save and set up what could potentially be a tag team championship between themselves and Rowan and Harper on this weeks Pay-per-view.

Cesaro will now face Sheamus at Payback after their obvious differences lately, with Sheamus' newly won United States title on the line, could Cesaro be set to win his first piece of gold under Paul Heyman's management?

Bad News Barrett and Rob Van Dam are also set to meet at Payback with BNB's Intercontinental Championship on the line, last night RVD faced off against Cesaro with Barrett on commentary.

The divas division is also heating up as the apparent problems on Total Divas boiled over onto last night's Raw as Summer Rae took on Eva Marie. But Layla and Fandango provided the distraction in order for the red head to pin Summer after a roll up.

Staying with the divas and last night it was announced after her recent mean streak turn Alicia Fox would be taking on Paige for the Divas title, Alicia lost to Emma last night and again after the match went crazy, attacking WWE staff and throwing a drink over herself.

Adam Rose finally made his in-ring debut as he took on Damien Sandow, who this week had become Davey Crocket, Jack Swagger tried to distract Rose by kidnapping his lemon but Sandow failed to take advantage and Rose got the win after a headlock driver, which many fans noticed was the same as Dean Ambrose's finisher...

Rusev and Big E also continued their recent rivalry as big E came out to attack Rusev after his squash match against Zack Ryder. Big E did get the upper-hand and it seems these two will also be facing off against each other at Sunday's event.

And finally we have a Mask v Hair match at Payback, El Torito v Hornswoggle will now be Torito's mask vs Hornswoggle's hair after last night on Raw Torito beat Drew Macintyre in a one-on-one match and Hornswoggle, after trying to take off his mask decided he would instead rip off his tail.

That was perhaps the best bit of comedy on Raw as backstage it showed Los Matadores with El Torito's tail on ice. 

So in six day's time we could have a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion or one diva less in the locker room, will Daniel Bryan do the right thing?

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