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Daniel Bryan hits Bray Wyatt with a running knee on last night's WWE Raw.

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I could write and crack wise for days about the silliness of pairing Daniel Bryan with the Wyatt Family, only to pull him back out two weeks later.

(I mean, is Vince Russo writing again? OK, I'm done.)

But who really cares what the original plans and motives were, and what audibles may or may not have been called since then? The end result was THAT reaction, and man, could it not have been hotter.

The Providence crowd, dead for three hours prior, went all-time ape for Bryan shaking off Bray Wyatt's Sister Abigail and finally getting his hands on the hillbilly cult leader. Sure, Bryan's been the locus of some boisterous crowds before. But never has he had one so little known for being a "wrestling town" pointing and shouting "Yes!" in such loud and perfect unison with him, the space between each utterance so silent, until last night.

Consider, too, how lukewarm the Providence faithful was earlier in the night when Randy Orton, freshly upset by Kofi Kingston, beat up John Cena's dad — again. And that's our WWE World Heavyweight Championship feud!

Hopefully Bryan's religious reception is all the convincing WWE needs to have him win the Royal Rumble and headline WrestleMania XXX against Cena or Orton for the gold. Old foil Triple H seems too far back in Bryan's rear-view, and besides, Hunter is clearly headed for a feud with CM Punk after DX buddies the New-Age Outlaws abandoned Punk in tag action against The Shield last night.

As for the other DX guy Bryan's been teased to wrestle, well, hopefully Shawn Michaels nixed that one. Because, after last night, it's clear that Bryan deserves better. Better than that, better than a tag team match with possible accomplice Kane, who locked Wyatt in the cage with Bryan last night — better than anything but the main event.

The other big news last night was the announcement that the Ultimate Warrior will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame this year. Though deserved, "Woyah's" green light into Certified WWE Legend Status comes as more deserving wrestlers — like Randy Savage — remain unrecognized. Hopefully that's rectified this year and Savage goes in alongside the man who "retired" him in a WrestleMania VII classic. I could even forgive Savage being the secondary attraction; Warrior talking for an hour or six in front of the WWE roster is a pretty unbeatable attraction. Just keep him away from Darren Young.

Lake Life Editor David Wilcox can be reached at (315) 282-2245 or david.wilcox@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @drwilcox.

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