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WWE Raw TV news & notes 3/3

- C.M. Punk did not return to WWE in his hometown of Chicago. However, WWE acknowledged Punk during the pre-show on WWE Network, the opening segment was built around Punk's absence, as explained by Paul Heyman, who came out to Cult of Personality, and "C-M Punk" chants rang out throughout the rest of the show.

- WWE announced Hulk Hogan for next week's Raw. Hogan is scheduled to make an announcement about WrestleMania 30.

- The first encounter between Daniel Bryan and Batista ended in a DQ victory for Bryan, who was attacked by WWE World Hvt. champion Randy Orton. The teaser for a potential Orton-Bryan-Batista title match at WrestleMania quickly shifted back to a teaser for Bryan vs. Triple H, who Pedigreed Bryan to end the show.

- John Cena continued to sell the "injury" suffered at the hands of the Wyatts last week on Raw. There was no physical confrontation between Cena and the Wyatts this week, though. Bray Wyatt simply vowed to tear down Cena's personal kingdom.

- WWE teased The Shield breaking up when Seth Rollins bailed on Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns in a tag loss to The Wyatts. Rollins reasoned that he was tired of being the glue holding the group together.

- WWE teased Real Americans breaking up when Cesaro and Jack Swagger got into a shoving match after costing each other matches against IC champion Big E. However, Zeb Colter got them back on the same page - for now.

- The Usos captured the WWE Tag Titles from the New Age Outlaws. The re-match will take place on this week's "Main Event" episode, which will air live on WWE Network on Tuesday night.

- The Undertaker did not appear on Raw despite being listed for Raw on WWE's website. Instead, Brock Lesnar and Heyman hyped the Taker vs. Lesnar match at WM30.

- Raw guest star Aaron Paul accompanied Dolph Ziggler to the ring for a victory over Alberto Del Rio.

- Announced for Main Event is Usos vs. Outlaws for the Tag Titles and Daniel Bryan vs. Kane.

- Announced for Smackdown is Daniel Bryan vs. Kane.


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