Perhaps the most productive aspect of this past week's RAW was the WWE subtly letting the audience know there will be a surprise appearance by some superstar at the Over The Limit pay-per-view.
The stipulations of John Laurinaitis versus John Cena says any superstar who interferes will be fired—and, if Laurinaitis loses, he will be fired.
Laurinaitis isn't losing. He is the best heel WWE has, and people love to hate him. Although teasing the possibility he could lose his job is appealing, WWE will use that teaser, but it can't afford to lose Laurinaitis on screen in an authority role.
Someone has to interfere, and there are three choices: Big Show, Brock Lesnar and Batista.
Big Show is the most obvious choice after being fired earlier in the night by Laurinaitis. If Big Show shows up at the PPV and helps Laurinaitis beat Cena, then he can't be fired since he already was, and Laurinaitis can hire him back the next night on RAW—Big Show and Big Johnny together.
Lesnar is an another option, as he also is not a WWE superstar in the current storylines. Lesnar, of course, has the recent history with Cena and Laurinaitis, but nothing makes sense with Lesnar getting involved. He just began a lawsuit with Triple H, so why would he interfere in the Laurinaitis/Cena match?
If he did, who would he attack? He could attack Cena, but when we last saw Lesnar, he wasn't happy with Laurinaitis because of the voided contract. He could beat up Laurinaitis, but that would make him a face.
Lesnar just doesn't fit.
Batista is the wild-card option. From what I've been told, it's inevitable Batista will return to WWE. He is a solid choice to pair with Laurinaitis to go up against Cena, as it was two years ago Batista quit after losing to Cena.
Whoever gets involved in the match will be the new bodyguard for Laurinaitis, a role that was intended for Lord Tensai.
It was the plan in March when he signed the contract, and it was the plan in April after he debuted. It also was the plan when he helped Laurinaitis beat up Cena a few weeks ago.
However, the plan has officially changed.
Lord Tensai is going to undergo a character change, with less drawn-out theatrics in his entrance and more aggressiveness toward everyone, including his current manager. Before long, I'm expecting that we're going to get some talking out of Lord Tensai. The lack of heel reaction for him so far isn't a reflection of his talents, it's a reflection of the position he's been put in by WWE.
Time will tell if he can get the reaction he is capable of, but I can tell you he isn't going back to Japan anytime soon. I constantly hear Lord Tensai haters say, "He'll be back in Japan in no time." Most WWE superstars sign a standard two-year deal, so Lord Tensai wants his WWE return to succeed, and WWE wants a return on its investment. He wasn't going to leave a top billing and paying spot in Japan for nothing, after all.
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