WWE Raw Preview: John Laurinaitis Fired and the Fallout of No Way out

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IJune 18, 2012

It’s Monday again and that means a new episode of WWE Monday Night Raw!

This isn’t just any episode, though, as WWE presented No Way Out the night before. This episode will feature all of the fallout from the pay-per-view event.

Along with that, WWE will also start the build for next month’s PPV, Money in the Bank!.


Christian Retains the Intercontinental Title: Who Will Step Up to the Challenge Next?

When Christian returned to the WWE, most expected him to want “one more match.” He had a change of heart, though, and entered into a battle royal at Over the Limit. He won the match and challenged Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship.

Christian would win the title and proceed to mow down the competition on both Raw and SmackDown.

The champion and Rhodes would sit ringside for each other’s matches and go at it verbally in the ring a few times, but they saved all of the physicality for Rhodes’ rematch at No Way Out.

In a hard fought battle, Christian would retain his Intercontinental Championship after a very good match. Christian is at the top of the mid-card right now and there may be no knocking him down.

Who will step up to the plate and challenge Christian for the title? Will Cody Rhodes weasel his way into one more match?


The Primetime Players Hit Primetime: When Will Darren Young and Titus O’Neil Get Their Title Shot?

The Primetime Players began teaming on NXT earlier this year. When John Laurinaitis gained control of SmackDown, he took them off of the internet show and brought them to Friday nights.

They began a winning a streak, defeating the Usos and a few random pairing of superstars, but their streak was broken by the tag team champions, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth. That didn’t stop the team from looking to make millions of dollars, though.

They’d both win and lose matches until they were given a golden opportunity at No Way Out.

In a fatal four-way tag-team match, the Primetime Players gained victory over the Usos, Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd and the Colons after A.W. turned on the Colons and sided with Young and O’Neil.

With A.W. as their manager, the Primetime Players are prime and ready for a shot at Kingston and Truth.

When will the Primetime Players receive their title shot? Could A.W. set it up for tonight’s Raw?


Layla Retains the Divas Title: Which Diva is Next in Line for a Shot?

Layla made a surprise return at the Extreme Rules PPV. The former member of LayCool stepped into a Divas Championship match against champion Nikki Bella and would win the title that night.

She then ran over the other women in the Divas division, taking down all in her path. Beth Phoenix received a shot at Layla at Over the Limit, and after a hard fought battle between the two, Layla was standing tall.

The Divas disappeared after that.

They would pop back up six days before No Way Out with a Divas Championship match booked between Layla and Phoenix. Layla once again took down the Glamazon, thus proving her dominance as champion once again.

With Beth Phoenix defeated, who’ll be the next in line to challenge Layla? Could the WWE Universe finally see the much awaited return of Kharma?


Sheamus Remains World Champion: Could Dolph Ziggler Receive Another Match?

Since winning the World Heavyweight Championship, Sheamus has proved to be a dominate champion. He defeated Daniel Bryan in a two-out-of-three falls match at Extreme Rules and took down Randy Orton, Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio at Over the Limit.

The Celtic Warrior was set to face Del Rio one-on-one at No Way Out, but after an injury, Del Rio had to pull out of the match.

Dolph Ziggler would win a fatal four-way match last week on Raw to replace Del Rio and just like that, the Showoff was back on top.

Ziggler gave it his all at the PPV, but he was no match for the Great White Sheamus.

With the Money in the Bank PPV approaching, Sheamus will need a new challenger.

Will Dolph Ziggler get a rematch after his stellar performance? Is Alberto Del Rio able to return to finally get his title match? Could somebody else step up to the plate?


A Challenge is Made: Will Brock Lesnar Accept Triple H’s Challenge for SummerSlam?

When Brock Lesnar returned after WrestleMania, he was the golden boy of John Laurinaitis. Big Johnny wanted to get rid of John Cena so he brought in Lesnar to do so.

At Extreme Rules, the former UFC champion took the face of the WWE to the limit, but Cena was standing tall at the end of the match.

The next night on Raw, Triple H made his return to deny Lesnar any and all changes to his contract that Laurinaitis may have agreed to. Lesnar responded by attacking WWE’s chief operating officer and breaking his arm.

The following week, Paul Heyman made his WWE return as a representative of Brock Lesnar. He declared that Lesnar was quitting WWE, and after Triple H came back, Heyman said they were suing the WWE for millions of dollars.

Nothing much happened after that until Triple H once again made his return at No Way Out. He wanted to put the lawyer’s aside and fight. He challenged Lesnar to a match at SummerSlam and left the ring.

Will Brock Lesnar accept the challenge in person or will Paul Heyman do it for him? What if he doesn’t accept the match, what happens then?


CM Punk Remains the Best in the World: Can Anyone Take the Title Away From Him?

CM Punk has been the WWE champion since November and he has taken on all challenges.

He has defeated the likes of Alberto Del Rio, the Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan to keep his title reign intact. He faced a new challenge at No Way Out, though.

With Bryan and Kane in the ring, and A.J. stalking all three of them, Punk certainly had an uphill battle.

After a great triple threat match, Kane knocked A.J. off the apron, which distracted him enough to allow Punk to gain victory. Kane then helped A.J. up and walked her up the ramp while she stared back at Punk with the deranged smile that the WWE Universe has come to recognize.

Who’s next to challenge CM Punk? Did A.J. sacrifice herself to help him? Could Kane’s obsession with A.J. ultimately cost the champion?

Since it was Punk that threw Kane into A.J., the Big Red Monster very well could be targeting the champion.


John Cena Defeats the Big Show: Who Will Take Over Raw and SmackDown Now?

After the Big Show was fired by John Laurinaitis, he returned to make him pay, or so the WWE Universe thought. Big Show turned on John Cena at Over the Limit, costing him a match against Laurinaitis.

With a new iron clad contract, Big Show could do whatever he wanted to do. He proved that by taking out Alex Riley, Brodus Clay, the tag team champions, the United States champion and Zack Ryder in the span of one week.

After the steel cage match was booked, Cena and Big Show didn’t have any interaction until last week on Raw.

Last week also saw the return of Vince McMahon and he added a new stipulation to the match. If Cena defeated the Big Show, McMahon was going to fire Big Johnny.

On SmackDown, Cena threatened to knock out Johnny Ace so he added another stipulation. Since the board of directors declared that the match had to happen “no matter what,” he couldn’t fire Cena if he attacked him.

He could do so, though, after Big Show defeated him in the cage match. Cena took the chance and knocked out the general manager, thus risking his job if he lost.

At No Way Out, the match was anyone’s game. Thanks to Big Show’s victims led by the Funkasaurus, Cena managed to escape the cage before the Big Show.

As a result, McMahon said those two famous words and fired John Laurinaitis. The face of the WWE then proceeded to put Laurinaitis through the Spanish announce table with an Attitude Adjustment.

Raw and SmackDown are now without a general manager.

Will Vince McMahon take control once again? Could Teddy Long get his job back? Could the WWE Universe see a new face as the general manager?

This week’s episode of Monday Night Raw could be an explosive one!

Will it be? Tune in to find out!


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