With the WWE having a long history of making the Raw following a pay-per-view great, the hope from most fans is that tonight’s show will be much better than the card we got Sunday night at No Way Out.
For as much as I didn’t like the PPV, many fans loved it and got exactly what they wanted. The hope tonight is that everyone gets what they want and the show is amazing.
We’ll have to wait and see…
Where: Nassau Coliseum, Long Island, N.Y.
When: Monday, June 18, 9 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
No Way Out Results
John Cena def. Big Show in a Steel Cage Match
WWE Champion CM Punk def. Kane and Daniel Bryan in a Triple Threat Match
World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus def. Dolph Ziggler
Intercontinental Champion Christian def. Cody Rhodes
Divas Champion Layla def. Beth Phoenix
The Prime Time Players won a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match
Sin Cara def. Hunico
Ryback def. Two local athletes in 2-on-1 Handicap Match
United States Champion Santino Marella def. Ricardo Rodriguez (Tuxedo Match)
Brodus Clay def. David Otunga
Who Will Be the New Raw GM?
With John Cena beating the Big Show, Vince McMahon fired Raw and SmackDown GM John Laurinaitis on the spot. That now leaves two open positions to fill Monday night.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Who is the next GM(s)?
With Vince McMahon, Teddy Long and Vickie Guerrero all considered top contenders to take the spot, this would be the perfect spot for the WWE to throw the fans a swerve.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Craig Sager suits
For as much as the fans are ready to move on, Johnny Ace isn’t going out that easy. WWE.com’s article on the subject is dripping with talk that the former GM will still be there to make an impact. This could actually be exciting.
Rumor Mill: Power Ranking Possible Leaders for Raw
The WWE Title Picture
While the fans wanted a definitive answer from this storyline, the twisted love story between A.J and the trio of Kane, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan has fans interested. The WWE wants to keep people caring by dragging this out.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What’s next for this convoluted feud?
Fans always complain about how the WWE rushes all of their storylines, but they are finally doing this right. By adding depth and different moving parts, every aspect of the wrestling fanbase can like this in some way.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 crazy chicks
The initial feeling I was getting was that A.J. would eventually turn full heel and help Bryan against Punk, but now the feeling is that Punk and A.J. will ultimately become an item. I rather have her stay with Kane and allow Punk to remain independent.
Brock Lesnar’s Response to Triple H
After literally allowing most of the WWE Universe to forget that Brock Lesnar was even feuding with the company, Triple H decided to just walk out on a PPV and call out Lesnar. To be honest, that’s a bit anticlimactic.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Why wait until now to remind us?
With all of the talk of Lesnar returning to the UFC to meet with Dana White, the WWE didn’t mention the superstar’s name once. That kind of publicity is not often passed on by a smart business man like Vince McMahon.
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 playing-this-by-ears
The lack of action from the WWE during Lesnar’s time away from the company proves they have no idea what the long-term holds for the star. The former UFC Champ gave WWE dates he could work and they are working backward to build storylines around him. This may be a bigger train wreck than anyone could have expected.
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