WWE Raw Preview: Lesnar Responds to Triple H, Teddy Long Takes Charge and More

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IJuly 2, 2012


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

We are two weeks away from the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, and just three weeks away from the big milestone episode. With so much happening this month, things in the WWE should be heating up.

The company has only confirmed a challenge to be answered as of this writing, but there are other things to consider as well.


Teddy Long Takes Charge: What Does He Have in Store for Raw?

Teddy Long has been in the wrestling business for almost 30 years now. For 13 of those years, he has been a member of the WWE roster.

He started in 1999 and worked as a referee, a manager and an authority figure. He took charge of SmackDown as general manager in 2004, calling the shots for six years. He did take a break from 2007 to 2009, but Teddy has been the longest acting general manager out of the many to take control of Raw or SmackDown.

He was taken out of power after WrestleMania XXVIII, when John Laurinaitis' team defeated his own...but now that Big Johnny is gone, Teddy has the chance to shine once again.

The board of directors has been bringing in former authority figures to run the show until an official decision could be made on a permanent one. After Mick Foley and Vickie Guerrero gave it a shot, Teddy will now be stepping up to the plate.

What does Teddy Long have in store for the fans on WWE's flagship show?


Celebrating 1,000 Episodes: Will Another Former WWE Superstar Appear?

For the past three weeks, former WWE superstars have been making their returns to help celebrate the big milestone. The only one not celebrating, though, is Heath Slater—as he has been the victim of the returning stars since it began.

He was flattened by Vader the first week; embarrassed by Roddy Piper, Cyndi Lauper and Wendi Richter the second week; and broken in half by Sycho Sid last week.

Slater hasn't had very much luck as of late and that may not change.

Will someone else make their return this week? If so, who will it be? Will Heath Slater continue to be their victim?


The WWE Championship Money in the Bank: Will Any More Former WWE Champions Join the Match?

Last week on Raw, it was revealed that the WWE Championship Money in the Bank match would only feature former WWE champions. In a match that helps creates stars, only the stars will be able to compete.

Last week's general manager, Vickie Guerrero, then revealed that one-time champion Kane, two-time champion the Big Show, one-time champion Chris Jericho and 10-time champion John Cena would be participating in the match.

The Money in the Bank match has featured anywhere from six to 10 superstars over the years, so will anyone else join the fight? Looking at WWE's roster page, there are seven more former WWE champions left, though most of them are unlikely to compete.

Could someone like the Miz return to enter? How about Rey Mysterio? Will the match really just feature four superstars?


A Crazed Referee: How Will CM Punk and Daniel Bryan Deal with A.J. Being the Special Guest Referee?

Since May, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan have been battling for the WWE Championship. While Kane entered into the fold after Over the Limit, there has been one constant throughout their feud.

That constant is A.J.

The former girlfriend of Bryan has admitted to still have feelings for him, but she also has been infatuated with Punk. The situation has driven her insane as she talks to herself, chants "yes" and has possibly developed feelings for the Big Red Monster.

She has gotten out of control, and both Punk and Bryan have recognized that.

Last week, Punk tried to break off whatever relationship they have to no luck, and Bryan wanted her banned from ringside during the match. This past Friday on SmackDown, though, he got the exact opposite of what he wanted.

Instead of being banned from ringside, she was named as the special guest referee for the match due to a poll on WWE.com.

A.J. is now more involved than ever.

Will she factor into the match somehow? How can CM Punk and Daniel Bryan deal with this potential problem?


Brock Lesnar to Respond to Triple H's SummerSlam Challenge


After Brock Lesnar's loss to John Cena at Over the Limit and his demands not being met, the returning superstar injured Triple H's arm.

The following week, Paul Heyman made his WWE return as Lesnar's representative, and declared that his client had once again quit the WWE. Heyman and the chief operating officer have had a few verbal confrontations since then, most recently after No Way Out when the Game challenged Lesnar to a fight at SummerSlam.

The former head of ECW relayed that Lesnar had denied the challenge and Triple H knocked him out as a result.

Last week on Raw, it was revealed that Lesnar will be responding to the challenge himself.

Will Brock Lesnar meet Triple H face-to-face in the ring? Will Lesnar appear via satellite or a taped message? Is the challenge going to be accepted?

WWE Monday Night Raw has been lackluster as of late, but the company has the tendency to bounce back during the summer months. Will it happen this year? Tune in to find out!