WWE Raw Preview: AJ Takes Charge, CM Punk/Rock, John Cena and More

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IJuly 30, 2012


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

WWE is coming off of some major momentum created by Raw's 1,000th episode last week and it looks like they're going to keep that ball rolling.

The company has gone over five points for this week's episode, so let's see what WWE has in store for the fans this week!


A New General Manager: What Does AJ Have in Store for the WWE Universe?

After the No Way Out pay-per-view last month, the general manager of both Raw and SmackDown was fired. With John Laurinaitis out of power, that left WWE's two main shows without an authority figure.

As the board of directors decided on a new general manager, they brought in former authority figures to take charge. Fans saw Mick Foley, Vickie Guerrero and Hornswoggle, who turned out to be the man behind the laptop, make the decisions while Zack Ryder got a shot at running Friday Night SmackDown.

On last week's big episode, the decision was made on who the new, permanent general manager of Raw was going to be.

Daniel Bryan was set to marry AJ last week as well, but things didn't go as planned. AJ would leave Bryan at the altar for Vince McMahon, but not in the way immediately thought. Mr. McMahon then threw quite the curveball when he named AJ as the new general manager of WWE's flagship show.

What will be her first decision? What kind of general manager will she be? Will Daniel Bryan be a victim of AJ's potential wrath?


Revenge of the 619: Will Rey Mysterio Factor into Alberto Del Rio's Future Title Match?

About a year ago, Alberto Del Rio injured Rey Mysterio and put him on the shelf for that period of time. While Mysterio sat at home, he would witness his nemesis capture the WWE Championship on two occasions and continue to be in the title hunt, except now on SmackDown for the World Heavyweight Championship.

The master of the 619 made his return to the WWE two weeks ago and he went right after Del Rio.

The Mexican aristocrat would remain on top, though, as he defeated Mysterio, Kane and Daniel Bryan in a fatal four-way match this past Friday on SmackDown to become the No. 1 contender for Sheamus' World Heavyweight Championship.

Del Rio had some help to win as Ricardo Rodriguez would pull Mysterio out of the ring so that his boss could steal the victory away from his enemy. The current No. 1 contender may think he has won, but he may have just angered Mysterio even more.

How will Rey Mysterio gain his revenge? Could he possibly be added to the World Heavyweight Championship match between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio?


Losing the Touch: Is Dolph Ziggler Right About Chris Jericho?

At the Money in the Bank PPV, Dolph Ziggler defeated seven other superstars to win the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank ladder match. As he was celebrating his victory the next night on Raw, the Showoff was interrupted by Chris Jericho.

Ziggler wouldn't let him get in a word, though, and ultimately told Jericho that he was losing his touch. When it comes to big match situations, Jericho has come up short every time since his return in January, so Ziggler did have a point.

The former world champion responded with a Codebreaker and they've been trying to one up each other ever since then.

Last week on Raw, they were forced to team up in a match with Alberto Del Rio, but Ziggler would cost his team the match by attacking Jericho.

On this past Friday's SmackDown, Jericho got revenge by tossing Ziggler into the ring for a waiting Brogue Kick from Sheamus, but it wasn't over as Y2J would deliver another Codebreaker to Mr. Money in the Bank. It may only be a matter of time before these two superstars are facing off inside the squared circle.

What do Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho have in store for one another this week?


A Failed Cash In: What's Next for John Cena?

Since its creation in 2005, the Money in the Bank ladder match has produced a new WWE or world heavyweight champion. For the first time ever, a Money in the Bank contract did not end up crowning a new champion when it was cashed in last week.

John Cena, who's been out of the title picture since October, won the WWE Championship Money in the Bank ladder match at the Money in the Bank PPV. He wasn't going to waste any time, though, and cashed it in last week on the 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw against CM Punk.

Cena would win the match, but it was by disqualification when the Big Show attacked him. Since a title can't change hands due to a DQ, Punk remained the WWE champion and Cena became the first superstar to fail at cashing in a Money in the Bank contract.

The face of the WWE can't be happy about the situation, so what will he have to say about it? Will he want vengeance on the Big Show for costing him his 11th reign as WWE champion, or will he just keep focus on the WWE Championship?


A Message Sent: What Will CM Punk Have to Say About His Actions Last Week?

Last week on the milestone episode, the Rock made his first live appearance since the night after WrestleMania XXVIII. He announced that he would be receiving a shot at the WWE Championship, his first in a decade, at the Royal Rumble in January.

After some interaction with champion CM Punk, fans thought that would be it for the Rock.

In the main event, Punk retained his title by disqualification after the Big Show attacked John Cena and the champion walked away as the World's Largest Athlete continued his attack.

The Rock came out for the save, and after delivering a spinebuster to the Big Show, Punk attacked the Rock in the middle of the People's Elbow. One GTS later and Punk was standing over a downed People's Champion.

Why did he do it? Did CM Punk just want to send a message to the Rock, or did he turn his back on the people?

This episode of WWE Monday Night Raw is shaping up to be quite the show. Will it be? Tune in to find out!

And don't forget that Raw starts an hour earlier now that the show is permanently three hours long!