WWE Raw Preview: CM Punk Wants Respect, Daniel Bryan/Kane, Orton and More
It's Monday again and that means a new episode of WWE Monday Night Raw!
WWE has been on a roll since the big 1,000th episode, and there may be no stopping them now. The company has gone over five points for this episode, so let’s see what WWE has in store for the fans this week, plus a little more to think about.
Tag Team Gold: Will the Prime Time Players Receive Another Title Shot?
At the No Way Out pay-per-view, the Prime Time Players defeated three other teams to becoming the No. 1 contender's for the WWE Tag Team Championship.
Darren Young and Titus O'Neil would do battle with Kofi Kingston and R-Truth in singles and multi-man matches until they received their title shot on the July 16 episode of Raw. Kingston and Truth would successfully defend their titles that night, which would leave the Prime Time Players with nothing.
Their manager, AW, wouldn't accept the loss, though, and kept his team targeting the tag team champions.
Last week on Raw, O'Neil defeated Kingston and on SmackDown, Young took on Truth in a winning effort. The Prime Time Players have the number of the champions in terms of singles matches, but can they be victorious in tag team action?
Will these recent victories put AW and his team in line for a second shot at the WWE Tag Team Championship?
Intercontinental Gold: What's Next for the Miz and Christian?
Before the 1,000th episode of Raw, the WWE Universe voted to see Christian defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship on the milestone episode.
At the event, the Miz was revealed as Christian's opponent and he would win the title, becoming a Triple Crown Champion in the process. Four days later on SmackDown, Christian invoked his rematch clause but would lose the match.
Captain Charisma has been keeping his eye on the title, though. Last week, both superstars met in tag team action, with their teams trading victories. On Raw, Christian and Chris Jericho defeated the Miz and Dolph Ziggler, while on SmackDown the Miz picked up the victory over them and Kane with Ziggler and Daniel Bryan by his side.
This week, fans will no doubt see them butt heads once again.
Will Christian and the Miz meet for action in the ring, or will they go at it verbally? Will Christian make another challenge for the Intercontinental Championship? If so, will the Miz accept the match?
No, No, No: What’s Next for Daniel Bryan?
Daniel Bryan has been known to chant “Yes” on his way to the ring and during his matches. The WWE Universe would get behind the chants after his 18-second loss to Sheamus at WrestleMania XXVIII and despite being a heel, the fans would cheer him.
Bryan would eventually embrace the chants, but now everything has changed. When AJ Lee left him at the altar and Charlie Sheen made fun of him at the 1,000th episode of Raw, the former world champion began chanting “No” instead.
Last week on Raw, he tried to get the fans to chant “No” with him, but the WWE Universe kept on chanting “Yes.” His odd behavior would get him escorted out of the ring last week and interviewed by a doctor.
The Doctor’s diagnosis was that Bryan was angry, and that brought in his anger management therapist, Kane.
What kind of plan does the Big Red Monster have for Daniel Bryan? Is Kane a hired gun of Charlie Sheen?
The Apex Predator is back: What's Next for Randy Orton?
After a two-month hiatus, Randy Orton made his return to the WWE. As Heath Slater challenged anyone on the current roster on Raw, Orton made his way out and promptly defeated the One Man Band.
Orton would compete is his first real match four days later on SmackDown when new general manger Booker T placed him in a match against the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship, Alberto Del Rio.
After a good match, the Viper would win by disqualification thanks to Ricardo Rodriguez and deliver an RKO to Del Rio with some help from the world heavyweight champion Sheamus.
What's next for WWE's Apex Predator? Will he enter into the title picture somehow?
SummerSlam Bound: Will Chris Jericho and Dolph Ziggler Finally Meet at the Big Summer Event?
After the Money in the Bank PPV, Chris Jericho interrupted a celebrating Mr. Money in the Bank, Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler would declare that Jericho had lost his touch and the first undisputed champion would respond by delivering a Codebreaker to him.
Since then, Ziggler would cost Jericho a match on the 1,000th episode of Raw, Jericho would feed him to the waiting Brogue Kick of Sheamus, and their teams would trade victories last week on Raw and SmackDown.
On SmackDown, it would be the Showoff's failed attempt at hitting Y2J with his Money in the Bank briefcase that would distract Jericho and cost him and his team the match.
These two superstars are at each other's throats and it may only be a matter of time before they go one-on-one.
What will happen this week between these two superstars? Will Chris Jericho vs. Dolph Ziggler be made official for SummerSlam?
Refusal to Compete: Will Alberto Del Rio Follow Through with His Statement?
After defeating Santino Marella last week on Raw, No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship Alberto Del Rio declared that he wouldn’t be wrestling until his title match against Sheamus at SummerSlam.
On SmackDown, Vince McMahon revealed Booker T as the new general manager of the Friday night show and he didn’t respond to Del Rio’s statement like Del Rio would have hoped. Instead of sitting back and relaxing like he wanted to, Del Rio was booked in a match against the returning Randy Orton.
Del Rio would escape the match by disqualification, but he wouldn’t be able to escape Sheamus. The world champion would toss him back into the ring to a waiting RKO from the Viper.
While Booker T is forcing him to compete on SmackDown, will AJ Lee make him to the same? Could she respect his wishes and let him sit back and do nothing on Raw, or will AJ force him to compete?
No Respect: How Will CM Punk Respond to His SummerSlam Title Defense?
At the 1,000th episode of Raw, John Cena cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase for the WWE Championship against CM Punk. While Cena would win by disqualification when the Big Show attacked him, a title can only change hands by pinfall or submission.
Due to the DQ, Cena became the first superstar to fail at cashing in a Money in the Bank contract.
While Punk would attack the Rock after the match and explain his actions last week by bringing up respect, the Big Show didn't care too much about what happened after the match or the respect Punk wanted. He was more concerned with his own actions.
He would take credit for Punk still being champion, saying that he would have lost if not for his help. Cena would respond by simply attacking the Big Show, and the new general manager, AJ Lee, would put them in a No. 1 contender's match.
After some interference from Punk, AJ would make a triple threat match for SummerSlam. Punk was very angry about the decision and screamed at her as a result.
How will CM Punk respond to the match being made? Does he have a plan to defeat both an angry giant and a 12-time world champion?
This episode of Monday Night Raw could very well keep up the momentum created two weeks ago and deliver a good show. Will it be a good one? Tune in to find out!
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