While there wasn’t a pay-per-view this weekend, the past week in the WWE Universe has been wild to say the least. Monday’s Raw will pick up that madness right where it left off.
The momentum from Night of Champions has carried us into this week’s episode of Raw, and the hype around CM Punk’s verbal assault on a referee and the surgery to John Cena’s arm have the fans buzzing.
There is still over a month until the company’s next PPV—Hell in a Cell on October 28—so the WWE should be starting some of its secondary feuds and storylines this week.
That should make for a very interesting Raw.
Where: Times Union Center, Albany, N.Y.
When: Monday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
CM Punk’s Vengeance
After losing his match to John Cena on Monday night despite getting his foot on the bottom rope, CM Punk has lost his mind and will confront the referee that cost him the match. With Jerry Lawler on the mend, it appears this referee will be the innocent victim Punk targets now.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Who will WWE put against Punk while Cena is healing?
Depending on how they are treating Big Show now—he was a face at the latest house show—the likeliest opponent for Punk will either be Sheamus or Show. While it should be face-Sheamus, this could be a way to get Big Show in Punk’s stable.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 evil empires
There is so much time until Hell in a Cell, but the fact that Punk is the poster boy for that card means the WWE Universe could be in store for a huge storyline change approaching fast. With Punk likely not losing the title until the Royal Rumble, a heel stable is the right answer here.
Rumor Mill: Michael Cole and JR to announce Raw (Jim Ross' Twitter page)
Cena in the Building
After having surgery on Tuesday to remove bone chips from the WWE superstar’s elbow, the severity of the injury has been brought into question. While there is no doubt about the fact that Cena had surgery—photo here via Twitter—when he will be back has remained uncertain.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What will Cena do this week on Raw?
Cena will likely appear via satellite to remind the fans that he will be back soon, but he won’t reveal exactly when. While it is clear that the WWE is giving him a few weeks to get back to full health, with over a month between PPVs, the face of the company will be back by Hell in a Cell.
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 painful “You Can’t See Me” arm motions
The WWE doesn’t want to end the great feud between Punk and Cena, but it has to stall for a while while its top star gets healthy. With Punk carrying serious momentum, it is imperative that the WWE doesn’t hurt Punk too much by waiting on Cena’s health.
WWE News: John Cena to appear on Raw (Twitter)
Kane and Daniel Bryan Taking Over
If you’re in the majority that did not watch Friday’s SmackDown, you missed almost an entire show dedicated to this tag team and its single-handed attempt to save the division. In one of the most shocking turns of 2012, this Team Friendship idea is working!
Question on Everybody's Mind: How long can the WWE Universe love this?
As much as Kane and Daniel Bryan as a tag team has been working comedically and in the ring, everything in the wrestling business has a shelf life. This tag team is venturing into uncharted waters, and it could fail miserably or be one of the best things we’ve seen in the history of wrestling.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 hug-it-out chants sweeping the nation
With glimpses of working well as a team in every match—subsequently followed by an argument over which of the stars is the tag team champion—these characters have abundant ways to play up their angle. As long as WWE keeps their material fresh, this tag team will help save the division.
Rumor Mill: Beth Phoenix retiring to try acting? (NoDQ.com)
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