With four weeks remaining until WWE’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view on Oct. 28, the realization that Raw isn’t just building to that event, but to Survivor Series in November as well, should have fans ecstatic for Monday’s big show.
Despite the recent surgery to the company's top star John Cena, WWE champion CM Punk and the remaining cast will carry the load while the leader of the CeNation is on the mend.
After one of the wildest three-hour episodes of the show last week, Monday’s Raw should feature quality programming building to a very important three-month stretch for the company.
All the madness starts Monday night on Raw!
Where: Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
When: Monday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
CM Punk and Ryback
With John Cena recovering from elbow surgery, CM Punk has taken the wheel and is doing great things with the company. After a great promo with Mick Foley last Monday, Punk now has a new wrestler to worry about, though: Ryback.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What role will Ryback play?
There is a good chance that Ryback was just thrown in the final scene of last week’s Raw as either a swerve or as a last-second chance to get a young star a rub, but the buzz it created is very real.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Ryback to the futures
The WWE has been accused of not leaving its fans wanting more in the new three-hour Raw format, but the company must be commended for the end of last week’s episode. Even if Ryback doesn’t do anything else with this feud, his appearance will force people to watch this week.
Rumor Mill: Ryback’s appearance wasn’t planned? (WrestleZone)
Team Hell No
Kane and Daniel Bryan alone are two of the better in-ring technicians in the business, but together have become one of the hottest tag teams in all of professional wrestling. As great as Team Hell No is, there is a limit to how successful they can be.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will the WWE burn out the fans?
With so much programming to fill—three hours each Monday, two hours each Friday, the new show online and one PPV a month—the company is force-feeding the duo to the fans. As great as their segments are, the fans will backslash after too much of anything.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 When Harry Met Sally scene remakes
The potential for overexposure is there, but the WWE Universe should just enjoy it while they still can.
Kane and Bryan have been hilarious so far, and the hope is that there are enough angles in this story to keep it fresh for the next few months.
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Big Show and Sheamus
Alberto Del Rio is a talented star in the WWE and the same can be said for World Champion Sheamus. The problem was that five months of those two going at it made the fans start to grow bored of both men; it’s time to move on.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Is Big Show an upgrade?
While in most situations Big Show getting involved in a feud is never an upgrade, this is a very different situation. Because of how much fans have grown to hate Del Rio and Sheamus, Show has become a welcomed addition to the World title scene.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 new world title feuds
The interaction between these two hasn’t been noteable over the time Sheamus has been in the WWE, so at least the fans can hang their hat on the fact that this is something new and unique. With that said, how well this feud and the matches come off is a very legitimate concern.
Rumor Mill: Cena to miss Raw? (ProWrestling.net via WrestleZone)
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