After one of the wildest endings to a pay-per-view the WWE Universe could have asked for, the hype leading into Monday’s edition of Raw is through the roof.
No matter what you thought of the lackluster Hell in a Cell PPV, the ending did its job getting the fans to tune in Monday night. With Survivor Series just three weeks away, the WWE wasn’t going to give away anything big yet.
Raw is a different story, though.
With the company shifting into high gear promoting one of its big-four PPVs, the next three weeks of action will be jam-packed with returning superstars and fast-moving storyline builds.
Now is not the time to miss any of the Raw action.
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, DC
When: Monday, October 29, 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
Hell in a Cell Results
WWE Champion CM Punk defeated Ryback (Hell in a Cell Match).
Big Show defeated World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus.
Divas Champion Eve defeated Layla and Kaitlyn (Divas Championship Triple Threat Match).
Team Rhodes Scholars defeated Team Hell No by Disqualification.
Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara defeated The Prime Time Players.
Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston defeated The Miz.
United States Champion Antonio Cesaro defeated Justin Gabriel.
Randy Orton defeated Alberto Del Rio.
The A.J. Lee Scandal
There is no questioning how much heat Vickie Guerrero gets every time she hits the ring, or just opens her mouth in general, but the storyline involving A.J. Lee, John Cena and a possible affair is obviously the beginning of something much bigger planned by the WWE.
Question on Everybody's Mind: What will come of this scandal?
Survivor Series is just three weeks away, and the WWE obviously mailed in their effort at Hell in a Cell. With the sheer lack of build so far, the company must have something huge up their sleeve for this storyline, possibly its evolution into a 5-on-5 Survivor Series match.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Traditional Survivor Series matches
With Ryback and CM Punk likely tied up with a rematch at November’s PPV, the best way to make another main-event-caliber match would be to have two teams led by A.J. Lee and Vickie feud with the title of GM on the line. Not only does the 5-on-5 Survivor Series bout further the storyline, it gives the WWE Universe what they want to see at the legendary PPV.
Rumor Mill: Ric Flair Returning to WWE? (PWInsider via Wrestling Inc.)
While the majority of the WWE Universe knew that the ending of the main-event match would be tainted, there were so many better ways to get to the finish the company went with, besides using the referee as the scapegoat.
Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Ryback get a rematch?
Whether the fans will admit it or not, Ryback performed well in the Hell in a Cell structure with the help of CM Punk, because that’s what happens when two performers sell out for each other. The match itself was a pleasant surprise, but how they play the rematch is anyone’s guess; we’ll have to tune into Raw to find out, like WWE wanted.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 legitimate “Next Big Thing” comparisons
As much as the fans in attendance at Hell in a Cell chanted for Goldberg, the better comparison for Ryback would be to Brock Lesnar. With an intimidating presence, a huge build and the flexibility to actually work a match, a possible return from Lesnar at some point to put over Ryback would be WWE’s dream come true.
Rumor Mill: The locker room supports Ryback? (Pre Wrestling Torch)
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