With TLC now less than a week away, the WWE has plenty of pressure to put on a quality go-home edition of Raw on Monday. WWE Champion CM Punk won't be competing at the company's December pay-per-view due to a knee injury, so the writers will have to generate interest in other ways.
The main focus figures to be the pending main event that will pit Ryback, Kane and Daniel Bryan against The Shield. Since it was announced last Tuesday, there hasn't been any interaction between the two sides with regards to the match itself. That means the promo work will have to be solid all-around in order to build toward the pay-per-view.
Also, many fans are wondering if Punk will be present despite his injury. Even though he won't be able to wrestle at TLC, Punk's presence on Raw is always a positive. He can possibly get Ryback over as a threat by talking about how Ryback was responsible for his injury, but at the same time, the WWE has to be careful about not overshadowing the main event.
Additionally, there are several other important TLC matches that are likely to receive their final build on Raw. With that in mind, here are the top five things that you should keep an eye on while watching this week's edition of Monday Night Raw.