Without CM Punk available for in-ring action, the WWE needs to bring the noise with drama and storyline twists. The best way to do that is to orchestrate run-ins, backstage attacks or significant arrivals or returns from WWE Superstars.
This is the last pay-per-view event of the year, and it's only right that fans be treated to something that evokes excitement and anticipation for the new year.
There are two spots seemingly set up perfectly for outside interference.
The Six-Man TLC Match - The Shield vs. Ryback and Team Hell No
The Shield have been running rampant for the last month, and you have to figure they take some punishment in this one. They can't be stamped out and defeated easily, though. It would ruin a bit of their buzz.
Even though they may lose the match, it would seem that this group's alliance has to be linked to a bigger, more famous entity. It's easy to think that Paul Heyman is behind it all.
However, it can't be that simple. If it is, I'll be disappointed.
Perhaps another member, or even an appearance from Brock Lesnar would be nice. Could the Rock appear to thwart some of the Shield's shenanigans?
A year-ending pay-per-view that doesn't include the WWE champion isn't ideal. I think a big-name needs to bail Vince McMahon and Co. out in this one.
Who will it be? I'm betting on Heyman's plan to be somewhat revealed. The Lesnar and/or Rock appearance is just dreaming on my part, but something big has to happen.
World Heavyweight Money in the Bank Contract - Dolph Ziggler vs. John Cena
Ziggler could easily be the beneficiary of an attack on Cena. Super Cena has been in feuds with so many Superstars over the last four or five months, there is no telling who could chime in to thwart Cena's latest attempt at a victory.
For as much love as fans claim Cena gets, he hasn't exactly been very successful this year.
He lost to the Rock, won the WWE Championship Money in the Bank contract, but subsequently lost in his attempt to win the gold for an 11th time.
Cena's popularity/hate appeal can withstand losses. There is no way WWE Creative allows Cena to be beaten by Ziggler fair and square. If Cena loses, it will be because of outside interference. Maybe Cena becomes the target for the next Shield attack.
If things play out straight on Sunday night, it'll be a shame. We'll have to wait and see when and where things get twisted.
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