WWE News: Update on Part-Timers' Involvement in Next Week's Episode of Raw
Last week on Raw, we saw the WWE successfully hype up two of WrestleMania XXIX’s biggest clashes: The Undertaker vs. CM Punk and Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar.
But with just over three weeks remaining until the Showcase of the Immortals, there is still plenty of work to be done to ensure WrestleMania delivers.
For this to happen though, the WWE needs to be able to rely upon a number of its returning part-time stars to be available.
But who exactly does this include?
Following up from last week’s article, we once again take a look at which of the part-timers are scheduled to be involved in next week’s episode of Monday Night Raw.
All rumors sourced from PWInsider.com.
As reported last week, Chris Jericho will indeed be featuring on Raw this week—and he is in fact scheduled to appear each and every week until WrestleMania itself.
Furthermore, of all the returning stars, Jericho looks likely to be the only one who will actually be competing on Monday Night Raw.
After a disjointed segment with Wade Barrett and The Miz last week, Jericho will now face both men in a Triple Threat match for Barrett’s Intercontinental Championship belt.
While it appears unlikely that we’ll see a new champion crowned next week, don’t be surprised to see a potential WrestleMania clash emerge from Raw’s Triple Threat match.
Who exactly that involves remains to be seen, but given Jericho’s willingness to put young stars over, Barrett vs. Jericho for the IC Title could well be the next match to be announced for WrestleMania XXIX.
The Game’s role is fairly different to that of others due to his backstage obligations with the company.
Triple H will indeed be at Raw on Monday—as he is pretty much every week—but he may not necessarily make an on-screen appearance.
He was present in Indiana last week, but the WWE obviously felt Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman did enough to hype Triple H vs. Lesnar II as Trips ultimately did not show his face.
However, after taking to Twitter, it would appear that The Game will indeed be featuring on the show in response to Lesnar's demands.
How brief this appearance will be remains to be seen, but at least it adds some star power to the show and will get fans even more geared up for 'Mania.
Brock Lesnar will once again be on Raw this week, though he will struggle to make more of an impact than he did last week.
After attacking Triple H’s buddies the New Age Outlaws, Lesnar then accepted The Game’s challenge providing Heyman and himself can select that match stipulation.
With Lesnar only penciled in for this coming Monday and the go-home episode of Raw and with The Game only expected to respond to Lesnar's demands this week, we may have to wait a little longer for the official contract signing to take place.
Either way, Lesnar and The Game will indeed both be present on Raw, and after last week’s lack of a physical encounter, we may well be in store for one this time around.
Having made a brief appearance last week to honor the late Paul Bearer and also promote his upcoming clash with CM Punk, The Undertaker will once again feature this week.
Seeing him in action though, or even a minor scuffle with his WrestleMania opponent, seems off the cards so hopefully this time we will witness the Deadman cut a promo of some sort. After all, there is only so much talking that Punk can do in this feud.
Like Lesnar though, ‘Taker will only be present at next week’s Raw and the show before WrestleMania, so time is fast running out to build up his clash with Punk.
Thus, Undertaker will need to step up and deliver the performance we all know he is capable of this week before it is too late.
Despite not featuring in person on Raw last week, The Rock's absence wasn’t too badly felt.
But for a second week in a row, the WWE Champion and WrestleMania main-eventer will not be on Monday Night Raw.
It certainly is a shame, as a second successive no-show could kill the momentum that his rivalry with Cena has been starting to build.
Hopefully the WWE will provide us with more than just the same promo that we saw last week, but one has to feel the company has somewhat backed themselves into a corner here.
Nonetheless, with Cena scheduled to appear—unlike last week—they might just be able to cover themselves and get by for another week without one half of this year’s main event.
So once again, we find ourselves in a similar situation—a number of top stars scheduled to appear but unfortunately, no sign of the biggest draw of them all.
Questions remain over Triple H and Lesnar's exact involvement, but with both men around, the WWE should be able to put together something decent regarding their feud on the coming episode of Raw.
CM Punk vs. The Undertaker will most likely be the focal point of the show once again, while Jericho will hopefully give us something extra to look forward to on the WrestleMania mid-card.
In terms of The Rock vs. John Cena though, it is certainly going to be interesting to see how the WWE go about hyping this one.
Can they do a decent enough job?
Will the appearance of others stars atone for Rock’s absence?
Or is WrestleMania going to suffer from the use of part-timers who aren't always around?
Comment below with your thoughts on this topic, as well as any of the issues discussed in the article itself.