WWE Raw Preview: CM Punks Speaks, Cena/Ryback, Fandango Revolution and More

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IApril 15, 2013

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As the week is about to begin, WWE starts things off with a new episode of Monday Night Raw!

With WrestleMania now over, WWE looks to hype its next event on May 19, Extreme Rules. Things got off to a crazy start last week with new champions, new challengers and a very excited audience.

WWE has gone over five points for this episode, which will keep that ball rolling this week. Here’s what the company has in store for the WWE Universe this week!


The WWE Universe: Can This Week’s Crowd Match Last Week?

WWE has a passionate fanbase. Called the WWE Universe, fans go nuts every time the company walks into their hometown for Raw, SmackDown, a live event or a pay-per-view. Last week in New Jersey, though, the WWE and fans watching at home saw a crowd like no other.

WWE champion John Cena got booed more than usual, Dolph Ziggler blew the roof off the building and veterans like The Undertaker and Chris Jericho did the same.

That could be considered somewhat normal, but what happened at other points in the show weren’t.

During a match between Sheamus and Randy Orton, the audience chanted everything from Rob Van Dam and Randy Savage to JBL and Michael Cole. They even did the wave during the match, and thanked The Big Show for coming out to stop the contest.

Then there is the Fandango Revolution, which was started thanks to the audience humming and dancing to his entrance theme.

The New Jersey crowd certainly made last week quite fun, but can this week’s audience match that energy?


The Fandango Revolution: What’s Next for the Dancing Superstar?

The WWE Universe seemed disinterested when Fandango debuted. Dancing around with a female partner and refusing to wrestle unless people got his name right got fans to boo him, but most just didn’t seem to care.

At WrestleMania XXIX, Fandango finally made his in-ring debut by going one-on-one with Chris Jericho. The dancing Superstar pulled off a major upset that night by defeating the veteran wrestler, but things were just getting started for Fandango.

Last week’s rowdy audience began to hum and dance to Fandango’s entrance music during his match, and the craze has gotten started. Called Fandangoing, humming and dancing to his theme has become quite popular. With the cheerleaders of the Houston Texans and PETA getting in on it, the craze is certainly catching on.

The Fandango Revolution is in full swing, so what is next for Fandango? How will he respond to his newfound popularity?


Wrestling Gold: Who Will Step Up to Challenge New World Champion Dolph Ziggler?

At last year’s Money in the Bank PPV, Dolph Ziggler became one of two wrestlers to win a Money in the Bank contract that night. With the blue briefcase in hand, Ziggler had a guaranteed shot at the World Heavyweight Championship anytime he wanted it within a year.

The Showoff had teased cashing in many times and almost went through with it a few times, but he would either just walk away or get stopped by somebody. He has held onto that briefcase for nine months, and last week was his night.

The night after WrestleMania saw Alberto Del Rio defeat both Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter in a Handicap match. His victory came at a price, though, since Swagger injured his leg. That injury gave Ziggler the perfect opportunity, and he took it.

While Del Rio did manage to lock in his cross armbreaker, his injury was too much. Ziggler ultimately defeated him to be crowned the new World Heavyweight champion. His celebration on SmackDown didn’t last long, though, as both Del Rio and Swagger lobbied for title shots and vowed to take the title off of him.

Who will be Dolph Ziggler’s first challenger? Will Alberto Del Rio get his rematch at Extreme Rules, or will Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter weasel their way into the match?


21-0: CM Punk Speaks of His Loss to The Undertaker

At Old School Raw, The Undertaker made it clear that he was looking for his 21st victim at WrestleMania. CM Punk stepped up to the plate, and after the untimely passing of The Undertaker’s former manager Paul Bearer, Punk thought that he had found the edge that he needed.

Getting inside the head of the Deadman is something not many have been able to do, but that is exactly what Punk did. Using Bearer’s death and the urn to his advantage, Punk got into the head of The Undertaker to the point that the Phenom didn’t care about a loss, he just wanted to hurt Punk.

At WrestleMania, the legendary wrestler and the man that calls himself the “Best in the World” delivered what was the Match of the Night at the big event. When it was all said and done, The Undertaker put Punk down, got the urn back and kept his undefeated streak intact.

Last week on Raw, Punk was missing from the show. Paul Heyman revealed that he would be there the following week to talk about the match, though.

That week has arrived, so what will CM Punk have to say? Could he challenge The Undertaker for WrestleMania XXX, or will he set his sights back on the WWE Championship?


Feed Him More: Ryback Targets John Cena and the WWE Championship

At WrestleMania, both Ryback and John Cena had a big night. Ryback went one-on-one with Mark Henry, and despite getting pinned by the World’s Strongest Man, Ryback was the one standing tall after the bell rang. Henry tried to attack Ryback after the match, but Ryback managed to get the 400-plus pound Superstar up on his shoulders to deliver Shell Shock.

Cena would have the bigger night of the two, though. In the main event, Cena went up against The Rock with the People’s Champion’s WWE Championship on the line. When the smoke cleared, John Cena was the new WWE champion.

Last week on Raw, Cena was put into a match with Mark Henry. The match ended in a count out and Henry tried to attack Cena as a result. Ryback made the save, taking out Henry for the second night in a row.

With the audience firmly behind him, Ryback hit the Meat Hook clothesline and delivered Shell Shock to Cena. As the show faded to black, Ryback was holding the WWE Championship high.

How will John Cena respond to Ryback’s attack? Will Ryback become Cena’s Extreme Rules challenger? Could Ryback take out Cena again, or will Cena be the one on the attack?

This episode of Monday Night Raw is certainly shaping up to be a good one. WWE looks to keep the momentum built last week going strong. Will it do that? Tune in to find out!