After some wild television programming over the last seven days for the WWE Universe—an outstanding SmackDown, a solid Main Event and a fun Saturday Morning Slam—this Monday’s edition of Raw marks just three weeks until the company’s next pay-per-view event, Extreme Rules on May 19.
The excitement surrounding what the WWE will be planning next has wrestling fans across the world genuinely excited about the upcoming PPV and Monday’s Raw.
Add in the intrigue over the injury to WWE champion John Cena and whether or not Ryback will take advantage of the newfound weakness, and fans won’t want to miss a second of this week’s Raw.
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
When: Monday April 29, at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
While there must be legitimate backstage concerns about the injury to Cena, the WWE is reportedly not bringing back any of the part-time stars it depended on during the road to WrestleMania.
Cena has said on Twitter that he would be on Raw this week, and now Wrestling Inc. is reporting that the company is not advertising The Undertaker, Triple H, Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho or CM Punk for Monday’s Raw.
The report goes on to say that, “The main event for tonight is scheduled to be Ryback and John Cena vs. The Shield in a handicap match but it remains to be seen if Cena will be able to wrestle after being injured on the recent WWE tour overseas.”
How the company handles tonight’s Raw—especially if the WWE brings one of the part-time Superstars back unexpectedly—will be a good indication of how severe Cena’s injury is and if he will miss any substantial in-ring time.
As per usual, all eyes will be on Cena Monday night.
John Cena’s Achilles Heel
John Cena is the biggest draw in the WWE today, and a long-term injury would be devastating to the company. There is talent and depth on the roster, but with CM Punk recovering from an injury, and many of the part-time stars leaving television after WrestleMania, the timing of the injury couldn’t be worse.
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There is a chance that this Achilles injury is minor and will keep him out of action for just a few days, but the manner in which WWE.com addressed the injury and speculated about the impact it could have on the Extreme Rules match against Ryback has many fans wondering. If the injury is too severe, the WWE would likely be forced to strip Cena of the title.
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While even the biggest Cena haters shouldn’t be rooting for an injury to anyone, these are the kind of incidents that help build superstars. The WWE is all about the long-term booking, but when an incident happens that forces the creative team back to the drawing board, this is when greatness is sometimes stumbled upon. If Cena misses substantial time, we could be looking at new WWE champion Ryback after Extreme Rules.
WWE Rumors: More Reports About Cena’s Injury (F4WOnline via Wrestling Inc.)
Believe in The Shield
Since debuting at Survivor Series 2012, The Shield has been on an absolute tear. After not only setting its sights on John Cena and Ryback, but The Undertaker as well, the WWE Universe can’t wait to see what’s next for the powerful trio. If you don’t already, more greatness on Monday's Raw will prove it’s time to believe in The Shield.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: What’s Next?
After laying waste to every main-event face on the roster, it’s time for The Shield to make a major impact on the company. One way would be by taking championship belts starting immediately. Dean Ambrose would likely be the one to take a singles title, and coupled with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns winning the tag team straps, the group could become one of the most decorated in wresting history.
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If the trio isn’t going after titles, there has to be a much bigger storyline in play. Whether it’s that The Shield is working for someone else or that there are more members that haven’t debuted yet, there has to be something on a much bigger scale; like the nWo. Monday’s Raw should be a good gauge of where this storyline will be heading over the next few months.
WWE Rumors: The Undertaker Working Extreme Rules (F4WOnline via Wrestling Inc.)
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