This week’s edition of Raw marks less than a week until Sunday’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view, and with one final chance to build to the event, this go-home edition of WWE’s marquee television program should be as exciting as they come.
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With a wild night of Extreme Rules preparation on the horizon, there is little doubt that Monday’s edition of Raw will be one of the best since the build to WrestleMania.
Wrestling fans should be very excited.
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As peaceful as Raw has been without him, the WWE Universe should expect to see The Miz make his glorious return back to television after filming his movie over the past few weeks, according to F4WOnline.com (via Wrestling Inc.).
The Miz was involved in a throwaway feud with Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship before leaving to star in this new movie, but the hope now is that they find something better for the midcard sensation.
While fighting for the IC title would be a great welcome back present from the WWE, the hope is that The Miz would continue his feud with Antonio Cesaro like the duo was developing before WrestleMania season.
Brock and Triple H Go Face-to-Face
After watching Brock Lesnar destroy Triple H’s office last week via video, Triple H has called out Lesnar and wants him face-to-face in the middle of the ring this Monday on Raw. As the old adage goes, be careful what you ask for, because you just might get it.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will This Come to Blows?
Lesnar has never been one of back away from confrontation since joining the WWE once again, and once he is toe-to-toe with Triple H in the middle of the ring, there is little doubt that this duo will start beating each other down. With Lesnar likely taking the win Sunday, expect Triple H to clear the ring Monday and stand tall, especially after Heyman and Lesnar's impromptu renovation of Triple H's office last week (via WWE's Twitter).
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Paul Heyman Promos
While there will always be a contingent of WWE fans that love Triple H and his work in the ring and on the mic, this long-term feud can only be considered a success because of the outstanding work by Lesnar in the ring and Heyman on the mic. Together, Heyman and Lesnar will walk to the ring Monday night and drop a heavy dosage of real talk on the WWE Universe.
WWE Rumors: Original Plans for Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar (PWInsider via Wrestling Inc.)
Dolph Ziggler’s Extreme Rules Status
When Dolph Ziggler cashed in the Money in the Bank briefcase the Monday after WrestleMania, it was clearly time for The Showoff to stake his claim as a top star. Just over a month later, the World Heavyweight champion’s status for Sunday’s show is in serious question after suffering a concussion at last Tuesday’s SmackDown tapings
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will Ziggler Defend His Title at Extreme Rules?
The emphasis on concussions in all of the other major sports will have WWE playing by the rules of every medical test possible, and as long as Ziggler is cleared for activity—whether it's light duty or a full match—the company was incredibly lucky it was already a triple threat ladder match. If Ziggler is still feeling the effects of the concussion, the WWE could easily protect him by featuring Alberto Del Rio vs. Jack Swagger for most of the match and Ziggler running in late to retain the title.
Zeb Colter is already starting the trash talk:
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Ziggler Title Defenses
Monday’s Raw will be an incredibly important gauge about where Ziggler is medically and what his status will be for Sunday. If the WWE uses the star in a match or he takes an attack from another superstar, he’ll be fine for the PPV. If the company doesn’t allow him to engage in any physical confrontations, this could be a bigger issue than WWE is letting on to the media.
WWE News: Ziggler Talks Losing His Memory After Concussion (WWE.com)
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