WWE Raw Preview: Triple H vs. Curtis Axel, Dolph Ziggler, Kaitlyn and More
It’s Monday again, and that means WWE will be presenting a new episode of Monday Night Raw!
With the first edition of WWE Payback just six days away, this will be the go-home episode before the pay-per-view. The final hype for the event will be in full swing as WWE looks to make the first Payback a memorable one.
For this week’s episode, the company has gone over five points, so let’s see what Raw has in store for the WWE Universe just days before the big event!
A Secret Admirer: Kaitlyn’s Admirer Finally Reveals Himself
For the past month or two, WWE Divas champion Kaitlyn has been getting text messages and gifts from a secret admirer. The messages would tug at her heart strings, while the gifts were things she wanted but didn’t have.
Along for the ride was Natalya, who supported Kaitlyn throughout the situation. Natalya even enlisted the help of her boyfriend, The Great Khali. Sending the 7-foot-tall giant undercover, Khali looked for any signs of who the secret admirer might be. He even resorted to wearing a Rey Mysterio mask to “blend in.”
Last week on SmackDown, Kaitlyn got one final text message. She told Natalya that her admirer was coming to Raw so that they could finally meet. Natalya questioned the meeting place, but Kaitlyn marked it up as jealously.
Who is this secret admirer? Will it be a current WWE Superstar? Could it be someone making their debut? Will this just be all a joke from another Diva?
Best in the World: Will CM Punk Appear to Confront Chris Jericho?
At WrestleMania, CM Punk attempted what so many have failed: breaking the WrestleMania undefeated streak of The Undertaker. In a hard-fought match, The Undertaker defeated Punk and became 21-0 at the event.
Punk would just walk away a week later. He didn’t say a word as to why; he just hugged Paul Heyman and left the ring.
Fast forward to two weeks ago, and Chris Jericho was asking the all-important question to Heyman: “Where is CM Punk?” Y2J then challenged Punk to a match at WWE Payback, which Heyman accepted after Jericho kept egging him on.
Last week on Raw, the official contract signing took place. Punk was a no-show, but Heyman signed the contract on Punk’s behalf as his representative. Jericho would ultimately embarrass Heyman, but the former head of ECW got some revenge a few days later on Friday Night SmackDown.
During a match with his new client Curtis Axel, Heyman got up onto the announcer's table, screamed “It’s clobbering time” and presented Punk. Well, not exactly. His entrance music played, which distracted Jericho enough for Axel to pick up the victory.
Could “Cult of Personality” lead to Punk showing up this week? If so, what will he have to say to Jericho? If not, how will Jericho avenge his loss to Axel?
The Showoff: Dolph Ziggler Returns to Monday Night Raw
About a month ago, World Heavyweight champion Dolph Ziggler was kicked in the head by title contender Jack Swagger. The kick knocked the champion out and resulted in a concussion. The scheduled Triple Threat Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship between Ziggler, Swagger and Alberto Del Rio was cancelled as a result.
Ziggler was put on the shelf, and an I Quit match for the No. 1 contendership between Swagger and Del Rio was put onto the Extreme Rules card instead. Del Rio would win the match, but there was no champion for him to challenge.
Del Rio started to battle Ziggler and AJ Lee’s muscle, Big E Langston, over the past few weeks. The two superstars traded victories until Del Rio won the rubber match, ending the mini-feud.
Last week on SmackDown, Ziggler appeared via satellite after his challenger took out the members of 3MB. He revealed that doctors cleared him to return, which he’ll be doing this week on Raw.
What will Ziggler do on his first night back? Will he compete, or just have a few words wit Del Rio? Will their World Heavyweight Championship match take place at Payback?
The Cerebral Assassin: Will Triple H Get His Match with Curtis Axel?
Three weeks ago, Heyman revealed his new client as Curtis Axel. The man formally known as Michael McGillicutty, and the son of WWE Hall of Famer Mr. Perfect, quickly made a name for himself when he got the main event of Raw against Triple H.
The match didn’t last long, though, as the cage match the Game had against Brock Lesnar the night before took its toll on him. Triple H fell to the ground as a result of a concussion, and Axel was awarded the victory.
Last week on Raw, Triple H returned with vengeance in his eyes. The doctors had cleared him and he wanted a match with Axel. His wife, Stephanie McMahon, and his boss and father-in-law, Vince McMahon, absolutely forbid him to wrestle. The Game did eventually leave the arena for his wife, but he was none too happy with his father-in-law.
He vowed to return the following week, and that there would be nothing to stop him from getting his match with Axel.
Will Triple H actually get his match with Axel? Will Vince and Stephanie McMahon try to stop him again? Will fans see the McMahons play “The Game?”
Payback: Can John Cena Gain Some Revenge on Ryback?
At Extreme Rules, John Cena defended his newly won WWE Championship against Ryback in a Last Man Standing match. When Ryback tackled Cena through the LED lights on the stage, which resulted in both Superstars flying off the stage and ultimately being carried out, the match was ruled a no-contest.
The next night on Raw, Ryback appeared with an ambulance. He wanted another shot at the title in an Ambulance Match, but the champion had a better idea. He took Ryback’s idea and added lumberjacks and tables, thus resurrecting the Three Stages of Hell Match.
Since then, Ryback has been on a rampage. He has put Cena, Daniel Bryan and Kane through tables, while also putting Kofi Kingston through three and putting him on the shelf in the process.
Despite Cena wanting Three Stages of Hell, it has been Ryback who’s been raising all of the hell. Can Cena finally get some vengeance on Ryback, or will Ryback Rules continue to reign supreme?
This episode of WWE Monday Night Raw is shaping up to be quite the episode. Will it be? Tune in to find out!
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