Monday’s edition of Raw from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will have huge shoes to fill after Sunday’s amazing Money in the Bank pay-per-view from Philadelphia, but the company should have a few tricks up its sleeve.
What grade do you give Money in the Bank?
Add in the betrayal of CM Punk by Paul Heyman, the return of Rob Van Dam and another appearance from the Wyatt Family, and there is little doubt that Monday’s show will be one the WWE Universe never forgets.
Hardcore and causal wrestling fans alike will enjoy this week’s Raw.
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
When: Monday, July 15, at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
Full 2013 Money in the Bank Results
- WWE champion John Cena defeated Mark Henry.
- World Heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio defeated Dolph Ziggler by disqualification.
- Randy Orton won the Money in the Bank All-Stars Match.
- Damien Sandow won the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
- Intercontinental champion Curtis Axel defeated The Miz.
- Divas champion AJ Lee defeated Kaitlyn.
- Ryback defeated Chris Jericho.
- WWE Tag Team champions Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeated The Usos (kickoff match).
Damien Sandow and Randy Orton Are Money
Money in the Bank was one of the best PPVs of the last several years, but the biggest winners of the night were Damien Sandow and Randy Orton. Neither man was a serious favorite to steal the show, but both proved their worth to the WWE Universe by winning their respective briefcases.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: When Will These Stars Cash in their Briefcases?
While both men won the briefcase on the same night, how they will handle the honor will be completely different. Sandow is a fresh face that needs the rub of carrying the World Heavyweight Championship contract, but Orton doesn’t. With SummerSlam needing a huge main event and Mark Henry tapping clean to John Cena, there is a chance RKO walks out of Brooklyn as the new WWE champion.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Possible Raw Cash-Ins
The best part of the Money in the Bank briefcase concept is the unpredictability of when the holder will use it to win the title. There are times when smart fans can see a cash-in coming from a mile away, but there is no predicting when the red and blue briefcases will be traded in. It may be as early as this Monday if the opportunity presents itself.
It’s going to be a great summer in the WWE.
There are huge plans for Monday’s edition of Raw, via F4WOnline via Wrestling Inc.
Paul Heyman Turns on CM Punk
The tension between CM Punk and Paul Heyman has been brewing over for weeks, but it culminated in an unwarranted attack on the former champion by his former manager. With Heyman costing Punk his chance at the WWE Championship, fans should expect retribution on Monday night.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will Punk Get His Hands on Heyman?
As much as Punk will be searching for the ECW originator everywhere in the arena, Heyman is too smart to get caught in a bad situation. Don’t be surprised to see Heyman on the TitanTron to start Raw and set up a face-to-face meeting to take place later in the night.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Beast Incarnate Attacks
Heyman hasn’t become a success in the wrestling business without being as shrewd and cunning as anyone. While Punk and his former manager will likely get in the same ring together, this should all be setting the stage for the return of Brock Lesnar and the SummerSlam dream match between Punk and Lesnar that fans across the world want.
Brock Lesnar is scheduled to appear in Brooklyn, per Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc.
The Wyatts Are Back!
After the brutal attack from the Wyatt Family last week on Kane that kept the Big Red Monster out of the Money in the Bank ladder match, how the trio follows up its initial debut and what it says about its attacks will be important to its long-term success.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Which Star Will Be Attacked Next?
There is always a chance that the only person the Wyatt Family wants to attack is Kane, but that would be relatively short-sighted by the trio. If the family wants to make a serious splash in the WWE, attacking a well-loved wrestler like Daniel Bryan, Rob Van Dam or Sheamus would be a great second chapter.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Lantern-Lit Entrances
Most of the fans in the WWE Universe have fallen in love with the Wyatt Family with the help of the vignettes over the last several weeks and the group’s memorable debut, but it’s now even more important to the company that it follows up with another interesting story. The focus is on Money in the Bank, and the Wyatt Family must make a huge impact to steal the spotlight. Expect greatness Monday.
Here's backstage reaction to the Wyatt Family's debut, via F4WOnline via Wrestling Inc.
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