WWE Summerslam 2013: Projections for Top Stars After Raw on 7/15/13

Bill PivetzCorrespondent IIIJuly 16, 2013

What does the future hold for the World's Strongest Man? Photo by: WWE
What does the future hold for the World's Strongest Man? Photo by: WWE

The past two nights have been great for WWE. Some superstars have reached a new level in their careers while others are entering new feuds.

Damien Sandow won his first shot at the World Heavyweight Championship and Randy Orton will be back in the WWE Championship picture for the first time since 2011.

Paul Heyman cost CM Punk his shot at the WWE title on Sunday and Brock Lesnar attacked him the next night on Raw.

SummerSlam looks to be taking shape already, but there are some superstars that don’t have summer plans right now.


Mark Henry

Mark Henry tapped out on Sunday to John Cena’s STF. He cut a promo on Raw, praising Cena as one of the best. Toward the end, The Shield’s music hit and they surrounded the ring. Henry fought them off for a little, but the numbers game caught him up to him. The Shield hit him with the triple powerbomb.

The attack could be used to write Henry off TV for a few weeks to heal some injuries. It could also be a catalyst for a Henry face turn.

His match with Cena ended decisively. There is no need for a rematch. Henry needed to move on to something new and The Shield could be the group to get Henry over as a baby face.


Dolph Ziggler

Dolph Ziggler was on the verge of recapturing the world title at Money in the Bank, but his then-girlfriend, AJ Lee, cost him the match.

The next night, Ziggler broke up with AJ, saying, “It's time for me to move on from you.” During his match with Alberto Del Rio, AJ distracted Ziggler, allowing Del Rio to pick up the win. Big E. Langston then attacked Ziggler from behind.

The loss on Monday effectively removes Ziggler from the world title picture for now. It looks like Ziggler and Langston will face off at SummerSlam, giving Ziggler the opportunity to become a full-fledged babyface before chasing Del Rio.



Due to an injury suffered in the Money in the Bank All-Stars match, Sheamus’ appearance on Raw was kept to a minimum.

He wasn’t a part of any feud leading up to the pay-per-view and nothing developed over the last 48 hours.

He could easily be booked as Del Rio’s next challenger for the world title. However, Sheamus has fallen very far on the babyface depth chart—John Cena, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton are all ahead of Sheamus.

He could also feud with Ryback if WWE wanted to keep both Superstars active. As of right now, though, Sheamus’s future plans are up in the air.

Despite these Superstars having little direction for the summer, WWE is still in a great place. There are new stars being born in the Wyatt Family and dream matches coming to fruition in Cena vs. Bryan and Punk vs. Lesnar. Everything else will fall into place over the next few weeks. SummerSlam is still five weeks away.