Monday’s edition of WWE Raw marks three episodes until August’s SummerSlam pay-per-view, and the build to the marquee event will continue with another spectacular chapter of the company’s flagship show.
With John Cena choosing Daniel Bryan to fight him for the WWE Championship, the scheduled return of Big Show, the McMahon Family squabbles and so much more preparation for SummerSlam, the excitement for this week's Raw and August's PPV will be through the roof.
Add in the lengthy promo CM Punk is likely to cut after the attack by Brock Lesnar last week, and there is little doubt that this Monday will produce a memorable show.
Whether you are a casual or hardcore wrestling fan, the build to August’s PPV will make the three-hour edition of Raw something everyone won’t want to miss.
As the Wyatt Family says, just follow the buzzards.
Where: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
When: Monday, July 22 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
Big Show Returns
The Big Show has been out of action since May, but according to WWE.com, he will return to Monday’s Raw in time to begin a feud before SummerSlam.
While there are many superstars that would benefit from working with a veteran like Big Show, the idea of finding a face star that could use a victory of the veteran produces several names.
Instead of treading water between Big Show and superstars like Sheamus or Christian, I predict that it will be Rob Van Dam that is looking to build momentum against the former world champion.
A feud between Van Dam and Big Show isn’t the sexiest matchup on paper, but that is a midcard match that would be a great addition to the SummerSlam PPV.
Look for Big Show and his iron-clad contract to attack RVD Monday.
John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan
On paper, WWE champion John Cena vs. Daniel Bryan is not the prototypical SummerSlam main event, but with the selling-power of the probable match between Punk and Lesnar, the company has found its chance to capitalize on the Bryan momentum at a marquee show.
This is the biggest chance in Bryan’s career.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will Both Stars Remain Face?
As exciting as it was to see Cena choose Bryan on Raw last week, causing the Barclays Center to explode with excitement, there have been too many red-hot talents that have faced off with the WWE champion and have been ruined. The hope is that the WWE is smart enough to know that Bryan’s momentum shouldn’t be stifled, and this feud will remain face vs. face heading into the PPV.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 SummerSlam Cash-Ins
Having two good guys square off is exciting, but lackluster at times. There is no doubt that this duo can carry this feud through three weeks of programming as faces, but something huge will happen at SummerSlam.
The WWE will continue setting the stage for a Randy Orton cash-in at the August PPV, and Monday’s Raw should be the show fans look back on and see the blatant foreshadowing. I predict that Orton will be seen less and less over the next three weeks as the WWE tries to hide him from the cameras and force casual fans to forget about the possible cash-in attempt at SummerSlam.
WWE Rumors: SummerSlam Plans for Main Event, per Wrestling Observer via Wrestling Inc.
The McMahon Family Feud
The storyline involving Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H is one of the most convoluted in recent history, and the ultimate payoff could reportedly come at WrestleMania XXX. With so much potential time to kill, there is a genuine concern that this angle with the McMahon family fighting with each other will continue to falter and fall flat.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will the Family Have a Stake in WWE Championship Match?
As much as the WWE Universe wouldn’t want to see the McMahon family looking to infuse themselves into the championship scene with Bryan and Cena, the foreshadowing of Triple H and Stephanie last week claiming that Vince wouldn’t like who the defending champ was going to choose for his title match set the stage for their involvement. This main event will cause dissension amongst the McMahon ranks.
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Convoluted Storylines
With the McMahon Family fighting over every decision they make backstage, taking sides in the WWE Championship match is a natural storyline. Triple H and Stephanie claimed their support for Bryan in last week’s segment, and Vince has expressed his feelings on Bryan publicly, putting him in the corner of the defending champion.
While the overall hope is that the McMahon storyline stays away from the WWE title match angle, I predict that both will intertwine tonight on Raw and become even more convoluted than before.
WWE Rumors: Possible Payoff to McMahon Family Angle, per Wrestling Observer via Wrestling Inc.
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