5 Questions That Must Be Answered on Raw Following SummerSlam
On a night where the WWE Universe celebrated Daniel Bryan’s win over John Cena at SummerSlam and then booed Triple H and his turn on Bryan only to see Randy Orton cash in his Money in the Bank contract, we can only hope the momentum from the pay-per-view carries over until Monday night.
Yes, there are questions that need to be answered.
See, sometimes I am right in my predictions.
SummerSlam was everything we could have asked for, with four huge matches and a big swerve that we all knew was coming. But now that it has happened and Daniel Bryan will be the contender again and now that Randy Orton is the champion (see, I bet you forgot all about John Cena), what happens next?
What happens at Night of Champions and how does the belt being around Orton’s waist impact the feud between Triple H and Vince McMahon? Was this a plot all along by both men to get Cena and Bryan out of the title picture? Is it a chance for new blood to inject itself into the WWE title picture?
And how will this impact someone like CM Punk once he is done with his feud (which was the best match I have seen since WrestleMania 28 between Triple H and Undertaker) and Paul Heyman?
Yes, SummerSlam delivered the knockout blow we all wanted, and now we must wait until Monday night to sift through the carnage.
Here are a few questions that need to be answered Monday night on Raw.
Will Christian Get “One More Match?”
I don't see it happening at Night of Champions, but it is always a possibility.
The match was better than I expected and proceeded without interference from Ricardo Rodriguez.
Alberto Del Rio and Christian had a pretty good match, one that exceeded expectations and makes me think another chance at the title may happen, but it will be long before Night of Champions.
What I do see is the briefcase coming into play between Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes where Rhodes wins and then cashes in on ADR. Sandow facing ADR is always a possibility, but Rhodes and ADR feuding makes more sense.
Just a theory though. If that is the case, then you can pretty much write Christian out of the World Title picture.
Is This the Last We Have Seen of Kaitlyn and AJ Lee?
Gosh, I hope so.
I thought the Total Divas program on E! was supposed to give us fresh matches and new angles to work with concerning the women in the ring. All it has done is continue to focus on AJ and Kaitlyn and add Brie Bella and Natalya to the mix.
Natalya feuding with AJ works and so does Kaitlyn and Layla. There has to be a way the Funkadactyls get into the mix as well. The reality television show should help breathe new life into this division, not suck the air out of it.
How Long Will John Cena Be out of Commission?
Who knows, but I for one am thankful he is going to be out of action.
This opens the door for so many other angles and WWE superstars. The match between Cena and Daniel Bryan was better than I thought it would be, and it lived up to the hype in the ring after living up to the hype in the promos.
The WWE needs to keep a fresh angle going. The loss by Cena opened the door for Randy Orton's heel turn (finally) and made Daniel Bryan the new lead face of the company. How that will play in the story being told is still up in the air.
And now that Bryan does not have the title and Triple H is not behind him, what does that mean for Orton's relationship with Triple H, Triple H's relationship with Vince McMahon and Daniel Bryan's relationship with anyone in the company?
Will There Ever Be a Better Match Than Lesnar/Punk?
Right now, of course you can say, "Yes," but if there wasn't, I would not be hurt at all by that.
CM Punk and Brock Lesnar put on one of the greatest shows in wrestling history. While Punk was the one I counted on to produce, Lesnar's work in the ring and the story told by each wrestler was worthy of Match of the Year consideration.
Hell, let's just give it to them now.
It was a match that left me on the edge of my seat. It has a rise, a dramatic balance and falling action. It was captivating and it was brilliantly played. And to be honest, it did not need Paul Heyman's involvement. It could have stood on its own.
Having Heyman in the middle and in the middle of the ring only made it that much better.
Will there be another match at Night of Champions? I hope so, but Lesnar's dance card is not one where he will wrestle many matches between now and the end of the year. The idea of Curtis Axel getting involved is intriguing, but it is not as solid as a match or rematch with Lesnar.
Both men left everything in the ring, and when it was said and done, the sinister looks on both Lesnar's and Heyman's faces were enough for me to want another match right then and there.
Does Wade Barrett Side with Vince McMahon Against Triple H, Randy Orton?
If so, then Daniel Bryan really did get screwed out of the WWE title.
It has been my belief all along that Orton and Bryan would be used in the story involving the McMahons. We know which side Orton is now on. What happens to Barrett?
Also, what happens to Bryan and his quest for another WWE title? You have to figure Bryan gets another crack at the title at Night of Champions, but now I am more interested in how the McMahons will play into the title rematch.
We now probably know Triple H's side. I'd like to see what creative comes up with to balance Vince McMahon's side.