Sunday night’s SummerSlam pay-per-view was one of the wildest events of 2013, but the follow-up episode of Raw is the WWE’s chance to keep the momentum going by producing a show the fans won’t be able to forget.
With Daniel Bryan gaining the sympathy of every member of the WWE Universe after being screwed by Triple H and cashed-in on by Randy Orton, how the company handles this storyline Monday will determine how successful it is moving forward.
Add in the hype around CM Punk, his loss to Brock Lesnar and his promise to get revenge on former manager Paul Heyman one way or another, and this is bound to be a wild week in wrestling.
Monday’s Raw and the build to September’s Night of Champions PPV promise to be very exciting after such a legendary edition of SummerSlam.
Where: Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif.
When: Monday, August 19 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
Full SummerSlam 2013 Results
- Daniel Bryan defeated WWE champion John Cena; Randy Orton cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on Bryan to win the WWE Championship.
- Brock Lesnar defeated CM Punk (No Disqualification Match).
- World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio defeated Christian.
- Bray Wyatt defeated Kane (Ring of Fire Match).
- Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn defeated Big E Langston and Divas champion AJ Lee.
- Cody Rhodes defeated Damien Sandow.
- Natalya defeated Brie Bella.
- Rob Van Dam defeated United States champion Dean Ambrose by disqualification (Kickoff Match).
As a part-time WWE Superstar, Brock Lesnar’s win over CM Punk likely indicates at least one more chapter in the duo’s feud, but there is a chance that any rematch could be put on hold as the company balances how many appearances the MMA legend has on his contract.
According to F4WOnline.com via SEScoops.com, Lesnar is not currently scheduled to appear on Monday’s Raw. With Heyman carrying the torch for his Beast Incarnate, this is the time for a big return or even possibly the inclusion of another Heyman Guy to make up for Lesnar’s possible exclusion.
Punk will be on WWE TV every week and will need a marquee storyline to keep him busy heading into September. While another chapter with Lesnar would be ideal, the report that he is not going to be in attendance Monday likely indicates a new opponent for the fan favorite.
WWE Championship Scene Gets Wild
After one of the wildest endings to a main event in WWE history, it was Randy Orton that walked out of SummerSlam with the WWE Championship. Daniel Bryan initially beat John Cena clean to finally achieve his dream, but Triple H turned on the new titleholder and opened the door for the successful cash-in attempt.
Monday’s episode of Raw will begin explaining why the WWE Championship match ended the way it did.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will Losing the Title Help or Hurt Bryan’s Momentum?
Casual and hardcore wrestling fans will look at Bryan’s loss as detrimental to his character, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. After beating the invincible Cena clean in the middle of the ring, the WWE built serious sympathy for the fan favorite by having two of the biggest names in the sport conspire against him to take away the title he worked so hard to win.
The company couldn’t have booked this main event any better. How this angle is followed up on Monday though is just as important as how it was handled Sunday night.
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There is a major storyline developing with Triple H and his relationship with Vince McMahon, and coupled with how Bryan will react to having his dream ripped away from him will have every member of the WWE Universe on the former champion’s side. Add in a heel turn for Orton that will revitalize his stale character, and this week’s episode of Raw centered around the WWE Championship will be flat out amazing.
WWE Rumors: John Cena out of title picture for Night of Champions? Per Wrestling Observer Newsletter via Wrestling Inc.
CM Punk and Paul Heyman’s War Isn’t Over
Punk and Lesnar put on one of the best matches of 2013, but after watching the former UFC champion walk away with a win because of the help from Paul Heyman, how Punk reacts to being deprived of a monumental victory will be one of the main focuses on Monday.
While Lesnar may not be attending this week’s Raw, it is clear that the feud between Punk and his former best friend is far from over.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Who Will Punk Feud With Next?
Lesnar has a limited amount of dates on his contract with the WWE, and if he isn’t scheduled to be a part of Night of Champions, the company must find a feud worthy of Punk’s star status. While many fans see the writing on the wall for a feud with Curtis Axel, now would be the perfect time for Heyman to reveal another member of his stable that can battle Punk. There is no better answer than turning Rob Van Dam heel and letting him attack the straight-edge superstar.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Punk and Heyman Storylines
The best part of the battle between former friends Punk and Heyman is that any wrestler can be substituted in as one of the lackeys for the Heyman Guy stable. The feud is between the two men on a personal level, and Heyman can just find anyone willing to step in and protect him to fight his battles for him.
While a feud with Axel would put the intercontinental champion over as a legitimate threat, a possible RVD vs. Punk series of matches would be something every member of the WWE Universe would be entertained watching. No matter who is next for Punk, it’s clear the battle with Heyman is far from over.
WWE News: Punk Talks About His Intentions Against Heyman, per WWE.com.
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