The question of who is in control of WWE's monsters and who they will attack next will dominate the Nov. 4 episode of WWE Raw.
Last week, Bray Wyatt, inspired by "the devil" giving him instructions, felled two Superstars. Kane made it clear that his monstrous services were available as he surrendered himself to Stephanie McMahon and "The Authority."
What happens next will be among the biggest stories that Monday's Raw has to offer.
Sifting through backstage rumors, reports and WWE.com's preview gives fans a solid idea of what to expect in terms of how Survivor Series will continue to be built as well as who will be a part of Monday's show and who will challenge for the company's championships.
News and Rumors on Who Will Be on Raw
Curtis Axel contends that his injury is not as severe as some have thought. Reports of Axel blowing out both of his hips aren't true, according to the Intercontinental Champion himself.
Axel took to Twitter to refute these reports.
He is also advertised on WWE.com as being part of Monday's Raw in Greenville, S.C. so someone could very well be suffering the effects of a swinging neck breaker come showtime. Also of note, Wade Barrett and Paul Heyman are advertised for the episode as well.
Fans haven't seen Barrett in ages, as he's apparently been dealing with visa issues, as he told the Lancashire Evening Post.
In addition, F4WOnline, via WrestlingInc.com, has reported that "WWE creative writers are contemplating repackaging Wade Barrett and giving him a strong push." The "Bad News Barrett" persona he has been portraying on the JBL and Cole Show could be the direction WWE goes. Does this repackage and push begin on Monday?
With Survivor Series approaching, meaning more bodies needed for elimination tag matches, there's a good chance the answer is yes.
Heyman's name appears on the list of advertised talent, but the "card subject to change" disclaimer is probably going to be needed to explain his absence.
PWInsider, via WrestleZone.com, reported the following about him after Hell in a Cell.
Paul Heyman's WWE TV status is currently in question as WWE decided to end his feud with CM Punk at Hell in a Cell this past Sunday. Original creative plans called for the feud to continue into December, but the decision was made to end it early, and there is doubt as to whether or not Heyman will continue to work alongside Ryback.
Last Monday, Ryback appeared without Heyman at this side, losing to Punk after tapping out to the Anaconda Vise. All eyes will be on Axel, should he return, as a lack of Heyman in his corner likely means that the manager and advocate won't be around for a good while.
That would be unfortunate, as Heyman has been one of the most entertaining elements of WWE programming in recent months whether he is waxing about lava or making GIF-worthy facial reactions.
Triple H clearly thought that firing Big Show and placing a restraining order on him wasn't enough. He also banned him for life, for whatever that's worth.
In his five-point preview on WWE.com, Mitch Passero writes, "Is a lifetime ban enough to keep The World’s Largest Athlete from showing up on this week's Raw?"
That smart money is on the ban not preventing Big Show from showing up and knocking somebody out. In reality, security would be beefed up and the enormous, highly recognizable Superstar wouldn't get close to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. In the world of WWE, the ban won't even stop Big Show's entrance music from playing.
Big Show laid out Randy Orton last week, and the company has two distinct directions ahead of it.
Either the giant takes on Triple H directly with a chance at regaining employment on the line or Big Show challenges Orton for the WWE Championship, perhaps exchanging a title shot for dropping his lawsuit against WWE.
Triple H will at least have another big man to send after Big Show.
After Kane willingly became a puppet for The Authority, one has to assume that he'll get a big chunk of the airtime on Monday's Raw. Who will McMahon send him after? The answer to that question will make the Survivor Series picture a lot clearer.
His storyline could be interwoven with where The Wyatt Family is heading.
After attacks on CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, the audience will be awaiting that trio of brutes' next move. Wyatt's devilish mug appears as the centerpiece of the Raw show page on WWE.com. That certainly implies that he and his followers will be a huge part of the show.
The question will be if Bryan and Punk get another dose of the Wyatts' barbarity or if there will be a new set of victims.
For anyone unsure if the attack on Bryan was a one-time occurrence, the PWInsider elite section, via WrestlingInc.com, reports that Bryan "is in a program with CM Punk and The Wyatt Family for the next few months."
Bryan and Punk are going to need additional allies to take on Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Wyatt. Whoever gets attacked next could well be the future partner of those two former Ring of Honor champs.
Champions and Challengers
The Shield have gone from undefeated to very beatable, from title-bearing thugs to perhaps out of title contention. Cody Rhodes and Goldust defeated Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins at Battleground, Hell in a Cell and with the championships on the line on the Oct. 14 Raw.
Throw in the number of six-man wins the Rhodes brothers and friends have had over The Shield in recent weeks, and The Shield's hold on the No. 1 contender's spot is about as firm as a turkey's wattle.
Meanwhile, The Real Americans appear to be charging toward the top of the tag division.
Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro followed up an upset win over the tag champs on Monday's Raw with a six-man showdown in the main event of Friday's SmackDown. Look for the animosity between The Real Americans and Rhodes and Goldust to increase.
A title match appears to be on the horizon.
Who will that statement apply to in terms of the World Heavyweight Championship? John Cena fended off Damien Sandow's cash-in attempt last Monday. He potentially follows that up with a confrontation involving Alberto Del Rio.
Passero's Raw preview contains an interesting section on Cena. Of Cena, Passero asks, "Who will be the next to test him?"
Does that mean that a challenger not named Sandow or Del Rio will emerge? That seems unlikely with the title picture already crowded as it is, but perhaps WWE is preparing for a Fatal 4-Way title match at Survivor Series.
The question of how those championship matches take place will be some of Raw's most noteworthy developments, but the best entertainment value lies in Wyatt and Kane's violent work. Monday will be the showcase for those two monsters.
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