Giants will dominate Monday's WWE Raw—one in the midst of a battle against tyranny and one who willingly became part of the machine.
Manchester, England hosts the Veteran's Day edition of the show. Due to the time difference between the United States and England, Raw will be taped five hours earlier than it airs in the U.S.
That means anyone who wants to cut through the speculation and is overcome by anticipation can dig into spoilers. Several outlets will be posting said spoilers around 2 p.m. EST.
What can we expect to see when reading through the reports or waiting for Monday's Raw to air?
WWE will be building the Survivor Series card, hyping the Big Show and The Authority rivalry and possibly bringing back a weasel only recently exterminated. A potential traditional tag team elimination match is likely to get some new additions, and the chances of WWE 2K14 getting more airtime than Zack Ryder are high.
Big Show's Battle
While Big Show and Randy Orton's upcoming WWE Championship bout should be the focus of the episode, don't expect much of a war between the big man and Triple H's regime.
For one, Big Show may be limited by injury. PWInsider.com reported Monday that "Big Show was noticeably limping at yesterday's WWE house show in Glasgow, Scotland."
He may well be suffering from just a minor injury, but with Survivor Series just two weeks away, WWE isn't likely to put him in a long match or take a number of bumps on Monday's Raw. Big Show could instead be asked to give a promo or knock a few folks out.
Triple H may not be around to put him in dangerous situations, so that would work out just perfectly. It appears that Kane will be taking charge with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon out of the picture for the moment.
The COO tweeted the following message.
This has led to speculation that Triple H and McMahon are taking the night off, which would give Kane a chance to showcase his new corporate character. Triple H named Kane his director of operations. Expect to see what exactly that role entails and how merciless Kane will be given this much power.
Paul Heyman Coming Back?
Last Monday, Heyman told Michael Cole on the phone that he was in Europe seeking treatment for a number of injuries. It certainly felt like WWE was telling the audience that Heyman would be gone for the foreseeable future.
Curtis Axel and Ryback could have their advocate back in their corner as early as Monday, though.
PWInsider.com writes of Heyman, "there's talk he may be back on TV as soon as this week." Apparently, the original plan was for him to go into hibernation until Brock Lesnar came back, but the storylines have reportedly changed.
Plus, Heyman has been a part of recent house shows, including one in Munich on Nov. 9.
Axel will be glad to hear that, as Heyman gives his character depth and provides Axel with a stellar mouthpiece.
Heyman returning would make sense in that Raw will be in Europe Monday, but as badly injured as Heyman made himself out to be, a few weeks certainly doesn't seem like long enough to be off the grid. Perhaps the conniving one will show up wearing a neck brace, sitting in a wheelchair and plastered with bandages to help sell the beatdown CM Punk gave him at Hell in a Cell.
Resistance to The Wyatt Family
Punk and Daniel Bryan have clearly formed an alliance in recent weeks to combat the predatory trio of Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
Bryan charged in to help Punk during last Monday's Raw, and Punk did the same for his former adversary on last Friday's SmackDown. With the numbers between foes uneven and Survivor Series coming up, it's safe to assume that Punk and Bryan will do some recruiting soon.
Anthony Benigno's five-point preview for Raw hints at that happening Monday.
He writes, "Might we see a full-fledged coalition formed on Raw this week?" Count on the answer being "Yes! Yes! Yes!"
A traditional Survivor Series elimination tag team match appears to be in the works between the former Ring of Honor stars and the Wyatts. Look for The Miz, Kofi Kingston or another fan favorite to join forces with Punk and Bryan and for this feud to escalate.
Other than the two major title matches, WWE is seemingly going to have this rivalry be one of the pay-per-view's major focuses.
World Heavyweight Championship, Best WrestleMania Opponent
One thing fans are certain to see on Monday's Raw is more footage of the WWE 2K14 video game. WWE.com offered the chance for fans to vote who they thought was Undertaker's greatest WrestleMania opponent.
Kane, Triple H, Batista and Shawn Michaels are the candidates. The winner will face The Deadman in virtual action.
Edge, Orton and Ric Flair would seem more than worthy of being on the ballot, but if recent patterns with these polls hold, the most recent event/person will win out anyway.
Monday's Raw should also clarify where Damien Sandow fits into the world title picture.
Vickie Guerrero already booked Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena at Survivor Series, but many fans are guessing that Sandow gets added as a third opponent. Benigno's five-point preview hints strongly at that possibility, titling the section about Cena "Three-way dance."
Sandow got a shot at Cena in six-man tag team action last Monday, and chances are he continues to be involved with Cena. That rivalry is likely to get more of the spotlight on SmackDown, though.
Monday's Raw looks to belong to Kane and Big Show, as WWE.com indicates that Kane will be the focus for the episode, and Big Show's pursuit of the company's biggest prize is sure to keep him toward the center of the spotlight.
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