Wrestling boots get traded for cowboy versions as the last WWE Raw before Survivor Series 2013 goes country.
With Nashville, Tenn. hosting the go-home show, WWE is set to play up that city's musical reputation. That means that along with all the expected buildup for the upcoming pay-per-view, fans will see some country-themed ridiculousness, fun and surprises.
Fans can count on goofy antics like Santino Marella pulling out a cobra sock puppet with a cowboy hat on as well as some big names making appearances.
In addition, WWE is asking fans to vote for which submission hold they want to see simulated on WWE 2K14. Will fans vote for the Cross Armbreaker, Anaconda Vise, the "Yes!" Lock or Natalya's Sharpshooter? Not watching video game simulations on a wrestling program is not an option on the ballot.
With only three matches announced for Survivor Series so far, it's a safe bet that WWE Raw will lead to some more bouts becoming official. Will we get a traditional elimination tag team match? Will AJ Lee or Cody Rhodes and Goldust defend their titles?
Somewhere packed inside all the singing and line dancing is a mess of feuds and narratives that need to be addressed.
The Wyatt Family continue their hunt for CM Punk and Daniel Bryan, Alberto Del Rio looks to weaken John Cena even more before their championship bout and Big Show and Randy Orton are sure to clash again.
Josh Reddick of the Oakland Athletics and loser of a beard-off against Bryan says he'll be at the show.
Who will join him in the Bridgestone Arena? A number of potential returns could have the Nashville fans on their feet.
Stars and Potential Surprises
With all apologies to the Honky Tonk Man and Jeff Jarrett, there isn't a Superstar better at performing country music than Mickie James.
James has a new country music album out and is no longer wrestling for TNA. Monday's Raw would be a perfect time for her return to WWE.
The former woman's champ recently visited the WWE Performance Center, offering advice to the NXT prospects.
To further ramp up rumors about her wrestling for WWE again, James did an interview on WWE.com where she said she would "absolutely love" to come back.
Last week's Raw would have been similarly great timing for Wade Barrett to return to the ring. After dealing with visa issues, the former bare-knuckle boxer would have earned the biggest reaction of the night from fans in Manchester, England.
Instead, it may be Nashville that welcomes him back.
WrestleZone.com reported that after working several shows on the European tour, Barrett "could be making his return to Monday Night Raw on the special 'Raw Country' episode." A recent tweet from Barrett has it appear that his visa troubles are over.
It's all gone a bit Pete Tong on this flight back from Europe. Tornado diversion. Only in America.— Wade Barrett (@WadeBarrett) November 17, 2013
Road Dogg could join him as well.
The D-Generation X member was once a country music roadie with aspirations of becoming a singer. It looks as if WWE may be having Road Dogg serenade the fans in attendance. He hinted as much in the following tweet.
Had to hit it and get it this morning, 30 mins of cardio then Biceps and abs! Headed to Music City and I'm warming the chords up! #OUDK— Brian G. James (@WWERoadDogg) November 17, 2013
The one country act WWE fans are assured of hearing on Monday's Raw is Florida Georgia Line.
WWE.com confirmed Florida Georgia Line's appearance on the show. This top-charting duo's song "Round Here" is the song featured on WWE's promo video for Monday's episode.
Whatever their role on the episode is, bet on 3MB trying to get involved or trying to top the duo.
Rivalries Build, Storylines Continue
Collapse and confusion was the theme when The Authority was on vacation last Monday. Expect Triple H and Stephanie McMahon to return angry.
Their "face of the franchise" ended the night icing an injured shoulder, and Kane, Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox spent much of the episode bickering.
That's what happens when you don't establish a clear chain of command though, right?
Could Triple H send Kane after Maddox or Guerrero to make an example of them? As he told Michael Cole in a recent interview, Kane possesses an inner monster.
In Mitch Passero's five-point preview on WWE.com, he asks of Kane's "monster," "Will it be unleashed this Monday?" Posing that question on that forum certainly hints that it will, but on whom?
With Big Show being Orton's primary adversary, he has a huge chance of being up for that role. Otherwise, one of the lesser authority figures suffers first.
Cena will be looking to hand out some suffering of his own.
After defeating Del Rio easily in two arm wrestling matches on Friday's SmackDown, the No. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship left Cena lying in the center of a broken table.
Does Cena get some revenge Monday, or will he have to wait until Survivor Series? His injured arm will continue to be a major focus of this feud either way.
The Wyatt Family did some damage on Friday's SmackDown as well. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan clobbered The Usos before Bray Wyatt pounced on the fallen tag team. These bearded wild men will undoubtedly collide with Punk and Bryan Monday.
Those two rival teams continue to trade ambushes, the animosity increasing each time.
After last Monday's Raw ended in a 12-man brawl, many fans expected WWE to book a six-on-six elimination bout. The standard tag match that was announced instead doesn't have nearly the same amount of spark, but this is the company's chance to hype it, to make it feel like an unmissable event.
Spurs, jeans and twang aside, WWE's primary goal with this episode should be selling Survivor Series in general to the fans.