What to Expect from the Dec. 9 Edition of Raw
It's the go-home edition of Raw this week ahead of the big Tables, Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view, and WWE still has some work to do to push the event with its final TV tapings.
However, this week isn't just about building some hype for a pay-per-view, it's also the 2013 Slammy Awards, which always provide some moments of debate and conflict—and hopefully some comedic moments, too.
Plenty of Superstars will have the opportunity to put their TLC matches over in front of the crowd, and plenty will be looking for a big showing.
There will also be another opportunity for fans to cast their eyes over the latest repackaged Superstar—after he didn't exactly impress last week.
Lets take a look at what we can expect from Monday's edition of Raw.
Some Slammin' Slammy's
The annual Slammy Awards returns tonight, and the event is sure to bring out some controversial winners, as is often the case.
What is the likelihood of John Cena winning Superstar of the Year again, perhaps? Obviously, there are more credible candidates in the frame—you immediately think of Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton, to name but two—but Cena will no doubt be in the mix.
It's hard to see past AJ Lee for Diva of the Year in all fairness, considering how long she has held the divisional championship.
Then there is Match of the Year. An honest, smart pick would be Undertaker vs. CM Punk at WrestleMania 29 earlier this year, but there will be other contenders.
An interesting Slammy is always Breakout Star of the Year. Tough one this year, but could Big E Langston get his hands on his first award?
Someone's in for Some Bad News...
"Bad News Barrett" on Raw, take two.
Lets say the first experience of Wade Barrett's new gimmick didn't get off to the brightest of starts. It all seemed a bit too staged, with Barrett cutting two promos at ringside with a plinth that has been dusted off from when it used to be the "Anonymous Raw GM" pedestal.
Fans of the gimmick when it was such a success on the WWE app will have seen the sketch run pretty well when Barrett delivered bad news backstage to unsuspecting Superstars. Hopefully Barrett will be in and among the arena and trying to make this new idea work.
After last week, it does seem like Barrett is in desperate need of a push.
Daniel Bryan or Daniel Wyatt?
Ahead of their match at TLC this weekend, Bray Wyatt and Daniel Bryan have been building up a nice, solid, enjoyable rivalry.
The beauty of the Wyatts is that you don't really know what you're going to get next. There is talk of maybe having Bryan align himself with Bray in what would be a big swerve—given that Bryan is massively over at this moment in time.
Their match will make for exciting viewing at TLC. Expect one last twist tonight on Raw as creative look to build some hype for the match on Sunday.
Six days out from a pay-per-view, the tag champions are not booked in a match—that is not the way to promote the tag-team division.
In truth, the Rhodes Brothers have a plethora of teams to choose from. The Real Americans would be an apt choice, given how much of an upward spiral they are on at the moment.
With Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins booked up to fight CM Punk along with Dean Ambrose, that team is out of the picture—and may well be long-term given the supposed imminent split of The Shield.
All creative need to do is find a team that can battle it out with Cody and Goldust. Otherwise, the tag division is in danger of being left behind.
The Final Word Going to Orton
Last week on Raw, John Cena and Randy Orton went at it to hype their unification match at TLC, before Cena finally got the upper hand when he drove Orton through a table with style.
It is common that in these types of rivalries, the baton of power shifts on a weekly basis, so one would expect Orton to have the final say before the pay-per-view this weekend by signalling his intent against Cena.
How the match will pan out at TLC is interesting. There are a number of potential scenarios that could occur—with even a Cena heel turn to align himself with Triple H not out of the question.
The match is getting some pretty good hype on each TV taping that the WWE does, and you would expect some more of that tonight.