The WWE’s “Slammy Awards” show ended up being the last Raw before their TLC pay-per-view, which airs this Sunday, December 15. Intriguingly enough, watching the upcoming event should definitely appeal to fans.
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon ended Raw with the current and former crop of former World Champions to hype the unification match between the World Heavyweight and WWE Champions. WWE Champion Randy Orton will face current World Champion John Cena in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match, with only one man becoming the undisputed WWE Champion. The segment ended with Cena standing with The Authority, while Orton looked puzzled, wondering what was going on.
What transpired could set in motion a turbulent 2014 for the WWE.
Raw ended on a great note. It left an unpredictable element not just for TLC’s main event, but also for the foreseeable future.
The WWE’s Slammy Awards set up WrestleMania 30. Granted, the show didn’t set up the entire program, but it teased two possible matches that could draw money.
CM Punk vs. Triple H
Punk and Triple H have no love lost for each other, as evidenced by Punk’s recent predicament.
Punk will take on The Shield at TLC by himself. He believes the decision was due to his criticism of Daniel Bryan’s treatment over the past few months. Punk's punch on Triple H should reinstate the bad blood between them from two years ago.
Triple H defeated Punk at 2011’s Night of Champions, and they haven’t crossed paths since. It would make sense, considering Triple H is running The Authority and Punk is the antihero. Keep in mind Punk has fought a great lineup of singles matches in WrestleMania history: Rey Mysterio, Orton, Chris Jericho and The Undertaker.
Plus, Triple H has a habit of putting over the right guys for business at past WrestleManias. Cena and Batista are the first names to come up for that list.
Maybe Triple H reigns supreme again, or maybe Punk gets his revenge. But it should be a great match in the Superdome if it happens.
WWE Championship: John Cena vs. Randy Orton vs. Daniel Bryan
This match could be revenge for one Superstar who many feel was doled out a bad deal.
Bryan still gets a tremendous reaction, which was evident in his home state of Washington. The crowd chanted loudly, almost demanding that Bryan be inserted in Sunday’s main event. He won’t be in that match, but that doesn’t mean he won’t return to the title picture.
It should be a given that either Cena or Orton will be in the main event for WrestleMania 30. Why shouldn’t they? Both men are the most known faces on the active roster, whether you like it or not. However, we’ve seen that match already, and we’ll see it again at TLC.
Adding Bryan brings a new layer to a feud we’ve seen countless times. We witnessed Cena and Bryan lock horns at this past SummerSlam. Plus, Orton’s Street Fight with Bryan on the June 24 episode of Raw was arguably the most important match of Bryan’s WWE career.
Cena also praised Bryan this past Monday, which angered Orton to the point of throwing a punch at Cena. The booking just writes itself. You would have Cena, the ultimate face, taking on Orton, the ultimate heel. Bryan, in the middle, would be the ultimate underdog. Right there is your main event, with the result just being too tough to predict.
Keep in mind, these matches might not happen. Maybe WWE will go in different directions, merely teasing the WWE Universe. Could these matches ever happen?
Frankly, it wouldn’t surprise me if these two matches came to be for WrestleMania 30. That’s good entertainment!