Comedian Kevin Hart is set to steer the WWE Raw ship on June 16 toward the shore that is Money in the Bank.
Hart will host Raw's return to Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, a night that could potentially feature a return of a Hall of Famer, John Cena getting another title shot and Goldust joining forces with an NXT star. The pay-per-view's main event must still add bodies. The Usos must fend off Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.
Monday's Raw will also feature rivalries in various stages and a man fond of taking victory laps looking to take one more. Hart joins the circus, promoting his new movie as guest host.
Backstage reports and James Wortman's five-point preview on WWE.com provide insight into how Monday's Raw may unfold beyond what the funnyman has to offer.
News, Potential Spoilers
WWE played off Randy Orton missing last week's show as him benefiting from The Authority's favoritism, qualifying for the WWE title Ladder match while lounging poolside. Turns out, he was nursing a collarbone injury. However, it's not something that will keep him from competing at Quicken Loans Arena.
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via PWMania.com, "The injury isn't thought to be too serious and Orton's expected back on TV at this coming Monday's RAW." The Viper is also among the Superstars advertised to appear on Monday.
Two former WWE champs could be joining Orton in Cleveland. Speculation about when Ric Flair will start showing up regularly on WWE programming began after he passed a series of recent medical tests.
Monday could mark both his return and the first time we've seen The Miz in a long time.
According to F4WOnline, via Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc, "Flair may be brought back to WWE TV at next week's show with The Miz since it's in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio." This is a probable combination, one that many fans have guessed would happen again. Flair and The Miz had been aligned previously, The Nature Boy passing down the figure-four leglock to him.
Per PWInsider, Ric Flair likely returning as a manager. He pitched working with Ziggler, but got shot down. Likely working with The Miz.— Jason Solomon (@solomonster) May 22, 2014
Miz's potential homecoming would be a subplot, though, as Money in the Bank remains the central narrative at the moment.
The field for the WWE title Ladder match at that event is filling up, with Cesaro, Sheamus and Orton all getting added to the bout last week. A non-surprising name is reportedly set to join them.
F4WOnline, via Wrestle Zone's Mike Killam, reports that "both John Cena and Bray Wyatt are expected to be added to the upcoming Money in the Bank match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship."
Wyatt already earned his spot when he defeated Dean Ambrose on Friday's SmackDown. Cena's star power and lofty position with the company makes him a safe bet to be the next man to qualify.
New Foes, New Partners
Jack Swagger and Rusev may be too busy trading haymakers to worry about a shot at the world title. On Friday's SmackDown, Lana interrupted a match between Big E and Swagger. Zeb Colter barked at her to leave.
Tension escalated on Twitter over the weekend.
This current animosity is between two heels, but it's two heels with opposing gimmicks. Colter's zealous patriotism and Lana's anti-American sentiments were bound to collide at some point.
With the Money in the Bank card barely filled at this point, look for WWE to add a midcard battle between Rusev and Swagger.
Monday's Raw will feature former tag team champions Cody Rhodes and Goldust as well.
Rhodes has been handpicking teammates for his brother, only to watch the new duo lose each week. Last Monday, he promised a great partner for Raw in Cleveland—someone—as he put it—who would "magnify the magnificence of Goldust," per the WWE Universe Twitter account.
There's a good chance that wrestler will come via NXT. In his preview, Wortman asks, "Are we about to witness the emergence of a new Superstar on Raw?"
That's a strong hint that we're going to see yet another NXT prospect debut. Rhodes' wording makes it sound as if it could be Tyler Breeze. Breeze, though, still has an NXT title match coming against Adrian Neville and has clearly been recovering from a finger injury at recent shows, so don't bet on it being him.
Bo Dallas, who recently had to be thrown out of Full Sail University, looks to extend his undefeated streak on Monday's Raw.
He made Xavier Woods and R-Truth his latest victims, knocking off the former on last week's Raw and besting the latter days later on SmackDown. Fans will be curious to see how long he can keep this going, whom he'll be facing next and if WWE gives him a spot on the Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
Money in the Bank Buildup
One of the stories sure to garner much of the spotlight on Monday's Raw is the continuing aftermath of Seth Rollins turning on The Shield.
Ambrose missed out on a chance at the WWE title thanks to a distraction from Rollins. He's sure to seek retribution, likely leading to a showdown at Money in the Bank.
Just what form will the match take, though? Wortman implied that Reigns will be going after Orton and that Ambrose will be on the hunt for Rollins on Monday's Raw. Perhaps Rollins gets a singles match with Ambrose at the pay-per-view or he teams with Triple H against both of his former brothers-in-arms.
Either way, there's a strong chance we see a match get added to a card with little on it thus far.
The tag team title match at the event is now official: The Wyatt Family will challenge The Usos. Count on these teams locking horns in some fashion on Monday's Raw to continue this feud. They have been battling for weeks now, including trading victories in singles matches last week.
The biggest storyline will be who earns the right to battle Sheamus, Del Rio and company for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
As noted above, Cena is rumored to do just that. He won't be alone, though.
Wortman writes, "The entire locker room is buzzing about who will fill the final two spots in this historic bout for the vacant prize. Who will earn that opportunity?"
That answers how many more folks will join this fray. Reigns' feud with Rollins may derail him from this chance, so it may be a vet like Big Show who steps in. Expect a clearer picture of Money in the Bank's top match by the time WWE's cast of characters exit Cleveland.