WWE Raw: Potential Spoilers, Rumors, News and Preview for July 21

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterJuly 21, 2014

Credit: WWE.com

The July 21 edition of WWE Raw will act as a postscript to Battleground.

Miami's AmericanAirlines Arena will house rivalries that didn't conclude on Sunday's pay-per-view. Dean Ambrose and Jack Swagger are among the Superstars who didn't get their fill of vengeance, so their pursuit of it is sure to continue on Monday's Raw and beyond.

The home of the Miami Heat will also reportedly be the site of Brock Lesnar's latest return. It's uncertain whether Big Show, Rob Van Dam or John Cena will be around to witness what destruction Lesnar causes.

Fans can be assured, though, that musical artist Flo Rida will show up. WWE promised last week that he'll be a guest star on Monday's Raw.

James Wortman's five-point preview on WWE.com and a number of backstage reports point to what returns and Battleground reverberations fans can look forward to.

News, Potential Spoilers

Count on some roster shifts on the first Raw after Battleground.

Lesnar is expected to storm into AmericanAirlines Arena. According to F4WOnline (h/t WrestleZone) Lesnar is set to return on Monday's Raw. The countdown to the anticipated title bout between him and Cena could then begin.

Paul Heyman again referred to a "Plan C" that would allow The Authority to get the world title back with someone it can control:

Cena, though, may not be around to welcome The Beast Incarnate.

Mike Johnson writes on PWInsider that "Cena will not be appearing" on Monday's Raw, as he will be on set for the movie Trainwreck. The world champ is also not on WWE.com's list of advertised talent for the show.

That could mean we don't see Lesnar and Cena face-to-face until closer to SummerSlam. Monday's Raw is a prime spot for Lesnar and Heyman to issue their challenge to him. Cena can respond to it when he's done shooting his movie.

It's likely Van Dam will miss all the fun in Miami as well. He was surprisingly absent from the Battleground Battle Royal. WWE.com explained that "RVD did not compete due to injury." There's no word on the severity of the injury, so it's unclear how it will affect his availability on Monday's Raw.

WWE could, however, have a returning Superstar ready to go in his absence.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t WrestlingInc) Big Show could be returning at anytime, now that he's done filming Vendetta. Post-PPV editions of Raw often feature surprise returns, so the timing could be right for The World's Largest Athlete to make his way back. 

While he hasn't been gone long, Big Show's return would open up WWE's booking options. SummerSlam is set to be dominated by Battleground rematches.

Battleground Aftermath

The feuds featured in the Battleground pay-per-view will roll on.

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose never actually wrestled at the event. Instead, Ambrose spent much of the night stalking his prey, attacking his former partner backstage, near the ring and in the parking lot.

Dean Ambrose pops out of a trunk with bad intentions.
Dean Ambrose pops out of a trunk with bad intentions.Credit: WWE.com

His hunt won't stop when Monday's Raw arrives.

Wortman writes on WWE.com, "Ambrose will no doubt be hungry for retribution against his Authority-aligned nemesis tonight in Miami." That search for vengeance is likely to lead these two to a collision at SummerSlam. That's an especially safe bet after Rollins and Ambrose's first scheduled bout never happened.

Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho aren't done with each other either. After Jericho pinned him at Battleground, don't expect Wyatt to simply shake his opponent's hand on Monday and congratulate him on the victory. They too should be headed for a SummerSlam match.

In the WWE.com preview, Wortman hints that Wyatt will continue to seek Jericho out, writing, "Is Wyatt done preying on 'the best in the world at what he does'?"

Look for more Jack Swagger and Rusev confrontations as well. After Rusev knocked Swagger out cold with a shot to the ring post, he locked him in The Accolade to further embarrass him.

Rusev attacks an unconscious Jack Swagger.
Rusev attacks an unconscious Jack Swagger.Credit: WWE.com

Wortman's question"Will the patriots unleash their counter-attack on Raw?"suggests that this rivalry isn't over either.

One Battleground matchup fans can count on not repeating at SummerSlam is the Battle Royal for the vacant Intercontinental Championship. The Miz outlasted Bo Dallas, Dolph Ziggler and others to take home that title. 

Regarding The Miz, Wortman writes, "He'd be wise to consider which Superstars will be eyeing his championship this week on Raw." That may turn out to be Sheamus. He and The Miz traded victories in the leadup to Battleground and shared some tense words on last week's Main Event.

According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t WrestleZone) WWE's plan is to make The Miz and Sheamus' rivalry a long-term one. Whether that means that SummerSlam will host a unification bout to merge the two midcard titles is one of the bigger questions after Battleground.

For Monday, one big unknown is what happens with the WWE title storyline, especially if Cena isn't around.

Fans can count on The Authority being upset that Randy Orton and Kane failed in their mission to snatch the championship from Cena's grip. Roman Reigns, having just missed out on winning it for himself, is sure to be a major player in whatever drama unfolds.

Since Daniel Bryan has been out, the spotlight has pointed at Reigns. Does he now stay in contention for the WWE title, or does a more personal rivalry develop?

Fans have been expecting a showdown between him and Triple H ever since The Shield and Evolution began trading blows. Monday's Raw will point out if Reigns is taking a path to that match or perhaps entering a battle with Orton or Kane.

The first chapter after Battleground is ready to answer questions about Reigns' direction, Lesnar's intentions and from where Ambrose will pop out next to attack Rollins.


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