Possible Main Event Crisis On Monday Night Raw

Tom CuthbertsonContributor IAugust 31, 2010

UNCASVILLE, CT - AUGUST 3:  Actor Jeremy Piven guest hosts WWE's 'Monday Night Raw' at Mohegan Sun on August 3, 2009 in Uncasville, Connecticut.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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After the draft earlier this year, the focus was put on Monday Night Raw and building up the main event scene on that brand.

It's a sound main event scene, but it could now be in peril.

Right now there are seven superstars on Monday Night Raw you could consider main event players:

* John Cena
* Randy Orton
* Sheamus
* Edge
* Chris Jericho
* Triple H
* Wade Barrett*

However, due to various circumstances, that could potentially become very thin very soon. Not all of these guys are sure to be around in a couple of months time.

First of all, Triple H is injured right now, so he can be crossed off the list. It's unknown when he will return, but the latest word is somewhere between October and January.

As we saw last night on Raw, Chris Jericho has vowed to leave WWE should he not win at Night of Champions.

Behind the scenes, Jericho's contract is close to expiring and he has not yet resigned. Some whispers say he will resign, some say he won't. If he doesn't resign, the stage is already set for him to retire at NOC.

Cross him off the list.

WWE are throwing around the idea of trading Edge to Smackdown.

Some of us have seen Edge's name on Smackdown's section of the SyFy website, which more or less confirms it.

It makes sense for them to do this, as last time Smackdown changed networks a big name (Triple H) was sent over to ensure ratings.

Cross Edge off the list.

Wade Barrett's position in the main event is disputable. Some will argue for him, some will argue against him.

He's getting a WWE Championship shot at NOC, but his role as leader of Nexus may compromise his spot at the top.

We'll leave him on the list, but with an asterisk.

Of course, if all goes smoothly, there will be no cause for concern. Triple H will return sooner than expected, Jericho will not retire, and WWE will decide Smackdown has enough talent to run things without Edge.

The worst case scenario, however, is that the main event scene on Monday Night Raw from now until January 2011 will consist of:

* John Cena
* Randy Orton
* Sheamus
* Wade Barrett*

This is a problem. What you have here is three months and four PPV main events featuring Cena, Orton, Sheamus and possibly Barrett.

In such a case, Barrett is pretty much guaranteed a main event spot, unless they decide to go with Cena/Orton for a couple of months which, as boring as it may sound, is the only feud with the main trio that has not happened this year.

Having Barrett in there allows an Orton/Barrett feud to happen, which if required could stretch out until January.

Another option: Have Miz cash in.

It's unlikely that he will be ready, but Miz as champion could then go over big names like Orton and Cena, and then possibly someone at Wrestlemania.

Yet another option, elevate a random superstar.

When the Raw main event scene looked like Cena, Orton, Triple H and Shawn Michaels (as DX) last year, the company turned to rookie Sheamus.

Not everyone is as close to Triple H as Sheamus, but it ended up working in the long run.

As mentioned above, it's unlikely such actions will have to be taken.

While Edge pretty much should be going to Smackdown, there's about a 50/50 chance of Jericho retiring, and it's doubtful Triple H will be out for the rest of the year.

They do need to be careful however, or they could end up in a hole with the main event scene on Raw.

Very briefly, this is how I would book things:

* Randy Orton b. WWE Champion Sheamus at Hell in a Cell (HIAC match)
* WWE Champion Randy Orton b. Wade Barrett at Bragging Rights
* WWE Champion Randy Orton b. Wade Barrett at Survivor Series
* WWE Champion Randy Orton b. John Cena at TLC (Table match)