WWE Raw: Complete Preview, Rumors, News and More for October 22

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 20: WWE Superstar John Cena throws the ceremonial first pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers as they play the Chicago Cubs on August 20, 2009 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jacob de Golish/Getty Images)
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There is just one week until WWE’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, and the company will be using its go-home edition of Raw to finalize the biggest storylines and solidify the midcard battles.

With Survivor Series the next big PPV after Hell in a Cell, this is the most important show since Raw 1000.

The WWE has plenty of work to get done in order to make sure the casual fans are interested in this card, but the intrigue over what role John Cena will play and the allure of the Hell in a Cell structure will make this show a success.

Where: Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ

When: Monday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: USA Network

Ryback vs. Punk

With the knowledge that John Cena is still recovering from elbow surgery, the fact that Ryback was put in the main event shows that the WWE’s biggest star isn’t healthy enough to perform.

That doesn’t mean he won’t be involved, though.

Question on Everyone’s Mind: What role will Cena play in the main event?

There is no question that the WWE wants to get its biggest draw onto the card anyway they can, so the go-home show will focus on how and why Cena will be involved in the Hell in a Cell WWE title match.

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Rybackpack stunners

Despite the fact that Ryback is the definition of unproven, the pure intrigue over the meteoric rise of the star is unfathomable.

Add in the CM Punk factor, the John Cena factor, the rumors of a Brock Lesnar appearance, the intrigue of the Hell in a Cell structure and the WWE title being on the line, and this is going to be an amazing main event.

Rumor Mill: Uncertainty over Ryback vs. CM Punk Ending (Wrestling Observer via WrestleZone)

Tag Team Tournament

After being forced to postpone the finals of the tag team tournament, the WWE is ready to commence with the match between the team of Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara versus the team of Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow.

Question on Everyone’s Mind: How great is this No. 1 contender's match?

Just a few months ago, the WWE as a company did not care at all about the tag team division, and now there are viable tag teams throughout the division and a clear pecking order.

This tournament just showcases how good this division can be with a bit of effort.

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Damien Sandow T-Shirts

The best part of the tag team division is that every group of fans has someone to cheer for now.

Anyone can pull for Kane and Daniel Bryan as the lovable curmudgeons, the young kids and face-loving adults can enjoy Mysterio and Sin Cara, while the smarky fans can root for the heel team of Rhodes Scholars.

It’s a perfect mix.

Rumor Mill: What Caused Mysterio to Miss Last Week’s Raw? (WrestleZone)

Go-Home Filler

As great as the main event and tag team championship match will be, there are still so many stars left off the card with nothing to do.

The WWE must ensure that the likes of Antonio Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler and others find their way to the midcard to make this PPV buy worth it.

Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will Hell in a Cell be worth the money?

While the additions of The Miz versus Kofi Kingston and Randy Orton versus Alberto Del Rio aren’t anything spectacular, the fact that WWE has given these stories some build should be great news for fans.

While the company still must add more, this will be a surprisingly good secondary PPV.

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 stipulation PPVs

The Hell in a Cell structure is one of the most iconic in all of sports entertainment, but the novelty of a PPV featuring multiple matches in the cell has worn off over the years.

If the WWE wants the fans to continue caring about the structure, it must have at least one person take a huge bump at the event.

Rumor Mill: Hell in a Cell Rumors and News (Bleacher Report)

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