WWE Monday Night Raw, Dec. 3, 2012: Top 7 Questions Left Unanswered

SMG@sethguttAnalyst IIDecember 4, 2012

WWE Monday Night Raw, Dec. 3, 2012: Top 7 Questions Left Unanswered

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    With another episode of Raw in the books, WWE fans are yet again left with a number of questions unanswered.

    Tonight’s episode was highlighted by more attacks by the Shield, the return of Brad Maddox and a lie detector test for WWE Champion CM Punk.

    We also witnessed an appearance by Mr. McMahon, who forced Vickie Guerrero to announce matches and stipulations she certainly wasn’t pleased with.

    With just two weeks left until TLC, the only match added was Cena versus Ziggler in a ladder match with the Money in the Bank briefcase on the line, but that will not be addressed here.

    Then what are the top seven questions left unanswered after Raw? There is only one way to find out. Let’s get started…

Is Michael Cole Behind the Shield?

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    Despite the talk of Heyman possibly being behind the Shield, Michael Cole has been making excuses for the Shield ever since he interviewed them last week. Is WWE trying to tell us something?

    I hope not.

    Although the Shield should eventually have a managerial type person in the group, a heel Michael Cole is not on anyone’s Christmas wish list.

    Michael Cole’s time as a heel was a waste of TV time that could have been used to develop young talent.

    He was even one of 30 participants in the Royal Rumble? Don’t get me started with that, though. That’s a whole different conversation.

    If Michael Cole were to be behind the Shield, it would certainly be intriguing. However, after his face turn following Jerry Lawler’s heart attack, Cole has become a well-respected and well-admired face commentator and it should stay that way.

Should Raw Begin with a Match or a Promo?

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    Since Raw has increased to three hours, we have witnessed an increase in the show starting with a match. Prior the hour change, it was very rare that Raw would start with a match.

    Raw used to start with a promo from someone the fans want to hear from. Tonight could have been the Shield, CM Punk, Ryback or even John Cena. However, instead we saw Team Hell No against the Prime Time Players.

    We then usually get a promo after the first or second match.

    CM Punk and Paul Heyman entered the ring to cut a speech after the second match of the night.

    Why not just start the show with Punk and Heyman?

    I think it would have set up the show better.

    What do you all think? Should Raw begin with a match or a promo?

Will the Shield Feud with Team Hell No?

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    At the very beginning of Raw tonight, we saw the Shield stalk and eventually attack Team Hell No following their match against the Prime Time Players.

    How will this scenario play out?

    Well, it is interesting to point out that the Shield clearly is not only targeting Ryback in their attacks.

    It is still to be determined why the Shield is attacking Team Hell No. The Shield claim to be fighting against injustice, so why attack Team Hell No? Is it unfair how funny and entertaining Kane and Daniel Bryan are?

    Hopefully, WWE does not give the Shield the tag team titles. However, the feud can begin with the Shield costing Team Hell No the tag team titles.

    Team Hell No has certainly lost some steam with the lack of anger management classes and other funny segments we have not seen in a long time.

    However it starts, a feud between Team Hell No and the Shield needs to happen.

Why Was AJ vs. Tamina on Raw?

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    Now I understand that the divas division does not receive a lot of WWE TV time. I understand the idea of seeing a fairly quick match between two divas on Raw.

    However, what I don’t understand is why this match happened on Raw and not TLC.

    WWE dedicated a great deal of time and effort into the storyline involving John Cena, AJ Lee, Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero.

    Just like last week when we saw Cena vs. Ziggler, we were given a match between AJ and her attacker Tamina Snuka for free on Raw.

    It’s possible that the AJ and Tamina feud is not over. However, if it is, this was a terrible way to conclude the storyline.

Why Is Brad Maddox Back?

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    Surprisingly, Brad Maddox was back on WWE TV and received another chance at a WWE contract.

    Unfortunately, he suffered another quick loss, this time by Randy Orton. This caused me to ask the questions, why have another Brad Maddox-gets-squashed match?

    I expected the Shield to show up during the match. Unfortunately for Maddox, their attack on Orton came after the match was over.

    This definitely suggests that Maddox will soon be a member, if not the leader, of the Shield.

    Perhaps Brad Maddox returned to tease his partnership with the Shield. Or maybe it is because he provides great television. His words. But I do enjoy Maddox.

    He will be a future top talent in the WWE.

    Why was he back? For a glimpse into the future of WWE.

Why Didn’t Mr. McMahon Fire Vickie Guerrero?

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    When Mr. McMahon notified someone backstage that he wanted to speak with Vickie Guerrero in the ring, twitter exploded with tweets and hashtags suggesting that Vince fire Vickie.

    Our wish did not come true.

    Once again, McMahon forced Vickie to announce matches and stipulations for TLC and next week’s Raw.

    So why wasn’t Vickie fired?

    Rumors suggest that Big Johnny aka John Laurinaitis was backstage. It was certainly possible that People Power could have been brought back to Raw.

    As much as I disliked Big Johnny, I actually prefer him to Vickie. Big Johnny was more fun to tease and at the time actually held a position backstage.

    With fans waiting for Ric Flair or another replacement, we seem to be stuck with Vickie Guerrero. Why, Vince? Why?

Is a CM Punk-The Miz Feud Coming?

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    For those of you who have seen CM Punk’s Best in the World DVD, you know Punk’s true feelings regarding the Miz.

    For those of you who have not seen it, Punk hates Miz.

    Punk hates the way Miz has found success in WWE.

    You can sense Punk was showing his true colors and feelings towards the Miz during the MizTV segment.

    The Miz was not as impressive on the mic. His mother jokes and straight interviewing was not as interesting. He should’ve put more of his true feelings into the segment.

    Real animosity could lead to a great feud between Punk and Miz. Hopefully, after the Royal Rumble, these two begin to work together more.

    Maybe the Miz will get his chance via the Royal Rumble.

    Only time will tell…


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    Tonight’s episode of Raw was an interesting one to say the least. It opened many doors for different scenarios to take place.

    The Shield is now attacking more superstars than just Ryback.

    Vickie Guerrero and Dolph Ziggler are not seeing eye to eye as much any more.

    We saw a preview of possible feuds that we may see in the near future.

    With that said, hopefully my questions, as well as yours, get answered soon.

    Unfortunately for you, there will not be any questions left unanswered article next week.

    Fortunately for me, that is because I will be attending Raw.

    Feel free to tweet me your questions left unanswered after next week’s Raw so my life can be just a little more complete.

    This has been the G-U-DOUBLE T and that was my GUTT reaction!

    Seth Guttenplan is a teacher by day, writer by night. To read more from Seth, follow him on Twitter (@sethgutt) and visit http://guttwrenchpowerblog.com.