As we head into this Monday night’s Raw there are a few interesting elements that make this “must see” Raw.
The first one is pretty obvious and that is how the WWE will address the John Cena injury. Will Cena be at Raw? If he is I can almost hear the cheers as he announces he will not be competing at the Hell in a Cell Pay Per View. Or will he be able to make it back in time to face Punk after all? We have heard several conflicting reports on just how long he is going to be out. Is it 2-3 weeks, 4-6 or what? Either way we all know that if he is able to go, he will. That’s how big of an ego the man has. If the WWE does choose to wait and see so to speak, how can they keep Cena involved in the storyline with Punk if he can’t do anything in ring?
Let’s assume for now that we can go by the last report from Cena himself that says he is out for at least 6 weeks. If that is the case he obviously won’t be able to face CM Punk for the title at the PPV. I am going to guess that by Raw’s end we will have a pretty good idea (hopefully) of the direction that the WWE is going to go. There have been a lot of debate on the polls and blogs here recently of just who should get the title shot. I have been ridiculed for my opinion on what I view as an incredible opportunity here for the WWE to do something different, but that is neither here nor there. We all know that the major problem that the WWE has with Cena’s injury is that its shows the glaring weakness that the WWE has had for quite some time: they don’t have enough top faces to cover the absence of Cena. Why they have neglected this problem without addressing is beyond me, but my opinion is that they are complacent knowing that they have no real competition or pressure to produce.
The top name faces with Cena gone have got to be Sheamus and Randy Orton. This poses 2 more obvious problems. Sheamus is the World Heavyweight Champion on Smackdown and will likely have a title defense of his own. Orton is filming a movie and will probably only be used on the Smackdown tapings as reported, if at all. There is also Rey Mysterio I guess, but I think that is a waste of time considering what he has been doing lately. That means that with no options for a face opponent to challenge the newly heel Punk, someone is going to have to step up and make a turn. I think that they have developed Punk’s heel turn nicely and with the addition of Paul Heyman to the mix, there is no going back now. They have to turn someone face. It sure would be nice to have Jericho around about now.
The Big Show, fresh off of his vacation, has recently returned to the Raw brand’s live events. Will he return as a face to take Cena’s spot? This is ultimately my pick because it would be the easiest to do and the WWE has shown no inkling of thinking outside the box lately. That statement goes right along with my earlier remark on the WWE’s complacency. What I WANT to happen, but has been pointed out to me like I am a RaTard and obviously won’t happen, is for an unknown or little known challenger to seemingly come out of the woodwork to challenge Punk. I think it could be well done, different and fresh, but what do I know? For the 3rd time in this blog, complacency is the WWE’s short coming in a situation like this. That’s all I have to say about that.
The other “must see” portion of Raw in my opinion will be how the Miz/ Ryback storyline develops. Not to toot my own horn, but I called this a couple of weeks ago and even blogged about it. I think this is a potentially great feud that will show the WWE and the WWE Universe just what they have in Ryback. To me, and I am sure this will come some criticism, but Ryback is on the verge of blowing up. He is the next big thing. He is getting huge pops and I believe they are using this angle with the Miz to stretch him out on TV. From what I have been reading, the WWE is extending his match times at the live events as well. People, a lot of them on this site, have been hating on Ryback because he is a rough worker in the ring. While I don’t want to see anyone get injured, except Cena (yes I said it), I think that Ryback is no worse or rough in the ring than the man he is being compared to as a rip off, Goldberg. Goldberg was a super stiff worker, but the fans loved it and it got him over. Goldberg had really no in ring skills or mic skills, but he was the man because he was such a beast. I see the same attributes in Ryback. I think that the WWE is grooming him to be one of the top guys and eventually THE top guy. I purposely did not mention Ryback in the above paragraph because I really don’t think that the WWE should put him in the place of Cena just yet. I think that when the WWE is ready to put him there, it will be Goldberg-esque and they will put the title on him down the road.
The last “must see” moment to look forward to on Raw, albeit a small one, will be who takes the seat to the left of Michael Cole in place of the still recovering Jerry Lawler. I enjoyed listening to JBL again, but it sounds like he will be mountain climbing again soon so that leaves him out. Does Jim Ross continue to keep the spot warm? I think that it is only right that it is him, but he hasn’t confirmed that he will, at least not that I have read. Tying in with this subject is the exclusive interview that will be shown with the King. I am very much looking forward to that. Getting back to the broadcast table, it will be interesting to see if the WWE will use Jerry’s seat as a rotating spot for some legends or past broadcasters.
So on the eve of what I view as a “must see” Raw, what are some of the things you are expecting/ hoping to see? As always, I welcome your comments and whether we agree or not, it is always fun to debate.
Last, but not least, I have to give a shout out to the CBC who continues to support me as others all around me continue to get censored and treated unfairly. We need to put an end to this practice and let the readers decide who and what they want to read. That’s just me of course and again, what do I know?
Till next time…Peace out Y’all!!