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MONDAY NIGHT RAW
Monday May 12, 2014
Greenville, South Carolina
** 5-POINT PREVIEW **
WILL THE SHIELD END UP “SCRAMBLED” ON RAW?
With the Championship Scramble match at Payback now set with four names, a fifth name is destined to be added tonight as the three members of The Shield – Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins – face each other in a Triple Threat match set up by C.O.O. Triple H last week. Whether the Game is deliberately trying to set The Shield up to implode from within or simply trying to ensure the very best quality of challenger to Daniel Bryan’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship, it is going to be a very interesting main event as we see the three team-mates compete against each other for the first time ever in the WWE. On SMACKDOWN, they defiantly predicted that they would have an amazing match, the best man would win and then they would get on with their quest for justice; the reality is that the prospect of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship can do funny things to relationships as we have witnessed in previous weeks with Evolution. Which member of The Shield will qualify for the Championship Scramble? And will The Shield’s existence be threatened here tonight from within?
INJURY WOES FOR DANIEL BRYAN AS HE ENTERS THE “HALL OF PAIN” …
SMACKDOWN saw the WWE World Heavyweight Champion demand another match with the World’s Strongest Man, Mark Henry, after he was defeated on RAW last week. Unfortunately for Bryan, the presence of Brie Bella in his corner again proved problematic as Henry used her to his advantage and took his chance to hit the World’s Strongest Slam to get the 3 count that qualifies him for the Championship Scramble at Payback. Although Bryan has warned against his opponents involving his wife in their problems, it continued on SMACKDOWN and now Bryan must be questioning whether or not to allow Brie to accompany him to the ring particularly after Henry slammed him through a table to close SMACKDOWN. With injuries heavily rumoured for the champion, it will be interesting to hear from Bryan tonight as he sets his sights on Payback and defending his title against Henry, Batista and Orton to name but three.
WILL RVD BE OUT FOR ANSWERS TONIGHT?
After their chilling destruction of John Cena back at Extreme Rules, Bray Wyatt and his family last week warned that their crusade to remove the liars and corruption from the WWE was far from complete and it appears that Rob Van Dam is their next victim after he was attacked post match last week on RAW. RVD has been medically cleared to return to RAW tonight and is sure to be demanding answers from the Wyatt Family; question is, will he get them? Or will the Wyatt Family continue to wreak havoc on the WWE?
UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE LINE TONIGHT!
After winning the Battle Royal last week on RAW by eliminating Cesaro, Big Show tonight cashes in his chance to become the United States Championship when he faces the man he once held Tag Team Championships with, The Miz. After winning the US Championship from Dean Ambrose a few weeks ago, The Miz has been running from Big Show but tonight he has no choice; he must face him with the title on the line. After warming up with a win over Great Khali on SMACKDOWN, Miz claimed he was not scared of Show but ended up knocked cold by the giant afterwards. With the champion seemingly the underdog, can Miz find a way to defeat Show and retain his title? Or will he be knocked cold as we see a new United States Champion?
NUMBER 1 CONTENDERS …
Also on RAW tonight, we will see a new #1 contender for the Intercontinental Championship of Bad News Barrett determined as well as the next Quarter Final in the Tag Team Championship #1 contender tournament. Dolph Ziggler, Fandango and Sheamus – the latter two having their issues on SMACKDOWN this past week – meet in a Triple Threat to determine who will challenge Barrett for the title at Payback. In the tournament, RybAxel, who’ve looked good of late and were unlucky not to take the Tag Team Championships at Extreme Rules, face Santino Marella and Zack Ryder as they look to secure a Semi Final spot. Who will be the next challenger for the Intercontinental Championship? And which teams will join Mysterio and Sin Cara and Jinder Mahal and Heath Slater in the next round of the tournament?
** CONFIRMED FOR RAW TONIGHT **
Alexander Rusev vs. Alex Riley
Big Show vs. The Miz © (US Championship)
Cesaro vs. Cody Rhodes
Dolph Ziggler vs. Fandango vs. Sheamus (#1 contender match for IC)
RybAxel vs. Santino Marella & Zack Ryder
Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins
** TUNE IN TO RAW TONIGHT **
Sunday June 1, 2014
** CONFIRMED **
WWE WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Daniel Bryan © vs. Batista vs. Randy Orton vs. Ambrose/Reigns/Rollins vs. Mark Henry vs. ???
Bad News Barrett © vs. Dolph Ziggler / Fandango / Sheamus
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