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Monday Night Raw Preview
August 22, 2011
Monday Night Raw rolls into Atlanta, Georgia this week, and tonight is a night where hopefully some questions are going to be answered.
The main question on every body's mind is why Kevin Nash felt the need to interfere in the WWE Championship Match last week between new WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio and the man he cashed his Money in the Bank contract on at Summerslam; CM Punk. For two consecutive nights, Nash cost Punk the WWE Championship, and much like after Summerslam, no one had heard from Kevin Nash so only he knows why he has interfered in Punk's matches. Unless that isn't the case and there is some conspiracy in the WWE, keeping CM Punk away from the WWE Championship? CM Punk will no doubt be looking for answers tonight, as he has requested to open the show to discuss the events of last week.
Speaking of a conspiracy, the two men that introduced the possibility of one, The Awesome Truth, will be in action in the main event of the show. Last week, The Miz and R-Truth attacked John Cena with steel chairs, allowing Cena to get the win against Miz via disqualification. The assault continued until Kofi Kingston got involved and brought a chair of his own with him down to the ring to fend off Cena's attackers. Kingston then made the challenge for a match this week on behalf of him and Cena, a match which The Awesome Truth gladly accepted later on in the night. What will happen when these four men collide? Will Kofi Kingston prove that he belongs in the 'big leagues' as The Miz put it, or will The Awesome Truth assert their position as the two most dangerous men on the red brand?
Last week, Rey Mysterio faced the United States Champion Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match, which Ziggler won after Dolph's manager, Vickie Guerrero got herself involved and distracted Mysterio, allowing Ziggler to nail the Zig-Zag and get the victory. Mysterio can't have reacted well to the loss, and tonight, the 'Ultimate Underdog' will look to get back on track, as he is in action once again tonight. Ziggler and Guerrero will be present, but Dolph is not set to be in action. How will Rey Mysterio come back from last week's loss, as it was made even more personal given his history with Vickie as well as the rest of the Guerrero family?
Beth Phoenix is unstoppable. Spurred on from her defeat to Kelly Kelly at Summerslam, the Glamazon earned two victories last week; a win over Kelly's friend Eve on Raw, and a tag team victory with her partner Natalya over the young duo of AJ and Kaitlyn on Smackdown. After their match on Smackdown, they proceeded to beat down the defeated youngsters, that was until Kelly Kelly and Eve came down to make the save. This set up the match that is going to take place this week, as The Divas Champion Kelly Kelly and Eve will take on The Divas of Doom. This will give Beth Phoenix a chance to be in the ring with the Divas Champion for the first time since Summerslam, and a great chance for the Glamazon to prove that she deserves a rematch at Night of Champions.
There will also be a rematch from last week on Raw, as Jack Swagger has requested another match against Zack Ryder, as he, and Michael Cole, thought that Ryder's win over The All American-American last week was a fluke. Can Swagger make amends for last week? Or will Ryder Woo-Woo-Woo his way to victory once again?
Confirmed for Monday Night Raw:
CM Punk opens the show
John Cena & Kofi Kingston vs The Awesome Truth
The Divas of Doom vs Kelly Kelly & Eve
Jack Swagger vs Zack Ryder
Rey Mysterio will be in action!
All this plus Santino Marella, Dolph Ziggler, Triple H and more on Monday Night Raw from Atlanta!