WWE Raw: Complete Preview, Rumors, News and More for October 15

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2012

Feb 25, 2012; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; Wrestler and actor John Cena prior to the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

With just two weeks before WWE’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view (Oct. 28), the excitement over the company’s second-tier show has the WWE Universe on the edge of its seat.

Fans can’t wait to see what the company has in store for this episode of Raw.

CM Punk’s decision on which superstar he will face at Hell in a Cell is the biggest topic of discussion, but the finals of the tag team tournament and the building of the midcard feuds will make this live event one of the best of 2012.


With an appearance from Vince McMahon possible because of last week’s Raw ending, fans won’t want to miss a second of the Monday night action.


Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.

When: Monday, Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. ET

Watch: USA Network


CM Punk’s Decision

After his assault on a fan the previous week, the focus of this episode of Raw will be on Punk and how the WWE treats him heading into Hell in a Cell. With an opponent yet to be named, the hope is that the WWE Universe will know by the end of Monday Night’s episode who Punk will fight.

Question on Everybody's Mind: Will Punk face Ryback, John Cena or both?

As much as many fans believe that Ryback being in the main event of the Hell in a Cell PPV would be a colossal mistake, there is little doubt that the company has serious faith in the star if he is even considered an option.

If Cena can’t wrestle due to injury, Ryback will be the man Punk squares off against.

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 "Feed me more" chants

Since receiving his very first match after his return to WWE TV as Ryback, the muscle-bound star has received a very polarizing reaction from the crowd. Just as many have mixed emotions about Cena, the same can be said for Ryback.

That’s exactly what the WWE wants.

Rumor Mill: CM Punk’s announcement to come at 9 p.m. ET? (F4WOnline via Wrestling Inc.)


Tag Team Tournament

As of just two months ago, the tag team division in the WWE was nonexistent. Here we are just a few weeks later, and this is the most well-constructed division in the sport; didn’t see that coming.

Question on Everybody's Mind: Who will win the tournament?

It is clear that the WWE sees Kane and Daniel Bryan as faces, so it will be the Rhode Scholars team that wins the entire tournament. With that said, it will be the Prime Time Players that cost Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara the finals match and start the secondary tag team feud.

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 rebuilt divisions

While there are still questions about the long-term commitment to the division, the increased focus and creativity given to the tag teams has been more than most fans ever thought they’d get. No matter who wins the tourney or wins the straps at Hell in a Cell, the WWE Universe must respect the rebuilt division.

Rumor Mill: Big plans for Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara? (Rajah.com)


Building to Hell in a Cell

There are just two weeks until the scheduled Hell in a Cell PPV, and the build has frankly not been all that great. Besides the tag team tournament and CM Punk’s decision, there isn’t much to care about.

Don’t tell me Big Show and Sheamus are intriguing, because they’re not.

Question on Everybody's Mind: Will WWE build to this event successfully?

As we have seen from the company’s last few events, the build has been absolutely nonexistent, and the Hell in a Cell excitement level is much lower than it should be. While this could be partially about the poor creative decisions the company has made, the WWE Universe can’t forget Survivor Series is the next PPV and WWE may be saving its big guns for that show.

Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 throw-away PPVs

There is nothing more insulting than having the WWE mail in its creative efforts for a PPV just because there is a bigger event on the horizon, yet still expect the fans to pay full price for the show. That isn’t right.

While the WWE has the chance to build up Hell in a Cell, the company will save its best for next month.

Rumor Mill: Vince McMahon and Co. Jealous of Paul Heyman? (PW Torch)


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