WWE Raw Preview: Ryback to Feed, Jerry Lawler to Return, Mick Foley and More

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer INovember 12, 2012

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It’s Monday again and that means a new episode of WWE Monday Night Raw!

With Survivor Series just six days away, this will be the final episode of WWE’s flagship show before the annual event. Despite things getting shaken up quite a bit last week, Survivor Series is looking strong, and the company looks to keep that hype rolling.

For this week’s episode, WWE has gone over five points, so let’s see what they have in store for the WWE Universe this time!


Return of the King: Jerry Lawler Returns to Monday Night Raw

On September 10, Jerry Lawler was involved in a tag team match on Raw. He teamed with Randy Orton in a winning effort against Dolph Ziggler and WWE champion CM Punk. Lawler would return to the announcers' booth after the match, and the worst would soon happen.

During one of the matches that followed, the commentary went silent, and Michael Cole revealed after the contest that Lawler had a massive heart attack. The paramedics were thankfully able to revive him at ringside, and he was immediately sent to a nearby hospital.

For two months, Jim Ross, and sometimes John Bradshaw Layfield, would fill in for the Hall of Famer while he healed up at home. This week on Monday Night Raw, Jerry “The King” Lawler makes his return to the announcers' booth.

What will he have to say? Will he ever step foot back into the ring? What is the status of Jim Ross? Could fans see the return of a three-man team on Monday nights?


Sex, Lies and Videotape: Does Vickie Guerrero Have the Piece of Evidence that Will Bury John Cena and AJ Lee?

Three weeks ago, AJ Lee resigned from the position of general manager of Raw. She revealed that she was accused of having an affair and later declared that it was John Cena with whom she was accused of being involved with.

Vickie Guerrero, now the managing supervisor of Raw, was the main accuser and has been bringing forth pieces of evidence.

The first pieces were a photo of them having dinner together and a video of the two getting into an elevator. John Cena had explanations for both, but Guerrero just wouldn’t give up. Last week, she showed two more videos shown from different angles.

The first video showed AJ wearing a robe and entering a hotel room, though you can’t see who answered the door. The other video showed Cena, wearing a towel, hanging a “Do Not Disturb” sign on his door. Since the videos are shot from different angles, you really can’t tell if the two are of the same room.

The WWE Universe isn’t convinced, and with Cena and AJ both denying the allegations, Guerrero will be back this week with some more evidence.

What does Vickie Guerrero have this time? Will John Cena have an explanation for this one? Will AJ Lee finally be able to get her hands on Guerrero?


Ryback vs. Brad Maddox

At Hell in a Cell, Ryback received his first shot at the WWE Championship against CM Punk inside the Hell in a Cell structure. Just when it looked like Ryback had the match won, referee Brad Maddox delivered a low blow to Ryback, which gave Punk the opportunity to roll up his opponent for the victory.

Last week, Maddox explained his actions. He declared that he was working alone and wanted to make an impact. Not only did he want a WWE contract, he wanted a match with Ryback.

WWE Chairman Vince McMahon then appeared to address his demands. He thought he was lying about working alone, but said that he could have a huge $1 million dollar contract. The catch was, though, that he had to defeat Ryback to get it.

Can Brad Maddox defeat Ryback? Will CM Punk interfere to pay Maddox back for Hell in a Cell and to screw with one of his Survivor Series opponents? What will happen to him if Ryback wins?


One Man Down: Who Will Mick Foley Choose as the Fifth Member of Team Foley?

Two weeks ago, CM Punk challenged Mick Foley to a traditional Survivor Series elimination match. Paul Heyman had chosen the champion, the Miz, Alberto Del Rio and Rhodes Scholars for Punk’s team while Foley chose Kofi Kingston, Randy Orton, Team Hell No and Ryback for his.

Last week, Survivor Series was shaken up in a big way. The Miz quit Team Punk and was replaced by Wade Barrett at the beginning of the show, but later on, both Punk and Ryback were taken out of their respective teams and placed into a WWE Championship match at the event.

Team Punk is now Team Dolph Ziggler while Foley has yet to name a replacement for Ryback. This week on Raw, the Hardcore Legend will name the fifth member of his team.

Could Mick Foley step back into the ring? Will he chose someone big like Brodus Clay or the Great Khali? Could fans see the return of Christian as the fifth man? How about the Miz? Could he offer his services to Foley?

Mick Foley has a huge roster to choose from, so it could be anybody!


Triple Threat Madness: What’s in Store for CM Punk, John Cena and Ryback?

Last week on Raw, changes were made to the Survivor Series pay-per-view. One of those changes was the addition of a WWE Championship match between champion CM Punk, Ryback and John Cena.

Since being screwed out of his title match at Hell in a Cell, Ryback has been on the warpath. Two weeks ago, he took out Team Punk with the help of his now former teammates of Team Foley, and last week he teamed with John Cena in a tag team match against Punk and Dolph Ziggler.

The end of the match saw Ryback slam Punk down with Shell Shock and pin the champion’s shoulders to the mat. Ryback owns a victory over the WWE champion, but he also has Cena to worry about come Survivor Series.

The superstar hell-bent on being fed more realizes that and stared a hole right through the face of the WWE as Raw went off the air. Despite Ryback and Cena having to deal with other issues this week, they will no doubt have their sights set on Punk and the WWE Championship.

What will happen when these three combustible elements meet in the ring? Who will have the momentum going into the 26th annual Survivor Series?

This episode of Monday Night Raw is shaping up to be quite the interesting and potentially exciting show. What will happen just six days before Survivor Series? Tune in to find out!