With another episode of WWE’s Raw set for Monday night in the Lafayette Cajundome, the excitement over the build to the Tables Ladders and Chairs pay-per-view has the fanbase at a fever pitch.
There are three weeks until the PPV, but the WWE is already building the foundation for the event following TLC, the Royal Rumble.
The Rumble is far more important than TLC, and the WWE understands that it must use the next event to just continue the current storylines. Don’t expect much change until the Rumble occurs and the road to WrestleMania 29 begins.
With so many storylines left to build to, this episode of Raw will be jam-packed!
Where: Lafayette Cajundome, Lafayette, La.
When: Monday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
Interview with Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns
While the wrestling community can say what they want about Ryback and his push to the top of the card, the fact that his appearance opened the door for the arrival of Indy wrestling darlings Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns makes this one of the best angles all year.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will WWE unleash these three on the mic?
There is still uncertainty around how well Reigns can work a mic, but the other two stars are legitimate talkers. While Rollins can carry his own, it is Ambrose that is the best pure heel of the group and would shine brightest if given the chance to speak.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 monumental moments
This will be the first promo these three future stars cut in their careers, and this could be something the fans remember forever. While the trio already made their first impression by slamming Ryback through two tables, how they handle the mic will define them.
Rumor Mill: Interview to happen to open second hour of Raw? (F4WOnline via Wrestling Inc.)
John Cena, Dolph Ziggler and the A.J. Scandal
While many have complained about the A.J. storyline, this has been one of the best ideas the WWE has produced in a long time; they are putting Dolph Ziggler against Cena to put him over as a viable championship contender.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: What is there to complain about?
This battle will end up with Cena likely losing Ziggler at the TLC PPV, and that will prove once and for all that the Money in the Bank briefcase holder will be a viable champion whenever he decides to cash it in. The inclusion of A.J. and Vickie only brought attention to this angle, and it made it appealing to even more fans.
Hype Meter: Four out of five career-defining feuds
Ziggler is already one of the best technical stars in the WWE and he can sell moves like no one else, but he isn’t over with the crowd as much as many had hoped. With a huge battle against Cena that eventually sees the Money in the Bank winner come out victorious, Ziggler will be a bona-fide top-tier star.
Rumor Mill: Why Ziggler hasn’t cashed in (F4WOnline via Wrestling Inc.)
CM Punk and Ryback
With the battle between CM Punk and Ryback far from over, how the WWE handles the next three weeks of build will be very important to how much hype surrounds the Royal Rumble. The Rock will likely return at Raw Dec. 17—the night after TLC—and call out WWE Champion CM Punk, so Ryback must be out of the picture.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: What kind of stipulation will be attached to the PPV match?
The fact that Ryback has gone through two tables already makes it pretty clear that this will be a tables match for the WWE title between Punk and Big Hungry. Add in the possibility of a no-rematch clause, and this is an easy way to get there two stars away from each other.
Hype Meter: Three out of five tired finishes
While I love the trio of Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns, the ending of the match featuring these three putting Ryback through the table is not the close of the feud this deserves. Ryback must lose, but the way to soften the blow of a similar ending is by allowing the NXT stars to stand tall with Punk and declare themselves as Paul Heyman Guys to close the show.
Rumor Mill: Ryback teaming with Santino Marella and Tyson Kidd? (Wrestling Inc.)
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