A new week has begun, and that means it’s kicking off with a new episode of WWE Monday Night Raw!
WWE is currently on the Road to WrestleMania and things are certainly starting to kick into high gear. Last week on Raw saw the return of Brock Lesnar, but who was his latest target? One F-5 later, and Vince McMahon was down for the count.
For this week’s episode, WWE has gone over five points, all of which center around Lesnar and Paul Heyman and the controversy that surrounds them. Let’s see what the company has in store for the WWE Universe!
A Lying Weasel: Is This the End of Paul Heyman?
Paul Heyman is one of the most recognizable names in professional wrestling. He is the man that brought fans Extreme Championship Wrestling and introduced the wrestling world to Brock Lesnar. Heyman is no stranger to controversy, and it’s usually his lying ways that get him into it.
As the representative of CM Punk, Heyman has denied involvement with Brad Maddox and The Shield for months. It was hard to believe since Maddox and The Shield became the reason Punk remained WWE champion for the last three months of 2012.
Both Maddox and The Shield also denied being employed by Heyman, so fans and Superstars alike had to accept it despite suspicions.
Last week on Raw, Vince McMahon showed up to give Heyman a performance review. After giving him the chance to tell the truth, McMahon showed footage of Heyman with Maddox, and later The Shield. In the footage, he straight up said that he paid Maddox for his job at Hell in a Cell and continued to pay The Shield for its work.
He was caught red handed. Just as McMahon was about to fire Heyman, though, someone interrupted the proceedings. Despite Vince McMahon being unable to get out his two famous words, could Paul Heyman’s contract with WWE be terminated?
Brock Lesnar Returns: Is Anybody Safe Now That He’s Back?
The man that interrupted the proceedings to save Paul Heyman, for now at least, was Brock Lesnar. The last time the WWE Universe saw Lesnar was at SummerSlam after he walked out of the ring victorious against Triple H.
After five months away, the former WWE and UFC champion has returned. Despite McMahon warning him to not do anything he’d regret, he picked up the chairman of the board and delivered a huge F-5.
He didn’t say a single word. All Lesnar did was smile and attack the 67-year-old McMahon.
Why has he returned, though? Did he come back to save Paul Heyman’s job, or does he have some sort of agenda? Was McMahon just the start of a bigger picture? Is anyone in the WWE safe?
Secret Revealed: What Will The Shield do Next Now That the Secret’s Out?
After CM Punk retained the WWE Championship at Hell in a Cell thanks to Brad Maddox, it seemed like the champion was out of options against Ryback. Maddox was fired from his position as referee, and John Cena entered the fold for Survivor Series.
At the annual November event, Punk was forced into a Triple Threat match against Ryback and Cena, so the odds were definitely against him. Those odds were evened when Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, better known as The Shield, powerbombed Ryback through the announce table. That gave Punk the opportunity to pin Cena to retain his title.
The Shield denied involvement with Punk and Heyman after that, and even attacked other Superstars to prove it. Going after guys like Randy Orton, Sheamus and The Miz, and keeping its sights on Ryback and Cena as well, The Shield was set on correcting injustices in WWE.
The trio can’t hide anymore, though, now that it’s been confirmed that Heyman paid the group for helping Punk retain his title at Survivor Series and in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match on the first Raw of 2013.
What will they do now? Will they back off until things cool down, or will they continue to target John Cena, Ryback and Sheamus, like they did last week on Raw and SmackDown?
Bye-Bye Paul: Could CM Punk Abandon Paul Heyman?
Before Heyman got involved with CM Punk, Punk had already had the WWE Championship for 288 consecutive days. With Heyman, Punk added another 146 days to his historic title reign.
It all came crashing down at the Royal Rumble, when The Rock took the title away from him with a People’s Elbow after 434 days as champion. He may no longer have the title, but Punk will forever be immortalized in the history books with that reign.
His championship reign wasn’t the only thing that came crashing down, though, as Heyman and Punk’s involvement with Maddox and The Shield was revealed. The former champion is a crafty one, so he could very well get out of the line of fire that the situation has created, and he could do that by leaving Heyman.
Will CM Punk abandon Paul Heyman? If so, will he dump all the blame on him and deny knowing any dealings Heyman had backstage with Brad Maddox and The Shield? Will Punk stick by Heyman and create an intense alliance with Brock Lesnar as a result?
Punishment: How Will Vince McMahon Respond to Everything?
A lot certainly happened last week on Raw. From Heyman and Punk’s dealing with The Shield being revealed to the return of Lesnar resulting in an F-5, an intense situation was created last week.
According to an article on WWE.com, the F-5 broke one of Mr. McMahon’s hips and surgery will be necessary. The chairman was never one to stay down, though. Whether he was battling Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin or D-Generation X, McMahon has proven to be one of the toughest guys in the business.
Now almost 70 years old, his days of toughness may be over, but punishment is no doubt on the horizon for Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar and possibly CM Punk and The Shield. Since he most likely won’t be there live, could Vince McMahon appear via satellite to address the situation?
Will Stephanie McMahon be the one to dish out the punishment for her father? Could this situation see the return of Triple H, who will not only want to avenge his SummerSlam loss, but the attack on the chairman, his father-in-law and grandfather to his children?
Tensions will be flying high this week on Raw, and it should make for an explosive episode. Will it be? Tune in to find out!
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