There is just one week until WWE’s Payback pay-per-view (June 16), and Monday’s edition of Raw must be a great go-home show in order to put the right finishing touches on the card and make it interesting enough for the fans to buy this Sunday.
There are just three matches announced for the event so far, but with the WWE Championship on the line in a Three Stages of Hell match and CM Punk returning to fight Chris Jericho, this is already shaping up to be a stellar secondary PPV.
With the groundwork in place for several bouts to be added to Sunday’s card, Monday’s Raw will feature plenty of storyline development and even more of the Triple H vs. the McMahons angle.
Despite Triple H being the focus of Raw once again, this should be a great go-home episode.
Where: The Richmond Coliseum, Richmond, Va.
When: Monday, June 10, at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
Triple H Is Going Against The Family
On last week’s episode of Raw, Vince and Stephanie McMahon came to the ring, chastised the WWE Universe for wanting to see Triple H perform and then did not allow the former champion to compete. Before leaving the arena that night, Triple H swore to Stephanie that at the start of this Monday’s Raw, he would be in the ring ready for his match against Curtis Axel no matter what anyone said.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Are Vince and Stephanie Turning Heel?
This storyline is clearly portraying the McMahons as Triple H’s family looking out for the welfare of the Superstar, but it is being received with boos from the crowd. The McMahons are not portraying heels here, and as much as they will be booed out of the building when they likely stop the match from happening on Raw this Monday, they are faces that are maligned for not allowing matches to happen; it’s an interesting and unique angle.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Possible PPV Matches
If Stephanie and Vince do not allow Triple H to have his match Monday, there is no doubt that the former world champion will begin turning on his family and doing whatever it takes to get back in the ring. With Paul Heyman and Curtis Axel gloating over the way they trounced Triple H before, it wouldn’t be surprising if the veteran booked himself in a Payback match against his new rival tonight on Raw.
WWE Rumors: Curtis Axel vs. Triple H at Payback? (F4WOnline via Wrestling Inc.)
The Ascension of Daniel Bryan
As the WWE Universe has seen over the last month of programming, the company has gone all-in on Daniel Bryan and is beginning to push him to the moon. With a storyline change looming and an attack from Randy Orton on Friday night’s SmackDown, where the WWE goes with Bryan’s character Monday will be a signal of where the American Dragon goes from here.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Is Orton or Bryan Turning Heel?
While Bryan has been constantly complaining and whining—leading many fans to believe that a heel turn was imminent for the world’s toughest vegan—there has been just as much talk about turning Orton heel. Bryan is incredibly over with the crowd, and instead of killing that momentum by turning him heel, it’s time for Orton to be the bad guy and feud with the face Bryan.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Possible WWE Championship Title Shots
The eventual breakup between Kane and Bryan is still a storyline that could be as interesting as anything else the WWE would do with these men, but the success of Bryan could force the company’s hand the same way CM Punk’s pipe-bomb promo did.
The fans love Bryan, and the WWE must see a once-in-a-lifetime chance to capitalize on just how over the submission specialist has become over the last two years.
WWE Rumors: Early Main Event Plans for Money in the Bank (Wrestling Observer Newsletter via Wrestling Inc.)
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