After one of the best episodes of Raw since the night following WrestleMania 29, the WWE has the unenviable task of following it up by keeping the fans intrigued heading into July and heading toward the Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
As if planning Raw wasn’t tough enough for WWE officials, add in the fact that the company will attempt to live up to the hype that last week’s episode caused with Brock Lesnar’s return and Mark Henry’s speech, and the anticipation surrounding this week’s show is through the roof.
With just three episodes of the WWE’s flagship show remaining before the July PPV, wrestling fans all over the world will be tuning in Monday with bated breath.
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When: Monday, June 24, at 8 p.m. ET
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According to Wrestling Inc., the WWE is going back to the well once again with its booking by kicking the show off with John Cena responding to the incredible retirement speech from Henry and revisiting the match between Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton.
With so much controversy surrounding both the fake retirement and attack from Henry, as well as the early stoppage between Orton and Bryan that resulted in a confrontation between D-Bry and Triple H, Raw is setting up to be very exciting.
CM Punk, Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar
The teased tension between CM Punk and Paul Heyman at Payback and on last week’s Raw was perfectly executed—the final hug between Punk and Heyman was a perfect finishing touch—but it was the unspoiled return of Brock Lesnar to attack the former WWE champion that stole all the headlines.
Now it’s time to see where the WWE takes this angle and where Heyman fits into all of this.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will We Get Our First Heyman vs. Punk Promo?
While there is no denying how great a potential match between Punk and Lesnar would be, especially on a stage like SummerSlam, the focus on Monday night will be the interactions between Punk and Heyman explaining what role the manager played in the attack last week.
As two of the best mic workers in the company, the potential verbal war between these two men will be something every fan in the WWE Universe will be able to appreciate. Expect pipebomb promos from both men every time they step in the ring together.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Best Friend Hugs
Whether Punk vs. Lesnar will take place at Money in the Bank or if the WWE is dragging it through until SummerSlam, Monday must feature Heyman saying that he wasn’t involved in the attack and claiming Lesnar acted alone. With Punk’s former manager obviously lying to him, the WWE Universe would continue to sympathize with the former heel and cement the face turn successfully.
WWE Rumors: More Details on Lesnar’s Return, from F4WOnline (via Wrestling Inc.).
John Cena Responds to Mark Henry
John Cena was baited into Mark Henry’s retirement speech like every other fan in attendance and at home last week. After being slammed in the middle of the ring, called out for his WWE Championship and finding out that he would defend the title at Money in the Bank, it’s time to hear what the reigning champion has to say about the whole situation.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: How Did Henry Get This Great?
Despite knowing that last week’s retirement was a work—this scenario had all the earmarks of a ruse—Henry proved just how amazing he is by convincing even the most hardened and jaded wrestling fans that last week could have be the last time we see him.
Instead of having Cena follow Henry’s promo up with his own filled with jokes and catchphrases, the champion should just call out The World’s Strongest Man. That would give the No. 1 contender a chance to hit the stage, cut another excellent promo taking credit for the scam and then should refuse to fight Cena. The classic heel tactics would be a great touch to what is blossoming into an amazing storyline.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Deserved WWE Championships
There were few fans in the WWE Universe that would have honestly believed Henry could win the WWE Championship from Cena at Money in the Bank. After the greatest segment of his life, though, not only can fans buy the veteran as champion, many have hopped on the bandwagon and are actually advocating for a Henry championship run.
WWE Rumors: Cena’s Possible Summer Feuds, according to F4WOnline (via Wrestling Inc.)