Monday, May 11, 2015

5 Things To Expect on WWE Monday Night Raw 5/11/15

Welcome to this week's edition of the Monday Night Raw preview brought to you by Condo On The Moon. Last week's Raw from Montreal was alot of fun. Well, not if you ask Vince Russo because according to him unless the show is just like the Attitude Era it's not worthy to him. I hope Russo knows that the WWE has been using his format for RAW for the past 18 YEARS!!!!! We're 6 days away from the third annual WWE Payback PPV. Dean Ambrose is now part of the main event at Payback. The mid-card continues to shine and improve each week. Sami Zayn accepted John Cena's US Open Challenge and killed it. Tonight's Raw is from the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. I remember last time a RAW was in Cincinnati the Raw set went on fire hopefully that's not the case, but the show should be since we're on the go-home to Payback. Here's five things you can expect on this week's WWE Monday Night Raw.

1.) Rusev vs. John Cena "I Quit" Match 

Coming up on Sunday will be the final chapter of the Rusev/John Cena rivalry. This feud has been of the better and interesting John Cena feuds that went onto multiple ppv's. I like the subtle approach to this match. There's nothing major you need to add onto this match. We know what's coming it's going to be a very phsyical drawn out match and we'll see whether Rusev or Cena will walk out of Baltimore with the United States Championship. The split between Rusev and Lana is interesting and I like how all these "expert" wrestling podcast hosts don't know where the tension between Rusev and Lana is coming from. If you were paying attention to the shows before Mania Lana show compassion for Rusev when she accepeted Cena challenge for Rusev for WrestleMania. Rusev was mad and sent her home for a couple weeks. When she came back she became a sympathetic character and she was scared of Rusev lashing out at her. Whether or not the rumors of Lana turning face or not are true I'm very interested in seeing the finish of this Payback match. The John Cena US Open Challenge with Sami Zayn was awesome. We called Bret Hart coming out on last week's Raw preview. For tonight here's a list of potential opponents for John Cena: Luke Harper, Heath Slater or Dolph Ziggler. I think it will be important for Cena to get to the advantage of Rusev this time. If Rusev lays out Cena on Raw you'll know that Cena will retain at WWE Payback.

2.) Fatal Four Way Shenanigans 

Last week on Raw we saw the announcement that Dean Ambrose will be part of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at WWE Payback. Ambrose and Rollins had a stellar match on last week's Raw. There's continue tension between Randy Orton and Roman Reigns. This Fatal Four Way Match at Payback can go in so many different directions and that's why I feel that this year's Fatal Four Way Match is more interesting then the one from last year's WWE Battleground. Here's the thing we know that all former Shield members are part of this match which is interesting for the fact that the Raw after Payback was when Shield disbanded when Rollins turn heel and join The Authority. Last week on SmackDown during the Payback Contract Signing, Rollins laid everybody out. For tonight's Raw I think we'll see Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton. We'll probably see more issues between Rollins and Kane with The Authority coming back. Very interested in seeing what does Stephanie and Hunter have in mind for Raw this week, so don't be surprise if the entire Authority starts off this week's Raw. One way or another either Roman Reigns or Randy Orton will need to be standing tall as Raw goes off the air.

3.) Daniel Bryan + WWE Intercontinental Championship Picture 

I have a feeling that Daniel Bryan will be part of tonight's Monday Night Raw. It's been about a month since we've saw the Intercontinental Champion and here's the thing. I love the guy, but can we really buy that this guy will ever be part of a WrestleMania event again? You can't trust this guy and his body. According to some outlets Daniel Bryan will be making his return on RAW tonight and is expected to compete at Payback. Good news and one would suggest that Bryan would defend his IC Championship against "King" Bad News Barrett. Could you picture a Bryan/Neville feud down the road for the IC Championship? I'm very interested in seeing where this goes for Bryan. Will this be a one off? Will Bryan come back just to lose to Barrett and go back to the DL? We'll see what happens at Payback, but it will be great to see Bryan back on the show tonight.

4.) RAW Matches + Payback Match Card Revealed. 

Here's a series of matches you can see on Raw tonight: Naomi vs. Brie Bella, Ryback vs. Luke Harper, Big E vs. Cesaro, The Lucha Dragons vs. The New Day, King Bad News Barrett vs Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus vs. Neville,  Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose vs. Randy Orton.

WWE Payback Match Card:

1.) Fatal Four Way Match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Dean Ambrose vs. Roman Reigns

2.) "I Quit" Match for WWE United States Championship
John Cena (c) vs. Rusev w/Lana

3.) Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler

4.) WWE Intercontinental Championship Match
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. King Bad News Barrett

5.) Bray Wyatt vs. Ryback

6.) WWE Divas Championship Match
Nikki Bella (c) vs. Naomi

7.) WWE Tag Team Championship Match
The New Day (c) vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro

8.) Neville vs. Luke Harper* BONUS MATCH IN CASE THEY NEED IT

9.) #1 Contenders Match Payback Kickoff
The Prime Time Players vs. The Lucha Dragons

5.) WWE Payback Predictions

Since obviously I will not be part of the podcast this week. I will give you my predictions for Payback.

I got Rollins retaining, but with Reigns turning heel. I got Cena winning the "I Quit" Match. I got Sheamus beating Dolph Ziggler, I got Bryan retaining against Bad News Barrett, I got Bray Wyatt beating Ryback, I got Nikki retaining the Divas Championship, I got The New Day retaining the Tag Team Championship, I can see the Prime Time Players winning the number one contendership match. I'm looking forward Payback. It will be interesting to see how the PPV goes since this is the first Payback that will not be taking place in Chicago. Baltimore is another great old-school wrestling town and I have no doubts that they'll be a tremendous crowd. Having this PPV there will give those people something to smile about even with the terrible things that are going on in Baltimore.

That's a wrap for this week's WWE Monday Night Raw Preview. I hope you guys enjoy Raw and Payback.

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