Tensions are always running high in the aftermath of WrestleMania, but no rivalry has intensified in the wake of this year’s Show of Shows like the one between Randy Orton and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins. Before these allies-turned-nemeses vie for sports-entertainment’s grandest prize in two weeks at Extreme Rules, they’ll first head to London, England, for a special edition of Raw. What lies in store when Monday’s hottest show rolls through the iconic O2 Arena? WWE.com has some ideas.
1.) How will The Viper get even with Seth Rollins?
It’s never wise to mess with a venomous snake, but Seth Rollins did just that when he Curb Stomped Randy Orton moments after The Viper earned the right to challenge The Architect for the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at Extreme Rules. No doubt seething after that underhanded attack, The Viper has no doubt spent the better part of this week — and WWE’s ongoing European tour — devising new ways to torment the so-called “Future of WWE.”
Will Orton launch a sneak attack of his own, ambushing Rollins at the O2 Arena? Or can Rollins continue to hide behind J&J Security and the rest of The Authority for the next two weeks in the lead-up to Extreme Rules? Expect a confrontation between Orton and Rollins once Raw goes on the air.
2.) Could John Cena lose the U.S. Title in the UK?
Standing by his decision to be a fighting champion, John Cena continues to offer United States Championship opportunities to any game Superstars through his “U.S. Open” challenge, and has turned back Dean Ambrose and Stardust since winning the star-spangled prize from Rusev atWrestleMania. It’s valiant to see The Champ represent the United States of America in this manner, but each week, Cena runs the risk of losing his hard-earned title before his Extreme Rules rematch with The Super Athlete even takes place. With his take-all-challengers attitude each week, is Cena running a major risk? Should he instead focus his attention on the forthcoming battle with Rusev instead of weekly, random opponents? Will Cena even make it to Extreme Rules with his title reign intact? For this week, that all depends on who answers Cena’s open challenge in the U.K.
3.) Which Diva will get the ultimate chance against Nikki Bella?
Thanks so some tactful persuasion by several opportunistic Divas, Kane decreed last week that a Divas Battle Royal would be held on Raw in London to determine the new No. 1 contender to Nikki Bella’s Divas Title — despite the fact that Naomi has more than warned that right in the wake of WrestleMania.
Now, with virtually every Diva on the roster battling it out this Monday, the field is wide open. Will Paige or Naomi re-enter the Divas Title picture? Could Summer Rae pave the way for her inaugural reign with the butterfly-emblazoned prize? Or will yet another Diva score their first title opportunity?
4.) Will Sheamus be cut down to size?
Casting aside all of the good will he’s earned with the WWE Universe over the years, Sheamus has now focused his attention on exterminating “insects” like Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler, and not even a defeat to the smaller Superstars in SmackDown’s six-man main event has likely detered The Celtic Warrior in his anti-underdog quest.
Will the Irish aggressor go unchecked on Raw, or might someone emerge to knock the mohawk off his head? If so, who will stand up to Sheamus?
5.) Has The Miz's spotlight been stolen?
Damien Mizdow is ready for his close-up.
After The Miz invited his “The Marine 4: Moving Target” co-star Summer Rae to the set of “Miz TV” on SmackDown, Mizdow confronted his former employer and gave the so-called “A-lister” something he should have given him a long time ago: A sock in the Moneymaker’s jaw.
The Miz was sent scurrying from the set of his own talk show as Mizdow shared a steamy screen-worthy kiss with Summer. Is Mizdow WWE’s new leading man? How will The Miz respond to his former protégé this week?
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