The cash has been counted, the dust has settled, and John Cena is the WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The Cenation leader’s grueling trek to the top of the ladder at Money in the Bank may have placed him in the throne for the 15th time, but the target on his back has become bigger than ever thanks to freshly crowned Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins and his backers in The Authority. What will happen to kick off The Champ’s 15th World Title reign on Raw? WWE.com has a few ideas.
1.) Champ vs. Authority
John Cena is World Champion again, and that means, for the first time, he finds himself square in the crosshairs of WWE COO Triple H. Cena was otherwise occupied for much of The Game’s pursuit of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and rivalry with Daniel Bryan, but now that he’s got the crown jewel The King of Kings covets, what will the corporate power throw at him to reclaim what they believe is theirs? Using Seth Rollins seems like the obvious answer, though before Rollins can make his move for the title, he’ll have to deal with …
2.) Enemy for life
… Dean Ambrose. The Lunatic Fringe may not have succeeded in capturing the Money in the Bank contract, but the former United States Champion is likely not done with Rollins, or The Authority, by a long shot. Ambrose will likely have an opportunity to speak his mind at some point on Raw, though it’s equally likely he lets his fists do the talking instead
3.) Shoot for the stars
The events of Money in the Bank certainly proved that the ethereal tandem of Goldust & Stardust didn’t simply notch a fluke win over RybAxel in their debut two weeks ago: The duo repeated the victory in what was only Stardust’s second televised contest, defeating RybAxel in a rematch and instantly establishing themselves, once again, as the pair to watch within the Tag Team division. Can a run at The Usos, who defeated The Wyatts to retain their Tag Team Championships, be far off?
4.) Resistance is futile
Look on the bright side, America: At least Team USA is still in the World Cup. There’s little else for Old Glory to crow about in the way of international competition, thanks to the continuing dominance of Rusev. Big E gave The Super Athlete his toughest test yet in their second consecutive pay-per-view clash, but the raw power of the former Intercontinental Champion was not enough to hand the WWE NXT veteran his first defeat. Has E had enough? Or will he make another attempt to defeat The Bulgarian Brute?
5.) Return of the dragon
There is, in fact, one final piece to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship puzzle: At Money in the Bank Kickoff, Daniel Bryan made his first public appearance since being stripped of the ultimate prize, taking fan questions through Twitter and speaking on the subject of his recovery. While there is still no timetable for the “Yes!” Man’s return, Bryan did end his Q-and-A with the promise that whoever won the title was on “borrowed time” until he reclaimed what was his. Now that Cena has been crowned, will he last long enough as champion to deliver on his longstanding promise to give Bryan a no-questions-asked opportunity at the title? Tune in to Raw tonight at 8/7 CT on USA Network, and be sure to tune in to WWE Network for the Raw Pre-Show at 7:30 and Backstage Pass immediately following the show!