The long, hard road out of “Hell” begins in San Antonio, when Raw convenes for the first time since the career-altering events of WWE Hell in a Cell 2014. From an international collision that ended in shocking fashion to a pair of Hell in a Cell Matches from which no Superstar emerged the same as when they entered, WWE’s October staple was truly a Halloween horror come early. Yet the future has already begun to take shape, as a challenger for Brock Lesnar’s WWE World Heavyweight Title has been determined and one long-running rivalry has given way to a horrifying new one. What lies in store for the WWE Universe now that Hell has had its fill for at least another year? WWE.com has a few ideas.
1.) Next in line
Ready for Round Three? John Cena earned himself another go at Brock Lesnar by defeating his defining rival, Randy Orton, inside Hell in a Cell with an opportunity at The Conqueror’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line. The win secures Cena’s future for the time being, but what about Orton’s? Having been shown up by Seth Rollins, whose own showing inside the place where rivalries are forever settled ended much better (more on that later), can The Apex Predator maintain his favor in the eyes of WWE COO Triple H, the man who anointed him as the Face of WWE only a year ago? Monday should provide some insight.
Another defender of America has succumbed to Rusev, who achieved what many thought impossible when he defeated Big Show via submission at WWE Hell in a Cell. A well-intended appearance by Mark Henry almost certainly helped, but still, by vanquishing the giant, Rusev has steadily dismantledalmost every powerhouse the WWE locker room has to offer. And unless The Great Khali suddenly discovers his inner Uncle Sam, it’ll take someone unexpected to finally bring The Super Athlete down and win one for the USA. Will such a challenger present himself on Monday?
3.) Payback is a Bitch
Looks like one of The Bella Twins has herself a new personal assistant. The marquee clash between the Divas division’s twin twosome ended in humiliation for Brie Bella, whose defeat means she’ll be sister Nikki’s resident gofer for the next 30 days. Aside from being great fodder for future “Total Divas” episodes, how will the Divas division’s resident folk hero survive her stint in servitude? And, more importantly, what will be the first task Nikki sets for her subservient sister?
4.) Across the universe
Ready the spaceship: Gold & Stardust are taking the WWE Tag Team Championship to the moon and beyond after knocking off The Usos to maintain a firm, gloved clutch on their beloved Cosmic Key. Now, as guardians of the tag division’s most precious jewel and having sufficiently held The Usos off for the second month running, all the intergalactic brothers need is a new opponent. So, who will the universe select as the chosen challenger for its resident champions?
5.) Feast for Buzzards
Perhaps it’s fitting that Dean Ambrose’s first trip into Hell in a Cell ended with interference from a self-proclaimed monster. Bray Wyatt cut short The Lunatic Fringe’s bid for payback against Seth Rollins when he pounced on the former U.S. Champion right as Rollins was at his most vulnerable. The Eater of Worlds’ interference gave Mr. Money in the Bank the defining win of his career and handed Ambrose a heartbreaking loss, but Wyatt may have provoked the one man in WWE more dangerous than he. These two teased a showdown back when their resident factions went to war; might we finally see WWE’s two most demented minds go head-to-head? Find out on Raw this Monday at 8/7 CT, only on USA Network!