You didn’t really think we’d heard the last from the Anonymous Raw General Manager, did you? As consumers flock to their computers to snag digital discounts on Cyber Monday, the faceless Raw GM will return to run Monday night’s hottest show via e-mail. After Daniel Bryan’s WWE Universe-appeasing Raw last week, is this mysterious figure poised to follow suit?
1.) The return of "order and discipline" on Cyber Monday
A number of polarizing figures have run Monday Night Raw, including the likes of The Authority, Eric Bischoff, Vickie Guerrero, John Laurinaitis and even Cheech & Chong. Yet, perhaps the most incendiary red-brand show runner was the Anonymous Raw General Manager, whose irritating email decrees to Michael Cole became one of WWE’s most boo-worthy rituals in 2010 and the first half of 2011. This person — or perhaps a group of people — is back this week for Cyber Monday, and will no doubt try to top Daniel Bryan’s one-night stint in charge of Raw last Monday night. Will the Anonymous Raw General Manager serve the best interests of the WWE Universe or their own? Also, will we finally learn the identity of this shady GM?
2.) Raw's New Day
After a successful outing on SmackDown as the trio known as The New Day, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods & Big E are ready to emerge on Raw but, judging by Gold & Stardust’s bizarre tirade on Friday night, they already have some enemies. Will we see this exciting group collide with the former bearers of the “Cosmic Key” on WWE’s flagship show?
3.) Heavy Metal
After raising the ire of the newly reassigned Concessions Kane, Ryback fell victim to a brutal steel chair attack during SmackDown, inspiring Daniel Bryan to pit the goliaths against one another in what’s sure to be a barbaric Chairs Match at WWE TLC. On Raw, less than two weeks before that steel-bending encounter, will the ravenous Big Guy teach Kane a new meaning of the phrase, “take a seat”?
4.) Nikki's reality check ?
“Total Divas” star and Divas Champion Nikki Bella is accustomed to trash talk after three seasons of E!’s “Total Divas,” but AJ Lee’s harsh diatribe against both Bella Twins last week on Raw clearly lit a fire inside the titleholder. On SmackDown, Nikki lambasted the newly former champion, dismissing her as a “pathetic, manipulating little girl from New Jersey.” Then, as AJ tried to mount a physical counter-offensive, Brie rushed to her twin’s aid in a display of solidarity. How will this deeply personal rivalry escalate on Raw? Also, now that The Bella Twins are on the same page — despite Brie being forced to serve Nikki for a month — will AJ ever be able to reclaim her prize?
5.) Showoff in the spotlight
If there’s any Superstar that’s attracted more attention in the last week, it’s Dolph Ziggler who, thanks to an assist from the vigilante Sting, ended The Authority’s reign of terror at Survivor Series. After The Showoff successfully teamed with John Cena against Seth Rollins, Jamie Noble & Joey Mercury on Raw and nearly reclaimed the Intercontinental Title from Luke Harper on SmackDown, all eyes are on Ziggler as we head into Raw. How will “The Zig Man” impress this week?
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