With The Beast Incarnate caged for the moment with an indefinite suspension, a number of Superstars will be looking to put themselves in the running for an opportunity at Seth Rollins’ WWE World Heavyweight Title. Who can we expect to make noise? What further fallout could there be from last week’s Brock free-for-all? What other factors might make this week’s Raw even more out-of-control than the last? WWE.com has some ideas.
1.) Can Rollins survive Monday Night Raw?
With Brock Lesnar suspended indefinitely for his actions last Monday night, the obvious question on everyone’s mind is: who will be gunning for WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins?
Clearly, The Viper has his serpentine eye on the prize – a dangerous thing, to say the least. On SmackDown, Randy Orton has already made overtures that he deserved to be the No. 1 contender and, despite the fact that The Authority got involved in his subsequent match with Big Show, Kane informed Rollins that he was considering WWE’s Apex Predator’s plea. But, will Orton wait for any answer? Or could he choose to take decisive action to force the issue?
Rollins will also have to be on the lookout for Roman Reigns. The Big Dog had very strong words on the issue during his exclusive interview on SmackDown. And after getting his WrestleMania opportunity ripped out from under him, you know he will be focused on getting to his former business associate.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Rollins may have made a genius play at WrestleMania, but he now has a target on his back. Who can say who will ultimately come after him? One thing is for sure, even with The Authority watching his back, the “Future of WWE” is definitely looking turbulent.
2.) Has Cena sparked an international incident?
So, it’s official: John Cena and Rusev will face each other at Extreme Rules. Talk about World War III! But considering that this is WWE's most brutal pay-per-view of the year, what special stipulation, if any, will this match have? Will we find out on Raw?
Moreover, now that The Champ has his No. 1 contender, will he continue the “John Cena U.S. Open” challenge that he began last week? If he does, could he be setting himself up for a fall?
Cena humiliated Rusev on SmackDown by bringing in the American flag when The Russian Tank thought his own country’s flag would be flying high. So, there is a strong possibility that The Hero of the Russian Federation will be seeking hostile retribution against the Cenation leader on WWE’s flagship show, and if the titleholder is already involved in a match, he may very well be leaving himself wide open.
3.) A celtic fire threatens to burn down the Intercontinental Title picture
Sheamus is definitely back and more aggressive than he has been in some time. After taking out Intercontinental Champion Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler on Raw, The Celtic Warrior battled WWE’s “Yes!” Man on SmackDown and, thanks in part to Bad News Barrett’s vicious Bull Hammer Elbow, The Beard left him unable to answer the count.
The mohawk-wearing Superstar made it clear that he is gunning for all of WWE’s underdogs. Who will he be looking to give the boot to this Monday on Raw? Will it be Bryan yet again? Ziggler? Barrett? Is his ultimate endgame the Intercontinental Championship? Will he be the first Superstar to officially challenge Bryan for the title?
4.) What will be the fallout from Lesnar's choas?
As reported on WWE.com, Michael Cole, JBL and Booker T will all be back on Raw this week, despite injuries they sustained during the devastating attack by Brock Lesnar, one day after WrestleMania.
While The Beast Incarnate has already been suspended indefinitely by Stephanie McMahon, reports are surfacing that Cole is threatening legal action against the former WWE World Heavyweight Champion. As a result, one has to wonder whether there will be additional fallout over the incident? Will The Authority chose, for instance, to take Paul Heyman to task for any instigation that he may have caused as Brock’s advocate? Will extra precautions be taken to assure that this type of carnage will does not happen again? Or, will it just be about getting back on track, with Extreme Rules only weeks away?
5.) Is Funk rolling her way to her first Diva's Title Match?
“Give Divas a chance”? Well, if no one will, it certainly looks like Naomi is stepping up to take the chance. The determined competitor pinned Divas Champion Nikki Bella last week on Raw in a Six-Diva Tag Team Match contest then followed it with a huge win over Natalya on SmackDown. Does this put her in top contention for an imminent Divas Title Match?
If not, we can definitely look for Naomi to continue to prove that that she's up to the challenge – something that will provide no shortage of exciting Divas moments. In any event, the outspoken Bella Twins will certainly have something to say on the matter, as might other top contenders like Paige.