Raw is set to explode less than one week before WWE Battleground, with The Authority scheduling a massive Six-Man Tag Team Match pitting WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena, Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose against Seth Rollins, Randy Orton & Kane! What else is in store? WWE.com has some ideas.
1.) Who will join the Intercontinental Title Battle Royal?
More and more Superstars continue to be named as participants in WWE Battleground’sIntercontinental Championship Battle Royal, and we have a feeling some huge surprise entrants are still on the horizon. Who will join such elite ring warriors as Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam and United States Championship Sheamus (who’s looking to unify the two titles) in this colossal bout? Look for some new names to be announced this week.
2.) The Authority Returns
What did Triple H and Stephanie do on their summer vacation? Did they pull the heads off some Daniel Bryan action figures? Did they steal candy from some babies because it was “best for business”? Or maybe they just kicked it on the “Mean Streets” of Greenwich, Connecticut, which become all the meaner whenever they’re around.
Regardless, The Authority is back this week on Raw, no doubt hell-bent on ensuring that neither John Cena nor Roman Reigns walks away with the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on Sunday atWWE Battleground. What plans will the power couple concoct to ensure that WWE’s grandest prize is held by an Authority ally? Will The Game’s “Plan B” finally go into effect, with Seth Rollins successfully cashing in his Money in the Bank contract on The Champ?
3.) Ladies' night
Well, at least Fandango won’t have to choose between Layla and Summer Rae anymore. The ballroom brawler faced a two-on-one attack by both scorned women on SmackDown, effectively severing Fandango’s romantic ties with both beauties. We saw Summer and Layla celebrate their “Single Ladies” status together on Friday night with a celebratory dance, but does that mean the former rivals have become besties? And where does that leave Fandango, who has become a solo act for the very first time since his WWE debut?
4.) Is Bray Wyatt inside Y2J's head?
As Chris Jericho admitted in last Wednesday’s WWE.com interview with his old pal “Mitchell Cole,” he’s definitely creeped out by what Bray Wyatt is capable of and, if you’re at all familiar with Y2J’s WWE track record, WWE’s first-ever Undisputed Champion doesn’t scare easy. As The Eater of Worlds forces the flashy multimedia star to resurrect his rugged side, it’s clear that Jericho is in a state of unease whenever The Wyatt Family’s around.
The success of Wyatt’s mind games was all too apparent on SmackDown, when “The Man of 1,000 Truths” distracted Y2J during the returning Superstar’s clash with longtime rival Randy Orton. Jericho has tangled with some devious opponents before, but is The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rollah truly prepared to face pure evil at WWE Battleground?
5.) Roman's Empire
Last week’s Raw concluded with WWE World Heavyweight Champion hoisting Roman Reigns’ arm in celebration after the juggernaut helped The Champ stave off a two-on-one assault by Randy Orton and Kane. The gesture was one of appreciation, but it also foreshadowed what we could very well see when WWE Battleground comes to a close. Reigns has been nearly unstoppable since the dissolution of The Shield, and Sunday’s Fatal 4-Way Match brings the powerhouse closer than ever to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Will Reigns finally prove himself as WWE’s most dominant Superstar by conquering not only the Cenation leader, but Randy Orton and Kane as well?
On Monday, however, Reigns teams with Cena and his former Shield ally Dean Ambrose against The Viper, The Devil’s Favorite Demon and Seth Rollins. The question on Raw might not be whether Reigns will dominate in this Six-Man Tag Team Match, but if he can actually coexist with the bearer of WWE’s most coveted title six nights before the biggest opportunity in his career.
Don’t miss Raw this Monday at 8/7 CT on USA Network, and be sure to tune in to WWE Network forRaw Pre-Show at 7:30 ET!