One week after John Cena rejected Triple H’s offer to join The Authority, one question still lingers for the Cenation leader: Who will join him in battle against The Game’s squad at Survivor Series? As we wait to see which Superstars will round out Team Cena — and Team Authority, for that matter — what else is in store for Raw? WWE.com has you covered with this week’s Raw Five-Point Preview.
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1.) Who will side with Cena?
As Triple H pointed out in his weekly sit-down interview with Michael Cole on WWE.com last Wednesday, “there’s a world coming without John Cena in it,” and if The Game has anything to say about it, that reality is going to materialize sooner than later. After rejecting the WWE COO’s off to join The Authority, the Cenation leader must now assemble his own team of Superstars to contend with Team Authority in a Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match on Nov. 23. The difficulty? Anyone who even entertains the notion of aligning with Cena makes himself a target of Triple H and his associates — a dire consequence Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler is all too familiar with.
Cena has three weeks to gather his teammates as The Authority concocts its own plans for Survivor Series. Will we see Team Cena truly begin to form this week on Raw?
Also, the WWE Universe was left wondering Monday night where Randy Orton’s allegiances lie after The Viper attacked Seth Rollins with a vicious RKO. Given Orton’s impressive Survivor Series track record, either Team Cena or Team Authority would do well to enlist his services. Whether Orton can coexist with allies of Cena or his longtime Authority associates is another matter entirely.
2.) Will Big Show get some giant-sized payback?
It’s never a good idea to poke a bear, but when you’re built like Mark Henry, conventional wisdom goes right out the window. Last week on Raw, as Henry teamed with Big Show to challenge Gold & Stardust for the WWE Tag Team Titles, the former Olympian betrayed his titanic buddy and incapacitated the giant with no fewer than three World’s Strongest Slams.
On “Miz TV” this past Friday night on SmackDown, Henry revealed that he was tired of being patronized by Big Show, hinting at long-simmering jealousy that finally reached a boiling point. Henry ended his SmackDown confrontation with The World’s Largest Athlete by sending Big Show crashing through the barricade at ringside.
On Raw, Big Show will no doubt be looking for retribution. Does a KO Punch await the curator of the Hall of Pain?
3.) Is Nikki Bella ready to reclaim the Divas Title?
Although Nikki Bella has been pretty preoccupied with humiliating her unwilling personal assistant Brie, the “Total Diva” clearly hasn’t taken her focus off the ring. On SmackDown, dressed all-too-appropriately as a black cat, Nikki emerged as the ultimate bad luck omen for Divas Champion AJ Lee when she won a Halloween Costume Battle Royal to become the No. 1 contender to AJ’s prize.
As the former Divas Champion continues to make Brie’s life miserable — for the next month, anyway — how is Nikki plotting to separate AJ from her “baby”?
4.) How will Bray Wyatt terroize his "degraded reflection?"
At Hell in a Cell, the sinister Bray Wyatt returned to punish Dean Ambrose, depriving The Lunatic Fringe of his deserved victory over Seth Rollins inside the cruel structure. Wyatt would go on to explain that his newfound fascination with the unstable Superstar was born out of their similarities and, onSmackDown, he alluded to a darkness in Ambrose’s past that has yet to be revealed. To what was Wyatt referring? Perhaps we’ll get some clarity on Raw.
5.) What feast awaits Ryback?
The Big Guy is back, and he’s making up for lost time. After plowing through the “inspirational” Bo Dallas on Raw, Ryback beat the stuffing out of a scarecrow-attired Heath Slater on SmackDown in an incredible show of force.
In an exclusive WWE.com interview last Monday night, Ryback stated that “the WWE Universe needs a hero right now more than ever,” and judging by the raucous “Feed Me More!” chants that met him upon his return, The Human Wrecking Ball’s connection with WWE fans has never been stronger. Which unfortunate opponent will we see get served up to this insatiable Superstar on Raw?
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