The home of The Beatles is about to experience a “Hard Day’s Night” when Raw rolls through Liverpool, England! Per The Authority, John Cena will take on Ryback in a confrontation that’s sure to have massive repercussions for Survivor Series in just two weeks. Will a victory over the Cenation leader guarantee The Big Guy a spot on Team Authority? As the WWE Universe waits to see who will become part of the Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Tag Team Match on Nov. 23, live on WWE Network, WWE.com offers some thoughts on what promises to be an action-packed night in the United Kingdom.
1.) Is Team Authority setting the table for Ryback?
Ryback’s been on a tear since returning to WWE two weeks ago, but on Raw, The Big Guy must contend with Mr. “Hustle, Loyalty, Respect” himself, John Cena. As the Cenation leader assembles his squad of ring warriors to join Team Cena at Survivor Series, The Authority is clearly looking to recruit Ryback for their own team — especially following the behemoth’s victory over Cesaro Friday night on SmackDown.
Is Ryback’s clash with Cena the powerhouse’s final test before he’s officially offered a spot on Team Authority, or is The Authority merely trying to soften up the 15-time World Champion before Survivor Series?
2.) How will AJ Lee retaliate against Nikki Bella?
After forcing her unwilling personal assistant Brie Bella to slap AJ Lee across the face on Raw, Nikki Bella continued to target the Divas Champion on SmackDown when she ambushed AJ during a backstage interview. It seems Nikki will stop at nothing to take AJ off her game, but does the bitter Bella really know who she’s messing with? AJ’s the queen of mind games, and no doubt has something special planned to get back at her new No. 1 contender.
3.) Is Dean Ambrose secretly afraid of Bray Wyatt?
There isn’t much that scares Dean Ambrose — he’s a guy that seems to enjoy taking punishment as much as he gives it — but it was impossible to ignore the look in The Lunatic Fringe’s eyes during hislatest encounter with Bray Wyatt on SmackDown. Was it fear? Ambrose claims that he’s “not scared to go down any dark alley with Bray Wyatt,” but even the bravest men have their doubts — especially when faced with an obstacle like The Eater of Worlds.
As Wyatt continues to pry into Ambrose’s troubled past to coax the unstable Superstar into an alliance, how will Ambrose repel this psychological onslaught?
4.) Will more Team Cena members emerge?
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler remains the sole Superstar to join John Cena on the 15-time World Champion’s Survivor Series team, largely because The Authority’s “with us or against us” tactics have served as a deterrent for potential Cena allies. After they made an example of The Showoff for two straight weeks, however, Ziggler scored a major victory over The Authority when he defeated Kane in a Steel Cage Match on SmackDown.
This triumph has no doubt bolstered the courage of several Superstars in the locker room anxious to join Team Cena and ensure that The Authority is removed from power once and for all. Will we see new ring warriors step up to align with Cena?
5.) Can anyone stop the new WWE United States Champion?
After last week’s Raw on WWE Network — available free to new subscribers for the month of November — the imposing Rusev made Sheamus pass out to the Accolade and captured The Celtic Warrior’s United States Championship. The unstoppable Super Athlete had conquered America, claiming the star-spangled prize for the glory of Mother Russia.
Now that Rusev has turned back the likes of Mark Henry, Big Show and the mighty Sheamus, can anyone pry the U.S. Title from the clutches of The Hero of the Russian Federation? Furthermore, will Lana and Rusev accept Stephanie McMahon’s offer to join Team Authority at Survivor Series?
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