The “Yes!” Movement was dealt a crippling blow last Monday night when The Authority stripped Daniel Bryan of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, a prize that will now be up for grabs in a historic Ladder Match at Money in the Bank. With two more spots yet to be filled in that momentous bout, which Superstars will earn the right to vie for sports-entertainment’s richest prize?
Also, what awaits Seth Rollins, the Shield turncoat who has only raised the ire of his former “brothers” Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose since his defection? As the WWE Universe joins Raw guest star Kevin Hart from the film “Think Like a Man Too” — in theaters this Friday — what can we look forward to on this week’s show? WWE.com has five theories.
1.) Paper Chasers
Bray Wyatt’s victory over Dean Ambrose on SmackDown earned The Eater of Worlds a spot in theWWE World Heavyweight Championship Ladder Match at Money in the Bank, joining such elite Superstars as United States Champion Sheamus, Cesaro, Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton.
The entire locker room is buzzing about who will fill the final two spots in this historic bout for the vacant prize. Who will earn that opportunity?
2.) Whatcha gonna do brother?
If anybody’s going to wipe the omnipresent smirk off Seth Rollins’ face, it’s going to be Dean Ambrose, who proclaimed on SmackDown that he’s “shutting down the Seth Rollins business for good.” Those were strong words, and that was before The Architect cost The Lunatic Fringe a WWE World Heavyweight Championship opportunity in the night’s main event.
We certainly wouldn’t want to be in Rollins’ combat boots — or whatever footwear he prefers these days — but we also wouldn’t want to be Randy Orton right now. Judging by Roman Reigns’ derisive commentary on WWE’s Apex Predator on SmackDown, there’s a Spear in Orton’s very near future. We certainly hope that week off was restful, because The Viper’s definitely in for a “case of the Mondays” when he returns to work this week on Raw.
3.) Mystery Man
Deeming himself an unworthy partner for his brother Goldust, Cody Rhodes has been on a quest to find the ideal teammate for his face-painted sibling. Thus far, results have been, well, not very good, as The Bizarre One has yet to find tag team success alongside such Cody-approved associates asSin Cara, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth.
Last Monday night, Cody told his older brother that he’s found the perfect partner that will “magnify the magnificence that is Goldust.” Rhodes also said this new teammate would be someone Goldust had never seen before. Are we about to witness the emergence of a new Superstar on Raw?
Even if you don’t buy into the cheesy smile or the “motivational” sound bites, you can’t deny that Bo Dallas is a formidable in-ring competitor. At 7-0 (or 7-Bo), Dallas seemingly can’t be beat. Perhaps the eternal optimist is onto something.
Of course, as many “Bo-Lievers” as there are out there, there are legions of WWE Universe members who would like that self-satisfied grin wiped right off Dallas’ face. Yet, Bo’s streak prevails, prompting many of us to ask, “Who’s next?” Let’s just hope he doesn’t start calling himself “Boldberg.”
5.) Buzzards circling WWE Tag Team Championship
By earning a non-title victory over The Usos on the June 2 edition of Raw, Erick Rowan & Luke Harper made it clear they’re in the hunt for the WWE Tag Team Championship, intensifying The Wyatt Family’s already heated rivalry with Jimmy & Jey.
Last week, the warring teams traded singles victories, with Jimmy defeating Harper on WWE Main Event and Rowan besting Jey on SmackDown. Now, as announced exclusively on WWE.com, Bray Wyatt’s sinister followers prepare to challenge The Usos for the WWE Tag Team Titles at Money in the Bank. Can the brothers overcome the imminent challenge of these swamp monsters?
Tune in to 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 and Backstage Pass immediately following the show!