WWE Monday Night Raw Precap: June 24, 2013
Sneak Attack! Sibling Rivalry! Double Turn! Power Play! Tonight! On Raw!
Last week's WWE Monday Night Raw (June 17, 2013) featured a number of shocks and surprises that left the WWE Universe wondering what would happen next.
That is usually when WWE is doing its best work.
Mark Henry announced that he would be retiring from WWE, and the always classy John Cena was there to give a round of applause. For his troubles, though, Cena ate a World's Strongest Slam. A match between Cena and Henry for the WWE Championship was set up to go down at Money in the Bank in just three weeks (July 14). Will Henry manage to surprise the champ again? Or will Cena be able to get his revenge?
Brock Lesnar made an impactful return to WWE, delivering an F5 to CM Punk. Both men were clients of Paul Heyman, but Punk turned his back on his longtime friend. Is Lesnar's attack a sign of retribution? Or was it an unattributed assault? And what will Punk do in retaliation?
Alberto Del Rio is the World Heavyweight Championship, but has sworn off the WWE Universe. It looks as though "The Mexican Aristocrat" has gone back to his heel-ish ways. Does this make Dolph Ziggler the new face of the people? Will he be able to win back the Big Gold Belt? And how does Chris Jericho play into things?
WWE is always asking us questions, and often its answers only cause more confusion. What will happen on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw?
You have to read on to find out.
Cena! Henry! Retirement? Nope! Sneak Attack! WWE Championship!
Last week, Mark Henry came out to deliver a moving retirement speech. He spoke about how much he loved the WWE Universe and how great his career had been. He went on about the moments he had over the years and the championships he had won. John Cena stood at ringside, holding the WWE Championship, laughing and applauding. He entered the ring to give the big man a hug.
Instead, he was met with a World's Strongest Slam and a new opponent for Money in the Bank.
When I considered Henry as a serious opponent for Cena, I was joking, but it seems that WWE has taken my advice to heart.
And it makes a lot of sense.
Here's why ... CM Punk is going to war with Brock Lesnar. Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton look to be spinning off together. Chris Jericho looks to be taking time off. Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler are battling it out for the World Heavyweight Championship. Turning Sheamus would have been idiotic. So why not pit "The World's Strongest Man" against "The Doctor of Thuganomics"?
It's not like Cena just had a feud with a muscle head whose gimmick is being really, really strong.
As far as hosses go, though, Henry is not the worst one out there. He's generally entertaining on the mic, although his ring work has never been the best. Hopefully, we'll be able to see some type of gimmicked match at Money in the Bank to cover both Henry and Cena.
As for the actual angle? Expect nothing more than "a good guy overcoming the monster". It's not the most exciting, but it's become Cena's bread and butter.
Punk! Lesnar! Heyman! Clients! Friends! Sibling Rivalry!
The prodigal son has returned to WWE and — instead of being met with a loving embrace — run right into the most violent of tempests.
After a strong victory against Chris Jericho at Payback, CM Punk was on a mission to prove he is the "Best in the World". After challenging and defeating World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio — via count out, but a win is a win — "The Second City Saint" took a huge step towards reclaiming his title.
But out came Brock Lesnar to interrupt the festivities, and the feud we have all been calling for between "Heyman's Guys" has finally kicked off.
This will be a simple angle, but simple works wonderfully here. Punk and Heyman are going to kill it on the mic. The matches between Punk and Lesnar are going to be brutal and wonderful to watch. This will — hopefully — stretch out over mutiple pay-per-views, and it will shoot Punk's star into the stratosphere.
Buckle in, folks. CM Punk. Brock Lesnar. Paul Heyman.
This is going to be fun.
Del Rio! Ziggler! Sneaky Heel! Underdog Face! Double Turns! World Heavyweight Championship!
Alberto Del Rio destroyed Dolph Ziggler at Payback to win back his World Heavyweight Championship title. Ziggler is rightly upset, so he is gunning for the champ. This time, though, he has the WWE Universe at his back.
Yep, we have ourselves a good, old-fashioned double turn.
Del Rio and his best friend Ricardo Rodriguez came out last week to fully cement the twist. He blamed the fans for not cheering for him, hated them for not accepting him as a hero.
It wasn't the face we wanted that reaction from, but I guess it will have to do.
That leaves Ziggler in the role of the underdog, the man trying to get back what was stolen from him. It's a simple enough story to tell.
I hope WWE does not screw this up.
Vicki! Maddox! Vince! Trips! Steph! Power play!
Imagine this scenario. You are in charge of a large group of violent sociopaths who want to do nothing but fight each other. Your job is to not stop them from fighting, but simply tell them when and where they can unleash their rage. When they simply ignore you and not put you in the hospital, it is considered a good day.
Sounds like a pretty tough position, no?
Now let's add in a boss who demands action and accountability, but refuses to help you in any manner. He is known for his quick temper and love of a sledgehammer. You fear and respect him, and wish to please him.
Which would be so much easier if his father-in-law, and your big boss, wasn't telling you to do the exact opposite.
So here you are, sitting between two opposing forces, both of whom could spell the end of your career. It is an impossible position.
That is made all the more difficult since your boss's wife and big boss's daughter is telling you to listen to her instead.
It's enough to make a person's head spin.
This is where Vicki Guerrero finds herself. Her job is on the line each and every week. She has Triple H demanding action against The Shield, Vince McMahon telling her to allow the stable to run, and Stephanie McMahon …
Well, I'm not sure what Stephanie wants. But she's there stirring up trouble, because that is apparently the family business.
At the very least, Vicki has the lovely Brad Maddox by her side. All things considered, that's not the worst trade off.
AJ Lee vs. Kaitlyn is the first real Divas angle in a long time. The fact "The Billion Dollar Princess" Stephanie McMahon came out last week to berate AJ — and tell off Kaitlyn — only helps matters. Perhaps Stephanie really wants the division to come back into prominence. I just hope it doesn't end up like the "revitalized" tag team division.
Christian made a triumphant return to WWE last week. It's a damn shame WWE Creative will have nothing for him for the foreseeable future.
Curtis Axel successfully defended the Intercontinental Championship against Wade Barrett. This leaves the "Son of Perfect" to battle The Miz for the strap, while Barrett is left without a storyline. My vote? A three pay-per-view feud with Zack Ryder; because that would be hilarious.
Antonio Cesaro is Zeb Colter's newest protege. This makes absolutely no sense, and yet works perfectly. Let's just hope Cesaro is able to find his way out of Superstars Limbo.