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WWE Raw Predictions (7/14): Ric Flair, The Authority, An NXT Diva, And … Sting?

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Ric Flair will make his return tonight. Whether that means he’s coming in as GM of Raw or Smackdown, I’m not sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if that’s the plan.

The last time we saw Flair, he came in just before Payback, showing his approval of The Shield. The sad thing about that segment was that it made his addictions much more public than they had ever been. He stumbled around, mumbling, giggling, and he generally looked intoxicated to the point that he couldn’t remember everything he was supposed to do or say.

Since then, it’s been rumored that he’s cleaned up a lot, allowing him to return to the business he’s loved for most of his life.

Flair showed up over the weekend, helping out with live events at Madison Square Garden, even getting active in the ring at one point. He helped out John Cena by going after Bray Wyatt like a crazed mad man, punching and kicking. This electrified the crowd for obvious reasons, but there was a problem: Flair forgot to take off his ring. This awesome moment in the ring, turned into a Bray bloodbath, leaving the leader of The Wyatt Family coated in his own blood from a cut above his eye.

I’m not sure if there are going to be any repercussions for Flair after that, or if it’s going to be chocked up to him being a veteran and that’s how they used to roll. Either way, I’m hoping there’s an encounter tonight between The Nature Boy and Bray, even if there’s less than one percent of a chance, because a showdown like that would be spectacular.

Flair could come out, do whatever he’s scheduled to do, then Bray would come out to interrupt and call Flair out for making him bleed his own blood. Bray could come down to the ring with his followers Erik Rowan and Luke Harper, surround the ring, start to slide in-between the ropes into the ring, only for Jericho‘s music to hit and for Y2K to run down to the ring in an effort to save Flair. This puts heat on Bray and gets Jericho even more over for saving someone he used to feud with.

The other thing I wonder, if it could even be slightly possible, is for the WWE to have Flair go on and on about WCW, be it for the new WWE 2K15 game or a DVD/Blu-ray or whatever; while Flair is talking about hims being the face of the WCW, Sting would finally make his first appearance in the WWE, declaring that he is/was/forever will be the undisputed face of WCW. That would lead to another legendary staredown between Flair and Sting, ending tonight’s episode of Raw.

The likelihood of Sting showing up is practically nil, as much as I would love for it to happen. I think the “7.14.14″ tweet is going to turn out to be the announcement that he’s in the 2K game and/or that his DVD/Blu-ray is being announced. What’s frustrating about that is knowing how much of an impact his appearance would have had if he’d shown up out of nowhere, with no build, no hints, and no announcements of any kind.

If he would have dropped from the rafters at WrestleMania XXX or at the upcoming SummerSlam, the fans wouldn’t know what to do with themselves; but now that he’s going to be announced in some way, when he does finally show up in person, young fans will just point and say, “Hey, that’s the guy in the video game.”

He could be handled so much better, but the WWE is desperate for ratings and reassurance for the investors that Vince McMahon and co. know what they’re doing; so, that means doing what it takes to get people paying attention going in, rather than hearing about it as it’s happening or shortly after.

Tonight will be about Flair and Sting in some aspect, with tidbits of The Authority being back around, while Sasha Banks from NXT is also expected to appear. Seth Rollins may have another cash-in attempt ruined by Dean Ambrose, leading to Rollins challenging Ambrose at Battleground, which was announced this weekend. That said, the veterans are likely to be the focus.

Shaun Lowe is a writer for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.