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WWE Raw Predictions (8/11): Hulk Hogan’s Birthday Bash

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Tonight’s episode of Raw is scheduled to be the birthday celebration of Hulk Hogan, featuring many surprises and returns to the ring. The biggest known appearance is set to be the NWO coming together for the first time in many years, with Hogan, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall expected to all be in the ring together. I don’t know about any of you, but I’m excited to hear the NWO music blast through the loudspeakers and Hogan to be happy seeing his friends again.

There’s a small chance that Sting will make his first WWE appearance, playing to his lengthy feud with Hogan back in their WCW days. That’s something that I don’t expect, and don’t honestly want to see happen — not for his first time on WWE TV, at least.

I’m expecting for Brock Lesnar to come down to the ring, interrupting Hogan’s celebration, setting up John Cena to rush down to the ring in order to save his childhood idol and furthering his feud with Lesnar. It will be interesting to see what they do with that moment though, because the last any of us heard, Hogan will never be cleared to wrestle by WWE doctors as his back is just too damaged.

That means Lesnar will merely have to go face to face with Hogan, threatening him but restraining himself until Cena’s music hits and he can rush to save Hogan. Things like this make me question whether or not Lesnar will actually walk away from SummerSlam with the belt(s).

Outside of all the Hogan celebrations, tonight will be about solidifying the feuds going into Sunday. They’re going to work on making sure fans care about each match where the winner is unclear. What’s a little strange to me is that there’s no tag team match set up just yet, which is something I think will be done tonight. 

The Usos need to defend their belts at SummerSlam considering how hot that tag team has gotten lately. They only reason why the WWE wouldn’t have them defend is the company not knowing who to have them face. I think we will see The Dust Brothers finally challenge The Usos for the Cosmic Key… er … the Tag Team Titles.

I’m not expecting to see any NXT people to show up tonight, nor any other big returns outside of perhaps The Big Show. I think he’ll join the NWO in the ring to show off the original four. The biggest thing that I’m hoping to see happen is for the stipulation in the Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins match to be altered in some miraculous way. I’ve got my fingers crossed that it won’t be left as a LumberJack Match and that the WWE isn’t trying to cool off Ambrose’s rise to stardom.

Let’s hope WWE gives us a proper go-home Raw tonight, where we all get amped up for SummerSlam, rather than what they’ve fed us the last two weeks.

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