Raw Five-Point Preview: June 4, 2012
The WWE Universe is still reeling from the fallout of last week’s Raw SuperShow, when Big Show laid waste to Brodus Clay and WWE Tag Team Champions R-Truth & Kofi Kingston. With an angry giant on the loose and John Cena set to start the show at 9/8 CT with a one-on-one interview with Michael Cole, how will the Cenation leader respond? Elsewhere, can CM Punk manage to stay in one piece as he heads toward his Triple Threat WWE Title Match against Daniel Bryan and Kane? And is Dolph Ziggler really going solo? Here are our five observations as we head toward Raw SuperShow this week.
Cena's "Big" rebuttal
The Cenation leader was conspicuously absent last week while Big Show ran rampant through the WWE locker room – most notably, Brodus Clay and WWE Tag Team Champions R-Truth & Kofi Kingston. However, John Cena is slated to appear on this Monday’s Raw SuperShow in Greenville, S.C. ( TICKETS), where he’ll kick off the show with an exclusive, one-on-one interview with Michael Cole. He's sure to discuss Show's actions, not to mention the newly-added Steel Cage stipulation to their match at No Way Out ( PREVIEW). What will the Cenation leader have to say to his towering foe? Tune in at the top of the show to find out!
Ziggler walks the lonely road
To put it mildly, it looks like Dolph Ziggler wants out of his current arrangement with Vickie Guerrero and Jack Swagger. Their long-running tag team hasn’t accrued enough success to keep The Showoff invested, and The All-American American’s ill-timed interference cost Ziggler an opportunity to prove his mettle against World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus on SmackDown ( WATCH). Dolph’s status with his manager and partner is iffy at best right now; one more misstep and The Showoff could bid his associates a “later, marks” and make his own merry way.
The many woes of CM Punk
After what transpired at SmackDown Friday night, CM Punk will officially defend his WWE Title against Daniel Bryan and Kane in a Triple Threat Match at No Way Out (PREVIEW). Judging from the way these three have pummeled each other in recent weeks, Punk’s going to have to think on his feet if he even hopes to make it to No Way Out in one piece. Plus, with AJ still shadowing The Second City Saint like a puppy, the champion will have just one more distraction to deal with while he tries to keep his title and body safe leading up to the pay-per-view. Can Punk keep his ducks in a row, or will three x-factors prove too much for the champion to deal with?
Is a wounded Funkasaurus the most dangerous kind?
Brodus Clay suffered a host of injuries at the hands of the rampaging Big Show last week. It’ll take more than a few scrapes to keep the big man down, but if Raw and SmackDown GM John Laurinaitis forces The Funkasaurus to compete, it could put his undefeated streak in unprecedented jeopardy. Plenty of Superstars could be clamoring for a piece of The Funky One. Perhaps The Miz, whose on-and-off rivalry with Clay has yet to yield success?
Biding his time
It appears that Cody Rhodes has been biding his time since Christian beat him for the Intercontinental Title in a surprise return at WWE Over the Limit ( PHOTOS). While Captain Charisma gets back into his groove against a slew of opponents, the former champion has mostly been issuing pontifications from the TitanTron and sitting in on commentary while scouting the champion in the ring. It’s been two weeks of study now; when will Rhodes decide to try giving Christian a piece of his mind in the ring?