Raw Five-Point Preview: Oct. 8, 2012

Tensions are mounting between WWE Champion CM Punk and … well, everybody, really, after Punk refused (again) to accept John Cena’s Hell in a Cell challenge; after Punk antagonized a WWE icon (again) by humiliating Jim Ross and (again) found himself on the receiving end of Ryback’s patented death stare. Now, on top of all this, John Cena announced Monday afternoon via Twitter that he'll be kicking off the show tonight, presumably with some harsh words for the WWE Champion.

It’s safe to say The Second City Saint has landed himself in a bit of a quagmire when it comes to his locker-room brethren. Enemies are materializing from all sides, and whether they have their sights set on the WWE Title itself or just looking to inflict some bodily harm on Punk, the champion is being slowly backed into a corner. Wondering if he can get himself out of said corner is just one of the five things WWE.com is looking forward to on Raw this week, not to mention the continuing adventures of Team Hell No and Antonio Cesaro: Son of Zeus.

There will definitely be plenty to tweet about for Arnold Schwarzenegger when he serves as WWE's Social Media Ambassador for Monday night's show. ( MORE DETAILS)

Here’s our Five-Point Preview.

The streak is over

The WWE and World Champions square off on the first edition on WWE Main Event.

World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus’ lengthy winning streak was snapped last Wednesday on Main Event when he fell in a Champion vs. Champion Match against CM Punk. With proof that The Great White is, in fact, mortal, will this provide Big Show the opening he needs to exploit Sheamus’ weaknesses going into Hell in a Cell? And more to the point, has Dolph Ziggler finally located the chink in the armor he’ll need to cash in his Money in the Bank contract? ( POLL: WHICH TITLE WILL CHANGE HANDS FIRST)

All hail Cesaro!

Brodus Clay goes one-on-one with the United States Champion Antonio Cesaro on Raw.

He lifts things up and puts them down! U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro pulled off the most eye-popping moment of last week’s Raw when he hoisted Brodus Clay up for the Neutralizer, eventually driving The Funkasaurus down to deal the big man an unusual loss. It’s clear now that, apart from his linguistic skills, Cesaro’s calling card is his Herculean strength; which enterprising Superstar will be the next one to step to in the ring against him?

They’re the (No. 1 contenders for the) Tag Team Champions!!!

Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara face Primo & Epico in a WWE Tag Team Title No. 1 Contenders' Tournament Match while The Prime Time Players watch from the entrance ramp.

The field is narrowing down as the Tag Team Tournament begins to draw to a close, and hungry tandems like Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara, The Prime Time Players, Team Rhodes Scholars and “Team Co-Bro” (Santino/Zack Ryder) are still very much in the hunt. which team will outlast the others and challenge Team Hell No for the twin titles, and, most importantly, will Kane & Daniel Bryan be able to stop bickering long enough coming off two big  wins to mount a successful defense? Where’s Dr. Shelby when you need him?

And now, The Chairman

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We’re slightly concerned for Raw General Manager AJ Lee. Not only does she have at least two (highly qualified) people gunning for her job right now, but also with Mr. McMahon coming to Raw for a “State of WWE address,” speculation is running wild as to what The Chairman will focus on. Given the events of the last few weeks, our money’s on AJ, her recent probation by the Board of Directors and the power plays by Vickie Guerrero and Paul Heyman to have her removed from power. Her control of Raw is very much in question right now, and with Vickie and Heyman nipping at her heels, AJ will need the show to run as smooth as can be to show the powers that be they have nothing to fear with her in the driver’s seat. That may be a problem when it comes to the brewing storm that is our last point in this preview …

Moving up the food chain?

After interrupting Jim Ross Appreciation Night, WWE Champion CM Punk & Paul Heyman are stopped by Ryback.

WWE Champion CM Punk found himself face-to-face with Ryback for the second time in as many weeks on Raw and, for the second time, seemed to get cold feet when the human wrecking machine stared him down. The Second City Saint isn’t one to back down from a challenge, though, and Ryback isn’t exactly one to shy away from a fight. Is an official challenge from the undefeated monster looming on the horizon for Punk? Or will the war of attrition continue for another week?

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