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Raw Five-Point Preview: Nov. 12, 2012
The topic of the week is food, and not just because Thanksgiving is officially around the corner. Specifically, we’re talking about the latest course in Ryback’s never-ending feeding frenzy throughout the ranks of WWE. The monster finally fed on CM Punk last week, decimating the WWE Champion in a tag team match only hours after Mr. McMahon declared Ryback and John Cena would challenge for The Second City Saint’s title in a Triple Threat Match at Survivor Series. But even so, it seemed to be Cena who got Ryback’s mouth watering the most, and the specter of an all-out brawl between the two strongmen now looms large. What developments will Monday bring, especially considering news that Cena would battle Punk live in Columbus, Ohio? Here’s our five-point preview.
PS: Jerry Lawler’s back!!! We’re excited, too.
Now hear this! Cena battles new evidence and CM Punk
The hits just keep on coming for John Cena, who finds himself further embroiled in the “AJ scandal” with each passing week. This time out, Raw Managing Supervisor Vickie Guerrero purports to have obtained further evidence supporting the Cenation leader’s supposed indiscretions with former Raw General Manager AJ Lee, tweeting that she can't wait for the WWE Universe to hear what she's got in store. Will this be the smoking gun that validates Vickie’s crusade against AJ? Or is it just another elaborate ploy to drag her predecessor’s name through the mud?
Cena will need to put Vickie’s incessant distractions aside on Raw, however. As first reported by WWE’s Breaking News mobile alert service, the Cenation leader will face WWE Champion CM Punk on Raw. How will Cena fare against The Second City Savior just six days before Survivor Series, where the Cenation leader faces both Punk and the imposing Ryback in a Triple Threat WWE Championship Match?
Time’s officially up and Mick Foley will have to name the fifth member of his Survivor Series team following Ryback’s reassignment to the WWE Title Match at the fall classic. We at WWE.com have already offered a few suggestions to The Hardcore Legend, but there are plenty of others we may not have considered. It’s decision time for Mrs. Foley’s Baby Boy; who’s Mick gonna pick? Could it be one of these Superstars?
The Maddox Paradox
A seven-figure deal and a lifelong dream are at stake for Brad Maddox when he steps into the ring against Ryback this week. Mr. McMahon offered the audacious referee a $1 million contract if Maddox prevails against the monster, giving Maddox the chance to fulfill his dream of becoming a WWE Superstar. Granted, that’s a bit of a loaded opportunity at best, but Maddox is a crafty one, and he’s faced Ryback before in Ohio Valley Wrestling. Can an upset truly be lurking around the corner?
The King has returned
Prostrate thyself before “The King,” WWE Universe: Two months after suffering a near-fatal heart attack live on the air, Jerry “The King” Lawler will make his triumphant return to the announce table, taking his rightful place calling the action of Monday Night Raw. Expect barbs, zingers and maybe a few tears shed when “The King” reclaims his throne alongside Michael Cole after a lengthy convalescence. Welcome back, Jerry. Long may you reign.
Ryback finally got his wish last Monday when the beast took a big bite (metaphorically speaking) out of WWE Champion CM Punk during the tag team match that closed out the show. But what happened after Ryback scored the deciding pinfall was more interesting, as the hulking Superstar shared a tense staredown with none other than John Cena, the third competitor in the Triple Threat WWE Title Match at Survivor Series this Sunday. Ryback and the Cenation leader have yet to officially cross paths, but it seems to us like the ravenous rising star just realized there may be another course on the menu worthy of his attention. What will happen when the two are face to face on Raw this week? Find out at 8/7 CT on USA Network!