Things can change in the blink of an eye in WWE. Since Extreme Rules, The Shield has captured the U.S. and Tag Team Titles, and young upstart Curtis Axel racked up wins over veterans Triple H and WWE Champion John Cena. As Raw emanates from WWE’s home state of Connecticut, here are five things to look for at 8/7 CT on USA Network, including tonight's Triple H vs. Curtis Axel Match
1. Highway to Hell
With Ryback and WWE Champion John Cena on a collision course for Three Stages of Hell at WWE Payback, Ryback is wasting no time trying to get the upper hand. At the close of last week’s Raw, the raging Superstar launched a sneak attack that cost the Cenation leader his match against Curtis Axel. Will The Champ be out for retribution this week?
2. Is Curtis Axel on a streak?
Since his debut, Curtis Axel has enjoyed huge upsets over Triple H and WWE Champion John Cena. Can the young Superstar score win number three this week? With the cunning Paul Heyman at his side, the potential is certainly there for Axel to start one of the hottest winning streaks of the year.
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3. What is Fandango’s next move?
Fandango burst onto the scene with a giant pay-per-view upset over Chris Jericho at WrestleMania. However, The Ayatollah of Rock n’ Rolla struck back with a win at Extreme Rules. Last week, Fandango managed to get a victory over Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett — thanks to some skull-crushing help from guest referee The Miz. Is Fandango poised to dance his way back onto the pay-per-view stage this summer?
4. The Shield becomes a target
When The Shield debuted, no one was safe as the rogue trio went on an aggressive campaign targeting multiple Superstars. But with the U.S. and Tag Titles now in their camp, The Shield find themselves the target of attacks.. On Friday’s SmackDown, the group fled from a determined Daniel Bryan. Is this only the beginning of justice from the locker room that has been brewing for a long time?
5. WWE Universe still on Punk watch
On CM Punk’s behalf, Paul Heyman agreed to a match between his client and Chris Jericho at WWE Payback. But where is Punk? “The Best in the World” has gone radio silent and has not been seen in WWE in weeks. Will he surface before Payback? Will Heyman offer any clues as to what is going on inside Punk’s head? Tune in Monday at 8/7 on USA Network to find out.
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