Raw Five-Point Preview: October 28, 2013

Why, HBK, why? That’s the question heading into tonight’s Raw after Shawn Michaels delivered Sweet Chin Music to Daniel Bryan and allowed Randy Orton to claim the abeyant WWE Championship for himself. But is it a simple answer? The Showstopper’s actions certainly left the WWE Hall of Famer conflicted, and speculation has already begun as to what, exactly, was going through HBK’s mind when he made his fateful decision. WWE.com previews tonight’s Raw, which kicks off with new World Heavyweight Champion John Cena addressing the WWE Universe.

The Champ is back

He’s still got it: John Cena made his return in the grandest style possible, not only claiming Alberto Del Rio’s World Heavyweight Championship, but doing so by battling through Del Rio’s repeated attacks on his surgically repaired triceps. With the Cenation leader back on top and the WWE at his feet, how will he kick off his 14th World Title reign … and will Mr. Money in the Bank Damien Sandow decide to make his move on The Champ? The new champion will address the WWE Universe at the start of tonight's Raw.

At last ...

CM Punk didn’t send Paul Heyman to the grave in the first-ever Handicap Hell in a Cell Match, but the mad scientist certainly ended up worse for wear after his maiden voyage inside the place where rivalries are resolved. Punk made Heyman suffer from his supposedly safe perch atop the Cell roof, attacking his former friend with a Kendo stick and hitting a Go to Sleep on an outmatched Heyman, but will that truly satiate The Straight Edge Superstar’s desire for payback?


Unseen for months after being decimated by Bray Wyatt at SummerSlam, Kane made his return at Hell in a Cell to save The Miz from an attack by Wyatt’s two minions, Luke Harper & Erick Rowan. The Big Red Monster’s return immediately put Wyatt and his “Family” on notice with his interference, but he also took Miz out with a Chokeslam in the process. With his motives unknown, how will Kane exact retribution against the man who took him out of action … and is that even his plan?

What a tangled web she weaves

AJ Lee celebrates after defeating Brie Bella at Hell in a Cell.

AJ Lee was one Bella Twin mistake away from losing her Divas Championship at Hell in a Cell; the “Black Widow” of the Divas division would be title-less now if Brie Bella hadn’t accidentally kneed her sister Nikki in the head and allowed AJ to capitalize. AJ clearly has no plans to part with her prize, but with the Divas division long on potential challengers, will another step up to make a run at her championship?


For anyone wondering whether Shawn Michaels would side with his protégé or his pal as the guest referee of the WWE Title Match at Hell in a Cell, that question was answered on Sunday night when The Showstopper Superkicked Daniel Bryan’s WWE Title chances to hell after Bryan laid Triple H out in the ring. HBK’s actions returned the prize to Randy Orton and gave The Game his chosen champion back, but he seemed conflicted to say the least; is there more to The Showstopper’s choice than meets the eye? Tune in tonight at 8/7 CT to see Randy Orton's Championship Celebration.

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