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Raw Five-Point Preview: John Laurinaitis is still General Manager
If you thought you'd seen the last of John Laurinaitis on Raw SuperShow (or any WWE show for that matter), we'd like to wish you the best of luck in your future predictions. The Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and General Manager of both Raw and SmackDown still holds his position of power after his brutal clash with John Cena at WWE Over the Limit.
As we head into tonight's Raw SuperShow on USA Network, here are five pressing questions that members of the WWE Universe should keep on the forefront of their minds.
1. Can anyone stop General Manager John Laurinaitis’ reign?
Leave it to "Mr. Excitement" to throw the entire WWE a curveball when it was least expected. By firing Big Show, then using him as a secret weapon to thwart Cena at WWE Over the Limit, Laurinaitis may have pulled off the master stroke of his reign as General Manager. But after suffering injuries Sunday night after his vicious battle with Cena, will Laurinaitis be in any shape to gloat about his cunning ruse as he takes the helm of Raw once again? ( LAURINAITIS' INJURY REPORT)
In spite of his many detractors, Laurinaitis continues to assert his power over both Raw and SmackDown. The Cenation Leader, coming off a huge win over Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules, appeared to be the one Superstar who had the resiliency and determination to put a roadblock in Laurinaitis' path. Now that Cena's valiant effort has fallen short, is there anyone – or anything – that can stop Big Johnny?
2. Will Big Show have something to say about his shocking actions at WWE Over the Limit?
Et tu, Big Show?
The World's Largest Athlete delivered the biggest shock of Sunday night's pay-per-view by helping Laurinaitis pull off the upset over Cena. Just days after being fired and stirring the emotions of every one of his supporters, Big Show felt compelled to save the very man who handed him that humiliating pink slip. Will Big Show have anything to say for himself? What were his motivations? Was he trying to get his job back by helping Laurinaitis or was he in cahoots with the General Manager all along?
Also, how does Cena feel about Big Show's interference in his match? Last week on Raw SuperShow, Cena passionately came to Big Show's defense when he was fired. It will definitely be interesting to see if Cena has any empathy towards his fellow WWE veteran or if he's fuming with anger.
3. How will Daniel Bryan react to WWE Champion CM Punk's controversial victory?
The Miz, Alberto Del Rio, Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho and, now, Daniel Bryan.
One by one, WWE Champion CM Punk has conquered all of the contenders who've tried to knock him off his pedestal. And with each passing month, The Straight Edge Superstar tightens his vise-like grip on the WWE Title – a reign that has remarkably stretched to WWE's longest in four years.
But Punk's victory at WWE Over the Limit was a controversial one, leaving Bryan livid after the match. What will Bryan say to The Second City Savior when they meet again? He certainly wasn't chanting "Yes! Yes! Yes!" after their bout Sunday night.
4. What's next in the legal battle between Paul Heyman/Brock Lesnar and Triple H/WWE?
Last week, Paul Heyman served WWE COO Triple H with a lawsuit on behalf of Lesnar, alleging that WWE owes Brock millions of dollars because the verbal contract Lesnar made with Executive Vice President of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis was breached. The Game didn't take kindly to being served and escalated the confrontation by grabbing Heyman by the face, prompting the threat of another lawsuit – for assault and battery.
It's all shaping up to be an epic legal war, and by the looks of things, Heyman might not be going away anytime soon. Will Triple H cave in and pay Brock the money he's allegedly owed? Or does he plan to put up a fight and take on Heyman in court? As this article demonstrates, the ensuing litigation may not result in an "open and shut case" like Heyman proclaimed.
5. Are Kofi Kingston and R-Truth hitting their stride as WWE Tag Team Champions at the right time?
Winning the WWE Tag Team Championship is impressive, but every great tag team needs a successful title defense to cement their position at the top. Kofi Kingston and R-Truth achieved just that at WWE Over the Limit when they defeated Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger.
Has the duo of Kingston and R-Truth started to gel as tag team partners right as new contenders for the title emerge? A.W., the owner of All World Promotions, could soon deliver on his promise to Primo & Epico and invoke their rematch at the most opportune time. Laurinaitis will be in a cheerful mood coming off his victory, so it may be an ideal moment to ask Big Johnny for a favor tonight.