Raw Five-Point Preview: Sept. 24, 2012
And you thought CM Punk was mad before? No, no, no, that was a warm-up, a preview, an aperitif, if you will, of the fury that’s sure to spew forth from The Second City Saint following his controversial defeat at the hands of John Cena last week on Raw. In case you’ve forgotten, The Straight Edge Superstar was pinned by the Cenation leader despite the fact that Punk had his foot on the ropes, a seemingly egregious oversight by the referee who officiated the contest. As Raw went off the air, Punk was berating the ref all the way back to the locker room on TV and WWE.com ( WATCH), and speculation has been running rampant as to how the WWE Champion will respond to the controversy this week.
Oh also, Kane & Daniel Bryan will be in the house. Admit it, you’re excited. Here are five things to look forward to on Raw.
Prime Time payback
The Prime Time Players didn’t exactly mince words last week on Raw when they laid out Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara, took hold of the microphone, and declared they would never have championship opportunities “taken” from them ever again. From then on, the Players vowed, they would take what they want. This, needless to say, is an ominous sign for a tag team division that is suddenly motivated doubly to take the Tag Titles from the odd-couple duo that came out of nowhere to claim them. How will The Prime Time Players put their plan into motion? And speaking of which …
OK, so Kane and Daniel Bryan can’t quite seem to stop costing each other singles matches. But anger management must be working, because the two were in perfect sync last Friday on SmackDown when they made beautiful music with a pair of steel chairs to end out the show. And they group-hugged Edge. (WATCH) We’d talk about how they plan to go about keeping their Tag Team Championships safe from the likes of The Prime Time Players and Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara, but in complete honesty? We just want to see what they do next.
Feed him more ... couches
So, Ryback threw a couch last week. A COUCH. And while frankly we could spend the next week happily watching him haul heavy furniture with the greatest of ease, we’re relatively sure the intended recipient of the leathery projectile — Intercontinental Champion The Miz — won’t be too happy about it. Remember, Ryback interrupted the debut of “Miz TV” before he went all Arnold Strongman Classic on the furniture. Miz hates being upstaged, and we’re pretty sure he’ll have words for the big man come Monday.
Who's next for Punk?
The WWE Universe likely expected to see another row between Punk and John Cena at some point this week, but following Cena’s orthoscopic surgery Tuesday to remove bone chips from his elbow, it’s unlikely the Cenation leader will be mixing it up in the ring anytime soon. And although Cena made it clear that he will be at Raw this week, it’s looking like The Second City Saint will have to find himself another opponent for the evening. Which brings us to …
Hoo boy, is CM Punk gonna be mad on Monday. Superstars, Hall of Famers and officials alike haven’t been able to escape the wide-cast net of rage from Punk or his manager/buddy/mouthpiece/who-knows-we’re-still-not-entirely-sure-what Paul Heyman. The mad scientist of Extreme also isn’t above parading out one of the zebras for some magnanimous gloating over a decision that favored Punk (see: Patton, Chad). We’re pretty sure the poor sap from last week who counted Punk to the mat is gonna have some hell to pay when he’s in the ring with the WWE Champion. See you guys at 8/7 CT for all the mayhem.