Raw Five-Point Preview: December 9, 2013
It’s that time of year again: The Slammy Awards are upon us, and the WWE Universe will convene to celebrate the best that the past year brought us in Raw’s annual ceremony. And while Superstars look back and honor the past, the future also looms large when John Cena and Randy Orton face off one final time before the Champion of Champions Match at WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in a "Championship Ascension." What will happen on the final Monday before the two World Titles are unified under a single Superstar? WWE.com has a few theories.
And the Slammy goes to …
By now, you’ve likely seen the list of Slammy nominees for 2013, and from Brock Lesnar to "Miz-co Inferno," they are quite the eclectic bunch. The Slammys are always cause for celebration, which means several Legends will be returning to pay their respects. But who, exactly, will capture the coveted prizes for Superstar, Diva and Match of the Year? Only you can determine by voting on the WWE App, and be sure to check out the live Slammy pre-show at 7:30/6:30 CT, streaming live from the Key Arena in Seattle, Wa. exclusively within the App, to see special Slammy presentations.
I’ve got some bad news …
A brief hiatus has certainly turned one Superstar into a downer of epic proportions. The newly-christened Bad News Barrett has already made a name for himself as WWE’s official bearer of … well, you know, dousing the Raw and SmackDown audiences with some truly disparaging remarks. It’s only a matter of time before the former Intercontinental Champion delivers some bad news to unlucky Superstars in the ring; who will be the first to feel his renewed wrath between the ropes?
Looks like Bray Wyatt isn’t so much interested in destroying Daniel Bryan in WWE TLC’s 3-on-1 Handicap Match as he is in absorbing the two-time WWE Champion into his faction of bearded brutes. The suggestion seems like pure lunacy at first, but the “Yes!” man’s anti-authority streak of late certainly has more in common with Wyatt’s creepy, down-with-the-machine railing than the WWE Universe would be likely to admit. Does Wyatt’s invitation have legs to it? Monday may give us a clue as to which way Bryan’s leaning.
AJ’s last stand?
Divas Champion AJ Lee seems to be coming apart at the seams after several unpleasant weeks at the hands of the “Total Divas” cabal. Sunday at WWE TLC, she’ll face Natalya with her precious title on the line, but this doesn’t seem to be the same confident AJ the WWE Universe has come to know. Can the self-styled “black widow” bounce back and find her killer instinct again in time? Or has the clock finally run out on Miss Lee’s time as champion?
There can only be one
Six days after Monday’s Raw, there will no longer be two World Champions. Instead, there will be one unified, undisputed Champion of Champions. The only question that remains is whether it will be John Cena or Randy Orton who hoists the two-pronged prize when the dust settles at WWE TLC, and what will happen when the two meet in their final face-off – a "Championship Ascension" where the two will be surrounded by 20 former champions at ringside. Then again, there’s also the question of how – if at all – The Authority might interfere in the biggest match to unfold under their watch, and, given Orton’s attitude of late, whether they’re still 100 percent behind their serpentine standard-bearer. Who will come out smiling heading into WWE TLC, and what will happen during the fateful summit? Tune into the Slammy Awards on Raw, Monday at 8/7 CT live on the USA Network!