Raw Five-Point Preview: May 12, 2014
Even after defeating John Cena in a Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules, the diabolical Bray Wyatt continues to sermonize against the Cenation leader. As these warriors continue to vie for the very soul of the WWE Universe, what havoc awaits on Raw? WWE.com offers a sneak peek at what is sure to be an action-packed edition of Monday night’s hottest show.
Where angels fear to tread
Did you really think it was over? After the eerie conclusion of last Sunday’s Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules, Bray Wyatt wasn’t satisfied with a mere victory over John Cena — he now seeks to rule the entire WWE Universe as a god. Before The Wyatt Family was victorious over Cena and WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos on SmackDown, The Eater of Worlds issued a bone-chilling message to the 14-time World Champion: “… where we’re going, nobody ever comes back.” To what was Wyatt alluding? Perhaps on Raw, the backwoods preacher’s dark words will be illuminated.
Gather ye ‘Rosebuds’!
Grab your lollipops and clown wigs, because The Exotic Express is on the move! After debuting on Raw to interrupt Zeb Colter’s rant against WWE’s international Superstars, the party of “Jurassic proportions” continued on WWE Main Event, exclusively on WWE Network. There. the fun-loving newcomer and his “Rosebuds” created a distraction that earned Dolph Ziggler a victory over Colter’s Real American protégé, Jack Swagger. Will Zeb continue to be a “lemon” this week?
What do you believe in?
Last week on SmackDown, Triple H gave The Shield a chance to “redeem themselves” by placing all three members of the faction in singles action: Roman Reigns battled Mark Henry, Seth Rollins clashed with Batista and Dean Ambrose had his United States Championship rematch with new titleholder Sheamus. With Reigns picking up the sole victory for the trio Friday night, The Hounds of Justice were 1-2 — a disappointing statistic that no doubt brought a smile to The Game’s face.
Still reeling from two SmackDown shortfalls, The Shield likely faces new obstacles courtesy of Triple H and his Evolution allies. What does The Cerebral Assassin have in store for Rollins, Reigns & Ambrose? Moreover, is Triple H genuine when he says he wants to give The Shield the opportunity to prove their worth, or is The Game trying to break The Hounds of Justice to cement Evolution as WWE’s dominant faction?
Who can end Rusev’s rampage?
“Godzilla” might be opening in U.S. theaters this Friday, but it’s Rusev who’s the true behemoth to watch right now. With “The Ravishing Russian” Lana guiding his path of destruction — all in the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin — The Bulgarian Brute remains undefeated after plowing through Xavier Woods & R-Truth at Extreme Rules, and then Kofi Kingston on Raw and SmackDown. Armed with the dreaded Accolade submission hold and a deceptively varied offensive style, Rusev seems unstoppable. Will a Superstar rise to humble this juggernaut and his gorgeous-but-lethal Social Ambassador?
The devil you know
It’s hard to imagine that just last year, Kane and Daniel Bryan were friends and co-holders of the WWE Tag Team Championship. But that was then. Now, after their hellish collision at Extreme Rules, The Devil’s Favorite Demon has only become more dangerous in pursuit of both the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and his wife, Brie Bella. After Kane put both Bryan and Brie in jeopardy last week on Raw, will the leader of the “Yes!” Movement be ready if the masked menace strikes again?
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