Raw Five-Point Preview: Aug. 11, 2014
If Hulk Hogan wanted a blockbuster Raw for his birthday, he’s definitely getting it! Not only will the WWE Hall of Famer party it up with legions of Hulkamaniacs around the world Monday night, but he’ll bear witness as WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena and the monstrous Brock Lesnar come to Raw just six nights before their SummerSlam clash. What else awaits on Raw? WWE.com has some ideas.
The Beast unleashed on Raw?
WWE World Heavyweight Champion John Cena might have eked out a victory over Brock Lesnar back in 2012 at Extreme Rules, but at SummerSlam, The Champ faces a beast evolved — a behemoth whose affinity for inflicting pain has only grown since he ended The Undertaker’s legendary Show of Shows winning streak at WrestleMania 30.
The Beast Incarnate has been brutally honest about the horrors he’s preparing to inflict on Cena in pursuit of the WWE World Heavyweight Title, but will Lesnar get his hands on the Cenation leader early? With both Cena and Lesnar scheduled to appear on this week’s Raw, just about anything could happen between these ring warriors before The Biggest Fight of the Summer.
Happy birthday, brother!
Whatcha gonna do, birthday candles, when Hulkamania runs wild on you?!
On Raw, the WWE Universe is invited to the ultimate birthday party for WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan, which promises special guests and other surprises as The Hulkster makes his return to Raw.
Who will be on the elite guest list? Will Hogan “Hulk up” on some birthday gifts? No matter what happens, this will be a party you don’t want to miss. Send your own birthday wishes to The Hulkster by tweeting @HulkHogan using the hashtag #HBDHulkHogan!
The Cerebral Assassin(s)
Brie, are you sure you want to face Stephanie McMahon at SummerSlam? Last week on Raw, the Authority matriarch punctuated an already-tense SummerSlam contract signing by delivering her husband’s signature Pedigree to both Bella Twins — first to Nikki, then to Brie. Despite this being Stephanie’s first official in-ring WWE match in more than a decade, she clearly isn’t suffering from any ring rust and has perhaps taken a few pages out of Triple H’s playbook as she trains for this anticipated encounter. Will Stephanie make Brie regret returning to WWE?
It’s going down, we’re yelling ‘timber!’
Dean Ambrose has spoken! After winning a Beat the Clock Challenge on Raw, the unstable Superstar earned the right to choose the stipulation for his match with Seth Rollins at SummerSlam. His choice? A Lumberjack Match, in which Superstars will surround the ring and prevent Mr. Money in the Bank from escaping whatever twisted plans are rolling through Ambrose’s head.
On SmackDown, Ambrose vowed that SummerSlam will be “the day Mr. Money in the Bank goes broke.” Even though Rollins got the best of Ambrose on Friday night in the form of a vicious Curb Stomp, how will he prepare to meet his unhinged nemesis inside a cage of human flesh?
Will Reigns defang The Viper?
The nigh-unstoppable Roman Reigns will collide with WWE’s Apex Predator on Sunday in one of the night’s most emotionally charged encounters. Although Randy Orton has cemented himself as one of the most diabolical Superstars in history, at SummerSlam he faces the battle-hardened juggernaut who conquered Kane in a hellacious Last Man Standing Match on last week’s Raw — a defeat that ultimately led to The Demon relinquishing his mask to The Authority. Who will gain critical momentum in the lead-up to The Biggest Party of the Summer?