1. Day 1 - Five Things That SHOULD Happen On RAW Tonight (But Probably Won't)
My Two Centsss - Where's Ryder?
By Super Chrisss
Aug 2, 2012 - 5:56:37 PM
2. Day 2 - Where's Ryder?
5. The Miz starts a program with his next challenger
Kicking things off with the most unlikely scenario is the brand new Intercontinental Champion, The Miz. As you know, Miz defeated Christian on last wee's RAW to win the title, and would successfully defend his title against Captain Charisma in a rematch on Friday's SmackDown. Since Miz won Friday's contest via dirty shenanigans, it would not surprise me to see Christian get "one more match" against Miz, possibly as soon as tonight. However, I hope that's not the direction they go in. Don't get me wrong, Christian and Miz are two of my favourite wrestlers, and each time they've faced off in the past, they've had some great matches (just watch their match on SmackDown for proof). But with so many hungry guys on the roster, why have Miz and Christian feud over the IC title another month? Sure, it could bring legitimacy to the title, like when Chris Jericho and Rey Mysterio feuded over the belt a few years back, but Miz could have a really good feud with Brodus Clay or Zack Ryder. I won't complain if we get Miz vs. Christian at SummerSlam, but I don't want this feud to last longer than it should, and I would introduce a new challenger as early as tonight.
4. The midcard gets some actual TV time
Most people don't know what to expect from tonight's show, mainly because there has been much speculation about what the extra hour of RAW will feature. Will it be like a pre-show? Will it be nothing but hype for Twitter and that piece of shit also known as Tout? Or will WWE be wise and use the extra time to get more faces on television? Obviously, I'm hoping for the latter. Not even counting SmackDown, there are plenty of RAW guys (and girls) who are dying for a chance to show their skills on RAW, or television for that matter. Well, if WWE can't find time to highlight their tag teams, divas, and midcard with three hours, then I don't know what will. Hopefully going three hours will cut down on the amount of jobber entrances and commercial breaks between matches, but I'm not that optimistic.
3. Aj proves her worth as General Manager
When Aj was named by Vince McMahon as the new General Manager of RAW, I was stunned. I was NOT expecting her (or any woman, for that matter). But as RAW 1000 went on, I started thinking about it, and I began to like the idea. She is going to be much different than any past GM, that's for sure. In fact, she's probably one of the youngest RAW GMs in history, and definitely one of the more attractive. But choosing her for the role does make sense. She's proven to be a ratings draw in recent weeks, so why not capitalize on her momentum and give her a huge on-screen role? Considering the way the divas championship is represented nowadays, being the GM is more prestigious than being the divas champion. Aj has been one of WWE's breakout stars of the year, and I'm anxious to see what she can bring to the table, which will hopefully silence some of the haters out there.
2. Randy Orton returns and becomes the new number one contender
Allow me to explain. Randy Orton's 60-day suspension is officially over, so he can return to TV beginning this week. There's no doubt WWE will push him back to the top right from the get-go, and with SummerSlam coming up, it makes sense for Orton to be in the title picture, especially with Sheamus unproven as a draw. Alberto Del Rio unfortunately became the number contender (again) on SmackDown, but WWE never specified Del Rio would get his title shot at SummerSlam. With WWE teasing a confrontation between Mysterio and Del Rio tonight, I would have them face off in another number one contender's match, only for both of them to be taken out by a returning Viper. This way, we avoid a SummerSlam match no one wants to see (Del Rio vs. Sheamus) and we get two matches people do want to see instead (at least I do) in Sheamus vs. Orton and Mysterio vs. Del Rio. Everybody wins, right?
1. CM Punk officially turns heel
After the conclusion of last week's show, I thought Punk had already turned heel, especially when Jerry Lawler commented that Punk had turned his back on the WWE Universe. But, apparently, he's not. Jim Ross doesn't think Punk's a heel. Punk has been working live events as a face, and the crowds have been cheering for him. That's cool, but rather than try something edgy like keep Punk a tweener, I have a feeling Punk will somehow solidify his heel status on tonight's show. Logically, that's not a bad thing. We will most likely get Punk vs. Cena at SummerSlam, and it would help to have a clear-cut face and clear-cut heel. After that, I would borrow a page from Tito's playbook and have Punk vs. Triple H in a rematch from last year's Night of Champions. After that, a Punk vs. Undertaker match at Survivor Series is possible, with rumours circling that The Deadman will once again compete in 2012. Of course, this leads us to the Royal Rumble, where get a "dream match" in Punk vs. Rock for the WWE Championship.
Sorry for all the fantasy booking, but it all comes down to one thing. Punk's "Road To The Rumble" begins tonight.
What do you think? Agree with my predictions? Disagree? Hell, feel free to make your own and we'll find out tomorrow how wrong we all were.
Did You Know?
Before Zack Ryder re-debuted on RAW last year as a face, his nickname was "Long Island Loudmouth".
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