Scholar, yes. But a gentleman? Damien Sandow truly proved himself the smartest man in the World Heavyweight Championship Contract Money in the Bank Ladder Match, taking refuge from the chaos and seizing the coveted contract by betraying his tag partner and best friend, Cody Rhodes, at the bout’s moment of truth. Given the enormity of Cody’s efforts in the match and the lows with which Sandow sunk to steal the win, will Team Rhodes Scholars’ bonds of friendship begin to fray?
Snake in the grass Looks like John Cena’s got himself a viper to deal with. Randy Orton earned the latest accolade in his storied career by capturing his first-ever Money in the Bank Contract, earning himself an opportunity to win the WWE Title whenever he likes. It’s unlikely that the methodical Orton will announce his opportunity like Cena did last year, so how will The Champ cope with perhaps his most vicious foe waiting in the wings? On a similar note, will The World’s Strongest Man make another play for the WWE Title? Or will a new challenger, like Rob Van Dam, emerge to step up?
Love really does bite Love means never having to say you’re sorry, but AJ Lee will be all but spewing apologies following her ill-conceived intrusion into Dolph Ziggler’s World Title Match against Alberto Del Rio at Money in the Bank. The interference cost The Showoff the match and kept the title in The Essence of Excellence’s clutches, but the damage to Dolph’s momentum and relationship may be twofold. How will The Showoff recover from the twin disappointments? More importantly, which will he address first?
Knockaround (Heyman) Guys Well, that’s one way to sever a friendship. CM Punk professionally distanced himself from Paul Heyman weeks ago, but the mad scientist upped the ante at Money in the Bank and viciously attacked his former protégé with a ladder. The assault cost Punk the WWE Title Contract that eventually went to Orton (Punk was alone in the ring at the time of Heyman’s strike), so it stands to reason that Punk may try and make the mad scientist go to sleep on Raw.
The family returns The Wyatt Family made one of the most memorable debuts in WWE history last week when they attacked Kane with the steel steps and put The Devil’s Favorite Demon out of action for Money in the Bank. Which, of course, begs the question of why? With Kane’s status for Monday still undetermined, will the backwoods troika provide answers for their assault?
Tune in tonight at 8/7 CT on USA Network to find out.
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Potential Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family appearance.
The only thing I'm not looking forward to is Orton vs. Cena, so hopefully something happens and Henry gets a rematch and wins the title off of RAW. Even if Orton turns heel, I've seen enough Cena/Orton matches to last me a life time. New feuds please.
Since undertaker is reportedly not making summerslam, the wyatts vs BoD isn't happening I'd assume. That makes me worry that they'll just attack Daniel Bryan tonight and make it hell no vs the wyatts. I hope to god not ...
Members go on about how great heel Orton was, but what I remember of him was being bald, being a pussy and running away all the time and doing hilarious facial expressions in his matches..
At times, yeah Orton did play the chickenshit heel role - but what he did differently than most cowardly heels is that when it came down to it, he'd kick ass at the PPVs. Sure he might duck his opponent again and again during the build up, but when it came to big matches he'd almost always dominate to win.
His whole Age of Orton reign had some great of examples like that (feuds with HBK, pulls every bullshit heel string in the book to get a leg up on him, but in the end beats him straight up. Hardy has Orton on the run for weeks, then Orton flat out beats him at the Rumble). Also his 2009 run, which imo was the best of his career. He hid behind Legacy for months against Trips, then when it came down to it, RKOs and Punts the *bleep* out of him to win the title at Backlash. Then he loses it, only to get it back by RKOing the shit out of the Big Show. Later that year, when him and Cena played hot potato with the title for a few months, Orton's wins over Cena were always excellent, including a clean win at HIAC.
It was Orton's overall dominance as a heel that made everyone think he would make an amazing face. His promo work was awesome too (his "I am a success" promo cut on Raw after winning the Rumble in 09 was one of my favorites of any wrestler). Hard to tell where the blame lies in why his face run has been so awful - probably about a fifty fifty split in creative not giving him much worthwhile and him just not giving a crap. Hopefully the MITB and an impending face turn can get us back to the Orton that really did deserve to be at the top of the WWE a few years ago.
RAW preview up in OP. Forgot about AJ and Dolph. Surely he breaks up with her and they start a Big E vs. Dolph feud. Would be AH-MAZE-ZING if Big E turned face and aligned with Dolph, making AJ even more unstable.