Payback is just a week away now, and WWE has built up a pretty good card for the pay-per-view. There are a number of big storylines heading into it. While there are a lot of things for fans to focus on, Monday Night Raw could end up bringing more questions than it does answers. Former Bullet Club members Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows will make their WWE in-ring debut against The Usos, and they could be joined by a close friend and former NXT Champion.
The full preview for Monday Night Raw has been posted on WWE.com, and it lists five key points for what will happen on this week’s episode. One thing it doesn’t touch on are all the rumors that Finn Balor is going to make his WWE main roster debut and side with his former stable-mates in New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW).
After Balor lost his title to Samoa Joe, the rumor mill started in full force, but nothing is confirmed as of yet.
@wwebalor See you soon, buddy.
— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) April 22, 2016
Styles’ longtime friends Gallows & Anderson to make Raw debut
A couple of weeks ago, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson made their debuts in WWE by running into the ring and decimating The Usos. They said nothing, but the former Bullet Club members made a huge statement with their actions.
Now, they will have their first match, and it will indeed be against The Usos. There is so much more at stake here, as they’ve been backing AJ Styles and causing havoc everywhere they show their faces. One is led to believe that they are aligned with Styles, who will face Roman Reigns for the WWE Title in a week.
There are so many possible storylines here with Bullet Club, Balor Club, or Bulletproof, and it’s going to be an interesting week in WWE.
How will Dean Ambrose retaliate against Chris Jericho?
The original WrestleMania 32 plans had Dean Ambrose taking on Chris Jericho in a match that fans honestly would have loved. For one reason or another, those plans were scrapped and have now been brought back with a match between the two at Payback.
As recapped by WWE.com, Jericho and Kevin Owens teamed together on SmackDown to take on Ambrose and Sami Zayn. Y2J helped cost the victory for Ambrose and Zayn, and the “Lunatic Fringe” would like some payback and he will likely do anything necessary to get it.
Has Corbin stolen Ziggler’s spotlight
Ever since winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32, Baron Corbin has been on a hot streak in WWE. His biggest target has been Dolph Ziggler, and he’s gotten the best of “The Showoff” thus far in just about every encounter.
There will likely be another meet-up between these two on Raw, and it could lead to a match on Payback next Sunday, possibly on the Kickoff Show. Corbin has no real reason for attacking Ziggler, but it’s become a big issue between the two superstars.
Will old-school fisticuffs trump new-school smacktalk?
The tag team tournament to determine the new number one contenders for the WWE Tag Titles currently held by The New Day comes down to a couple of new teams — well, new teams as far as being on the main roster and just getting the NXT call-up.
In less than a month, Enzo Amore and Big Cass have been called up as have The Vaudevillains, and now they are facing off for a title shot. Both teams have taken out some big=time opponents, but it will be old-school vs. new school at Payback, and there is a lot on the line.
Is Shane McMahon’s tenure as Raw showrunner coming to an end?
For three weeks now, Shane McMahon has had total control of Monday Night Raw, and one would think that he’d hold onto that as long as things are going well. Some big-time names could end up returning though and The Authority may have something to say about Shane-O-Mac acting like he is the runner of the show.
Monday Night Raw has actually been extremely good and really big ever since WrestleMania 32 in early April, and WWE will look to continue that trend this week. While there are a lot of storylines going on as the company heads into Payback, the biggest is that of what will happen with the former members of the Bullet Club? Even more so, does the loss of the NXT Title to Samoa Joe mean that Finn Balor is getting the call-up?
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