The Aug. 6 episode of Monday Night RAW is being promoted as Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night. WWE brings three hours of the Heart Break Kid back on RAW, with tension building between new General Manager A.J. Lee and WWE Champion C.M. Punk, plus Randy Orton ready for action and more.
Just two weeks after his appearance during the DX reunion at RAW 1000, the Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels comes to Monday Night RAW for Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night. In an interview with the Baltimore Sun about Monday's episode of RAW, Michaels said, "I honestly don't know what to expect. I have probably less information than you guys do, which is [WWE's] doing."
Since HBK is the real life and in-ring friend of Triple H, it is likely he will be a part of a segment to promote Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam in less than two weeks. WWE could use this as a chance to put heat on Lesnar by having him attack Michaels during the show.
Citing an unnamed source, NoDQ wrote "As of this week, plans are for the Shawn Michaels Appreciation Night festivities to be held off-camera at RAW from San Antonio, Texas." They also noted that the sources expected these plans to change, and for Michaels to appear on TV.
A.J. Lee and C.M. Punk shared words on Twitter Sunday night alluding to what fans should expect from the dysfunctional ex-couple on RAW. After a heated exchange, the new RAW General Manager tweeted "Ummm. Go to bed. You're going to need all your energy for tomorrow."
One week after his return, Randy Orton is expected to enter the ring despite not having entered into a feud yet. Even WWE.com made their preview for The Viper's RAW presence vague, asking "Will he [Orton] prowl the halls of Raw once again? And if so, who will be caught in his venomous wrath?"
It's possible that he could insert himself in the Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio match at SummerSlam after his match with Del Rio on last week's SmackDown, but after six months off for suspension it would be unlikely. WWE typically makes superstars earn title shots in the storyline, and the SummerSlam pay-per-view already has a triple threat match for a world title.
The Prime Time Players Darren Young and Titus O'Neil are also being advertised for Monday night, with WWE.com asking "has their recent run against the champs earned them the right to challenge for the Tag Titles once again?" Since Young and O'Neil's on screen manager AW made a controversial rape comment last Monday, he has continued to be at ringside with a microphone on SmackDown and at live events.
Daniel Bryan will be following up with his anger management angle with Kane, most likely to promote a confrontation between Bryan and Charlie Sheen, who is starring in the new FX sitcom "Anger Management." After Sheen made comments about confronting Bryan the next time he was in Los Angeles on RAW 1000, it is likely that Sheen will appear at SummerSlam on Aug. 19 because the pay-per-view will take place in LA.
After several weeks without a single Divas match on RAW, WWE Diva Eve Torres tweeted ""In San Antonio for Raw tomorrow! And yes, I'm wondering the same thing you are. #Divas." NoDQ has reported that Eve was referring to the absence of women's wrestling over the last few shows, which could be a hint to a match tonight.
Other superstars that could show up are The United States and Intercontinental Champions Santino Marella and The Miz. The two mid-card champions don't have matches set for SummerSlam and could be used to fill time, along with Tyson Kidd and Tensai, who have been building an underdog feud for months.