Dolph Ziggler, left, and CM Punk, right, could be close to making their in-ring returns when WWE Raw kicks off from Hartford, CT., on Monday, June 3, 2013. (Photo : Wikimedia Commons)
Less than two weeks remain until "WWE Payback" hails from Chicago, Ill., on June 16, but that's not stopping the WWE from putting together what is sure to be an action-packed card from Hartford, Ct. on Monday, June 3.
The five-point preview on the WWE's website is hyping the John Cena vs. Ryback rivalry for the WWE championship, the two slated to clash at Payback in a brutal Three Stages of Hell match. With both the WWE Champion Cena and Ryback, the No.1 contender, slated to appear on the show, it should be interesting to see what happens after Ryback launched a sneak attack on Cena at the end of Raw.
World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler could make his return to television following a concussion that sidelined him last month due to a kick in the face from Jack Swagger. While he might not see ring action immediately after his recovery, his presence will be critical as he heads for a likely showdown with Alberto Del Rio, the No.1 contender for the world title.
Curtis Axel, who has been on a roll ever since beating Triple H, is also advertised to be an action, as is Fandango, who is fresh off a stunning upset against Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett last week. With Fandango still looking impressive, the dancing superstar could possibly be in line for IC title gold.
Bray Wyatt's vignettes have started airing, and fans are buzzing about the newest eccentric superstar on the WWE roster. But what will the mysterious Wyatt and his "family" have in store for fans on Monday as he nears his debut?
The Shield will also be in the house, and so will Team Hell No's combination of Kane and Daniel Bryan, who has started to become more aggressive and vicious in the last few weeks since losing the WWE Tag Team titles to Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns at Extreme Rules. Is this the beginning of the end for Team Hell No?
And CM Punk's long awaited return appears to be on the horizon for the WWE universe after his consultant Paul Heyman accepted longtime rival Chris Jericho's challenge for a one-on-one match at Payback. While it is more than likely that Punk will not appear until Payback in his hometown of Chicago, he has been known to surprise audiences, and a return to television in Connecticut would not be too farfetched.
WWE Raw can be seen at 8 p.m. EST Monday, June 3, 2013 on the USA Network
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