Raw Five-Point Preview: Jan. 7, 2013

The first Raw of 2013 is going to be one wild ride, with no less a marquee match in place than a Tables, Ladders & Chairs WWE Title Match between Ryback and the incumbent, recently medically-cleared champion CM Punk. But while the WWE Universe salivates over the long-awaited contest, Dolph Ziggler has been stewing in anger over the past week after being embarrassed by John Cena in the waning minutes of 2012. With Ryback on the prowl for championship gold once again and Ziggler out for messy revenge against his own muscle-bound rival, what can the WWE Universe expect when Raw rolls into 2013. We have a few — five, actually — ideas. …

Oh, also, some guy called “The Rock” is coming back to Raw for the first time in six months. Maybe you’ve heard of him.

Good things come to those who wait


Well, the reprieve was good while it lasted: WWE Champion CM Punk will return to the ring against Ryback in the Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match for the WWE Title that was originally supposed to go down at WWE TLC last month. Ryback’s had a rough couple of weeks at the hands of The Shield, while Punk is fresh after recuperating for a few weeks following knee surgery. Who will win this one is anyone’s guess (we’re pretty sure Punk will tell all doubters to “kiss his a**” regardless), but we’re pretty excited to see this long-awaited bout finally come to fruition.