Last week’s episode of WWE RAW featured two of the most brutal beatings that the WWE Universe has witnessed in quite some time. After Brock Lesnar attacked him in the parking garage and sent him crashing into the windshield of a limo, Dean Ambrose returned to the arena in an ambulance from the emergency room just to receive another beating from the Beast Incarnate. While the Lunatic Fringe had to take severe measures to get a No Holds Barred Street Fight against the Anomaly at Mania, Roman Reigns was left bloody and battered at the hands of his WrestleMania 32 opponent, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H.
Shane McMahon also made an unexpected return last week, and it was announced that he would face The Undertaker at WrestleMania inside the Hell in a Cell. The Deadman returns to WWE RAW tonight. On top of that, WWE has also announced that Becky Lynch will have a match against Sasha Banks to determine who will be the No. 1 contender for Charlotte’s WWE Divas Championship at WrestleMania.
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Below is a deeper look into WWE.com’s official Monday Night RAW preview that is meant to clue viewers in as to what the WWE Universe can expect from the WWE’s flagship program live on the USA Network tonight.
WWE Monday Night RAW Preview
Both Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose were absent from WWE SmackDown, as WWE played up the “injuries” they suffered at the hands of Triple H and Brock Lesnar from RAW. The five-point preview that WWE has posted doesn’t clearly confirm whether or not Ambrose and Reigns will be present on WWE RAW tonight.
The Undertaker Rises On RAW
It should prove interesting to find out just how The Undertaker will respond to being put in the middle of the McMahon family dispute. Putting Shane in what could potentially be the last WrestleMania match for the event’s greatest competitor seems like an odd choice. Will The Phenom want to make any changes to Vince’s plans?
Also, how will The Undertaker feel about being aligned with Vince McMahon? Will he pledge allegiance to Mr. McMahon, or does he want to see the WWE handed over to Shane and the next generation of the McMahon family?
Make Or Break For Roman Reigns
The Big Dog was the recipient of the bloodiest attack on WWE RAW since John Cena suffered a broken nose in a match against Seth Rollins. And while the WWE has been trying to get Roman Reigns over as a heel for more than a year now, the WWE Universe still cheered on The Game as he delivered a Pedigree to Reigns on the steel steps.
Will Roman Reigns even be in attendance tonight? If not, how will The Cerebral Assassin continue his assault on his WrestleMania opponent?
Who Will Face Charlotte At WrestleMania?
Ever since Stephanie McMahon introduced NXT graduates Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Charlotte at the unofficial kick-off of the WWE Divas Revolution, the Internet Wrestling Community has been waiting for the three of them to feud over the WWE Divas Championship. This week on RAW, that feud shifts into full-gear.
Crazy Like A Fox
WWE’s preview is vague as to whether Dean Ambrose or Brock Lesnar will appear on RAW tonight. But regardless of whether they’re in attendance, they’re match-up at Mania certainly won’t go unmentioned.
If they are trying to sell the severity of the Lunatic Fringe’s injuries, he probably won’t be “medically cleared” to compete tonight. And since WWE tries to spread out Lesnar’s television appearances, the WWE Universe may get little more from Lesnar’s camp than a message delivered via Paul Heyman.
Boyz Will Be Boyz
With more than a month until WrestleMania, it’s hard to tell if the Dudley Boyz will be feuding with the Usos that entire time, or whether this is merely a means to a different Mania end.
The New Day, currently on top of their game, weren’t even mentioned in WWE.com’s preview. Could the Uso/Dudley feud culminate in one (or both?) of those teams challenging The New Day for the WWE Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 32?
Where To Watch
WWE WrestleMania 32 airs live on the WWE Network on Sunday, April 3 at 7/6c.
WWE Monday Night RAW airs live on the USA Network at 8/7c. Replays of WWE RAW aren’t made available on the WWE Network until several weeks after the original air date. However, a 90-minute version of Monday Night RAW is available to stream on-demand the following day with a Hulu Plus subscription.
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