With appearances that included everyone from Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker to Roman Reigns and Mick Foley, last week’s episode of WWE RAW will be hard to top this week. There are still some matches that need to be finalized for WrestleMania 32, and the WWE Universe can expect a response from Triple H after the beating he took last week and his challenger’s words on WWE Thursday Night SmackDown.
Will Shane McMahon be in attendance, or is he busy training for his Hell In A Cell Match against The Phenom? What will Vince or Stephanie have to say about the matches Shane and Triple H are scheduled for? And when will Brock Lesnar respond to all of Dean Ambrose’s hi-jinks from SmackDown in his hometown?
What follows is a more serious look into WWE.com’s official Monday Night RAW preview that they provide the WWE Universe with each week to give them a heads-up in regards to the assumed events that will take place on the WWE’s flagship program, live on the USA Network tonight.
WWE Monday Night RAW Preview
There are a lot of WrestleMania gaps to fill on WWE RAW tonight. Will the Intercontinental Championship Match be finalized? Will more participants in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal be confirmed? What are the stipulations for the match between The New Day and The League of Nations? And is there going to be a second WWE Divas Match on the card?
Seemingly out of nowhere, Dolph Ziggler was suddenly thrust into the WrestleMania 32 spotlight last week when Stephanie McMahon offered Ziggler any match he wanted in Dallas on April 3 — as long as he could beat Triple H one-on-one. In one of the best RAW matches in weeks, Ziggler came oh-so-close to booking his own Mania match, but The Game won out in the end.
While there’s always the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, or the possibility that the IC Title match will have multiple challengers, what role will The Showoff play at WrestleMania this year?
Friends no more
Since the WWE Women’s Championship was supplemented — and ultimately replaced — by the WWE Divas Championship, the butterfly-bedazzled belt has only been defended at WrestleMania once, and that was when A.J. Lee defended against thirteen other Divas in a battle royal. This year could mark a brand new chapter for the women’s division at WWE’s biggest event of the year.
The WWE is no longer shying away from referring to Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks as the former Four Horsewomen — emphasis on the “former.” And while The Boss and the Lass Kicker challenge Ric Flair’s daughter for the WWE Divas Championship on April 3, the other Horsewoman — Bayley — will be defending the NXT Women’s Championship two nights earlier. What will these women have to say to each other this week?
Still the B.A.D.dest
While the new generation of WWE Divas will be on display in the aforementioned title match, it would appear that WWE has at least one more women’s match brewing for WrestleMania 32.
With a nod of respect towards the Divas Division as a whole, it would seem that Lana, Naomi and Tamina are taking issue with Paige, Brie Bella and Alicia Fox. Don’t be surprised if a certain daughter of “The Anvil” also gets involved, along with her Total Divas nemesis Summer Rae.
Giant among men
In case the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal had slipped your mind, the Social Outcasts reminded everyone on SmackDown by announcing their participation in the third annual bout for a giant trophy.
Undoubtedly, more WWE Superstars will throw their name into the hat in an attempt to accomplish what Cesaro and Big Show experienced at WM30 and WM31. With Sami Zayn apparently working in the IC Title Match, which NXT Superstar will get to compete with the WWE’s main roster on April 3?
The Game has changed
Since WrestleMania 27, Triple H’s annual opponents have been a list of untouchables: The Undertaker (twice), Brock Lesnar, Daniel Bryan and Sting. This year, defending the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, he’s up against the yet-to-reach-his-peak Roman Reigns.
Last week, The Big Dog left The Game with a gash that required six stitches before going on to SmackDown to talk about it. With almost no chance that Triple H will ignore the attack, what will The Authority have planned for Reigns on RAW this week?
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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