It’s the WrestleMania 32 go-home show on this week’s WWE Monday Night RAW, and WWE isn’t holding anything back. The Undertaker and Shane McMahon will make their respective first appearances since Vince McMahon added a huge stipulation to their match on last week’s RAW. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H will be able to respond to the way Roman Reigns recently approached Stephanie McMahon-Helmsley. And Dean Ambrose will certainly be seeking retribution for the F-5 Brock Lesnar delivered at the end of WWE Thursday Night SmackDown last week.
— PWMania.com (@PWMania) March 26, 2016
In addition to the participants of the WrestleMania 32 triple main event, AJ Styles is still waiting for Chris Jericho to accept his challenge, Lana has put together an impressive group of heel females to battle the stars of Total Divas at Mania, and Kevin Owens prepares for the Ladder Match and his six opponents. Sasha Banks pinned Charlotte in Boston last week, and Sheamus pinned Kofi Kingston the same night. Given the post-match antics of both SmackDown matches, you’ve got to believe all of the participants in both of those matches will address their Dallas opponents.
— WWE (@ewweonline) March 25, 2016
What follows is a fresh look at WWE.com’s official Monday Night RAW preview. Each week, it provides the WWE Universe with a heads-up in regards to the assumed events that will take place on the WWE’s flagship program, live on the USA Network.
WWE Monday Night RAW Preview
Although WWE has made no such promises, there’s no reason to think they won’t announce several more names for the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, finalize the details for the WWE Divas tag team match, and maybe even turn the Usos vs. Dudley Boyz bout into a Tables Match. But the WWE has six other stories that you can count on seeing on WWE RAW this week, and they all point towards WrestleMania 32.
Who is the true authority in WrestleMania‘s main event?
Ever since finding himself in the ring with Stephanie, Roman Reigns has been trying to prove that he, in fact, is “the authority” in WWE. One has to assume this will be their last show-down before the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in Dallas. Who will get the upper hand heading into Mania?
This will be the second year in a row that The Big Dog will challenge for the title at WrestleMania, and there’s no Money in the Bank briefcase to worry about. Will this finally be his year?
To what extremes will Ambrose go to slay The Beast?
The match that really put Mick Foley over the top with the WWE Universe was his Hell in a Cell Match against The Undertaker — a match he lost. Dean Ambrose could have his first big “WrestleMania Moment” simply by taking an incredible beating (and a loss) in spectacular fashion.
But that’s not what Ambrose is going for. He came out swinging (literally) on SmackDown, and ended up eating Lesnar’s F-5. What will the Lunatic Fringe have up his sleeve on RAW?
Are we approaching The Undertaker’s final WrestleMania?
Even before the streak ended, there was speculation that The Undertaker was ready to retire. With Vince adding the no-more-Mania stipulation, could it mean that the Dead Man really is preparing to retire after WrestleMania 32?
If so, does that mean Shane McMahon is taking an active role in the company again in real life? Are there any legitimate issues between Shane and Stephanie that are being aired out on Monday Night RAW?
Will Jericho accept Styles’ challenge?
There’s no scenario in which it makes sense for Jericho not to accept Styles’ challenge. How long will the WWE drag this out?
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Will the WWE make AJ Styles fans wait until SmackDown or later to hear that the Phenomenal One’s WrestleMania debut is set in stone?
How will the Total Divas even the odds?
Every year around WrestleMania, the WWE likes to remind everyone about Total Divas. Last year, The Bella Twins represented the show against anti-divas Paige and AJ Lee. This year, WWE is going at least twice as big.
For fans of Total Divas, this will make for a good episode down the road, with a lot of behind-the-scenes footage from WrestleMania weekend in Dallas.
Who will gain the upper hand before WrestleMania‘s Intercontinental Title Ladder Match?
Especially in a match with seven competitors, WWE likes to give the supposed “momentum” to one of the more unlikely winners, so as to throw the WWE Universe off. Zack Ryder already left one altercation looking the strongest. Who will it be tonight?
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Of the seven WWE Superstars in the match, the only guys who seem like they could leave Mania with the belt are Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn — which means neither of them are likely to leave RAW looking strong.
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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