WWE heads to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for tonight’s episode of RAW. Here are the focus points for tonight’s show:
Will Raw get “Rowdy”?
Donning the jacket of WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, UFC’s Ronda Rousey shockingly appeared last night at the Royal Rumble event to confront Asuka, the winner of the first-ever 30-Woman Royal Rumble Match, along with Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair.
Rousey made it clear that she was going to WrestleMania, but her sudden emergence in WWE has clouded the Team Red Women’s division. What did her handshake with Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon mean? What exactly is Rousey planning for this year’s Show of Shows? And how will it be addressed tonight on Raw?
Can The Miz carry the Intercontinental Title all the way to WrestleMania?
Last Monday night at Raw 25, The Miz captured his eighth Intercontinental Championship at the expense of Roman Reigns, and although The A-Lister was unsuccessful in winning the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match — that accolade went to SmackDown LIVE’s Shinsuke Nakamura — he nevertheless has reason to boast on Raw tonight in Philadelphia, as he looks to wear his Intercontinental Title under the bright lights of WrestleMania.
Will Miz be successful in his quest, or will The Big Dog retaliate and recapture his prize? We’ll no doubt hear from the “must-see” champion and its former bearer tonight.
How will Seth Rollins respond to last night’s defeat?
Last night at the Royal Rumble event, Sheamus & Cesaro became four-time Raw Tag Team Champions by defeating Seth Rollins & Jason Jordan, although the “gold-blooded” Superstar never actually competed in the bout due to an apparent injury at ringside.
After he succumbed to a costly two-on-one assault at the hands of The Bar, The Kingslayer probably has a lot on his mind. How will Rollins deal with this unfortunate defeat, and what will have to say to Jordan?
What havoc will Braun Strowman wreak?
In an absolutely hellacious brawl last night in Philadelphia — which is really saying something given the city’s ECW history — Brock Lesnar defeated Braun Strowman and Kane to retain his Universal Championship. However, since it was The Big Red Machine and not The Monster Among Men who was pinned, Strowman clearly has unfinished business with The Conqueror.
Given his temperament following the bell, Strowman is clearly in a foul mood. Tonight in the City of Brotherly Love, someone’s going to “get those hands.”
Check back here at 8PM ET for our live play-by-play coverage of tonight’s show.