The final Raw before the brand extension draft and Battleground comes to us this week from Providence, Rhode Island. With the Draft commencing tomorrow night, what will happen on a potential landscape-changing night in the WWE?
1. The Lunatic welcomes the Architect
Last week WWE Champion Dean Ambrose laid down almost an open challenge to Seth Rollins for his title, proclaiming that not only would Rollins be unsuccessful in the quest for his title, but also that Vince McMahon himself would have to pry the title from his cold, dead hands. When these two clash on Monday night with the title on the line, expect the gods to sit back and watch what has the potential to be the Match of the Year.
2. Making Darren Young Wrestle Again
Aside from the many, many videos of Darren Young and Bob Backlund awkwardly arguing and giving life advice, we’ve seen very little of Darren Young back in the ring. Yes, he competed in and won last week’s battle royal, but he didn’t really do much, winning via default in a way. It would make sense to see the man on his way to becoming great again in singles action this week, giving us a reminder of his actual ability before he faces The Miz for the Intercontinental Title on Sunday.
3. Broski and The Brute
Rusev last week ambushed the Long Island Iced Z, screaming at the prone Ryder that he accepted his challenge for the United States Championship. The Broski will more than likely be after revenge this week before the two face off with the title on the line this Sunday at Battleground, and I’d expect the Bulgarian Brute to meet the full force of the Broski Boot.
4. Is the Power of Positivity Plummeting?
Last week, the New Day cautiously visited the Wyatt’s chaotic compound and felt their unrelenting wrath. With the WWE announcing on their website that the Wyatt’s beat down of the New Day earnt them a title shot for this Sunday. The New Day will probably come out and try to play off their fear, but Xavier Woods will probably show their true colours… Run.
5. And the new General Managers are…
It was announced last week that Stephanie and Shane would be the COO’s of Raw and Smackdown respectively. They were however notified by the head honcho, Vince McMahon, that they would still have to appoint a General Manager this week on the eve of the brand extension draft. And, on my personal hunch alone, it will be the returning Triple H, husband of Stephanie to take the lead of Raw. And the new manager of Smackdown, well, that just may well be the leader of the Yes! Movement. Only time will tell.
So, what will occur on a potentially monumental night for the future of the WWE? Make sure you tune in tomorrow to find out in my weekly Raw recap.