Monday, February 23, 2015

5 Things To Expect on WWE Monday Night Raw 2/23/15



How's it going folks? Now it's officially WrestleMania season. Last night was the WWE Fast Lane PPV on the WWE Network. We saw the return of Randy Orton, Stardust shine, Tyson Kidd & Cesaro are the new WWE Tag Team Champions, Sting vs Triple H is official for WrestleMania, Bray Wyatt finally challenges The Undertaker, Rusev BEATS John Cena and Roman Reing defeated Daniel Bryan and now will take on Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Despite the terrible crowd in Memphis I thought that last night show was a really effective PPV and it served the purpose of it's title name. Tonight Monday Night Raw is in Nashville and we'll have the fallout from the FastLane PPV. Brock Lesnar is advertised for tonight's show. We also heard that tonight a tag team will be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame. Will Undertaker respond to the Undertaker? Here's five things you can expect on tonight's WWE Monday Night WRAW!!!!!!!!

1.) Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns, Where does Daniel Bryan go next? 

It's official Brock Lesnar will defend the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 31. I thought Reigns/Bryan had a really good match last night and unfortunately this main event will be underrated because of the fact that Roman Reigns is not Daniel Bryan. It's time to move on and the WWE will not change their mind and there will not be any triple threat matches at WrestleMania. I'm sorry Daniel Bryan fans, but they're not holding him back if they did he would have never been in the main event of last year WrestleMania and that was the Daniel Bryan sentimental WrestleMania moment. Tonight Brock Lesnar is on Raw and after Fast Lane was over Paul Heyman said on twitter that both he and the beast will address Reigns on Raw tonight. Heyman will sell this feud and the promo we'll he hear tonight will back up my claim. Here's the question. Do we see Reigns & Brock brawl or Will we see Brock & Roman just stare at each other? If Reigns does wrestle tonight I think we'll see him fight Luke Harper. As far as Daniel Bryan is concern I think we'll see Bryan come out and talk about what happen in the match and we'll find who's Bryan opponent for WrestleMania. Alot of people are calling for Sheamus at the same time a wild card could be Dolph Ziggler, but I'm very interested to see how the crowd reacts tonight towards both Bryan & Reigns, but I think they made the right decision with having Reigns win, but that's me. 

2.) The Viper is Back + Triple H/Sting 

Last night was a very interesting night for The Authority on all accounts. Rollins, Kane and Big Show defeated Ziggler, Ryback and Erick Rowan in a pretty solid six-man tag team match. Randy Orton finally made his return to the WWE last night and Seth Rollins ran for his life and that was awesome. The Orton/Rollins storyline plays for itself to be honest with you and that should be a bad ass match at WrestleMania. As far as tonight is concern we could have a rematch from last night or you can do Big Show vs Dolph Ziggler and then Erick Rowan & Ryback vs Kane & Rollins. Either way I think we see Randy Orton come out and go after Rollins again, but we're five weeks away we need to have Orton talk and make this match official. The Authority could start off the show with a in-ring promo and Triple H could address Randy Orton, but man Triple H got his own issues he has to worry with tonight. I thought the Sting/HHH face-to-face last night at WWE Fast Lane was perfect and very effective segment. We're five weeks away I would like to think that you see Sting on Raw tonight and during one of these Raws we need to hear Sting talk and not have Triple H put words in his mouth. Sting needs to get himself over with the WWE Universe and maybe 30 % of the audience remembers Sting through the WWE Network and saw Sting not talk for a whole year. No words were spoken and maybe that's just good poetic justice, but at the same time Sting is not like The Undertaker in the WWE he needs to talk at least once. You can have Sting cut creepy video package promo's that get into the head of Triple H if you don't want to have him at the Raw's before WrestleMania. The match is official for WrestleMania and we'll hear Triple H's thoughts on Raw tonight. 

3.) John Cena/Rusev 

I thought the match with John Cena & Rusev far exceeded the expectations I had for this match and really caught me off guard that Rusev actually won and made John Cena pass out. I told James during last week's podcast that I expected Rusev to kick Cena in the nuts and would put him out in the accolade just saying. Anyways I thought they made the right decision if there was one main thing I took away from this show last night it was seeing Rusev become a bigger star and legitimate threat. You have to give credit both of these guys even if your not a John Cena fan these two guys put on a really really good match for the United States Championship. Rusev used a traditional heel tactis to retain the title that always gets brownie points with me and now how will John Cena respond to submitting to Rusev? You will probably see John blame Lana for costing him the title and that same time I'm thinking this match at WrestleMania and John just says he doesn't want to fight for the US Championship he just wants to beat Rusev's streak and kick Rusev's ass. Cena hasn't been wrestling on Raw consistenly for months now and I don't understand that, but if he does fight tonight he will probably take on Luke Harper or Curtis Axel or just anybody to have release his "ruthless agression". The match was way better than I thought it was going to be and it raises my optimisim for their upcoming match at WrestleMania.

4.) Bray Wyatt/The Undertaker 

Let me say this that Bray Wyatt promo was absolutely awesome probably my second favorite part of the show last night. We talk about career defining promo's from the Austin's 3:16 to CM Punk's Pipe Bomb Promo, it may not be to that scale as far being a main eventer of a company, but I think we saw Bray Wyatt's career defining promo last night when he called out The Undertaker for WrestleMania 31. Do we see Wyatt & Undertaker go face-to-face? Tonight you may see The Undertaker make his return to WWE tonight in Nashville. I can't wait for the build for this match and does this match need a hardcore element? I'm guessing this is going to be a Casket Match at WrestleMania, so you'll probably see Wyatt in matches and at the same time he'll bring a casket to the ring. You can see Wyatt cut promo's from grave yards yes it has been done before, but at the same time Wyatt is the king of current WWE storytelling and he can cut some awesome ass promo's from a graveyard. I can't wait to see what happens on the show tonight. 

5.) WrestleMania Mid-Card 

Dean Ambrose cost himself the Intercontinental Championship last night, we'll see what happens with him tonight maybe he takes on The Miz or Mizdow. Congrats go out to Tyson Kidd & Cesaro for winning the WWE Tag Team Championships. Do you think we get a rematch tonight? Or save it for WrestleMania? For tonight we can see maybe Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs The New Day, The Ascension can take on The Usos which may set up a big four way for the Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania. Nikki Bella retain the Diva's Championship last night by heel tactis, if AJ Lee's is going to be at WrestleMania she needs to be on the show tonight. Something needs to click for the Diva's division or we will just see another Total Divas battle royal for WrestleMania which is unfortunate. I thought the WWE did good business for with Goldust/Stardust feud really thought Stardust/Cody broke out last night and can't wait to see what happens with them tonight. The mid-card could be great for Mania and we'll see what happens. What's cool about this Mania opposed to year's past this WrestleMania is a showcase for the current crop of stars. 

WWE advertised on WWE.com that there will be new inductees for the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2015. There's rumors about The Bushwhackers and yet at the same time I'll throw this out there it could be either them, Demolition, The Dudley Boyz or Edge & Christian. Just a idea, but whoever gets the nod tonight we here at Condo On The Moon will like to congratulate this newest member in the 2015 WWE Hall of Fame. 

That's a wrap for this week's #RAW preview hope you guys enjoy it. You can follow me on Twitter @VoiceOfTruth94 and check my out show the Pro Wrestling Experience every Wednesdays from 10am-1pm CT on Chicagolandsportsradio.com. Love to hear from you guys. 

Enjoy RAW!