THE CHAMP IS HERE!!!!! Well, that's not true because the guy that came up with the catchphrase doesn't even have a WrestleMania match booked. The real WWE World Heavyweight Champion "The Beast" Brock Lesnar is advertised to appear on tonight's show With that said welcome to this week's WWE Monday Night Raw preview. Tonight the WWE is in the Steel City of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. We're 20 days away from WrestleMania 31. Acclaimed rapper and Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa will perform on tonight's show. The road to WrestleMania is always a bump ride no matter which side of the fanbase you are in. I'm on the side that what matters to me at the end of the day is the story that's being told from the ring and not on the mic hence why I'm so interested in this year's WrestleMania. Here's five things you can expect to see on tonight's Monday Night Raw.
1.) Intercontinental Championship Carousel + Daniel Bryan
In one of the most anticipated matches for this year's WrestleMania we have people thinking it's a 8 person ladder match. Let me remind you guys something there's six people that are going to be in this match. Last week on Raw we saw Dean Ambrose, Bad News Barrett, Luke Harper, R-Truth and even Dolph Ziggler hold the Intercontinental Championship. There was some tease on SmackDown where maybe Daniel Bryan and Stardust would join the match. Here's the thing if Bryan's in the match I'm fine with that, but I don't think that Daniel Bryan nor Stardust will be in the Ladder Match. I think we see Daniel Bryan vs. Stardust then Goldust will distract Stardust to let Bryan win the match then while Bryan is celebrating with the crowd coming from behind is a returning Sheamus with a vicious Brouge Kick plus a High Cross to the turnbuckle that's your heel turn. As far as tonight goes for the IC Title I think we see Dolph Ziggler vs Luke Harper then Bad News Barrett vs R-Truth and this time you have Dean Ambrose on the commentary.
2.) Brock Lesnar vs Roman Reigns ?
Brock Lesnar is advertised for tonight's Monday Night Raw and hopefully this time he actually appears on the television screen. I want to make this perfectly clear with everybody I'm a Brock Lesnar fan and I enjoy his work, but there's been no return of investment with this Lesnar's WWE World Heavyweight Title reign. Brock Lesnar wants to go to UFC fine go ahead knock your socks off my issue is that know there's report about Brock and WWE not getting along with contract negotiations and my issue is that he wants to fight in UFC and WWE at the same time and not only should not happen, but it's not going to happen when Vince McMahon is the owner of the WWE. As far as his match with Roman Reigns goes I think people are acting like hundinis and there's this mindset that this match is going to be like Goldberg/Brock from WrestleMania 20. I don't know how the match is going to go and neither do you. If Brock's on the show I think it would be good to hear him talk and go off the whole I can do anything I damn well please soliloquy to get some heat from the crowd. I think something that can build some heat into this match is if Reigns and Lesnar brawl on tonight's show and both guys need to be seperated. I would have it start the show actually you have Brock and Paul in the ring and they do their thing and Roman comes out and says oh you think I can beat you bam they start brawling the locker room comes out and seperates both guys. I think its a good idea because its a good test to see how the reacts to Brock and Reigns going after each other.
3.) Triple H vs Sting + Bray Wyatt vs The Undertaker
Just wanted to throw out a couple of scenairos for both of these matches. I think that Triple H and Bray Wyatt have been doing a good job so far building both matches. For Triple H you have the recent confrontations with former WCW Superstars and it's really cool from a historically standpoint because the WWE has been nailing the build for this match with Triple H and Sting. I think a nice surprise for the crowd and for this feud you have either Sting show up on a balcony or in a video package, but either way you have Sting talk about why he's in the WWE and his purpose to go after Triple H. We have to see Sting before Mania and while Triple H has been doing a good job putting words in his mouth how can you personally connect to the feud if you don't know what's going through the mind of the challenger as much as wrestling fans think that they're the smartest people on the earth they're not mind readers. As far as Bray Wyatt/Undertaker match is concern once again I think Bray Wyatt is doing the best work of his career. Last week on SmackDown Bray Wyatt said that he's going to reveal the soul of The Undertaker on Raw. Do you have Undertaker play mind games with Bray since he's holding onto the urn now? Or do you have a coffin come down to the ring with Bray Wyatt and Bray opens the casket and tries to light it on fire and as Bray opens the casket he sees himself and then The Undertaker music hits he appears and everybody loses their you know what? Taker doesn't have to be on Raw, but if he is I think we see him in person and Bray Wyatt walks away laughing.
4.) John Cena vs. Rusev vs. Curtis Axel ?
Tonight we know that we'll see Curtis Axel vs Rusev. It hasn't been made official that we'll see the rematch at WrestleMania, but someway somehow we see John Cena make Rusev accept his challenge. I think eventually Hulk Hogan gets involved with this feud and you see that in the constant actions of Curtis Axel. I think Hulk Hogan will be in the corner of John Cena at WrestleMania. Also since The Authority continues to get into Cena's head if Hogan shows up and he's involved in this feud you can have Triple H come out and ask why he's here and that can also transition into Triple H and Hulk Hogan talking about Sting. I think John Cena may have another confrontation with Stephanie McMahon. If not we'll see John Cena vs Kane and Big Show and that plays with Cena mentioning that he wanted to be in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal you have Kane & Big Show feuding with each other saying that they will win the battle royal and they also represent The Authority who doesn't want John Cena at WrestleMania.
5.) Randy Orton and Seth Rollins Friendship?
I don't know why WWE is taking forever to make this match official. You already had Orton come back too late and now you're continuing to stall this friendship if you will with Orton and Rollins when everybody knows that Orton is going to turn on The Authority. You're missing out on a major face moment in Randy Orton career and on Raw. This has to end tonight. I think we see Randy Orton vs Roman Reigns tonight due to what happen in the main event of last week's Raw. Rollins cost Orton the match and then he finally turns. It has to happen tonight. I think we see Seth Rollins brag about beating Roman Reigns and how he feels that he needs to be in the main event of WrestleMania, but eventually things will change where Ryback comes out you have Seth Rollins vs Ryback on Raw.
As far as other stuff for the show I think we see who else enters the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. Also coming out last night's Total Divas The Bella Twins are no longer WWE Divas, so it makes sense now with AJ Lee & Paige vs Bella Twins at WrestleMania. I think we also see more tensions between Miz & Mizdow who will be in a match with The PrimeTime Players. I think tonight we see The Usos vs. The Ascension and the winner of that match will take on Kidd & Cesaro for the WWE Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania.
That's a wrap for this week's WWE Raw Preview. Hope you guys enjoy it you can follow me on Twitter @VoiceOfTruth94 and also make sure to check out my wrestling radio show the Pro Wrestling Experience which airs live every Wednesdays from 10am-1pm CT on Chicagolandsportsradio.com