Tonight’s Raw will take place at the Baltimore Arena in Baltimore Maryland. It will be the return of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan who had last week off due to being on his honeymoon with his new wife Brie Bella. Bryan is expected to be in action against former tag team partner Kane who is expected to be back to wearing his mask. Two other matches announced for tonight are Cesaro vs RVD & Sheamus vs Bad News Barrett in the second round of the Intercontinental Championship number one contender tournament.
We will also see tonight what will happen between the intense rivalry between The Shield and Evolution. Followings last week beatdown of the shield; Triple H, Randy Orton & Batista seem to be back on the same page just like they were back in the day as they have reformed Evolution. Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose have their hands full with those three friends back together on the same page. This feud between these two factions appears to be heading towards a much anticipated matchup at Extreme Rules early next month. While the rivalry could end after the “special event” it would be great to see this feud continue either has one-on-one or even between Reigns vs HHH, and then we see a rivalry between Rollins & Ambrose vs Orton & Batista in the near future.
Another faction that has been making plenty of noise is the Wyatt Family. Bray Wyatt continues to talk about how John Cena is a monster and everything he has done for the past decade has been a lie. While Cena continues to be himself and crack not so funny jokes at his rival. The feud between these two continues to grow as last week they announced that Bray and Cena will meet in a steel cage match at Extreme Rules. I expect to see another stellar Bray Wyatt promo which could be interrupted by Cena, but I think we see it follow a Cena match.
This past week on Main Event the WWE Universe saw Tamina Snuka win a divas battle royal and win a shot to take on WWE Divas champion Paige at Extreme Rules. While former Divas Champion AJ Lee has not received her rematch yet, she has asked and has received some time off. With Tamina one of the oldest WWE Divas still around and Paige only at the age of 21 this could be interesting to see what the WWE decides to do with the title. By bringing Paige to the main roster it has given the WWE Universe a reason(other than AJ Lee) to talk about the Divas division in a good way. While Tamina has put in the hard work throughout her time in the WWE and could finally win the WWE Divas championship. It will be very interesting to see how they try to play out this feud between these two divas, and if any other divas step up their game and make the Divas division respectable again.
Earlier I mentioned how the Intercontinental Championship number one contender tournament continues tonight as we see Cesaro take on RVD, and Sheamus take on Bad New Barrett. With Cesaro being first ever winner of the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at this past WrestleMania, and becoming the newest “Paul Heyman Guy” I see him advancing to the finals of this tournament. For the next match between Sheamus & Barrett I see this as a toss-up. Sheamus has been a multiple time WWE Heavyweight champion, but has never won the intercontinental champion. While Barrett has won intercontinental championship on three different occasions. From the looks of it, it appears that Barrett will be finally getting that full push he has been deserved for quite some time. The WWE Universe is behind him, and so am I as I think we see Barrett win this match and go on to face Cesaro in the finals of the tournament.
While away on his Honeymoon Daniel Bryan is returning to Raw with an angry monster looking to destroy him. Last week on Raw Stephanie McMahon got in the face of Kane and asked what happened to him? What happened to the big red monster? Which led to Kane grabbing his mask and has given the WWE Universe the idea that the monster is about to return and his first target is Daniel Bryan. Tonight’s Raw should expect a match between the two, but no indications of whether this feud will last any longer is unknown. Although Bryan is the hottest superstar in the WWE I believe it will be hard to sell to the WWE Universe that at Extreme Rules it will be Bryan vs Kane for the WWE World Heavyweight championship. If that does happen it is almost like the WWE is setting Bryan up to fail(again).
Tonight’s Raw will do a lot of setting up matches, old rivalries and new rivalries for Extreme Rules and behind. The pushes for superstars like Cesaro, Bad New Barrett, Paige & Bray Wyatt will all continue and is great for the future. While the WWE Universe is still waiting for a superstar like Dolph Ziggler to get the push he deserves once again.
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