Fans should be excited for tonight’s Raw, because a lot of the feuds are starting to blossom, and that because the seeds were planted a while ago. The kickoff can be said to have started last night, but now we get in depth build. I can’t remember the last time I had such high hopes for an episode of Raw.
Roman Reigns/Brock Lesnar
Hate it or love it, Roman Reigns is going to Wrestlemania to face Brock Lesnar in a one-on-one match. The WWE is looking into building a new star, and that journey official begins tonight. He’ll end up opening tonight’s show by cutting a meaningful and emotional promo. This promo won’t go uninterrupted as Paul Heyman will make his way out to continue this feuds build. There’s no talk of whether Lesnar will be in Nashville for tonight’s Raw, but an interference to beat down Roman during his match would be wise. This feud needs to be built on Roman overcoming the beast, meaning he should take a beating on Raw at some point before Wrestlemania.
Daniel Bryan /Dolph Ziggler/Sheamus
Now that we know Bryan won’t be in the main event of Wrestlemania, the WWE can focus on giving him a good program. We all know Bryan is a great entertainer, and I’m confident he’ll be inserted into a solid feud. Ziggler has once again brought up the idea of them doing something at Mania, so this could mean we’ll see the start of this tonight. Of course we’ll get the annual Bryan vs Sheamus rumors, and this could also be another option. If they decide to go with Ziggler as Daniel’s opponent, we might see him turn heel. Since Bryan is a mega babyface, he needs to be paired with someone that can play a good heel. The best way to begin either of these programs would to have one of the others interfere in a Bryan match. Ziggler would be easier because they could have him tag team with Bryan and execute the turn afterwards.
Seth Rollins/Randy Orton
Seth has come accustom to cutting some great heel promos, and we’ll probably see him cut one on Orton’s interference last night. This feud easily makes itself, and it’ll only get better as the weeks go on. I’d picture a brawl occurring between these two sometime during the show. Also, expect them to announce their Mania match tonight. I know sometimes the WWE ends up announcing matches in different weeks, but the buildup for this has been long enough. Hunter will be busy talking about Sting later in this show, so I can’t imagine he and Orton would have any kind of interaction.
This rivalry will become much more heated starting tonght. These two men are expected to have a rematch at Mania, and they’ll need much more to fuel this rather than Cena losing. Rusev is riding as high, and they should continue this by having him win his match tonight in dominating fashion. If they decide to skip out on the squash match, he’ll be doing something that will hurt Cena in a more personal way. I’ll go ahead and make this bold prediction, Rusev will “crush” Hogan and that cues Cena to become even more motivated to win at Mania.
The Undertaker will finally make some sort of appearance tonight. He could air a recorded promo or he can be there live. Bray Wyatt will come out to the ring to call out the Undertaker once again, but he’ll receive a response this time. Also Wyatt will continue to cut these Taker style promos, by using the druids and other aspects of Taker’s persona. I honestly believe this is a better match up than Sting-Undertaker, simply because Wyatt’s gimmick will work better with Taker’s.
Tonight will be an important night, because it will focus on building for the major angles heading into Mania. Since most of the programs are close to being setup, I believe they’ll hit the ground running tonight. Don’t get me wrong, the WWE still has work to do with many other feuds. If they’re smart they’ll have the seeds planted for the midcard performers tonight.