WWE Raw Preview: Brock Lesnar, CM Punk/Chris Jericho, 3 Stooges and More

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IApril 9, 2012


It’s Monday again and that means a new episode of Monday Night Raw!

The road to WrestleMania is now over, but that doesn’t mean the WWE will become boring. While last week’s episode was a decent showing, the ending could be an indication that the fans are in for one hell of a summer.

For this week’s episode, only a trio of special guest stars have been confirmed as of this writing.

With the happenings of last week, though, there is much more to consider going into Raw.


The Kings of Slapstick: The Three Stooges to Appear

Unfortunately, the real Three Stooges have long passed away.

Here, the WWE Universe will be getting Chris Diamantopoulos, Sean Hayes and Will Sasso, who will play Moe, Larry and Curly respectively. The trio star in the 20th Century Fox film The Three Stooges and will no doubt be promoting the film here.

With the legendary original trio being the kings of slapstick comedy, fans can expect to be in store for some of that when the stars appear in character.

Who will be the victim of the Three Stooges' style of comedy?


Lord Tensai Has Arrived: Who Will Be His Next Victim?


Last week on Raw, A-Train made his return to the WWE. He wasn’t called A-Train, though. He wasn’t Albert either, or even the Hip Hop Hippo.

He made his return as Lord Tensai, a monster straight from Japan. After his debut/return was hyped for weeks, he showed up last week and slowly squashed Alex Riley.

The former Intercontinental champion made a statement by destroying the former protégé of the Miz and his war path will no doubt be continuing this week.

Which promising young star will fall victim to Lord Tensai this time?


The Quest for Gold: Will the Rock Follow Up on His Declaration From Last Week?

The Rock made his return to the WWE last year as the host of WrestleMania XXVII. The next night on Raw, the year-long hype for the Rock vs. John Cena had begun.

The People’s Champion only appeared sparingly due to his shooting schedule, but he did start to appear more regularly once the road to WrestleMania began.

WrestleMania XXVIII ultimately saw the Rock defeat the face of the WWE in what was called the “biggest match in WrestleMania history.” He has now defeated Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan and Cena at the grandest stage of them all. In doing so, he has become the greatest WWE superstar of all time.

The Brahma Bull celebrated his victory last week on Raw. He also addressed his future with the company.


As the People’s Champion stood in the ring, he said that he wanted to be champion again. What's more, he officially declared that he was going to chase the WWE championship one more time.

Will the Rock appear this week in some way to follow up on his statement?


The Battle for Best in the World Continues: What’s Next for CM Punk and Chris Jericho?

Chris Jericho made his WWE return on the first Raw of 2012, but he didn’t make his intentions clear until after the Royal Rumble. He attacked WWE champion CM Punk, declaring that he was a Y2J wannabe.

The battle for “best in the world” then began.

As the feud hit a stalemate, Jericho started to bring Punk’s family into the situation. Calling his father an alcoholic and his sister a drug addict, Jericho told the world that Punk had a demon inside of him that was ready to burst out.

The champion finally shut him up at WrestleMania—or so he thought.

Last week, after a count-out loss to Mark Henry, a down and out Punk was surprised by Jericho and a few bottles of Jack Daniels whiskey.

After a few disparaging words, Y2J dumped one bottle all over Punk and then smashed a second bottle over his head. Punk may have won the battle, but the war is far from over.


How will CM Punk react to Chris Jericho’s attack last week?


Brock Lesnar Has Returned: Why Has He Targeted John Cena?

Eight years ago, Brock Lesnar took part in his final WWE match at WrestleMania XX.

The WWE Universe never expected him to return, especially with a career in mixed martial arts taking off a few years ago.

After a confrontation with the Undertaker at a UFC event and an appearance in the WWE ’12 video game, rumors began to fly that Lesnar was returning to the WWE.

It took a while, but the rumors finally came true last week.

As John Cena called out the Rock to congratulate him on his victory at WrestleMania, the face of the WWE got Lesnar instead.

The former Next Big Thing entered the ring, grabbed Cena and quickly delivered the F-5!

What has prompted Brock Lesnar’s return to the WWE? Why did he attack John Cena? The fans are sure to find out this week!


This episode of Monday Night Raw is certainly shaping up to be quite a good one.

Will it be? Tune in to find out!