WWE Raw Preview: The Fallout from the Royal Rumble Plus Raw Roulette

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IJanuary 28, 2013

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Just one day removed from the Royal Rumble pay-per-view, WWE will present a new episode of Monday Night Raw.

As the event went off the air, the Road to WrestleMania officially began, and the journey is no doubt going to be an exciting one. Last week on Raw, WWE revealed that Raw Roulette would be returning, but other than that, nothing is confirmed for the show except for the fallout from the Royal Rumble.


Raw Roulette Returns

Raw Roulette made its debut 11 years ago on the flagship show. It has also been seen on SmackDown, but the roulette wheel has become a tradition on Raw when the show is in Las Vegas.

The roulette wheel determines the fate of Superstars and matches. Superstars could be stuck in a two-on-one Handicap match, a dance competition or even end up inside of a steel cage. A spin of the wheel has the power during Raw, which will make managing supervisor Vickie Guerrero obsolete for a night.

What kind of matches will the WWE Universe see, thanks to Raw Roulette?


Still United States Champion: Is Antonio Cesaro Unstoppable as Titleholder?

Antonio Cesaro won the WWE United States Championship from Santino Marella at SummerSlam in August. Since then, the Swiss Superstar has taken on any and all comers. In doing so, he has been impressing many with his in-ring skill.

Cesaro has battled monsters like Brodus Clay and The Great Khali, and top stars like Randy Orton. The champion retained his belt during every title defense, and when he would lose a singles match, he looked good even in defeat.

He faced a new challenger at the Royal Rumble, though. In the pre-show of the event, Cesaro took on former WWE champion The Miz in a hard-fought battle. At the end of the contest, it would be Cesaro that was holding the title up high.

With The Miz neutralized, who will step up to challenge Antonio Cesaro now? Is the Swiss Superstar unstoppable?


Team Hell No Retains: Who Will Challenge for the Tag Team Championship Next?

The tag team division in WWE is heating up, and it is thanks to Team Hell No and Team Rhodes Scholars. The two teams have been at each other's throats for months now. The momentum between them has shifted back and forth throughout their feud, but at the end of the day, Kane and Daniel Bryan would end up victorious against Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow.

At the Royal Rumble, Team Rhodes Scholars would get one more shot at the WWE Tag Team Championship. It was truly anyone’s game, but the champions proved dominant once again.

With Rhodes Scholars taken down, what’s next for Team Hell No? Will they discover a new threat to their titles, or could Rhodes and Sandow rise up and get another title shot?


Last Man Standing: What’s Next for Alberto Del Rio and The Big Show?

Three weeks ago, Alberto Del Rio shocked the WWE Universe when he kept The Big Show down for the count of 10 in Last Man Standing to win the World Heavyweight Championship. It took him almost three years, but his destiny was finally fulfilled.

The Big Show was convinced that it was a fluke, so he got SmackDown general manager Booker T to give him his rematch at the Royal Rumble with the added stipulation of Last Man Standing. He wanted to prove to everyone that what Del Rio did on SmackDown was a one-time thing, but was he able to do that?

At the Royal Rumble, The Big Show put Del Rio through quite a bit of punishment. The champion would make his way to his feet every time, and with the help of some duct tape, he was able to defeat Big Show once again.

What’s next for Alberto Del Rio and The Big Show? Will Del Rio get lucky and not have to compete inside the Elimination Chamber? If not, could The Big Show get into the Chamber match for one more title shot?


Two-Time Winner: Which Championship Will John Cena Challenge For?

With the main event of WrestleMania on the line, 30 Superstars entered into the Royal Rumble match. The match saw some surprise entrants, like Chris Jericho at No. 2, Goldust, The Godfather and the return of Rey Mysterio. It all came down to four Superstars, though.

Dolph Ziggler (who came in first), Sheamus, John Cena and Ryback were the final four in the match, and it was anyone’s game. Ziggler would be eliminated first by Sheamus, but then Ryback took out the Celtic Warrior.

When it was all said and done, John Cena tossed Ryback over the top rope to win the 26th annual Royal Rumble match.

What title will Cena fight for, though? Will he choose the World Heavyweight Championship currently held by Alberto Del Rio, or will he pick the WWE Championship, whose champion would be decided in the main event?


10 Years in the Making: What’s Next for The Rock and CM Punk?

The Rock announced at Raw 1,000 that he would be getting a shot at the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble. Fast forward six months, and the match was set against champion CM Punk.

With a war of words at hand, and a few blows dealt, The Rock and Punk were at each other’s throats. The champion had the advantage thanks to The Shield, though, who attacked the People’s Champion last week on Raw. In response, Vince McMahon banned them from interfering with the threat that if they did, Punk would be stripped of the WWE Championship.

At the Royal Rumble, The Rock seemed to have the match won when the lights went out. As Michael Cole yelled “It’s The Shield, it’s The Shield,” a crash was heard in the darkness. The Rock had gone through the announcers' table, which gave Punk the opportunity to roll him back into the ring and retain the title.

Just as Mr. McMahon was going to strip him of the title, though, The Rock spoke up and demanded the match be restarted. McMahon did just that, and a new champion was crowned after a People’s Elbow.

The Rock had ended CM Punk’s WWE Championship reign at 434 days, so what is next for these two Superstars? Will CM Punk get his one-on-one rematch, or will he have to compete inside the Elimination Chamber to get it?

With the events of the Royal Rumble PPV, and the addition of the roulette wheel, this should be an explosive episode of Raw! Will it be? Tune in to find out!


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