There is just one week until WWE’s Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, and the excitement about the event and this week’s go-home edition of Raw has the members of the WWE Universe ecstatic about the possibilities for the next seven days of programming.
The Elimination Chamber PPV itself is just a stepping stone toward WrestleMania 29, but the storyline evolution and the path the company takes on Monday’s episode of Raw will reveal where the company will be heading with its development of feuds.
Go-home shows are typically just a recap of all the scenes that brought the WWE Universe to the event, but the fact that the WWE will use this as a huge platform to further the company’s plans for the road to WrestleMania will result in Monday’s Raw and Sunday’s PPV being epic.
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN
When: Monday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
Brock Lesnar Won’t Be at Raw?
Despite being teased by the WWE in its preview of this Monday’s Raw, recent reports claim the former UFC and WWE champion Brock Lesnar had dates added to his schedule, but the Monday before and after Elimination Chamber were not on that list. The report says it will be another two weeks before we see Lesnar again.
Source: Raj Giri of Wrestling Inc.
The Undertaker Will be at Raw?
The report claims that The Undertaker was at a Nashville Predators game Sunday night, and with the game’s proximity to this Monday’s edition of Raw, the rumor that the WWE legend could be at the show in Nashville have started running rampant. I’ll believe it when I see it.
Source: Wrestling Observer (h/t Gerweck.net)
The Rock is Back!
After missing last week’s episode of Raw, WWE champion The Rock will be back on television again with just one show until he must defend his title for the first time. While CM Punk likely won’t win at Elimination Chamber, the banter between these two men this week should be WrestleMania-worthy.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Where Was the Champion?
The WWE knew exactly what they were doing when they signed The Rock and decided to give him the championship. While the WWE is fine with its top champion not showing up once in a while, the WWE Universe wants to see the champion on Raw every week.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Part-Time Champions
The Rock doesn’t have to be back full time, but the fact that he couldn’t attend every Raw during the time that he has been champion bothers many fans. John Cena and CM Punk work through injuries and are there every night, yet the WWE champion couldn’t book around Mondays for three months? It’s good to have The Rock back, but he shouldn’t miss another Raw.
WWE Rumors: CM Punk Possibly Injured at House Show (ProWrestling.net)
Elimination Chamber’s Go-Home Show
The Elimination Chamber PPV is one of the most exciting shows of the year, not just because of the demonic structure, but because this marks the final stop before the WWE machine heads toward the WrestleMania 29 show in New York.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will This PPV Be Worth the Price?
There are still a few matches that will be added Monday—or Sunday at the PPV—but as of right now, this show looks like it’s worth the money. With a WWE Championship match, a World Heavyweight Championship match, a six-man tag battle and an Elimination Chamber match, this show is setting up to be worth the purchase price.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Road to WrestleMania Shows
WWE officials have been making each episode of Raw leading up to WrestleMania more interesting than usual, and the fact that this is the last episode before the official road to WrestleMania 29 begins proves the company will be all-in on this edition. Expect a pleasant surprise or two this week.
WWE News: WWE’s official Raw Preview (WWE.com)
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