WWE Raw Preview: The Fallout from the 2013 Elimination Chamber
Just one day removed from the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view and WWE presents a new episode of Monday Night Raw!
As the journey down the Road to WrestleMania continues, fans get closer and closer to the "Grandest Stage of Them All." Nothing is confirmed for this week’s episode as of this writing, but the fallout of the Elimination Chamber is something fans have to look forward to.
The Monsters of Funk: What’s Next for the New Team of Brodus Clay and Tensai?
The night after the Royal Rumble saw the return of Raw Roulette. That night, Brodus Clay and Tensai faced each other in a dance competition, though Tensai thought it was a lingerie pillow fight.
After the embarrassing moment of wearing women’s lingerie in front of millions, Tensai found solace in an unlikely friend, the Funkasaurus. They formed a tag team shortly after and had their first big match as a team in the pre-show of the Elimination Chamber against Team Rhodes Scholars.
The two monster Superstars defeated Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes in their one-night only reunion, but what will they do next? Will Brodus Clay and Tensai continue to dance the night away, or will they target the WWE Tag Team Championship?
Kaitlyn Retains: Who Will Step Up and Challenge for the Divas Championship Next?
On the 20th anniversary of Raw, Kaitlyn defeated Eve Torres for the WWE Divas Championship after a four-month-long battle. Her first challenger popped up the night after the Royal Rumble when she went one-on-one with Tamina, Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka's daughter.
The match ended in a no-contest that night after the other Divas on the roster got involved, and both Kaitlyn and Tamina disappeared after that. It wouldn’t be until last Monday on Raw that fans with the WWE App saw Kaitlyn ask Vickie Guerrero for a match on Raw. Instead of a match on Raw, she got a title defense against Tamina at the Elimination Chamber.
At the event, Kaitlyn took down her tough challenger and is now waiting to see what WrestleMania brings her.
Who will step up to the plate and challenge Kaitlyn? Will she get to be the first Diva since WrestleMania 23 to actually defend the title of the division, which back then was the now-defunct WWE Women’s Championship?
A Disqualification: What’s Next for Antonio Cesaro and The Miz?
Last month, then-United States champion Antonio Cesaro began a feud with The Miz. With the former WWE champion on commentary on WWE Main Event, the feud was a war of words to start. It soon got physical, though, and their first one-on-one match over the title was set for the pre-show of the Royal Rumble.
Cesaro retained the title that night, but The Miz wasn’t done with the champion just yet. While The Miz kept his sights on the title, it would be Cesaro who would gain the upper hand every week.
Whether he was kicking Miz in the face on commentary or swinging him back and forth into the barricade, the champion has kept all of the momentum on his side. At the Elimination Chamber, The Miz remained on the losing end when he was disqualified for accidentally landing on Cesaro’s lower region. Due to that, Cesaro retained the United States Championship.
The Miz extracted some revenge after the match, though. As Cesaro celebrated his victory, The Miz kicked him right between the legs. This feud is far from over.
What is next for The Miz and Antonio Cesaro? Will The Miz get another title shot? If so, will it occur at WrestleMania? Was this Miz’s final shot at the title?
Justice Has Been Served: What’s Next for The Shield, Sheamus and Ryback?
Debuting in November at Survivor Series, The Shield have attacked everyone from John Cena to Brodus Clay. The team consisting of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns were hired guns of CM Punk and Paul Heyman, and they did their job when they ensured that Punk remained champion against Ryback.
Their help against The Rock backfired, though, and it resulted in Punk losing the title at the Royal Rumble. The secret of Heyman paying them off was revealed the next night on Raw, but punishment wouldn’t potentially be served until the Elimination Chamber.
At the event, the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship, John Cena, led Sheamus and Ryback in a Six-Man Tag Team match against The Shield. Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns would beat the odds, though, and pick up the victory when Rollins pinned Ryback
With The Shield victorious, what is next for the group of NXT wrestlers? Who will be their next targets leading into WrestleMania?
What about Sheamus and Ryback? John Cena has a title match waiting for him, but what is in store for the Celtic Warrior and Ryback come WrestleMania? Ryback wasn’t too happy about being pinned, so will he keep his sights set on The Shield?
WrestleMania Bound: How Will Alberto Del Rio Respond to his Opponent Jack Swagger?
At the Elimination Chamber, the World Heavyweight Championship got some major attention. Not only was the title on the line, but an Elimination Chamber match took place to determine the champion’s challenger for WrestleMania.
After weeks of assaults and bullying, Alberto Del Rio and The Big Show had one more match over the World Heavyweight Championship. It was a hard fought battle, but in the end, Del Rio reigned supreme by making The Big Show tap out. He will now be walking into WrestleMania with the title as a result.
His challenger would end up being one of six men. Randy Orton, Chris Jericho, Mark Henry, Kane, Daniel Bryan and Jack Swagger tore each other apart inside the Chamber, but only one of them could walk out with a title shot at WrestleMania. At the end of the match, Swagger surprised everyone by pinning WWE’s Apex Predator to become the No. 1 contender.
The World Heavyweight Championship match for WrestleMania is now set as Del Rio must defend his title against Swagger, who will have Zeb Coulter in his corner. What will Alberto Del Rio have to say to his new challenger? Will Jack Swagger have anything to say to Del Rio, or will Zeb Coulter do his talking for him?
The Rematch: The Rock vs. John Cena II is Set for WrestleMania
Last year at WrestleMania XXVIII, John Cena battled with The Rock after an entire year of buildup. The People’s Champion was victorious that night, but he would disappear shortly afterwards.
He would make his return at the 1,000th episode of Raw in July to announce that at the Royal Rumble, he would be receiving a shot at the WWE Championship no matter who the champion was. Fast forward six months and the CM Punk vs. The Rock title match was set.
Before the match, the Royal Rumble match took place. After coming in at No. 19 and lasting close to 30 minutes, John Cena last eliminated Ryback to win a guaranteed shot at one of the world titles. In the main event, The Rock would defeat CM Punk to win the WWE Championship despite earlier interference from The Shield.
The next night on Raw, Cena declared that he would be challenging for the WWE title at WrestleMania, but his opponent wouldn’t be determined until after the Rock/Punk rematch at the Elimination Chamber. At the event, The Rock defeated Punk to retain his title, and not only is the big rematch now set, but it will be for the WWE Championship.
What will The Rock and John Cena have to say about facing each other one more time?
This episode of WWE Monday Night Raw should be an explosive one thanks to the fallout from the Elimination Chamber PPV and the Road to WrestleMania. How will the show turn out? Tune in to find out!
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