There are just two weeks until the WWE’s biggest event of the year, WrestleMania 29, and this Monday’s edition of Raw live from Philadelphia will be exactly what the company needs to get the WWE Universe excited.
Philadelphia is notorious for being a great wrestling crowd, and with appearances from The Rock, John Cena, Chris Jericho, The Undertaker and so many more, the crowd in the Wells Fargo Center will make this show feel like it deserves to be on the road to WrestleMania.
If you weren’t excited about this week’s Raw before, get excited.
The company still has plenty of build left for this event—the secondary storylines and the undercard still must fall into place over the next week—which means Monday should see several new WrestleMania matches become official.
With so much action scheduled for this episode of Raw, the WWE Universe shouldn’t miss a second of the action.
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia
When: Monday, March 25, at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
While much of the undercard had been poorly built leading into WrestleMania, the bout between Ryback and Mark Henry was being booked perfectly. The WWE Universe was actually taking an interest in the battle of the behemoths.
According to Wrestling Inc., though, Henry may have been injured at a house show this past week in Norfolk, Virginia. The match ended abruptly after the referee put up the customary crossed-arm “X” to signal a legitimate injury.
Henry vs. Ryback was one of the few angles being built that fans were investing in emotionally, and if Henry isn’t on Raw this week, there could be a chance that this match doesn’t come to fruition.
After fighting through injuries to get back to the main-event scene, for Henry to possibly miss WrestleMania would be devastating to his character and to him personally as a wrestler.
Let’s hope we see Henry on Raw Monday and everything is fine.
Finally, The Rock Has Come Back to…Raw
After missing the last two weeks of programming, the WWE champion The Rock will make his triumphant return to Philadelphia and to Raw in preparation for his match against John Cena at WrestleMania 29. How nice of him to take time out of his busy schedule and join the WWE Universe for an evening!
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Has The Rock’s Schedule Killed This Match’s Hype?
The main event of WrestleMania 29 will be the WWE Championship match between The Rock and Cena, but that’s not how the build to this bout makes it feel. The Rock did not help further this storyline much, and his erratic appearances didn’t allow the WWE Universe to invest as much interest in this match as most fans want from a WrestleMania main event.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Face-to-Face Promos
As much as the lack of focus on these two stars during the road to WrestleMania has hindered this match, The Rock and Cena are the top dogs for a reason. They know what’s at stake, and Monday’s banter between the two will be the best so far in the feud and will make the fans care about his match again. The promos Monday will almost make the fans forget they haven’t seen the champ or his new belt in three weeks.
WWE Rumors: Still Resentment of The Rock Backstage? (PWInsider h/t Wrestling Inc.)
The Undertaker’s Response To CM Punk’s Actions
After cutting a promo on The Undertaker last week that involved tossing around Paul Bearer’s urn like a Harlem Globetrotter and dropping it on the ground, CM Punk should be ready for some sort of retribution this Monday. The Undertaker will not take that disrespect sitting down.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: How Will The Undertaker Get Back at Punk?
Punk has walked out of his segments with The Undertaker looking as if he had the upper hand, but there is no way the WWE isn’t going to give The Deadman his chance to plant the seed of doubt in Punk’s head before their WrestleMania match. Expect The Undertaker to make a serious impact on Monday’s Raw.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Death Knells
The Undertaker was notorious for just appearing after the arena went dark and attacking his opponents—Punk knows all about that—and as much as the WWE would like to avoid any physical contact before WrestleMania, a surprise attack is exactly what the WWE Universe needs in this feud to take it to the next level. The Undertaker will make sure Punk knows he’s ready for their match.
WWE Rumors: CM Punk Taking Time Off After WrestleMania? (PWInsider h/t Wrestling Inc.)
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