Monday’s edition of WWE’s Raw is the final episode before WrestleMania 29 (Sunday, April 7), and the excitement surrounding what will happen in less than seven days has the entire WWE Universe excited for tonight’s broadcast.
This is the WWE’s chance to put the finishing touches on key storylines leading into the company's marquee event, and the addition of megastars like The Rock, The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and Triple H to tonight's episode (h/t WWE.com) will make this the ultimate go-home show.
It will be a Raw worthy of the final stop on the road to WrestleMania.
With so much action scheduled for the company over the next several days, Monday’s edition of Raw will kick off what should be one of the wildest WrestleMania weeks in WWE history.
Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
When: Monday, April 1, at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
Final WrestleMania Build
Instead of being forced to watch the same vignettes we have seen for the better part of a month, the fact that The Rock, The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Chris Jericho and Triple H will all be in the building means words will be exchanged and confrontations will happen.
There is no question that the WWE is going to be all-in on Monday’s episode of Raw, and that’s exactly what fans really want from a go-home show.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: How Great is the Main-Event Scene?
While there is a very vocal minority that hates the entire WrestleMania main-event scene, the truth is that the WWE has done a great job building a deep card that appeals to many different groups of casual wrestling fans.
There is no question that hardcore fans could feel slighted by some of the rematches that weren’t supposed to happen—I’m looking at you John Cena and The Rock—but the build to each has been great thus far and has given each a breath of fresh air.
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Every WWE star that will be participating in WrestleMania is scheduled to be on this Monday’s episode of Raw, possibly making the three-hour episode not feel so long and drawn out. Constant segments from matches we know are going to happen should get the fans more excited about each bout.
The company won’t give too much away—there will not be full-fledged fights between any of Sunday’s combatants and their opponents—but there would be no shock if security had to hit the ring to separate wrestlers after a verbal altercation at least twice Monday night.
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Last-Minute Build and Match Additions
There are several superstars missing from the WrestleMania card—as well as both the United States and Diva’s champions—and this week’s Raw should have the rest of the main card squared away, as well as the YouTube Pre-Show.
The company is going all out with the YouTube Pre-Show before its marquee show as well (one hour long), and that should result in at least one battle royal to name a No. 1 contender announced Monday.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Which Prospects Will Blossom into Bona Fide Stars?
Ryback, The Shield, Big E Langston, Fandango and Damien Sandow are all making their WrestleMania debut Sunday, and Monday’s Raw will be the final chance for the WWE to showcase each before they are unleashed on the casual fans at WrestleMania.
It's important that each is given a chance to look strong Monday so that the fans know exactly what they are capable of when Sunday arrives. Add in the title matches that should be added to the card, and Raw could have serious implications for secondary angles.
Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 Added Matches
As great as the main-event scene is, the majority of the secondary storylines have been shoddily built and have little-to-no merit. As hard as some of the matches are to get behind—Tons of Funk and The Funkadactyls vs. Team Rhodes Scholars and The Bella Twins—there is a clear plan for the undercard of WrestleMania.
While the top draws are doing their thing in the main event, the rest of the card has been built using talent that is unproven in hopes of using the WrestleMania stage as a catapult for each wrestler’s career. It's a very smart move for the long-term betterment of the company.
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