WWE Monday Night Raw Preview: Building Up to Extreme Rules

Micheal RobinsonSenior Analyst IIApril 18, 2011

With WWE overseas in London, Raw will be taped this afternoon at the O2 Arena for tonight's airing on the USA Network.

How exciting is that?

Honestly speaking, there isn't much to be excited for this week on Raw.

With the show not being live, it does take away from the overall excitement a bit.  Also, Extreme Rules is still two weeks out.

I hate to be a "Negative Ned," or a "Debbie downer," but how excited can we be for R-Truth vs. John Cena vs. The Miz for the WWE Championship?

Not to mention, Jerry Lawler is still in the ring, for reasons unknown, facing Michael Cole again.  This time, Lawler will bring in Jim Ross, while Cole counters with Jack Swagger to make the match a tag-team contest.

Are you serious?! 

What is Jim Ross going to wear?  With all due respect, he better wear a loose hooded sweatshirt or a warm-up jacket, because I don't want to see him in anything else.  I love JR, but this is ridiculous.

One thing to look forward to is the WWE draft on Raw next week, April 25, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

I normally don't care for the draft, but I welcome it right now, because something has to change to heat things up for the summer.

As far as tonight goes, I would expect the WWE to build off of the matches already announced for Extreme Rules, as well as a new vignette from newly-signed "Diva" Kia Stevens, known as Awesome Kong in TNA.

Last week, she flicked a plastic doll's head off. I hope she doesn't follow with setting a Cabbage Patch Kid on fire.

The only thing interesting I can take out of tonight's Raw is what they are going to do with CM Punk, John Morrison and Randy Orton heading into Extreme Rules.  We could find out tonight.

At least this week's Raw won't be as sad as last week. Saying goodbye to a star like Edge is never easy to do.

Before Raw tonight, Tough Enough's third episode will be airing, with Big Show as a featured guest.