WWE Raw: Potential Spoilers, Rumors, News and Preview for April 3

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterApril 3, 2017

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Freshly crowned kings will stride into the first WWE Raw after WrestleMania 33.

Brock Lesnar vanquished Goldberg and now wears the Universal Championship on his shoulder. Kevin Owens bashed his former best friend en route to becoming United States champ. And Roman Reigns won a less tangible title as he claimed WWE to be "his yard" by downing Undertaker at Sunday's pay-per-view.

The post-WrestleMania Raw will now host the aftermath of those victories.

On Monday night, WWE will begin the long march to next year's Show of Shows. This Raw is a time to welcome faces we haven't seen in a long while, to craft new rivalries and to build on the energy Sunday's marquee event created.

The Raw after WrestleMania is traditionally the wildest of the year, thanks in part to a rabid crowd composed of fans from all over the world. 

What will see unfold this time around? Backstage news, social media updates and the Raw preview on WWE.com help us look ahead. The fun will then begin at 8 p.m. ET on USA Network.

News, Potential Spoilers

Goldberg looks to be gone for now.

Not only did he fall to Lesnar on Sunday, but he noted before that he planned to go on hiatus. The powerhouse tweeted:

Raw may instead see a number of other stars step into the spotlight instead. Finn Balor is poised to return after recovering from shoulder surgery and work the house show circuit over the past few weeks.

WWE has been promising to bring back Emma since last fall. Monday's Raw would is a prime opportunity to do just that in front of a buzzing crowd:

Former NXT champ Shinsuke Nakamura could be on his way as well.  

Nakamura failed to take down Bobby Roode at Saturday's NXT TakeOver: Orlando. The post-match then felt like a farewell for The King of Strong Style:

He spent a long time waving and saluting the fans before taking his leave.

Plus, Dave Meltzer of Figure Four Online reported that the newly re-signed Drew McIntyre "will be in NXT, not WWE, likely as they are looking for some potential singles main events to replace Shinsuke Nakamura."

The Hardys will certainly be in the building after following up their surprise return at WrestleMania by capturing the Raw tag team titles. Jeff Hardy, though, may not follow up Sunday's ladder match with more high-risk offense.

According to Figure Four Online (h/t Marc Middleton of Wrestling Inc), "he was said to be really beat up and hurting from Saturday's Ring of Honor SuperCard of Honor event in Orlando."

The Charismatic Enigma went on to dive off many a ladder and crash into steel and flesh at WrestleMania. Monday night's workload has to be a light one for him.

Raw Streaks

Neville's grip on the Cruiserweight Championship is going to be mighty tough to break. WWE has built him up as an unstoppable force of late.

The King of the Cruiserweights outlasted Austin Aries at WrestleMania. Per CageMatch, that win gave him 15 victories in singles matches in a row, including a 4-0 stretch on Raw.

The longer WWE keeps this up, the bigger moment his eventual downfall will be.

Charlotte Flair, on the other hand, has been presented as quite beatable all of a sudden. As seen on CageMatch, she is 0-2 in her last two PPV bouts after going 18-1 before that. Her overall record in 2017 is a very human 4-6.

Flair will no doubt climb back to the very top of the Raw women's division, but for now she's going through a tough stretch.

WrestleMania Fallout

Seth Rollins finally exacted his revenge on Triple H, beating his former mentor at WrestleMania 33.

Monday promises to mark the early chapters of Rollins' next story. He has unfinished business with Samoa Joe, the man who reinjured his bad knee. Diving into that feud would give The Destroyer something to do after he missed out on The Show of Shows completely.

Reigns will be looking for a new rival himself.

After bringing Undertaker to his knees on Sunday, The Big Dog needs a fresh challenge. The WWE.com Raw preview asked: "What will the former WWE champion set his eye on now that he has accomplished the unthinkable?"

One would assume the universal title is on his mind, but WWE may want to stretch out the climb to that peak. Reigns vs. Lesnar should be saved for SummerSlam or perhaps next year's WrestleMania.

After Owens dethroned him, Chris Jericho will be looking to reclaim the U.S. title.

Y2J is owed a rematch. And their battle at WrestleMania didn't feel conclusive. Expect them to collide one more time, likely at the Payback PPV on April 30.

One of the bigger questions Monday's Raw is poised to answer concerns Lesnar's next rival.

Lesnar conquered Goldberg to snatch the Universal Championship from him. The Raw preview on WWE.com set up the possibility of another warrior coming after The Beast Incarnate: "It will take a Superstar of epic proportions to mount a challenge over The Anomaly. Will such an individual present himself on Raw?"

Braun Strowman is ready and waiting for a big-time challenge. Nakamura may arrive on the Raw stage to set up a clash with Lesnar.

Whoever lays down the gauntlet will do so on one of the biggest nights of the year in front of a charged-up crowd, as WWE welcomes the aftershocks of WrestleMania.

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