Latest Rumors, Preview for 1st WWE Raw After WrestleMania 34

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterApril 9, 2018

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WWE Raw is poised to follow up on an electric WrestleMania 34 with a bevy of new champions celebrating.

Sunday's marquee pay-per-view saw title after title change hands. Nia Jax snatched the Raw Women's Championship from Alexa Bliss. Seth Rollins is now the intercontinental champ after beating The Miz and Finn Balor. Plus, believe it or not, Braun Strowman and a kid named Nicholas walked out of The Show of Shows with the Raw Tag Team Championship in hand.

The red brand has plenty to explore after the movement of all that gold.

In addition to the coronations of Bliss, Rollins and Strowman, Monday's show promises to feature the next stage of the Brock Lesnar era. Amid talk of a UFC return, The Beast Incarnate held tight to the Universal Championship.

Ronda Rousey is set to write the next chapters of her WWE story after a rousing performance in her in-ring debut.

Who will Rousey aim for next? Can anyone knock off Lesnar? Is Nicholas going to actually defend the Raw tag team titles?

Questions abound as Raw hits New Orleans. It's a night that is sure to be big, as WWE historically uses this show to introduce new faces and welcome back returning stars.

News updates and storyline projections help us look ahead at the WrestleMania-fallout edition of Raw. The fun begins at 8 p.m. ET on USA Network.

       

News, Rumors

We won't be seeing Alicia Fox wrestle on Raw, but not because of an altercation with Ronda Rousey's husband Travis Browne. Speculation was rampant after video of the incident surfaced.

Fox, though, wasn't pulled from the Women's WrestleMania Battle Royal because she got in Browne's face. She's reportedly still hurt. 

Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet reported: "WWE says she's not in the match because she still hasn't been medically cleared to compete."

There's a chance, however, we see Rey Mysterio make an appearance on the post-WrestleMania Raw. The former world champ was apparently in the show's host city. PWInsider's Mike Johnson noted on Sunday: "Rey Mysterio was spotted at WWE's hotel this morning in New Orleans."

Mysterio is recovering from a biceps injury and hasn't publicly re-signed with WWE to this point. 

Johnson also squashed a rumor of Alberto Del Rio (aka Alberto El Patron) returning to WWE. "WWE sources have indicated that Patron has not had any recent discussions with the company in regard to a return," he wrote.

Del Rio's dismissal from Impact Wrestling led many to wonder if he would instead join WWE. That doesn't appear to be the case for now.

     

Raw Streaks

Matt Hardy outlasted the competition in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal to continue his recent roll. He can now boast a four-win streak that includes two PPV victories, per CageMatch.net

Bray Wyatt, whom Hardy compiled much of that winning streak against, helped him get the victory at WrestleMania. Their surprise alliance is one of the most intriguing storylines to watch for on Monday and beyond.

Mickie James' Battle Royal experience wasn't nearly as fruitful. She was one of many women on the outside looking in as Naomi nabbed the win.

After failing to win the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal, James now has six-straight losses to her name, per CageMatch.net. She's 3-9 in 2018 so far. WWE is clearly done presenting her as a title contender for the moment.

     

WrestleMania Fallout

Jax suffered verbal abuse for weeks from Bliss. She got her revenge and a championship to call her own in a win over Bliss on Sunday.

The powerhouse has excelled as a dominant babyface and will look to do so again from the mountaintop.

Bliss may demand a rematch, but there could be new blood in the title scene, too. Peyton Royce and Billie Kay from NXT are likely to move to the main roster before long. 

The Raw Tag Team Championship picture, meanwhile, will be quite odd for now. Strowman holding the gold is no surprise. A kid who looks to be 10 years old being his partner is quite the opposite.

How Raw handles having Nicholas as part of its circus will be something to watch. 

Rollins will find himself wearing a target on his back now that he owns the Intercontinental Championship. The Kingslayer has been on a tear in 2018, producing some of the best in-ring work of his career. 

WWE would be wise to continue leaning on him and make him a fighting champion. From Elias to a returning Samoa Joe, Rollins has a number of viable foes he could defend against in the coming months.

Rousey nailed her debut. She and Kurt Angle beating Triple H and Stephanie McMahon was one of WrestleMania's highlights. 

It's time now to build on that, to see what else WWE has planned for Rousey. Eventually, it makes sense for her to climb toward the No. 1 contender's spot. The company can't just jump to that part of the tale, however.

Rousey needs to start knocking over tomato cans en route to the top.

Lesnar, on the other hand, proved himself to be an unstoppable force with no peers at WrestleMania. The Beast Incarnate waylaid Reigns, leaving him bloodied and title-less. 

If WWE's golden boy can't beat Lesnar, who can? How the line to face Lesnar shapes up is going to be mighty interesting. 

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