Latest Rumors, Preview for 1st WWE Raw After Backlash 2018

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterMay 7, 2018

Credit: WWE.com

On Monday's WWE Raw, Roman Reigns will again stand on center stage.

After vanquishing Samoa Joe at Backlash on Sunday, he has a clear goal ahead of him: the Universal Championship. Like it or not, Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar looks poised to go down once more.

Uniondale, New York's Nassau Coliseum will host Reigns' continued championship quest and the rest of the aftermath of Sunday's pay-per-view.

Monday's show should see two sets of allies try to overcome their strained relationships. Seth Rollins will look to build on his MVP year. A return or two may be on the way as well.

As WWE shifts its focus from Backlash to Money in the Bank, what's in store for the red brand? News updates, storyline projections and the Raw preview on WWE.com help to answer that question before Raw hits the airwaves at 8 p.m. ET on USA Network.

    

News, Rumors

The return of Jason Jordan is imminent. 

After recovering from a neck injury, the former tag team champion is apparently ready to get back into the fray. On Sunday, PWInsider's Mike Johnson reported, "WWE star Jason Jordan is scheduled to be at tomorrow's WWE Raw taping."

Alexa Bliss, however, likely won't be there. WWE.com revealed she suffered a left shoulder injury after her match with Raw women's champion Nia Jax at Backlash:

At Monday's Raw and beyond, fans will be watching for Hulk Hogan. The disgraced star is apparently on his way back. TMZ Sports reported last week, "Plans to bring Hulk Hogan back to the squared circle are currently underway."

WWE cut ties with Hogan in 2015 after the release of audio where he used racially charged language. 

    

Raw Streaks

In both kayfabe and real life, Rollins is on a hot streak.

At Backlash, he fended off The Miz to keep hold of the Intercontinental Championship. Rollins has now won eight consecutive matches, per CageMatch.net. He has also produced a number of the year's best bouts along the way. 

It's a good bet WWE showcases Rollins in the ring Monday to take advantage of Rollins' roll.

If frustration drives Kevin Owens to smash his friend Sami Zayn into the mat, it won't be a surprise. Success has been hard to come by for the former universal champion.

KO hasn't won a TV or PPV match since February. He is 0-8-1 in the nine bouts after that victory, per CageMatch.net

He is winless since moving to Raw in the Superstar Shake-up. Hopefully, that's not a sign of WWE undervaluing him and sliding him down the ladder.

    

Backlash Fallout

Owens and Zayn may be at each other's throats Monday. At Backlash, the teammates were on the verge of full-on implosion during their clash with Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman.

Zayn tried to retreat during the match. That led to the two friends bickering and pushing each other around.

There's a good chance KO and Zayn will feud with each other before long. Theirs is a long off-and-on-again rivalry, and it's not if they are doing much of anything else right now.

Bayley and Sasha Banks are poised to begin their own feud in earnest.

At Backlash, Bayley tried to make peace with her friend by asking her to be in her corner. The Boss dismissed the offer.

Bayley went on to lose to Ruby Riott thanks in large part to outside help from The Riott Squad. Logically, The Huggable One and Banks should patch things up to fight back against Riott's crew.

There's a slow-burn rivalry in motion, though, and Bayley and Banks are more likely to stab each other than bury the hatchet.

While that's a story many fans want to see pick up the pace, Reigns' pursuit of Lesnar is one the audience is already over, yet The Big Dog doesn't appear to be leaving the Universal Championship picture any time soon.

After Reigns' win at Backlash, WWE.com's Raw preview asked about his next step: "Will The Big Dog's victory finally put him in a position to battle The Beast for the Universal Championship?"

The answer is more than likely "yes." Reigns' main event placement Sunday and the focus he has received on Raw each week speaks to that.

The rest of the red brand will have another goal in sight: the Money in the Bank ladder matches. Both male and female Superstars will get a chance to snag a contract-filled briefcase at the next PPV. Leading up to that event, competitors will look to earn their spot in the men's and women's versions of those bouts.

That should be a significant part of the post-Backlash Raw as WWE tries to shake off the stink of a rancid PPV.

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