Seth Rollins Returns; Preview for February 11 Episode of WWE Raw

Erik Beaston@@ErikBeastonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2019

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Two weeks after he made known his intentions to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship in the main event of WrestleMania 35, Seth Rollins will return to WWE Raw, just six days before an Elimination Chamber pay-per-view that will continue to shape the road to the company's Showcase of the Immortals.

The Architect will have plenty to say about The Beast Incarnate and the brutal assault that ended with him lying in a heap following several F-5s. What will he have to say about Lesnar and his upcoming title opportunity?

        

Seth Rollins Returns

The last time the WWE Universe laid eyes on Rollins, he was in the grasp of a ferocious Lesnar.

Monday, he returns to continue planting the seeds for his Universal Championship match against The Beast, most likely via promo as he continues to heal from a previously reported injury.

The question is whether The Architect can thrive in that setting.

A superb in-ring performer who succeeds in more action-packed, intense situations than on the mic, he has been hand-picked to succeed Roman Reigns as the face of Raw and will need to hit Monday's promo out of the park.

Failure to do so, or inspiring indifference rather than excitement, will only hamper his journey to the top of sports entertainment and its most recognizable brand.

It will also continue to put him firmly behind another immensely popular babyface far more compelling heading into the year's most extravagant event.

       

Becky's Back

A week after getting herself suspended for refusing to see a doctor for her injured knee and striking out against Stephanie McMahon, physically assaulting The Billion Dollar Princess, Becky Lynch has been invited back to the flagship by the McMahon Family.

It remains to be seen what will unfurl when The Man walks to the ring to confront the woman she attacked and her husband, Triple H, who found himself on the receiving end of a slap at the hand of the 2019 Royal Rumble winner, but a recent report may shed some light on it.

Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported, while nothing is set in stone, Lynch vs. McMahon is a match that has been discussed for this year's SummerSlam.

If that is the case, and there are plans to bring The Man and the most powerful woman in the sport together in a marquee match of that magnitude, Monday's show will likely be the next step in the slow burn to that program.

Or it could be another red-hot angle aimed at further establishing Lynch not only as the hottest female star in the industry but also one of the faces of the company going forward.

       

What Next for Kurt Angle?

Kurt Angle's future between the ropes has been a hot topic of discussion of late, particularly after humbling defeats at the hands of Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin.

Last week's successful teaming with Braun Strowman to return the favor to those two heels, though, has some wondering if there is a potential retirement angle at play for the 1996 Olympic gold medalist and 2017 Hall of Fame inductee.

Forget a retirement program, though, because Angle could  well play heavily into the red brand's plans for Sunday's Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

With Raw lacking a genuine main event outside of a title defense by Rousey against Ruby Riott, do not be surprised to see Angle and Strowman thrust into action against McIntyre and Corbin in some sort of gimmick bout.

That match, if it is something WWE Creative is looking to pursue based on the last few weeks of television, is one that should be set up Monday night.

The heels will be looking to avenge the steel stairs-assisted assault from last week, Angle and Strowman are not currently busy Sunday, and the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view desperately needs a boost in terms of star power.

It should get it, courtesy of The American Hero.

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