With WrestleMania XXX less than one week away, tonight is going to be a jam-packed go-home edition of Monday Night Raw.
Expect all the big names to be there, including Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman.
Hopefully Undertaker and Lesnar do something to make their feud a little more interesting. Undertaker has repetitively gotten the upper-hand on Lesnar each and every time they’re paths have crossed, which has taken a lot of interest away from the match.
Undertaker is almost always going to be the favorite heading into a WrestleMania showdown, and the build to this match hasn’t done anything to alter this perception. Lesnar needed to be portrayed as a legitimate threat to ‘Taker’s streak for this feud to be effective, and thus far WWE hasn’t exactly booked Lesnar as an equal to the dead man. In all honesty, this program has left a lot to be desired.
Daniel Bryan will also make his return to television on tonight’s broadcast. Bryan hasn’t been seen on TV since he was handcuffed and severely beaten on Raw two weeks ago at the hands of Triple H. In an effort to show WWE’s inconsistency in storytelling, Bryan worked almost every major house show on the Road to WrestleMania tour during his “time off.”
Triple H and Stephanie McMahon will also make their presence felt on tonight’s episode of Raw, as will WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and challenger Dave Batista. Orton is scheduled to square off with Batista in tonight’s main event.
It will be interesting to see what WWE does with Bray Wyatt and John Cena. WWE has done for Bray what they should have done for Lesnar, as Wyatt has effectively “gotten in Cena’s head” and seems to be controlling the feud. The next logical step would be a win for Wyatt over Cena at WrestleMania, but we’ve seen Cena “overcome the odds” before.
There’s still some work left to be done in building to the Show of Shows, so hopefully tonight’s episode of Raw delivers where it counts.