Welcome to Monday Night Raw and 2018!
That’s right, tonight is the first Raw of the year and that means from here onwards we have to hear Michael Cole say “Welcome to the road to WrestleMania!” Alas, Cole is indeed correct, WrestleMania is officially in the headlights and we’re less than a month away from the always-exciting Royal Rumble. Which will also feature the first ever woman’s Royal Rumble match, so this year’s event will be even more awesome and tonight should see the first real push towards the event, as evidenced by John Cena announcing his participation on Twitter today. I expect entrants announcing their participation, as well as, I hope, qualification matches!
The big thing heading into tonight’s Raw is the return of the WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar! Old Bork Lazer will face Braun Strowman and Kane at the Royal Rumble and last time we seen Lesnar he levelled Kane with an F5. Lesnar and Heyman will emerge tonight with an unclear purpose but chances are Kane will be out for revenge and Strowman is always hunting for new victims. So expect fireworks!
Elsewhere on tonight’s Raw, Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins are Tag Team Champions! Who would have guessed that? These two are an odd-ball team but it gives Rollins something to do while the Shield reunion is completely scattered. I’m not even sure The Shield is even a thing right now, I mean Ambrose is long gone and Reigns is embroiled in a feud with Joe. WWE are in a pickle with the group, but it would be incredibly anti-climatic to break them apart again. I would like them to bring Ambrose back to TV as soon as he’s out of surgery, much like with Steve Austin after he broke his neck. That way he can still be on TV and The Shield will be relevant, even though Dean cannot wrestle.
I’ve rambled a bit, but tonight’s show will also feature Cedric Alexander Vs. Enzo Amore for the Cruiserweight Championship, Asuka battles Alexa Bliss in a non-title match, and Roman Reigns defends the Intercontinental Championship against Joe. It’s a huge episode of Monday Night Raw to kick-off 2018! That’s the preview for tonight’s show, let us know what you’re excited to see and get talking on the free Ringside Talk app. Enjoy the show!