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5 questions we need answered on New Year’s Raw

Chris Schubert

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It’s a new year, yes it is. The first day of 2018 provides us with another edition of Monday Night Raw. Can Raw kick off the new year with a bang? Or will WWE be the same-old, same-old?

Here are five questions we need answered on tonight’s show.

Who will be Intercontinental Champion when Raw goes off the air?

Last week, we had an Intercontinental Championship match that ended in a disqualification when Roman Reigns’ hatred for Samoa Joe boiled over and cost him the match. In response, Raw general manager has made another title match for this edition of Raw, with a stipulation attached. This time, if Reigns gets himself DQ’ed, he will lose the match and his title.

We all know what awaits Reigns in the new year, specifically at WrestleMania. WWE may pull the trigger tonight on getting the belt off of him, or this may be their way of ending this feud with Joe, so Reigns can lose to somebody else at the Royal Rumble.

What will Brock Lesnar, and more importantly, Paul Heyman, have to say about his challengers for the Royal Rumble?

The Beast Incarnate and current WWE Universal Champion is set to appear on Raw, most likely to build toward his title defense against Braun Strowman and Kane at the Royal Rumble.

Lesnar being on as many Raws as he can before the Royal Rumble pay-per-view is going to be very important, with the Strowman-Kane feud running very thin with many fans. The more interaction these three can have, the better. Plus, Heyman always brings his A-game in hyping this big title defenses.

Can Jason Jordan and Seth Rollins get along as champions?

We have new WWE Raw Tag Team Champions in Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan. While Dean Ambrose is on the shelf, Jordan stepped in and teamed with Rollins to defeat The Bar for the belts. Winning the belts is one thing; keeping them is another.

Before their big title match last week, it wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows between these two. There was plenty of fighting and arguing, leaving all of us wondering how they were going to win the titles in the first place. Now that they have them, will that help bridge the relationship between the two?

Does the Zo Train derail tonight?

There’s another title defense on this show. Cedric Alexander finally gets his shot against Enzo Amore for the Cruiserweight Championship. With the addition of Hideo Itami to the 205 Live roster, the result of this match could go either way.

It feels as if they are grooming Itami to get this next shot, and he could realistically face either Alexander or Amore.

Will Alexa Bliss ever defend her Raw Women’s Championship?

Seriously, can anybody remember the last time Alexa Bliss defended her championship? I had to go look it up to make sure, but it was the Oct. 30 edition of Raw. She defended the belt against Mickie James and hasn’t since. Anybody going to bring up the 30-day rule? Anybody?

Surely that is going to play a role into the Women’s Royal Rumble and into whatever, if anything, Bliss does at the event herself.

Chris is a recent graduate of Arizona State University, where he majored in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has covered spring training, the Super Bowl, WWE and the MLB for a variety of websites in the past.

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