With each passing day, WrestleMania draws closer and closer. Tonight marks the second to last Raw before the show of shows in New Orelans. On this stop, there is sure to be a lot of activity. One big feud we are still waiting on is John Cena and the Undertaker. Cena takes on the second half of the Brothers of Destruction, Kane, in a match tonight. Perhaps we finally get our big moment.
Let’s get right to it. Here are five questions we need answered on tonight’s edition of Raw.
What happened to Bray Wyatt?
When Raw went off the air last week, the Ultimate Deletion was complete. Matt Hardy had deleted Bray Wyatt, with his vessel missing from the Lake of Reincarnation. This was the moment that fans dreamed of when Matt Hardy stepped foot back inside a WWE ring.
So, now what? Wyatt has been deleted, and expectations are that he will return with a new spin on his character. Well, the rumor mill tells us that a certain Brother Nero is in town for tonight’s show. He could be just there to check in with WWE brass ahead of his return, or we will actually get the debut of Brother Nero inside a Raw arena? Either way, last week was a good thing for the ‘Woken’ character and storyline (despite what Michael Cole has to say about it). Tonight needs to be the follow up.
Is John Cena/Undertaker actually happening?
WWE, you do know that WrestleMania is in two weeks right? There’s only two more shows to build toward a John Cena and Undertaker match. With Undertaker being 53 and John Cena on the back-nine of his career, this match doesn’t have the buzz it would have had ten years ago. What was going to make this match tolerable was the build up to it. So far, the build has been one-sided. John Cena has been doing all of the heavy lifting.
Tonight, Cena takes on Kane. Clearly, this is leading towards something and tonight would be the best chance to have Undertaker show up to answer the challenge. Or else, WWE is going to give this a one week build for a match that is going to leave a lot to be desired.
Do we learn of Braun Strowman’s WrestleMania partner tonight?
Braun Strowman is getting a championship opportunity at WrestleMania. There’s only one problem. He needs a partner for a tag team championship match. Kurt Angle made it clear that Strowman can’t challenge for these belts by himself, that he needs to have somebody in his corner.
Other then it obviously being Elias, there aren’t a whole lot of options that make sense for this pick. Keeping it a surprise until ‘Mania is also a very interesting decision that would give fans a cool moment in New Orleans.
Does Ronda Rousey show up on this show?
Ronda Rousey was at Raw last week. She participated in a dark segment following the show with Dana Brooke. That marks two straight weeks with no build for her tag team match at WrestleMania. That should end tonight. The official WWE preview talks about Stephanie McMahon and Triple H being ready for Rousey.
That could mean those two get back at Rousey for what she did to them a couple of weeks back. The story of this match works better if Rousey is chasing the chance to get her hands on Stephanie McMahon. Furthering that story means McMahon gains the upper-hand tonight, in some way.
What will happen to Roman Reigns?
A suspended WWE employee showed up to Raw last week. For Roman Reigns, that ended with him in handcuffs, getting destroyed by Brock Lesnar. The WWE Universal Champion finally showed up to work, and it was at an opportune time.
He was able to force Reigns to leave on a stretcher, making a strong statement to the challenger. Are there any repercussions for Reigns showing up when he wasn’t supposed to? Does Reigns gain his revenge on Lesnar tonight? Is Lesnar even in the building? All of these questions are what are making this story the most compelling thing on the Raw brand for WrestleMania. Hopefully, they keep it going tonight.