WWE RAW PRIMER 4/2: Will Undertaker answer Cena, Team Rousey and Team McMahon square off, Balor vs. Seth

By Pat McNeill, PWTorch columnist

Kurt Angle (art credit Travis Beaven © PWTorch)

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RAW PREVIEW
APRIL 2, 2018
ATLANTA, GEORGIA AT PHILIPS ARENA
By Pat McNeill (@realpatmcneill), PWTorch Guest Contributor

ANNOUNCED BY WWE.COM

  • Team Rousey and Team McMahon face off tonight
  • Will Roman Reigns be ready for WrestleMania?
  • Finn Balor and Seth Rollins collide in battle for WrestleMania momentum
  • Will The Undertaker respond to John Cena’s WrestleMania challenge?

EXTRAORDINARY MAN VERSUS KINGSLAYER”

Three weeks ago on Raw, Finn Balor defeated Seth Rollins in a classic matchup.  Last week, Balor got the better of The Burning Man after an ambush.  Obviously, this week is Seth Rollins’ turn.  Unless WWE Intercontinental Champion The Miz and his Miztourage show up at ringside, but what are the odds of that?

Finn Balor vs. Seth Rollins should be your Raw main event tonight, unless The Undertaker decides to show up fashionably late.

STAIRS TO FACE”

Last week on Raw, WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar beat the crap out of former WWE champion Roman Reigns.  (Again.  Some more.)  But if Shane McMahon plans to work at WrestleMania despite a hernia, shouldn’t the Big Dog be able to suck it up and take another beating for his Roman Empire?  And shouldn’t WWE fans feel sorry for Roman Reigns.  If you can’t feel sorry for the beatings Roman has sustained, can’t you at least feel bad for how the former Shield member has been booked?

Brock Lesnar is advertised for Atlanta.  Tune in tonight to see if the champ can deliver some more innovative violence.

SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING”

John Cena has spent three weeks calling out The Undertaker for a match at WrestleMania 34, despite Undertaker’s apparent retirement at WrestleMania 33.   During that time, he has escalated his jabs and taunts to the point Undertaker’s half-brother, Kane, showed up to defend his family’s honor.

The Franchise has announced that if he can’t get a major match for Sunday’s card, he’s going to sit in the crowd.  Even with the cramped secondary ticket market, you have to assume John Cena can at least buy his way to ringside.  Will we have a WrestleMania without a John Cena match, or will the Deadman make a last minute appearance tonight?

ALSO

– Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey are supposed to have a face to face promo battle with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon on tonight’s show.  Rumor has it Stephanie plans to get under Rowdy Ronda’s skin by asking her about Holly Holm.

– Alexa Bliss arrived early at Philips Arena in order to find some good hiding places.  Will Nia Jax get hold of her anyway?  She has three hours and fifteen minutes to track down her former BFF.

– Can’t Sasha Banks and Bayley just get along?

– Will we find out who Braun Strowman has chosen as his tag team partner for WrestleMania?  (Probably not, but we can dream.)

– How many times will the “We Are WWE” video air during this program?

Live from the A.T.L., it’s Monday Night Raw!  Six days until WrestleMania!  You watching?


NOW CATCH UP ON LAST WEEK’S RAW: HEYDORN’S WWE RAW REPORT 3/26: Alt Perspective coverage of live show from Cleveland including additional build to WrestleMania 34, John Cena vs. Kane, and more

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