Tonight, WWE RAW heads to Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL where Bill Goldberg will make his return to RAW.
Goldberg is of course already announced for this year’s Royal Rumble, as is Brock Lesnar whom Goldberg defeated shockingly fast at Survivor Series. What will Goldberg have to say tonight?
WWE has announced two matches for tonight’s show, the first WWE event of 2017.
Sami Zayn survived Braun Strowman for 10 minutes a couple of weeks ago at Roadblock: End of the Line. Tonight victory won’t come so “easy” for Sami Zayn. Sami’s going to have to actually beat the “Monster Among Men,” and in order to do that he’s going to need to make the big man stay down for a 10-count. It’s going to be Sami Zayn vs. Braun Strowman in a Last Man Standing match tonight on RAW.
Also tonight, tag team action as the feud between Rusev and Enzo Amore heats up. Tonight, it’s Rusev & Jinder Mahal vs. Enzo & Big Cass.
In addition to those two announced matches plus the return of Goldberg, here’s what WWE is asking in their official preview heading into tonight’s show:
Are Kevin Owens’ days numbered?
Will Neville earn his crown as “King of the Cruiserweights”?
Tonight WWE RAW comes to the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, LA (the city that was just announced today to be the host of WrestleMania 34). Tonight’s show will see heavy competition in the form of the College Football National Championship game between Alabama and Clemson airing on ESPN. As such, WWE has made some announcements for tonight’s show to try and generate buzz.
Two legends will return to RAW tonight as both The Undertaker and Shawn Michaels will be in the house. What will the two icons in the industry have to say? Could they be entering the Royal Rumble match? We’ll find out tonight.
Also announced for tonight, it’ll be Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens & Chris Jericho in a Handicap match for the United States Championship. Will Roman Reigns be able to successfully defend his title against the two best friends in a handicap match, or will Jericho and Owens finally get to be real co-champions?
Here’s some questions WWE is asking heading into tonight’s show:
- Who will declare for the Royal Rumble Match? - Will Bayley dethrone Charlotte Flair? - Is Neville our next WWE Cruiserweight Champion?
To answer that first question, one superstar has already declared for the Royal Rumble today. Seth Rollins has announced that he’s entering the Rumble match. I’m sure we’ll find out even more names, again maybe Undertaker and HBK, tonight on RAW.
I'll take Ryback over him every day no question. At least Ryback was decent as a wrestler and before the WWE botched it, was actually the most over face on the roster.
Botched it or just couldn't have it?
I'd say a botch would be accidentally messing it up, whereas what WWE did to Ryback when he was undefeated was a deliberate depush seemingly to spite the fact that he got over to the extent he did. I mean I still remember how loud the crowd was when he said "FEED ME PUNK." And at that moment, it's like Vince suddenly realized the guy was getting to be too over and had to take him down. One of the dumbest acts of self sabotage that I've ever seen from WWE, and I don't think I'll ever understand it.
Did the same thing, to a little bit lesser extent, to Rusev as an undefeated heel. I can't comprehend the logic behind building these guys up, just to have someone that doesn't need a rub be the ones to tear them down, while at the same time giving what could be a legitimate rub (ending Taker's streak) to Brock Lesnar. But of course there's no logic to it, so it can't be comprehended.
I didn't get online last night or this morning or I would have.
Pretty good show I thought, though still think Joe would been a better fit for Smackdown. Interesting note too, Triple H kept going on about "The Destroyer" when addressing Seth Rollins in his post NXT address. Well Samoa Joe's theme is called "Destroyer."
Oh definitely but I just feel Smackdown needed him more. Plus the issue with the Rollins feud is with the ultimate payoff being Wrestlemania against Hunter; I just don't see Rollins losing a feud to Joe. So that leaves Joe in a bit of a weird spot. At best he will split a set of matches but I hated that when they did it to Owens upon his debut. You give the guy a bunch of momentum by having a strong debut and then taking it away by having them lose to the person they just beat.
Speaking of Owens, I hate they way they continue to book his title reign. Just let him have one clean title win before his reign is over. It's just a joke at this point. They did the same thing to Rollins. I've said before I don't mind a heel using heel tactics to win but outright having interference every time makes you look like a joke. Holding the tights, feet on the ropes, low blows I'm good with that as it is the type of cheap tactics a heel uses. Then again I kind of look at classic Ric Flair as the blueprint of a perfect heel and you best believe Flair won some matches clean. I just don't get why WWE wants it to look as if their heels are incapable of winning title matches without help.
Also like to point out as it always makes me chuckle; guess the dirt sheets aren't doubling down on that whole "WWE burying Sami Zayn" story from a couple of weeks ago. For a guy getting buried he sure was instrumental in Strowman being eliminated at the Rumble and has wins over Seth Rollins and Chris Jericho in back to back weeks. If that is being buried then I think half the Raw roster wouldn't mind being buried. It's like the new version of "(insert name) is in the doghouse" that used to pop up every year.
Joe has done everything right so far. He just walked out on week one and came off like a star and a killer. His promos have been on point. Not sure who's fell asleep at the wheel to allow such natural solid booking to occur, but let's hope they don't wake up anytime soon.
Also on the subject of more serious heels, Neville has turned from someone who looked uncomfortable in his own skin--generic flippy guy 6.0 to an awesome badass heel overnight, and this Ghallager chap has impressed me as well. His character is unlike anything I've seen in wrestling for a while.