Raw preview, April 11, 2016: Here comes the money!
Shane McMahon will once again be in charge of Raw tonight!
Even though he failed to defeat The Undertaker inside Hell in a Cell at WrestleMania, Shane McMahon was still granted a temporary reign as Raw’s showrunner — by Mr. McMahon, of all people. His first night at the helm of Monday night’s hottest show brought us a new Intercontinental Champion, several new Superstar debuts and the return of the fan-favorite Cesaro.
It’s clear that WWE’s Prodigal Son didn’t fall on his face as The Chairman had hoped, and it’s equally clear that the WWE Universe likes the way Shane runs things. In fact, due to the overwhelming support that Shane received throughout social media throughout the past week, Mr. McMahon has announced that his son will once again be in control of Raw tonight.
How will Shane follow up last week’s night at the helm? What will his continued success mean to the overall power base of The Authority? Does the WWE Chairman have something planned to derail his son’s further accomplishment? Find out tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network.
Can Styles claim Reigns' WWE World Heavyweight Title?
Even though he came up short in his WrestleMania debut against Chris Jericho, AJ Styles rebounded in a big way the next night on Raw, defeating Kevin Owens, Jericho and the returning Cesaro in a Fatal 4-Way Match to determine the No. 1 contender to Roman Reigns’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
Styles kept that momentum going on SmackDown, successfully teaming with The King of Swing to take on the first-ever Undisputed Champion and The Prizefighter in a tag team main event. As the Phenomenal One stated in an exclusive WWE.com interview with Michael Cole, he’s prepared to “react a little bit faster” and “hit a little bit harder” when he faces The Big Dog for WWE’s richest prize.
Even though Reigns’ confidence remains unshaken since Monday night, it’s clear that Styles is up to the challenge. Will the globally-renowned ring warrior continue to pick up steam this Monday night, live in Los Angeles?
What does Dr. Phil have planned for Raw?
Dr. Phil McGraw is coming to Raw. The host and executive producer of the No. 1 daytime talk show, "Dr. Phil," will guest star on Monday night's hottest show.
McGraw's hit series, now in its 14th season, has been renewed through 2020. Just last year, Dr. Phil was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for pioneers and luminaries in the electronic arts.
What will happen when one of TV's most recognizable personalities visits the WWE Universe? Find out this Monday night at 8/7 C on USA Network.
Are the Dudley Boyz “Sawft”?
The WWE Universe had three words for Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady the night after WrestleMania: “How you doin’?!”
One of the hottest tag teams in NXT history emerged on Raw last week and did what many thought to be impossible: They actually had the nerve to insult The Dudley Boyz to their faces — and, to steal a phrase from Enzo, “you can’t teach that.”
After boldly running down the table-smashing tandem, Enzo & Cass tried to provoke a brawl with The Dudleys, but Bubba Ray & D-Von had second thoughts. Is the veteran tag team afraid of what the smack-talking WWE newcomers are capable of, or will we see The Dudley Boyz retaliate this week, when Enzo & Cass least expect it?
Is Goldust ready for his close-up?
As we saw on SmackDown, Goldust is attempting to “reboot” his career in Hollywood, and R-Truth might be able to get The Bizarre One an audition with a top producer in Raw’s host city of Los Angeles … or so he claims. Will Truth help Goldust become a breakout star in Tinseltown? If so, will that mean “lights, camera, action” for The Golden Truth?
Will The Wyatt Family seal The League of Nations’ fate?
After laying out their so-called “weakest link,” King Barrett, The League of Nations suffered an even worse beatdown courtesy of The Wyatt Family, who made short work of Sheamus, Rusev and Alberto Del Rio in a startling show of force on Raw.
Following that attack, are Bray Wyatt and his flock poised to engulf the international trio? Wyatt is The Eater of Worlds, after all …
Regardless, it’s doubtful that even the presence of Raw guest star Dr. Phil will be able to help either of these factions find peace with one another this Monday night. WWE Universe, brace yourselves.
Can Natalya knock Charlotte off her pedestal?
Charlotte might be the bearer of the new WWE Women’s Championship — a title representing the evolution of female competition in WWE — but that doesn’t mean her peers have to be happy for her. After delivering a self-serving speech last Monday night, Natalya made it known she had heard enough, and challenged Charlotte’s so-called “genetic superiority” before trapping the titleholder in the Sharpshooter. The Hart Dungeon graduate then sent another statement to Charlotte when she soundly defeated Summer Rae on SmackDown as the Women’s Champion sat at ringside.
Might we soon see Natalya — daughter of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and niece of WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart — unseat the daughter of two-time WWE Hall of Famer and 16-time World Champion Ric Flair? The Queen of Harts will undoubtedly have her sights set on the WWE Women’s Title on Raw.
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