Raw Five-Point Preview: March 11, 2013
Triple H has thrown down the gauntlet a mere two weeks after returning , challenging Brock Lesnar to a bout at WrestleMania 29 in MetLife Stadium. The Anomaly has yet to respond, but with his presence confirmed for this coming Monday’s Raw, it’s unlikely the former Undisputed WWE Champion will stay silent for very long. Will Lesnar accept and play The Game once again? And will The Undertaker emerge from the darkness to break words with CM Punk before their battle at The Showcase of the Immortals? Here are five elements to consider.
Shield vs. Show
The old axiom is “the bigger they are, the harder they fall,” and that was certainly the case when The Shield pounded Big Show with the Triple Powerbomb last Monday after Raw went off the air. But the NXT invaders may have bitten off more than they can chew, as they felt the wrath of the giant’s wrecking-ball fists on SmackDown as payback. ( WATCH) The Shield have never been ones to let such an attack go unanswered, but The World’s Largest Athlete seems far from satisfied with their punishment thus far. Will the unstoppable forces meet the immovable object once again?
Give the devil his due
CM Punk has never shied away from a challenge, and even with his pursuit of the WWE Championship derailed by John Cena and The Rock, The Straight Edge Superstar has corralled an even greater test for himself in a WrestleMania match against The Undertaker himself. ( PREVIEW) The former WWE Champion has vowed to “take” The Deadman’s WrestleMania streak from the WWE Universe as recompense for his lost championship, going so far to label his potential victory as a foregone conclusion. The Phenom, for his part, has remained silent, choosing instead to stalk his challenger from afar. But as CM Punk’s dance with the devil in the pale moonlight approaches, it will be interesting to see how – and if – he tries to get under the skin of his legendary foe.
What’s in a name?
Here’s what the WWE Universe knows about Fandango thus far: He’s got the moves of an angel, the hair of a unicorn, abs you could scrub your clothes on, and he really, really hates it when people can’t get his name right. The balletic Superstar has been slated to make his in-ring debut three times now, and three times he has postponed his first dance thanks to the unseemly butchering of his moniker by Matt Striker, Justin Roberts and Lilian Garcia. The question for this Monday’s Raw, then, isn’t so much as who Fandango (Fahn-DAHHHN-go?) will face as whether or not he’ll be too offended to set foot on the canvas again.
Old school vs. new school
“Old School” Raw got a jolt of attitude last week when The New Age Outlaws reunited to take down Primo & Epico, and Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow were quick to respond by re-forming Team Rhodes Scholars and challenging The Outlaws to a match. Road Dogg and Billy Gunn looked as good as ever, but The Scholars already own a victory over The Usos on WWE Superstars since reuniting. What do the fiendish facial hair enthusiasts have in store for the five-time Tag Team Champions of the World?
The pain train’s coming
Triple H’s confidence is riding high two weeks after making his explosive return to WWE, and the erstwhile COO has decided to follow-up his decimation of Brock Lesnar with an official challenge at WrestleMania. Triple H hasn’t been gone long enough for the WWE Universe to forget what happened the last time these two tussled in the ring (it didn’t end well for The Game) ( PHOTOS), but with time to heal his mind and body, the 13-time World Champion seems more focused than ever. But will The Anomaly actually dignify Triple H with a civilized response? Or does he have more sinister plans in store for The King of Kings? Tune in to Raw this Monday at 8/7 CT on USA Network to find out!