Raw Five-Point Preview: March 18, 2013
From Brock Lesnar’s brutal attack of The New Age Outlaws to CM Punk’s utter disrespect for the legacy of the late Paul Bearer, the emotional Road to WrestleMania is in high gear! Here are five reasons to catch Monday’s Raw as it rolls into Pittsburgh.
1. Triple H to respond to Brock Lesnar
Last week, the beast Brock Lesnar crushed The New Age Outlaws with a pair of painful F-5s and laid out his requirements for facing Triple H at WrestleMania. ( WATCH) The vicious attack caught the attention of The Game, who later in the week confirmed he will be at this week’s Raw with his response. ( FULL STORY) Never one to back down from a fight, odds are The King of Kings will say the fight is on for WrestleMania! ( VOTE: WRESTLEMANIA MATCH STIPULATION)
@KaitlynWWE: #TripleHvsBrock stipulation should be a Street Fight. The way civilized men should settle things! #KneePadsOverTheJeans
@TheBoDallas: Wrestlemania 29 getting closer everyday !!! #TripleHvsBrock is ganna be a war, I think the only match suitable (Hell in a cell) #boknows
@LaRosaMendes: The only stipulation for #TripleHvsBrock is an "I Quit" match!! Can't wait!!!
2. Intercontinental Title Triple Threat Match
In perhaps his biggest challenge yet, Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett must defend his title in a Triple Threat Match … and he’s not happy about it. ( WATCH EXCLUSIVE) With his wealth of experience, nine-time Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho could very well claim his 10th title. And former WWE Champion The Miz is no doubt eager to get back in the limelight, as well. Will a new champion be crowned on Raw?
3. The battle for the grandest prize of ’em all
The stage is set for another epic clash between WWE Champion The Rock and John Cena at WrestleMania 29. ( TRACE THEIR PATH TO WRESTLEMANIA) With both Superstars equally passionate in their belief that they can win, who will make the next move to build momentum for victory on The Grandest Stage of Them All?
4. The World Title war of words
With a win over U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro on Raw, World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio overtook WWE Champion The Rock on this week’s WWE.com Power Rankings. With wins over Sin Cara and Chris Jericho, Jack Swagger also enjoyed a boost in the Power Rankings. In their ongoing and bitter war of words, can either Superstar find an edge as their WrestleMania clash fast approaches? ( PREVIEW)
5. Has CM Punk gotten inside Undertaker’s head?
At the start of last week’s Raw, the WWE Universe shockingly witnessed CM Punk interrupt The Undertaker’s tribute to the late Paul Bearer. By the end of the night, Punk hightailed it with Bearer’s urn, resulting in a seething Phenom. Is this the lowest Punk has ever sunk? ( WATCH PUNK’S DIRTY DEEDS) Does he still have the urn in his possession? More importantly, what will The Deadman do to Punk the next time they cross paths?