Raw Five-Point Preview: Feb. 1, 2016
The Beast is back. Since The Wyatt Family utilized the no disqualification environment of the Royal Rumble Match to eliminate Brock Lesnar from the bout, The Anomaly has yet to be seen in a WWE ring. With his return imminent, the entire WWE locker room braces for impact. Who will feel the wrath of this raging behemoth? WWE.com has some ideas.
One night after The Wyatt Family eliminated Brock Lesnar from the Royal Rumble Match — essentially robbing The Beast of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship — The Authority announced that Lesnar will battle Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in a Triple Threat Match at WWE Fastlane. The winner of that bout will then go on to WrestleMania to challenge Triple H for the grandest prize in sports-entertainment.
Lesnar can’t be in a good mood in the wake of his Royal Rumble Match defeat, and will be anxious to transform Birmingham, Ala., into Suplex City. But which Superstars will suffer his wrath: Bray Wyatt and his followers, The Beast’s WWE Fastlane opponents or both? No matter who crosses his path, Lesnar is bringing the pain to Raw.
Will tensions rise between Ambrose and Reigns?
Even though they’ll be colliding in WWE Fastlane’s Triple Threat Match main event — a bout that will put both men in Brock Lesnar’s crosshairs — brothers-in-arms Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns remain adamant that their friendship will not be a factor when they battle for the opportunity to challenge Triple H for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania. When that bell rings, they’ll fight tooth and nail. When the match ends, they’re confident they’ll be best buds once again.
Yet, despite Ambrose and Reigns’ attitudes in the lead-up to their high-stakes brawl, one has to imagine that The Authority will be looking to somehow drive a wedge between The Lunatic Fringe and The Big Dog. Will mind games tear these brothers apart?
Of rematches and revenge
Kalisto has been quick to prove that, like John Cena before him, he’s a fighting champion, granting the high-flying Neville a United States Championship opportunity on SmackDown. Meanwhile, Alberto Del Rio seems to be biding his time, even though he’s guaranteed a rematch after losing the star-spangled prize to The King of Flight at the Royal Rumble event.
When will The Essence of Excellence attempt to reclaim the U.S. Title? Perhaps we’ll learn more on Raw.
Will Goldust and R-Truth finally partner up?
Goldust’s recent attempts to woo R-Truth into a tag team partnership haven’t exactly been successful, with Truth continuing to get the wrong idea about The Bizarre One’s true intentions. Yet, Goldust remains undeterred, and seeks to make The Golden Truth — his self-made moniker for the would-be tandem — a reality … or a surreality, as it were.
Will Goldust continue his well-meaning but hilariously ineffective pursuit on Raw?
Like a Boss
Sasha Banks has been on a tear since returning at the Royal Rumble event, keeping both Divas Champion Charlotte and Becky Lynch on their toes and drastically altering the landscape of the Divas Title picture.
After The Boss attacked Charlotte and Becky at the Royal Rumble, the Divas Champion got a measure of retribution against Banks on Raw, but in the back of her mind, Charlotte has to know she’s now fighting a war on two fronts. Meanwhile, Sasha clearly sees herself as the next bearer of the Divas Title, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to claim it.
How will Sasha Banks prove that she deserves to be next in line for Charlotte’s prize on Raw? Additionally, with Team B.A.D. nowhere in sight since The Boss’ return, what do Naomi and Tamina think of their Team B.A.D. ally’s recent actions?
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