After one of the most memorable Royal Rumbles in history, WWE is officially on the 2013 road to WrestleMania 29, and that will be reflected in Monday’s edition of Raw.
There is still plenty of time before the company’s biggest event, but the groundwork has been laid for the next three months of action in WWE.
Now is not the time for the WWE Universe to miss a second of the wild build to WrestleMania 29.
With plenty of loose ends to tie up from the Royal Rumble Monday night on Raw and The Rock’s WWE Championship celebration, this week’s edition of the company’s flagship show will be the best in a long time.
Where: Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nev.
When: Monday, Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: USA Network
Full Royal Rumble Results
The Rock defeated WWE Champion CM Punk.
World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio defeated Big Show (Last Man Standing Match).
John Cena won the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match.
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No defeated Team Rhodes Scholars.
U.S. Champion Antonio Cesaro defeated The Miz (Pre-Show).
Potential Spoilers for Raw
The Godfather to Appear?
After being eliminated just seconds after entering the Royal Rumble, former WWE star The Godfather could make a guest appearance on WWE TV Monday night as Raw comes to his home city of Las Vegas. Why is it not a surprise The Godfather lives in Vegas?
Rey Mysterio Not on Raw?
According to F4WOnline.com, despite the fact that Rey Mysterio was in the Royal Rumble match, Sunday, the veteran star is still officially taking time off and was just brought back for the excitement of one night. It’s unclear what the future holds for the former champion.
A New Champion is Crowned
Despite CM Punk’s 434 days as champion—a reign that will live on as one of the most entertaining in years—it was The Rock that walked out of the Royal Rumble with the WWE Championship, and the honor of being called the best in the world.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Is The Rock the Right Champion?
While there is a contingent of fans that don’t believe a part-time superstar like The Rock should have the title, the financial benefits of having a megastar like Dwayne Johnson taking the WWE title on the talk-show circuit while promoting his movies are through the roof.
This was the right move for WWE as a business.
Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 WrestleMania Worthy Storylines
The battle between The Rock and Punk is far from over, but the fact that the WWE Universe will be treated to two WrestleMania worthy feuds from during the movie star’s three-month stay with the company proves his part-time return is perfect for the betterment of the product.
WWE Rumors: WWE’s WrestleMania Plans for The Rock (F4WOnline via Wrestling Inc.)
In one of the best twists to any edition of Raw, the Raw Roulette board could make for some of the wildest matches and the oddest situations the fans would ever see from WWE’s biggest show; the unpredictability of the wheel will cause high drama Monday night.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will the WWE Take Advantage of this Opportunity?
Raw Roulette is a great way to further storylines or even start new angles, and with many fans feeling jilted by the outcome of Monday night’s Royal Rumble—many smarks don’t enjoy John Cena or The Rock—the Roulette wheel is a great way to make Raw interesting for everyone.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Roads to WrestleMania
Monday’s Raw will be the first step towards WrestleMania 29, and the build for this year’s event will be massive. With the company going all in on its biggest show of the year, the WWE universe should expect each and every episode of Raw over the next three months to be something special.
That starts Monday.
WWE Rumors: How Chris Jericho eluded the Dirtsheets (Wrestling Inc.)
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