This week’s episode of Raw from London, England, will be as exciting as they come. And if the WWE Universe loved the post-WrestleMania crowd in the Izod Center, the wild chants and genuine enthusiasm from the fans across the pond will make this a great Raw.
The WWE is pulling out all of its big stars to sell the brand to international fans, and that includes booking veterans like The Undertaker, Triple H and others in what should be one of the most interesting three-hour episodes of Raw since the length change.
It will be hard for London to top East Rutherford in terms of crowd interaction, but with the company only traveling to Europe sporadically, the rabid wrestling fans in England will make the show unforgettable.
Monday’s Raw is going to get wild.
Where: London O2 Arena, London, England
When: Monday April 22, at 8 p.m. ET (Pre-Taped)
Watch: USA Network
The excitement over the WWE traveling to London for Monday’s edition of Raw is through the roof, and the reports that Chris Jericho will be in attendance and will be in action have the fans ecstatic.
According to Wrestling Inc., Jericho is scheduled to be on Monday’s Raw. While there is no confirmation about what program he will be working or which superstar he will attack, the most obvious option would be Fandango.
As much as many in the WWE Universe would like to see a bout against Dolph Ziggler now that he is world champion, the hoopla over Fandango in the mainstream media will force the officials backstage to have another chapter in the battle between Y2J and his dancing foe.
Once Fandango beats Jericho Monday, it will be a matter of time before he beats Kofi Kingston for the United States Championship.
The Undertaker Gets Raw
The crowds in London will be treated to something that wrestling fans in America haven’t seen in a very long time: The Undertaker taking part in a televised match on Raw.
While there is a chance that this match just happens and Team Hell No takes the loss so Undertaker doesn’t have to look weak, there is a feeling that the WWE could save this bout and make it a pay-per-view main event.
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As much as the WWE Universe would hate the fact that the company advertised The Undertaker for a match and he did not perform, the smartest route for the company to take would be waiting on this bout. Instead of giving it away on TV, this six-man tag team match would be the perfect addition to the Extreme Rules card that WWE is trying to hard sell fans on.
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Whether The Undertaker wrestles or not Monday, he will undoubtedly interact with both Team Hell No and The Shield, making this one of the most anticipated episodes of Raw in a long time. It was great to see the Brothers of Destruction reunited for Raw 1000 last year, but the addition of Daniel Bryan and The Shield makes Monday’s Raw even more exciting.
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The Continued Build to Extreme Rules
The excitement around this week’s episode of Raw is not just based on the scheduled appearance of legends like Chris Jericho and The Undertaker, it is partly based on the WWE’s continued build to May’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view. That’s why Monday will feature plenty of Triple H and John Cena responding to the actions of their foes during last week's show.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will Triple H Accept Brock Lesnar’s Challenge?
While many fans want to see how Cena reacts to Ryback standing back after allowing him get beat up by The Shield last week, the main focus Monday will be about Triple H and how he responds to Brock Lesnar’s challenge for a third match in a steel cage. In case you needed another chapter in this feud, it looks like Triple H will accept the cage match and give the fans Round 3.
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After Triple H accepts Lesnar’s challenge—likely with another match-stipulation caveat—it will be Cena’s turn to confront Ryback.
With a WWE Championship match possibly looming between these two men, the company will do whatever it can to make the fresh face look like a real threat, and that could mean having Ryback destroy the champion in spectacular fashion in front of the raucous crowd in London.
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