Coming out of the latest PPV, Fastlane, this week’s episode of Raw is setting up more stories for the upcoming Wrestlemania, WWE’s biggest event of the year. What Fastlane did exceptionally well this year–and you can learn more with our review and quick recap–was get people excited about what’s next, and this week’s Raw built on that. Also, check out what happened on Smackdown this week.
If you’re an avid fan of WWE programming, then you know there is eight hours of week of wrestling to watch between Raw, Smackdown, 205 Live, NXT, and NXT UK. That’s a lot of in-ring action. Sometimes, you don’t have time to watch a full episode, and that’s why we’re summing up the biggest points from WWE’s biggest shows.
The three-hour long Raw is filled with numerous superstars and storylines, and many of these stories are leading towards Wrestlemania, WWE’s biggest PPV of the year. Here are the biggest moments from the March 11 episode of Raw, all of which will lead into the show of shows this April.
Dean Ambrose is supposedly not resigning with WWE, but with how much of a big deal commentators and Roman Reigns made about this, it feels like a work. Reigns made an announcement to kick off Raw that was essentially telling everyone that the Shield is going their own way now.
However, later on in the program, Reigns was attacked brutally by Drew McIntyre. Ambrose was livid and demanded a falls count anywhere match. Ambrose ended up losing, but it’s apparent the Shield will reunite for Wrestlemania.
During Paul Heyman’s segment with Seth Rollins, Shelton Benjamin came out and attacked Rollins, giving him multiple German suplexes. It seems as though Heyman could be the advocate for Benjamin after Brock Lesnar is gone, and frankly, it’s a good fit if it happens. Benjamin even set Rollins up for what looked like was going to be an F-5.
It was revealed that the WCW tag team–frankly, the most prolific WCW tag team–Harlem Heat will be headed to this year’s Hall of Fame. The team was made up of Booker T and Stevie Ray, and they won the tag team championships on multiple occasions. If only they were being inducted with Sensational Sherri, who was their valet for three years.
On Raw’s show within a show, “A Moment of Bliss,” Alexa Bliss announced the host of this year’s Wrestlemania in a video package. It’s none other than Alexa Bliss. It’s great to see she’s being given something to do while she takes time off from the ring.
Batista showed up to Raw, with a bunch of security, and during a segment with Triple H, demanded a match at Wrestlemania against him. Triple H granted it, and Batista made it clear it would be his final match. The Wrestlemania bout will be No Holds Barred. Essentially, it’s just an extreme rules match.
Kurt Angle came to the ring and dropped a bombshell. He will have his final match at Wrestlemania. A short time later, Angle had his final match in Pittsburgh–his hometown–against Apollo Crews. At this point, it’s unclear who it will be against at this point, a backstage WWE video had Angle throw out of few names, like John Cena and AJ Styles, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
However, on Tuesday morning, John Cena Intsagrammed a photo of a young Kurt Angle. The Olympic gold medalist was Cena’s first match in the WWE, on an episode of Smackdown, and it’s pretty fitting for Angle’s last match to be against the man formerly known as “The Prototype.” There’s no reasoning behind me using Cena’s OVW name. I actually kind of like it.