Not content with The Undertaker’s silence on The Road to WrestleMania, Bray Wyatt is about to make his boldest statement yet, vowing to bring what appears to be The Undertaker’s urn to Raw and “unleash its spirit.” Will The New Face of Fear finally garner a response from The Deadman, three weeks before The Show of Shows?
As WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar returns to Raw and Wiz Khalifa gets set to perform in his hometown of Pittsburgh, what else awaits on WWE’s flagship show? WWE.com has some ideas.
1.) How will Brock Lesnar deal with Roman Reigns?
We’re three weeks away from WrestleMania, and Roman Reigns is as confident as ever that he’ll conquer Brock Lesnar and become the WWE World Heavyweight Champion at The Show of Shows. Yet, after Paul Heyman verbally eviscerated The Big Dog last Monday night, Reigns might be facing some physical punishment this time around. Sources have confirmed that The Beast Incarnate will be appearing live on Raw, emanating from Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center.
Will we witness an altercation between Reigns and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion Monday night? If so, who will be standing tall after it’s all over?
2.) What is Bray Wyatt planning for The Undertaker?
Is it desperation or calculation? Eager to get a response from The Undertaker and sate his desire for a WrestleMania clash with The Deadman, Bray Wyatt has taken possession of an all-too-familiar urn and vowed on SmackDown to “unleash its spirit” on Raw. Whatever that means exactly remains to be seen.
The Undertaker’s urn has long been regarded as a source of The Deadman’s power, and if Wyatt does indeed have this mysterious artifact in his clutches, The Phenom might have no choice but to re-emerge from oblivion and battle The Eater of Worlds on The Grandest Stage of Them All. The entire WWE Universe will be watching on Raw as Wyatt demonstrates why he has become The New Face of Fear.
3.) Will Rusev accept Curtis Axel's challenge?
Wait, really? Did Curtis Axel call out United States Champion Rusev on SmackDown? Are we actually going to see Axel take on The Super Athlete on Raw? That’s seemingly entirely up to The Super Athlete, but should Axel somehow defeat Rusev — pulling off one of the biggest upsets in WWE history — we could see the “Better-Than-Perfect” Superstar vie for Rusev’s U.S. Championship at WrestleMania. This would give AxelMania two opportunities to shine on The Grandest Stage of Them All, since Axel is already confirmed for this year’s Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
Will Rusev agree to battle Axel, giving the ambitious and arguably delusional leader of the AxelMania movement a chance to make history?
4.) Will John Cena get a WrestleMania match?
As Curtis Axel pursues United States Champion Rusev, so too does John Cena, who has twice been refused a rematch with The Super Athlete at WrestleMania. Now, with The Authority denying the Cenation leader a match of his choosing — even shooting down his bid to enter himself in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal — it seems as though Cena might have to miss competing on The Grandest Stage of Them All this year.
That is, however, unless Cena can somehow convince Rusev to agree to a U.S. Title rematch at The Show of Shows. What powers of persuasion will the 15-time World Champion employ to change The Super Athlete’s mind?
5.) How will Triple H assert his control over WWE?
Last week, sensing that five-time WCW Champion Booker T might be a Sting supporter, WWE COO Triple H mercilessly fired the WWE Hall of Fame announcer, looking on as Booker collected his belongings at ringside and took a painful final walk to the entrance ramp. Of course, The Game later revealed that he was only kidding, so no harm done, right?
In an exclusive interview with WWE.com, Triple H revealed to Michael Cole that his conflict with Sting is all about power, and in the lead-up to WrestleMania, it’s necessary at times to remind everyone — broadcasters and other employees included — who is truly in charge of WWE. How will The Cerebral Assassin demonstrate his power this week? Will it involve settling the differences between Randy Orton and the rest of his Authority associates? Will more WWE employees suffer the COO’s wrath, temporarily or otherwise?
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