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The WWE Universe had spoken. After the frenzied outcome of the 2015 Royal Rumble Match made Roman Reigns one of the most controversial Superstars on the roster, The Authority made an interesting offer to The Big Dog: He would face either Daniel Bryan or Seth Rollins at WWE Fastlane, with the winner going on to face Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Title at WrestleMania. Reigns accepted these terms and, at the end of the night, it was Bryan who earned an opportunity to battle the powerhouse on Feb. 22.

With The Authority still clearly determined to put as many obstacles in front of Reigns and Bryan as possible on The Road to WrestleMania, what can we expect live on Raw?


In the wake of controversy surrounding the 2015 Royal Rumble Match, winner Roman Reigns will battle Daniel Bryan at WWE Fastlane, with the winner of that bout punching their ticket to the main event of WrestleMania 31 and facing Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

As evidenced by Reigns’ cruel twist of fate and the unfair circumstances Bryan faced on SmackDown — including a 3-on-1 Handicap Match and a brutal Authority beatdown — it appears as though Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are looking to soften up both Bryan and Reigns before The Show of Shows. What awaits these Superstars on Raw, and how will Seth Rollins reap the benefits of their torment?


A cosmic storm is brewing. Frustrations continue to mount between brothers and former WWE Tag Team Champions Goldust and Stardust, especially after the younger face-painted sibling abandoned The Bizarre One in the middle of a match on SmackDown. No longer on the same page, it appears as though the days are numbered for Gold & Stardust, whose issues with one another have extended far beyond mere miscommunications in the ring. Will the brothers attempt some sort of reconciliation on Raw, or is this intergalactic tandem about to explode, Death Star-style?


Is it us, or is Dean Ambrose just a tad more unhinged than usual? Twice interrupting Curtis Axel’s tirades about deserving a WWE World Heavyweight Championship opportunity at WrestleMania — he was never eliminated from the Royal Rumble Match, after all — The Lunatic Fringe has also painted a target on the back of Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett. After defeating Barrett on the Jan. 19 edition of Raw in a non-title contest, Ambrose feels he’s in line for a title opportunity. Unfortunately, as we learned on the inaugural broadcast of the Bad News Zone (BNZ) Thursday night on SmackDown, Barrett’s not convinced Ambrose is a worthy opponent for him, branding The Lunatic Fringe as “too much of a lunatic.” Perhaps Barrett’s right, or maybe he’s just scared.

We’ve seen what havoc Ambrose is capable of unleashing on his opponents based on his savage battles with Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt, so perhaps the smarmy titleholder is making the right call. However, we’ve also seen what Ambrose can do when he doesn’t get his way. Is Barrett making a mistake in denying Ambrose what he has clearly earned?


The Bellas are many things — beautiful, athletic and opportunistic are just a few words that spring to mind — but one would be hard-pressed to call Nikki & Brie “welcoming” based on how they’ve been treating their new “Total Divas” castmate Paige in recent weeks. Moments after Paige’s pinfall victory over Alicia Fox last week on Raw, the devious tandem and Alicia orchestrated a 3-on-1 attack on the raven-haired Brit, covering her in spray tanner.

Paige was a woman possessed later in the week, resulting in another, firmly decisive victory over Fox on SmackDown, but The Diva of Tomorrow won’t be satisfied until she defeats Nikki at WWE Fastlane to become a three-time Divas Champion. Will Paige gain some key momentum over Nikki & Brie this week on Raw?


Flag malfunctions aside, United States Champion Rusev seemed unstoppable last week, first utterly incapacitating Erick Rowan on Raw, and then going on to “crush” the behemoth on SmackDown. Lana has claimed that Cena represents the past but, judging from his savagery of late, The Super Athlete could very well ensure that “the face that runs the place” doesn’t have a future after WWE Fastlane.

Will the Cenation leader prove Lana wrong and give Rusev his first true loss in WWE, taking his star-spangled title in the process? Or will Cena join the growing list of Superstars who have fallen victim to the Accolade? On Raw, less than two weeks before WWE Fastlane, expect Cena to step up his game as his collision with The Hero of the Russian Federation approaches.

Don’t miss Raw at 8/7 CT on USA Network, and be sure to tune in to Raw Pre-Show at 7:30 ET, available FREE on WWE Network.
 

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Can we have some proper interaction between Ambrose and Barrett this week? None of this one in the ring and one on the screen. Some proper back and forth..... Oh wait, mid0care title, not a fucking chance fpalm
 

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The Bryan/Reigns interactions will probably be interesting. Can't say that I'm looking forward to more long Authority promos, though
 
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Put Roman Reigns / Daniel Bryan in a 2-on-3 tag match against Big Show / Kane / Seth Rollins and build some tension between the 2 god damn it!
 

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I love the sandow-mizdow moments.
what happens there is freaky. he had once the most akward gimmick. then he was knocked out by any celebrity and then he lost every match. and now he is standing outside of the ring able to control massive cheers as he wants and when he wants.
i already got sometimes nervous that the mizdow thing is going to be boring - no it ain'T - to me it is the question when will he wrestle a plus 5 min singles and winning it.
 

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However, we’ve also seen what Ambrose can do when he doesn’t get his way.
please, PLEASE, let him start to stalk BNB. Ruin his matches in all ways possible, attack him during interviews ... make him give him what he wants lol.

Also looking forward to seeing where Rollins goes from here, if Randy is coming back after Fast Lane then Seth needs something to do for a wee while.
 

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Brock/Reigns/Bryan confrontation :mark:
 

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should be a good raw, looking forward to seeing what happens involving all 5 points of the preview, even the diva stuff (mainly due to paige.)

I think dean is slowly transitioning to his darker side, hope he keeps it up by beating the shit out of bnb, Ambrose should interfere in a barrett match and just wail on him with a chair until barrett finally can't take any more and agrees to the match. Sorta like punk did to del rio to get his ss match.
 

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Was already excited for this RAW after seeing Smackdown and witnessing the tension grow between Bryan and Reigns, but now knowing that Brock is scheduled to appear I am super duper excited

You can have 2 hours 59 minutes of pure, unadulterated shit so long that it means that I get to witness a 1 minute Bryan/Lesnar confrontation :mark:
 

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The Reigns vs. Bryan feud is the most exciting thing on the show. I really hope they don't go with calling Reigns "The Big Dog" though.
Much like we hoped it wasn't going to be "the vigilante Sting"
 

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Will be interesting with Bryan and Reigns to see crowd reactions and what path the build goes down.

Isn't Brock scheduled this week?
 

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More Brock/Reigns & Reigns/Bryan please. Maybe even A Bryan/Brock moment or Brock/Bryan/Reigns. Take advantage of these match ups and I'm sure it will be a good show.

Finally have BNB and Ambrose in the same area and maybe an Orton appearence? I'm just going to keep mentioning him til he's back.
 
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