The final stage of the road to WrestleMania began after Fastlane. It was the last pay-per-view before the Showcase of Immortals, which is set to take place in New Jersey next month. Considering only three RAW episodes are left before the Show of Shows, the flagship show is expected to be mind-boggling in the next few weeks.
The RAW after Fastlane was action-packed as it had some stupendous bouts and important segments. Moreover, the Intercontinental Title changed hands on the RAW this week. Kurt Angle announced he will hang up the boots following WrestleMania 35 while Batista and Triple H had a fierce segment. Nevertheless, Drew McIntyre was the star of last RAW where he destroyed Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose.
Vince McMahon's billion dollar company will be aiming to continue the excellent momentum next week. The next RAW will be held at Allstate Arena in Chicago. With the announcement of some matches this week, RAW is anticipated to be a good show.
WWE already announced a bout between Ronda Rousey and Dana Brooke as the latter interrupted the Raw Women's Champion this week. While Drew McIntyre will tussle with Seth Rollins on RAW after the Scottish Psychopath assaulted the other Shield members this week.
Here we discuss four surprises WWE could be planning on Monday Night Raw next week (18 March 2019).
#4 Sami Zayn could join Finn Balor to take on Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush
Finn Balor is scheduled to face Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush in a tag team match as he will pick a tag team partner on RAW next week. Balor lost the Intercontinental Championship this week when Bobby Lashley defeated him. Considering the current scenario, they are likely to extend the rivalry until the Grandest Stage of Them All.
With the backup of Lio Rush, Bobby Lashley managed to outnumber Finn Balor in this feud. Therefore, Balor is desperately searching for a partner in his corner. As a matter of fact, Balor lost the Intercontinental Title this week after a distraction from Lio Rush.
Sami Zayn, who is cleared to return in the squared circle, could be the new partner of the former Universal Champion. Since WrestleMania is less than one month away, Zayn could return to WWE. Besides, Zayn's last feud was against Bobby Lashley when the latter defeated Zayn in Money in the Bank last year.
#3 Kurt Angle could choose John Cena as his WrestleMania opponent
Kurt Angle had an emotional week on Raw when the Olympic Gold Medalist stated that he will retire at WrestleMania 35. The former WWE Champion made his WWE debut two decades ago, and his wrestling career spanned over two decades. Angle is set to appear on Raw next week where he will announce his last opponent for the Grandest Stage of Them All.
There is denying that Kurt Angle is one of the greatest wrestlers ever to set foot in the WWE ring. With his amateur wrestling background, he brought the style in professional wrestling. Angle is a Grand Slam Champion as he won all the active titles in his prime.
Angle's performance in the squared circle has dropped significantly after he made his in-ring return in 2017 and it could be a major reason for his retirement after the Showcase of Immortals in New Jersey.
It will be interesting to see who faces the Olympic Gold Medalist. John Cena, who made his debut against Kurt Angle, could be an ideal candidate to retire the legendary wrestler. Moreover, John Cena is one of the greatest superstars of Vince McMahon's billion dollar company, and he is a worthy final opponent of Kurt Angle's career.
#2 Becky Lynch could attack Ronda Rousey after she beats Dana Brooke
The Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey is set to have a bout with Dana Brooke next week. Dana Brooke intervened Ronda Rousey on RAW this week and the latter viciously assaulted Brooke. Brooke is a mismatch for Rousey, and the Rowdy One could squash Brooke.
The rivalry between Ronda Rousey and Becky Lynch has grown in the recent weeks following a social media battle. The two women also attacked each other in different shows. Lynch attacked Rousey at Elimination Chamber, and the Rowdy One paid it back at Fastlane.
However, Rousey's interference helped Lynch to secure the match at Fastlane as she was added to the Raw Women's Championship match. Though Charlotte Flair is also part of the triple threat match at Show of Shows, the rivalry between Rousey and Lynch has been the highlight.
The Man could assault the Rowdy One on Raw this week. With Charlotte Flair involved in this match, she could also join, and the three women could give us a teaser of WrestleMania mainevent. Considering Lynch is not using crutches anymore, she is expected to provide a better fight next week.
#1 Drew McIntyre could beat Seth Rollins after a distraction from Brock Lesnar
Drew McIntyre is set to face Seth Rollins on Raw, and the blockbuster match could be the main event of the night. With a dominant performance this week, McIntyre will be eager to repeat the same feat next week. The Scottish Psychopath dismantled Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in the same night.
The Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is scheduled to appear on RAW this week, and he could influence the match when his WrestleMania opponent will take on Drew McIntyre. Lesnar's last appearance was on the RAW after Royal Rumble where he destroyed Seth Rollins after delivering six F-5s. We could witness the same scenario on RAW next week when the Beast Incarnate will be in the building.
Considering the Shield is not likely to reunite again, Roman Reigns could lend a helping hand to Seth Rollins. It could lead to a match between Drew McIntyre and Roman Reigns at the Showcase of Immortals.