Last week's WWE RAW will not go down in history as one of the better shows for sure. There were certainly a few good moments, and there were upsets, but the pace of the show across three hours did not keep the audience hooked in the same manner that, say, an Avengers movie does.
Let's just hope that WWE RAW this week is a much better and significantly stronger affair from start to finish. We don't have to go back to the Attitude Era. We just need cohesive and compelling television, without loose ends, without poor booking.
Here are 5 surprises that could happen on WWE RAW this week to make the show memorable and keep the audience engaged. Feel free to suggest your own surprises in the comments section.
#5 Braun Strowman betrays Drew McIntyre during the big WWE RAW match
MVP has deep pockets, which means he can buy the loyalty of just about any member of the WWE RAW roster.
Where does Drew McIntyre go once he's done feuding with Bobby Lashley? He's too far up the card to mix it up with, say, Humberto Carillo or Drew Gulak.
A Drew McIntyre vs. Braun Strowman feud could be money and no, there's no chance that they will turn the Scotsman heel. He's the closest thing to John Cena in the current generation of WWE.
So, could Braun Strowman turn heel on Drew McIntyre and destroy him in the middle of the match? And maybe a new feud begins after WrestleMania Backlash?
Braun Strowman is always at his best as a heel, as was evidenced during his feud with Roman Reigns a few years ago.
Also, Braun Strowman is one of the few WWE RAW stars that dwarfs Drew McIntyre, creating a situation where the latter's the underdog.
#4 SmackDown stars arrive on WWE RAW for a pretty big match
Could SmackDown stars Natalya and Tamina Snuka show up on WWE RAW this week and get into a brawl with Naomi and Lana to determine who faces Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler next? It would be interesting to see how the faces fare against the heel and who WWE pushes among these two teams.
Unfortunately, over the long haul, neither of these teams seems likely to be able to unseat the Champions. But for the time being, we could see a very interesting brand vs. brand contest to determine the Number 1 contenders.
There's a lot to be desired when it comes to the WWE Women's Tag Team Division and one has to wonder if Shayna Baszler, in particular, wouldn't benefit from going solo. What do you think?
#3 Shane Thorne helps his friends pick up a big WWE RAW win
So the big WWE RAW match this week pits Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman against T-Bar and Mace. As huge and imposing as the two RETRIBUTION monsters may be, the fact of the matter is that Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman are made men and legitimate stars, so they should not ideally come up short.
That is unless Slapjack or Shane Thorne from RETRIBUTION shows up to lend his support to his former stablemates. Mace and T-Bar could pull off the ultimate upset with his assistance, launching them to the next level. As lame as this twist may sound, Shane Thorne, who plays Slapjack, is an incredible talent and could be a big asset to the WWE RAW brand.
Yes, we can pretty much guess next week's WWE RAW main event if this happens. A 3-on-2 handicap match with Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman taking on Slapjack, Mace and T-Bar. But if WWE is going ahead with this storyline, they might as well go all in.
#2 Angel Garza and Reginald fight on WWE RAW for Nia Jax's affection
During WWE RAW last week, we saw a hint of a romance between Angel Garza and Nia Jax! Could this result in a confrontation with her on-screen beau, Reginald, where the two men take each other on to win the affection of The Irresistible Force? It won't be the next McIntyre vs. Lashley, but it could be a fantastic comedy feud on WWE RAW.
Angel Garza has a ton of charisma and for someone of his talent to not get used on WWE RAW is criminal. Such a feud also allows Reginald to showcase his talent to the world. Both of these men are very entertaining and we really haven't gotten a chance to see them excel to the best of their ability yet.
As for Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler, their title reign isn't exactly setting the world on fire. And this is not their own fault, but because not enough thinking has gone into creating engaging storylines in their case. Maybe this feud will help them get some momentum too!
#1 Jinder Mahal returns to WWE RAW and is revealed to be the actual leader of RETRIBUTION
Just imagine the sight of Jinder Mahal returning to WWE RAW. Now, imagine how stunned the world will be if he reveals himself to be the puppet master, the man who has been pulling the strings for Mace and T-Bar.
If you've seen on his social media, he's been posting pictures how he looks right now. Physically he looks incredible. He's ready to get back. I've been working out with him. And you know he's just chomping at a bit. He's not been back since like all this started.
Jinder Mahal returning to WWE RAW would also present a very unique opportunity.
He could present two Indian giants- Dilsher Shanky and Giant Zanjeer as new members of RETRIBUTION. Both men are huge and will enter the spotlight immediately if they feud with Drew McIntyre.