There were some three matches announced by WWE this afternoon with one of them set for Monday’s Raw and two for Smackdown.
The Raw match will see Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey team up with her good friend Natalya against the team of Sasha Banks and Bayley, who are known as the Boss N Hug Connection. Rousey will also face Banks at the Royal Rumble on January 27, which will be six days after Monday’s Raw on January 21.
Last week on Raw (you can read my review of it here), Rousey teamed with Banks to defeat the duo of Nia Jax and Tamina. Banks got the win for her team with a Bank Statement submission because she chose not to tag Rousey into the match when she had the chance to do so.
In order to build up fan interest in their Rumble match, Banks and Rousey have been engaged in social media trash talk, which seems to be a common thing for Rousey and whoever her challenger is.
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— Mercedes Varnado (@SashaBanksWWE) January 18, 2019
That’s a pretty funny edit. It’s also the only thing advertised for Raw so far.
Who wins? I’ll go with Rousey’s team because Rousey is in the match. It’s not complicated.
On the Smackdown side, we will get to see a rematch of an amazing match from last week as Andrade will face Rey Mysterio once again this time in a 2/3 Falls Match.
— WWE (@WWE) January 19, 2019
This is a rematch from last week when Andrade (no longer “Cien” Almas) and Mysterio had a 20 minute classic with Andrade getting the win. I rated it ****1/4 out of five in my Smackdown Review, which is a pretty high rating for a TV match. Is it too soon for a rematch? Probably, but I’m not the kind of guy that will complain about amazing matches. I look forward to this 2/3 Falls match on Tuesday.
My guess is that Mysterio wins this match, which would set up another match between them.
The other announced Smackdown match is Samoa Joe vs. Mustafa Ali. They were going to have a match last week on Smackdown, but Joe attacked Ali, who took some great bumps going hard into the ring post multiple times. It’s a good rivalry to use Joe as the heel bully against the exciting “new” talent like Ali.
The Royal Rumble is eight days away, so next week’s Raw and Smackdown are the last shows before the Rumble PPV takes place, which means they are the “go home show” for WWE’s two main roster brands.