There was a lot of news announced by WWE on Friday afternoon concerning Monday’s edition of Raw in Chicago on March 18th. They announced this stuff today because the creative team usually sets up the show on Friday.
Here are the matches that WWE announced today:
- Seth Rollins will face Drew McIntyre
- Ronda Rousey will defend her Raw Women’s Title against Dana Brooke
- Finn Balor will team up with a partner of his choosing to face new Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush
In addition to those matches, they are advertising some other things.
Brock Lesnar (the Universal Champion) will be there, which we found out last week during a Paul Heyman promo segment with Rollins. Here’s what WWE.com wrote about him:
One week after Seth Rollins’ victory over Brock Lesnar’s longtime training partner, Shelton Benjamin, the Universal Champion comes to Raw with the red brand’s most prestigious prize in tow. What will happen when The Beast Incarnate and “The Beastslayer” meet under the same roof? Will Rollins bring the fight to Lesnar three weeks before their anticipated battle at WrestleMania?
Kurt Angle will also be on Raw once again after announcing that WrestleMania 35 will be his Retirement Match. According to WWE.com, we will find out his WrestleMania opponent on Raw:
On Raw, live in his hometown of Pittsburgh, WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle announced that his career was winding down, and that he would embark on a farewell tour leading to his final match at this year’s WrestleMania. This Monday in Chicago, The Olympic Hero will reveal his opponent for that climactic contest.
Whom will Angle battle as he takes his bow on The Grandest Stage of Them All?
Also on WWE.com, they are also teasing Beth Phoenix returning to the ring as an active competitor:
After Nia Jax and Tamina dared to put their hands on Beth Phoenix at WWE Fastlane, the WWE Hall of Famer retaliated on Raw, bringing the fight to “The Samoan Slaughterhouse” alongside her former tag team partner and longtime friend, Natalya.
They say that anything can happen in WWE, and that’s doubly true on The Road to WrestleMania. Are we witnessing a “Divas of Doom” reunion, with The Glamazon teaming up with The Queen of Harts once more?
It’s obvious that Phoenix is going to wrestle at some point, but it likely won’t be until WrestleMania.
That is more than what WWE usually advertises for Raw, so it’s good to see. Plans can always change, of course.