WrestleMania 32 came and went Sunday night, but not without World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) setting the all-time company record for attendance with 101,763 fans filling up ATT Stadium in Arlington, TX.
The Monday Night Raw following a WrestleMania is traditionally must-see WWE TV and we don’t expect tonight’s episode of the flagship show to disappoint at all.
Fully expect WWE owner and CEO Vince McMahon to berate Shane McMahon for coming up big with the highlight of the night – by leaping off the Hell in a Cell – but losing his match to The Undertaker and thus failing to gain control of Raw.
But that’s not the only thing to expect on Monday night. Here are five storylines that we anticipate to play out on Raw as a fallout from WrestleMania 32.
Triple H Exercises World Heavyweight Title Rematch Clause
Triple H is about to abuse his power. After losing the World Heavyweight championship to Roman Reigns, expect The Game to immediately throw rocks at the Roman Empire and exercise his title rematch clause live on Monday Night Raw. Anything to get the championship back with The King of Kings, right?
After their back-and-forth match at WrestleMania 32 on Sunday night, you know Triple H and wife Stephanie McMahon will hit Raw tonight with revenge on their minds. Not only do we fully expect a title rematch, but also for The Game to stack the deck in his favor against the newly crowned champion. Let the mind games begin. Comes with the territory, Roman … especially when you’re feuding with Triple H.
Chris Jericho-AJ Styles Continue Their Rivalry
Give credit to the wily veteran that is Chris Jericho for doing exactly what he said he was going to do: defeat AJ Styles before 100,000-plus raucous fans at WrestleMania 32. Y2J got the pin after catching a leaping Styles in the Codebreaker.
Despite Sunday night’s bout being the rubber match between the two Superstars, we could totally see AJ requesting one more match on Raw tonight and this time, extracting revenge with a pinfall on Jericho. You figure that WWE wants to keep Styles’ debut with the company fresh and lively. This would be the way to do just that.
The Wyatt Family’s Unfinished Business With Brock Lesnar
Yes, the Wyatt Family circling The Rock like vultures at WrestleMania 32, only for the Brahma Bull to get an assist from a returning John Cena made headlines out of ATT Stadium last night. But The Rock will inevitably be back to Hollywood with his acting career and Cena is still working his way back. So, while could see a Cena match with one of the members of the Wyatts – see below – we expect the warped family to set their sights on destroying Brock once again.
Dean Ambrose failed to tame “The Beast” on “The Grandest Stage of Them All,” but perhaps they softened him up just enough for the Wyatts to bring Lesnar further into their abyss 24 hours later on Raw.
Kevin Owens Gets Intercontinental Title Rematch Against Zack Ryder
At one point late in the Intercontinental title Ladder Match, it looked like Kevin Owens and rival Sami Zayn would walk out of ATT Stadium with the gold. But just when Zayn seemed to have the match won, The Miz opportunistically sent him falling off the ladder for a rough crash landing. Then it was The Miz’s night, as he sat on top of the ladder and more than relished in the moment.
One problem … he relished a bit too long. Zack Ryder popped up off the mat, pushing The Miz out of the way and grabbing hold of the hanging I-C title to be crowned new champion. Who would have expected that? We could totally see Kevin Owens requesting a title rematch and getting it on Raw, only for Zayn to interrupt. The only thing better would be a Triple Threat live on Raw.
John Cena Fights Braun Strowman
So, we all witnessed John Cena’s return after three months of recovering from shoulder surgery. (What an animal!) Although his WrestleMania 32 appearance was merely a run-in to help The Rock, we could see Cena further testing the waters in his return with a match against the largest member of the Wyatt Family, Braun Strowman.
Hey, it will be a good testing ground for Cena to see where he’s at, before setting up the next storyline – which could very well be against Roman Reigns in the near future. The newly crowned champ just called out Cena on Today, which could potentially lead to a feud between the two polarizing Superstars.