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WWE Raw XXX Preview (1/23/2023)

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There are a lot of great things in store for Raw XXX, which will celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Monday Night RAW. Throughout the last week, the WWE has announced some things that will happen. As well as some legends’ returns have been leaked. Though that’s all tonight, Monday, Dec 23.

Raw Women’s Championship

Alexa Bliss is set to challenge Bianca Belair for the championship at the Royal Rumble. The former friends have had a well-decorated rivalry over the past few weeks. From Bliss turned with Bray Wyatt, to Uncle Howdy showing up and distracting Belair. Just a few days before Royal Rumble, will Bliss finally turn?

Nostalgia at its best

Many veterans and WWE Legends will be making their return on Raw XXX. Some that have been confirmed include Road Dogg, X-Pac, Ric Flair, Undertaker, Teddy Long, Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler, Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Hulk Hogan, the Bella Twins, and Ron Simmons. Though we’re not quite sure what these legends will do, many of them are back on WWE television for the first time in a while.

Royal Rumble qualifiers

With the Royal Rumble just seven days away, some qualifying matches will probably be featured on Monday Night. Only six superstars have been announced to compete from the Raw brand in the Men’s rumble, and only two have been confirmed for the women’s rumble.

Women’s Steel Cage match

One of the most decorated rivalries in modern-day women’s wrestling features ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch and Bayley. Tonight the two female superstars will square off in a steel cage match.

Trial of Sami Zayn

Sami Zayn was on the verge of becoming Sami Uso after WarGames but recent encounters with Kevin Owens have helped the storyline go south. Roman Reigns has snapped at Zayn multiple times. Owens is challenging Reigns for the WWE Universal championship at Royal Rumble. During last week’s contract signing for that match, Owens ambushed the entire Bloodline and power-bombed Roman through a table. Zayn never made it out to the ring until all the damage was done and Owens had escaped. All the members of The Bloodline glared at Sami, wondering why he wasn’t there to watch the Tribal Chief’s back.

In what was originally supposed to be an acknowledgment ceremony by the Elders of the Bloodline. Now will be featured as a trial for Zayn. The tribal court will feature multiple generations of The Bloodline. Sami’s defense for what happened at the contract signing will likely revolve around Roman ordering him to do menial tasks like getting the car and the jet ready for The Bloodline. But if you blame the mob boss when something goes wrong, you’re getting whacked. Sami’s in a tricky spot here; this could very well be the end of his run with The Bloodline if the family finds him guilty.

Looking ahead, a main event championship match between Reigns and Zayn pretty much has to happen at either Elimination Chamber in Montreal on Feb. 18, or at WrestleMania 39 in early April. If Zayn’s title shot is coming four weeks from now in Montreal, then The Bloodline needs to destroy him ASAP, because the clock is ticking.

Tonight makes sense for the betrayal because Reigns won’t lose to Owens at Royal Rumble. This is Raw XXX, the 30th anniversary of Raw, and viewership for this show should rank among WWE’s best numbers of the year. It’s a great time to feature the big angle that results in Sami’s breakup from The Bloodline, giving the best story in WWE a major plot twist as the hard push to WrestleMania gets going.

The Judgement Day vs. The Uso’s (c)

The Uso’s are set to defend their Raw tag team titles against The Judgement Day. If you do the math, The Uso’s will be outnumbered. Obviously they will have Solo Sikoa in their corner, but the problem for the longest-reigning tag team champs in sports entertainment will be Rhea Riply. Could we see Naomi return to take care of that Riply problem?

Questionable scenarios:

  • Are the Banger Bros. coming on Raw XXX?
  • Now that Seth Rollins is out of the United States championship picture, he can focus all of his attention on preparing for the Royal Rumble match.
  •  Bronson Reed’s first match back in WWE was a dominant win over Akira Tozawa. Will he feast on one more babyface ahead of the Royal Rumble match?
  • Is there going to be a creepy interaction between Dexter Lumis and a WWE Legend?
  • Mustafa Ali was failing to capture Dolph Ziggler’s attention, so he resorted to violence last week. How will Dolph respond?
  • Cody Rhodes is returning to WWE in the men’s Royal Rumble match. Will Matt Riddle follow suit, or will he return in some capacity tonight?
  • Will we see Vince McMahon tonight?

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