On the last Monday before the 2018 Royal Rumble marks the 25th anniversary Monday Night Raw. It takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, which had its first raw on July 15th, 2013, and the venue where the show debuted on January 22, 1993, the Manhatten Center. Here is what to expect from Raw 25:
1. Returning Legends:
The show will feature the return of Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Undertaker, 16-time world champion John Cena, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, the Bella Twins, the New Age Outlaws, Ron Simmons, Shawn Micheals, and many others that made their mark on the longest-running weekly episodic show in television history. Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler will also return for this historic occasion.
2. The IC Title Match:
Roman Reigns will put his Intercontinental Championship on the line against a returning Miz after winning the title from him last month. The Miz is looking to win his eighth IC title after holding it for 169 days. Can the Miz win back his title, or will Reigns retain the title before the Royal Rumble?
3. The build-up for the rumble matches:
This past December, Stephine McMahon announced the woman’s division would have their Royal Rumble match, ever since then Auska, Nia Jax, Mickie James, and Sasha Banks have announced their entries in the match. Of course, let’s not forget the 30-man Rumble match, which features John Cena, Jason Jordan, Randy Orton, and Shinsuke Nakamura. How will the participants in both matches continue to create more hype on is expected to be a Royal Rumble pay-per-view of the ages?
4. The Return of Stone Cold:
As I mentioned, Stone Cold Steve Austin will be making a return for Raw 25. He has made his mark on Monday Night Raw ever since the attitude era, including his rivalries with the Rock, Vince McMahon, and boxing legend “Iron” Mike Tyson. Stone Cold is one of the greatest and most excited superstars the world of wrestling has ever seen. What will he do to hype up WWE even more on Raw 25?
You can catch all the action Monday, January 22nd at 8 pm eastern on the USA Network. “AND THAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE CUZ STONE COLD SAID SO!!!!” – Stone Cold