10 Things We Learned From WWE Raw (April 17)

Strowman's Land.


Last week's 'Superstar Shake-up' may have fallen somewhat short of expectations, but Raw was rocked to the core by Braun Strowman's lengthy beatdown of Roman Reigns as well as the 'A Show' arrival of The Miz, Maryse, Dean Ambrose, Alexa Bliss and others.

The reimagined roster kicked off WWE's new calendar year following the post-WrestleMania comedown in Orlando, and all eyes immediately pointed towards a Payback pay-per-view card designated as the first Raw-only event of the new annum.

Additional Smackdown Live refugee Bray Wyatt confirmed his 'House of Horrors' mystery match against Randy Orton would also take place there, either promising to take the blue brand's top title to Monday nights or completely telegraphing the outcome, depending on your outlook.

His latest rambling soliloquy was to delivered to a concussed Finn Balor, as reports explained later in the week when medically reviewing his condition after an errant Jinder Mahal strike.

Confirmation of Balor's welfare along with Strowman's continued path of destruction set the table for another huge edition of the flagship broadcast, as more pieces fell into place for the Payback card in less than two weeks.

Reviewing all the latest 'A-show' shenanigans, here are 10 things we learned from the April 17 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw.


Square eyes on a square head, trained almost exclusively to WWE, Sunderland AFC & Paul Rudd films. And occasionally my kids. Wrote about Shawn Michaels' Crimes Against Wrestling and some insane One-Off Gimmick Matches in the glorious new issue of WhatCulture Wrestling, available to buy here: http://shop.whatculture.com/product/wrestling-issue-five