So here we are, on the other side of the Royal Rumble and
officially on the Road to WrestleMania. There are still a couple big stops
along the way, along with the weekly check-ins that are Monday Night Raw
But Monday was the first stop along that path, and it
delivered a relatively strong program, giving us two first-time matches (which
can be wonderful and/or a negative, depending on your perspective), including a
killer women’s match between Asuka and Sasha Banks that had fans cheering and
cringing at the same time.
We also found out exactly how GM Kurt Angle is going to
determine a #1 contender for Brock Lesnar’s WWE Universal Championship, with six
qualifying matches, with the winners advancing to an Elimination Chamber match
in February. That’s a pretty diplomatic way to do it, giving a dozen wrestlers
a shot at earning a title match at the biggest PPV of the year. We learned the
first three men who will face off in the chamber on Monday.
We also got two title matches, with the Intercontinental and
Tag Team Championships up for grabs. One was pretty decently received. The other
featured very loud crickets.
With that said, let’s find out what started its march to
Mania and what stumbled out of the blocks. Let’s get to it…
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.