Preview: WWE – Monday Night RAW (02/01/2021)

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Well, as most of you will probably be aware by now, Edge overcame twenty-nine other men to win last night’s men’s Royal Rumble match.  It was a fun Royal Rumble overall, showcasing a mixture of youth and experience that would have captivated many a crowd, should they have been in attendance.  Bianca Belair won the women’s Royal Rumble match, continuing her hot run of dominance since arriving to the main roster last year.  We must now look forward to tonight’s RAW – the post-Rumble RAW usually being of significance for being the show where the Rumble winners announce their WrestleMania targets.  Let us take a look at what is in-store for tonight.

Royal Rumble Fallout 

As mentioned, Edge and Bianca Belair reigned supreme in last night’s Royal Rumble matches.  If there have ever been two winners more symbolic of what the Royal Rumble is about, then let us know.  It is a pay-per-view notorious both for being a show designed to make stars, as well as a show for veterans to make shock returns.  Therefore, the thirty-one year old Belair and the forty-seven year old Edge winning serve as inspiration to rookies and veterans alike.  On tonight’s RAW, it is presumed they will both be in attendance to announce their WrestleMania opponents.  This is where it gets tricky.  Edge, since returning, has been a RAW guy.  However, Drew McIntyre is the current WWE Champion – riding a wave of momentum in an almost Hulkamania type run.  In short, he is the WWE’s top babyface currently and therefore doesn’t make sense as an opponent for present-day Edge; the quintessential babyface almost everyone is behind.

SmackDown has been great for months now, largely down to the Roman Reigns storyline and the sheer amount of talent on that brand.  SmackDown does not need Edge the way RAW does.  That being said, Edge is considered a SmackDown legend due to his run in the mid-to-late 2000s and perhaps wishes to return home.  Additionally, Roman Reigns as the ultimate, despicable heel is the perfect opponent for Edge, who was once in that very role.  Bianca Belair is very likely to remain on SmackDown, as the blue brand’s women’s division needs her far more than RAW’s.  To add onto that, Sasha Banks versus Bianca Belair has become an increasingly intriguing prospect and one which is a shoe-in to take place at WrestleMania XXXVII.

Not Announced But Expected for Tonight’s RAW

Randy Orton almost pulled off a big victory at last night’s Royal Rumble.  Ultimately, Edge had his number.  Does Orton return to his feud with The Fiend? Or does he return to his feud with Edge?

– For reasons unknown, The Miz is still Mr. Money in the Bank.  He had the perfect opportunity to cash in on both champions last night, but didn’t even try.  Will we find out why?

Lacey Evans continues to play mind-games with Charlotte Flair.  What is next for this rivalry?

– One of the highlights of last night’s show was Rhea Ripley‘s dominant performance in the women’s Royal Rumble match, where she finished second to Belair.  Will she return to RAW tonight?

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