WWE Monday Night Raw Preview for 04.18.2016: Raw Is London, AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, Dean Ambrose, Shane McMahon Could Be Back for Week 3

WWE has an all new Monday Night Raw from the THE O2 Arena in London, England!

There are a number of new feuds that are being promoted as taking top billing on Raw this week.

Here is WWE.com on the feuds:
As Raw emanates from London, Dean Ambrose and Chris Jericho have a lot of unfinished business, while Kevin Owens will no doubt seek vengeance against his former friend, Sami Zayn. Will these combustible rivalries ignite in London? Plus, will Shane McMahon’s reign as Raw’s showrunner continue?

There are rumors that Shane McMahon will return to Raw this week as the interim GM for the third consecutive week. Last week, it was due to overwhelming social media support. What would the reason be this week? Either way, the idea of Shane has lead to new talent and fresh booking on Raw so that could continue with Raw in Europe for the big European Tour.

Roman Reigns and AJ Styles will continue their feud over the WWE World Heavyweight Title, which is heading for a title match at Payback 2016 on May 1. Now that Styles has beaten Sami Zayn and secured a one on one match, the head games will continue for the next 2 weeks heading into the match. They are both sure to be a big part of Raw this week.

WWE posted a great slow motion clip of Alberto Del Rio giving AJ Styles a back cracker in Leeds:

Dean Ambrose came to Y2J’s Highlight Reel and shut it down, replacing it with the Ambrose Asylum. The feud between these two men is just heating up, and should be a centerpiece of this week’s Raw. They seem to be headed for a single’s match at Payback 2016.

Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have continued their epic NXT feud on the main roster, and it’s hotter than ever heading into Raw. These two wrestlers seem on a collision course at Payback 2016.

WWE kicked off a tournament to determine the #1 contender’s for the WWE Tag Team Titles. After Raw and Smackdown last week, the field of 8 has been whittled to 4, with 2 semi-final matches left.

Here are the latest brackets:

One of both of the semi-final matches should be on Raw tonight of either The Usos vs. The Vaudevillains and Enzo & Cass vs. The Dudley Boyz.

Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows made their WWE debuts on Raw last night attacking the Usos. Could they get involved againt this week against the Usos in this tournament? Will we get more information about where these two men stand with respect to the Bullet Club? There could be more answers on Raw tonight.

Charlotte retained the WWE Women’s Championship against Natalya, but their issues do not seem to be over. The next chapter in their saga unfolds on Raw, possibly involving Ric Flair as well.

In terms of non-title Women’s feuds, Emma has been re-introduced on the main roster in her revised heel persona, and beat Paige last week. There seems to be a feud brewing between Emma and Becky Lynch and more of that storyline will happen on Raw. And where does Sasha Banks fit in? The current rumor is that her title match/coronoation could be held off until Summerslam 2016 in Brooklyn, so how will she fill the time in between?

All this plus the #SocialOutcasts (minus the suspended Adam Rose), the next chapter of R-Truth & Goldust, Baron Corbin and more!

Here is the WWE Quick Hits Preview:

  1. Will rivalries reach a boiling point? WWE’s first Undisputed Champion hatch a nefarious scheme to get back at WWE’s newest — and most unstable — talk show host? And is The Prizefighter gunning for The Underdog from the Underground in London?
  2. Can Reigns continue to silence his critics as “the guy” in WWE? How will the powerhouse prove his doubters wrong once again on Raw?
  3. Might Shane McMahon run his third consecutive Raw? Will we see WWE’s Prodigal Son reign once more, or might The Authority put a stop to Shane’s tenure as Raw showrunner?
  4. Is Emma in for an Irish Lass Kicking? How will Becky Lynch respond on Raw?
  5. Who will advance in the No. 1 Contenders’ Tag Team Tournament? Is your bracket busted yet?

The next WWE PPV is Payback, set for Sunday May 1, 2016.

There are two matches official for Payback:

WWE World Heavyweight Title
Roman Reigns (c) vs. AJ Styles

WWE Intercontinental Title
The Miz (c) w/Maryse vs. Cesaro

Vote in our new poll:

What is your favorite post-Wrestlemania 32 feud in WWE thusfar?

  • Roman Reigns vs. AJ Styles (32%, 163 Votes)
  • Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens (21%, 107 Votes)
  • Dean Ambrose vs. Chris Jericho (14%, 70 Votes)
  • I Hate Them All!!! (13%, 66 Votes)
  • Dudley Boyz vs. Enzo & Cass (11%, 54 Votes)
  • Natalya vs. Charlotte (6%, 33 Votes)
  • The Miz vs. Cesaro (3%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 508

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