7 Things WWE subtly told us on RAW after Fastlane: Big character change for 4-time World Champion, Debuting star to win Championship at WrestleMania?
Welcome to a special edition of things WWE subtly told us on RAW! It was the first episode of RAW post-Fastlane, and there are now only two episodes left until WrestleMania 37.
It comes as no surprise that four matches were announced for WrestleMania on this week’s episode of the red brand and a major stipulation was added to the main event. Expect a quick build on both RAW and SmackDown.
RAW this week started with an incredible match and ended in a great and impactful way. The road to WrestleMania ends in less than three weeks:
#7 Did Sheamus enter another Title picture on RAW?
Sheamus and Bobby Lashley faced off in the opening bout of RAW in a rematch from last week. Their main event last week was great, and they had another solid, physical match-up to open this week’s show.
Bobby Lashley won again, but post-match, fellow Hurt Business members Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin started attacking Sheamus at ringside. It led to Drew McIntyre coming out for the save, indicating that The Celtic Warrior turned face quietly. However, that wasn’t the case.
Later that night, Sheamus was interviewed backstage and said that he didn’t ask for Drew McIntyre’s help. United States Champion [Matt] Riddle circled around The Celtic Warrior mid-interview asking him stupid questions.
Sheamus proceeded to attack him with the scooter, seemingly starting the US Title feud for WrestleMania.
The Celtic Warrior has been one of WWE’s most reliable Superstars since the ThunderDome era started. He delivered some good matches with the likes of McIntyre, Keith Lee and Jeff Hardy during this time and was part of some intense rivalries.
A match between Sheamus and Riddle for the US Title seems to be a good option for WrestleMania.
#6 Asuka faces a game Peyton Royce, but the RAW Women’s Champion has a new WrestleMania opponent
Charlotte Flair challenged Asuka for the RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania a few weeks ago. While it was speculated that the Andrade situation was responsible for her being off the WrestleMania 37 poster and TV, that was not the case.
Charlotte Flair revealed that she has COVID-19, and now Asuka has to move on. Peyton Royce is one name that has been floating around, especially after her incredible promo on RAW Talk last week.
After the former Women’s Tag Team Champion demanded for Asuka, she got what she wanted. While she fell short to the RAW Women’s Champion, Royce gave Asuka the best match she has had in a while.
Post-match, Royce’s fellow Australian Rhea Ripley finally made her RAW debut. With no time to waste, she challenged Asuka to a RAW Women’s Title match at WrestleMania. While The Empress declared that Ripley wasn’t ready for her, she accepted and it’s now official!
Rhea Ripley walked into WrestleMania 36 as the NXT Women’s Champion, and she could walk out of WrestleMania 37 with the RAW Women’s Title. The Rhea Ripley era could begin sooner than we think.
Another big takeaway is that this may have opened up the door for Peyton Royce to be a title challenger post-WrestleMania and a Champion down the line. It was a long overdue opportunity for the Australian.