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– by Tim Jousma

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Monday Night Raw is in the books for another week. One day after the aftermath of the Royal Rumble, the Raw brand finds itself on the Road to Wrestlemania. How did the show fare this week?

I was hoping to see Samoa Joe make his debut at the Royal Rumble but if this is his consolation prize, what a hell of a prize it is? Beating the hell out of the former WWE Champion at the behest of Triple H instantly puts him on a main event level. While I have heard some folks wonder how long it will take for the WWE to bury Joe, they’ve had over a year to do that in NXT and I have yet to see it. I expect big things for Joe in the future.

Overall, I loved what the WWE did with this episode. It did drag for a bit at times but the big news coming out of Raw really made this seem like a big show. The WWE has been making an effort to make their big four pay per views, Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series, seem like major events. The measuring stick for me on the success of the event is what happens the next night. If Raw was any indicator of what the future holds, we’re going to be on an amazing ride.

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Next week will be special. Monday Night Raw will be live at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon and your’s truly will be in attendance representing LRMOnline. I’m going to be reporting on some of the goings on that you don’t see on camera as well as finally seeing the legendary Goldberg as he answers the challenge of Brock Lesnar.Stay tuned to this space for more information…