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– by Tim Jousma

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We’re less than twenty days to Wrestlemania and Monday Night Raw is in the books. As we head toward the WWE’s biggest show of the year, we saw Brock Lesnar make an appearance hyping his match against Goldberg at Wrestlemania, Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe faced off against Sami Zayn and Chris Jericho in a tag team match, and Roman Reigns have a discussion with the legendary Shawn Michaels discussing Roman’s upcoming match against The Undertaker. How did the Red Brand of the WWE stack up? 

Having Shawn Michaels show up to talk to Roman Reigns about his upcoming match with The Undertaker at Wrestlemania was great. The segment itself was a great tease into the power Roman Reigns could have if the WWE pulled the trigger and made him a full fledged bad guy. Roman showed more edge in his promo with Shawn Michaels than I’ve seen him show for a long time. It was some of the best work I’ve seen from him. It’s like he’s channeling the anger he feels for the fans not accepting him like he feels they should. He needs to embrace that and bring it to the microphone more. The only thing that went wrong with this angle was having Braun Strowman show up and attack him at the end. If Strowman had nothing to do with this segment, folks would want to hate Roman even more than they do now yet at this point it would be because Roman wanted them to. I hope to see Roman cheat his way to a victory against The Undertaker at Wrestlemania and ride the wave of a heel run for at least a year. The man has talent to be big. He just needs some time to season as a performer. Being a bad guy will give him that time.

Overall, this show was more about the setup for the biggest show of the year than anything else. I didn’t expect much to happen news wise. The only thing that was a bit of a surprise was Seth Rollins appearing at the end of the show without the aid of crutches. Yet Pro Wrestling Sheet reports that Seth Rollins status for Wrestlemania is still up in the air so I would be a little hesitant on breathing a sigh of relief just yet. Wrestlemania is looking to be a good show comapred to years past. They’re using the WWE Network to their advantage. They’re also at a point where they appear to finally be listening to fans as to who to push. Granted, the fans are a bit crazy compared to years past but that doesn’t mean the fans are always wrong as to who is popular and who isn’t. As the old saying goes, a broken clock is right twice a day. 

Wrestlemania will be on April 2nd on the WWE Network. 

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SOURCE: Pro Wrestling Sheet