RAW April 25th, 2016 [Live Discussion]

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    Raw Five-Point Preview: April 25, 2016

    Gallows & Anderson to debut against The Usos
    For the first time ever in a WWE ring, the team of Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson will face The Usos, live on Raw. What else awaits as Monday night’s hottest show emanates from WWE’s home state of Connecticut? WWE.com has some ideas.

    1. Styles’ longtime friends Gallows & Anderson to make Raw debut
    Since emerging in WWE April 11, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson have been leaving behind a path of destruction not entirely dissimilar to the one they carved through Japan alongside AJ Styles — the No. 1 contender to Roman Reigns’ WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Now, the duo is set to make their official in-ring debut on Raw against The Usos, less than one week before The Phenomenal One faces Jimmy & Jey’s cousin, The Big Dog, for sports-entertainment’s most coveted prize.

    Gallows is no stranger to competing inside WWE’s squared circle, but as evidenced by his recent actions alongside Anderson — which have included brutal beatdowns of both The Usos and Reigns — this world-traveled brawler has come back from Japan with a whole new bag of tricks in his arsenal. Even though Jimmy & Jey will no doubt be looking for payback against their ruthless attackers, it’s equally probable they have no idea what they’re up against.

    Meanwhile, even as he prepares to battle Reigns at WWE Payback, Styles will no doubt be paying close attention to the debut of his former running buddies. Even though The Phenomenal One denies any knowledge of Gallows & Anderson’s recent attacks and remains adamant that he doesn’t need their help to defeat The Big Dog, his path in WWE is irrevocably tied to that of his longtime friends. Something tells us Gallows & Anderson have only begun to shock us, and Styles just might be in for a surprise or two himself along the way.

    2. How will Dean Ambrose retaliate against Chris Jericho?
    They say you should never poke the bear, and although there’s no colloquial saying about provoking The Lunatic Fringe, it’s probably just as ill-advised. Yet, twice in the past week, Chris Jericho has left the unstable Superstar staring up at the lights, first attacking Ambrose following Raw’s main event, and then knocking him off the top rope and costing him a surefire victory at the conclusion of SmackDown.

    This rivalry might have been spurred by their respective talk shows, but six nights before their anticipated battle at WWE Payback, expect these combustible competitors to trade punches, not words. And something tells us Ambrose can’t wait for another brawl.

    3. Has Corbin stolen Ziggler’s spotlight?
    After winning the third annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at this year’s WrestleMania, WWE newcomer Baron Corbin has made it a point to prove that The Lone Wolf is way ahead of the pack—mostly at Dolph Ziggler’s expense. OnSmackDown, the tattooed rebel laid waste to The Showoff in what was perhaps his most heinous assault, ambushing Ziggler before their scheduled match and punctuated the brutality with an End of Days on the outside of the ring, just as he had done days earlier on Raw.

    The reasoning behind this series of attacks? Because he can.

    Will Ziggler be able to get some retribution against Corbin on Raw, or will The Lone Wolf continue to make an example of the former World Heavyweight Champion?

    4. Will old-school fisticuffs trump new-school smacktalk?
    At WWE Payback, the incredibly popular Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady face the unusual team from a “bygone era,” The Vaudevillains, with the victor going on to face The New Day for the WWE Tag Team Championship in the future.

    Even though both tandems honed their skills in NXT, they couldn’t be more different, with Simon Gotch & Aiden English favoring the toned-down, traditional art of grappling while Enzo & Cass represent the in-your-face style of today. As the past and present are set to collide, will it be “How ya doin’?” or a more eloquent “How are you doing?” on Raw, six nights before WWE Payback?

    5. Is Shane McMahon's tenure as Raw showrunner coming to an end?
    Shane McMahon continued his hot streak across the pond in London, running his third consecutive Raw thanks to the unbelievable support of the WWE Universe. However, Monday night’s hottest show now ventures to Hartford, Conn., mere minutes from The Authority’s offices in WWE Headquarters.

    We haven’t seen Triple H and Stephanie McMahon on Raw since WrestleMania, nor have we gotten their thoughts on Shane-O-Mac’s job performance. Will The Authority arrive to put an end to Shane’s new era, or will they actually deem him “best for business” at the helm of Raw?

    Don’t miss Raw at 8/7 C on USA Network, and be sure to tune in to Raw Pre-Show at 7:30 ET, only on the award-winning WWE Network.​
  2. Looking forward to Gallows' return and Machine Gun's debut on RAW. It's going to be cool.
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  3. Agreed.

    Also, I can see them writing The Usos off TV, tbh. That way, Reigns is left 'unprotected' with absolutely no one to come to his aid (Well, Ambrose is there, but he'll be busy with Y2J) and they can keep teasing AJ's alliance with Gallows and Anderson.

    But then, come Payback time... SWERVE! Gallows and Anderson screw Styles out of the victory and then Finn Bálor is introduced.

    Hell, for all we know, Finn could show up this Monday night on Raw.

    Watch this:
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  4. The final Raw episode before WWE Payback is all set to be a well packed show as much awaited debut of Doc Gallows and Ken Anderson is going to happen against The Usos , ' The Authority ' return to Raw is teased by WWE continuously , The final hype for matches between Owens - Zayn and Ambrose - Jericho , Ziggler's respond to Corbin , Rumored appearance for Finn Balor and much more takes this edition of Raw special .....

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  5. #5 C.M. Shaddix, Apr 24, 2016
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    Shane will continue to be GM because this is what WWE wanted but they wanted to respect Undertaker.
    Another installment of Ambrose Asylum FTW XD
    Bullet Club hype will continue, maybe Finn's debut
    Roman: "I'm not a good guy, i'm not a bad guy, i'm THE GUY, and the only reason i'm saying that every week is because Vince writes me up a check for $1K when I do!"
    Enzo and Cass make the dudleys look sawft
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  6. As much as I have liked raw the past couple weeks with shane "running" the place it still nags at me that the WrestleMania match was null and void. But for this weeks raw it does look like a good show even if finn turns up or not.
  7. Yeah there's nothing bad about this Raw, it'll be a fine Raw like the last 3. A Finn Balor debut however would rape the shit out of the ratings though, in a good way.
  8. I still think they're going to hold off on Finn/BC till Payback or post-Payback Raw.
  9. See you lot in the LD in a bit.
  10. Also...

    WWE has announced the following matches for tonight's RAW in Hartford, CT:

    * AJ Styles vs. Sheamus

    * Sami Zayn vs. Rusev

    * WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio

    As noted, The Usos vs. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson will also take place.
  11. Sasha should've won at Mania, if not a Summer Slam win is warrented.
  12. WM XXX was one of the best Manias, I've ever seen
  13. LOL, Stephanie's being escorted out of the building. This is awesome!
  14. @Tsar, Damn straight, bro
  15. Ha! This is awesome! Stephanie is gone!
  16. How do you reply is these chats?
  17. Crowd forgot to keep singing
  18. RAW is 10/10 so far
  19. Woo, AJ Styles! Too sweet