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WWE Raw Review: Undertaker returns to deliver eerie Royal Rumble warning

Elsewhere Y2J conquered the United States and HBK was up to his old tricks

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Did we take a time machine back to about 15 years ago on Monday Night Raw last night? It sure felt like it to us here in Power Tower!

Every wrestling fan knows that when a new year dawns in the WWE it means only one thing, we’re firmly on the road to Wrestlemania and of course that means some familiar faces come out of the woodwork – or in this case the grave.

It felt like the Attitude Era (we really miss it) all over again on yesterday’s Raw as names like The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels and Chris Jericho dominated proceedings on the show – but hey at least we got a title change!

With the Royal Rumble right around the corner, let’s lock up with last night’s events…

Grapple with odds on the Royal Rumble at PP.com

Chris Jericho adds the United States Title to the List

They may be the WWE’s version of Ant and Dec (only much funnier), but people forget WWE Universal champion Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho can get it done in the ring as well.

Last night’s show was supposed to open with Owens and Jericho facing United States champion Roman Reigns (boo) in a 2-on-1 handicap match for the title, however things never got going as Braun Strowman – the WWE’s answer to Godzilla – attacked before the match even began.

 

After Seth Rollins saved The Big Dog from being beaten down, the match was moved to later in the show. Reigns – who meets Owens for the Universal championship at the Rumble – put up a valiant effort, but eventually couldn’t keep up with the numbers game.

A powerbomb on the apron and two Codebreakers saw Chris Jericho make WWE history by becoming the seventh ‘Grand Slam’ champion in the company’s history. That’s right, Y2J’s the NEW US champion – drink it in mannnnnn!!

Taker begins work on 29 graves for the Royal Rumble

Having teased an appearance from the mythical Deadman all night, Raw General Manager Mick Foley tried in vain to summon the Undertaker provoking Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon to criticise the Hardcore Legend.

Of course that prompted the bong of doom and The Undertaker’s 27-minute walk to the ring (we may be exaggerating a bit).

It’s always special when the man from Death Valley shows up, and he had a chilling message for everyone in the Royal Rumble, “he’s back”. Raw just happen to be in New Orleans – the place where his fabled Wrestlemania streak died – so Taker wasn’t in the mood for any messing telling Stephanie he answers to no-one.

Reacting to the news that The Undertaker is in the 30-man spectacular, our traders have slashed him into favourite to win the Royal Rumble. After all, who’d be brave enough to tell him he’s not the front runner.

Rusev tastes Sweet Chin Music

It’s always nice to see Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels back on Raw, even if it is just to promote a movie.

He was interrupted by Rusev, Lana and Jinder Mahal – team more mismatched than Lampard and Gerrard in midfield – causing Enzo Amore and Big Cass to come out to back up HBK.

To be honest the segment wasn’t the best so we’ve spared you from it, but all we wanted was to see Shawn Michaels superkick someone anyways and he duly delivered Sweet Chin Music to Rusev on the outside as Big Cass would pin Mahal in the ring. Good old HBK!

Ok that’s us counted out for Raw, check back tomorrow when we’ll grapple with the events of Smackdown Live where a certain John Cena is returning to the ring!

What do you think?