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Top 10 Takeaways from This Week's Raw (March 2nd)

The road to WrestleMania is officially underway and it is selling time. These next few weeks will almost solely be focused on developing storylines and trying to get the WWE Universe to buy into the people the WWE wants them to. The WWE really wants the majority of the fans to be excited for the Roman Reigns versus Brock Lesnar matchup for the WWE title at WrestleMania. The feud got off to a horrendous start when the audience rejected Reigns as the new face of the company. They wanted to see Daniel Bryan once again headline WrestleMania and take back the title he was forced to give up due to injury. A lot of people feel like they were robbed of witnessing Daniel Bryan have a substantial title reign. Ultimately, the show must go on and there are much more matches that need to be built up besides Reigns versus Lesnar.

Both the Intercontinental and Tag Team titles need to be built up in these next few weeks. The WWE has already announced a ladder match for the Intercontinental title at WrestleMania, but they have not announced the participants in the match. Perhaps that is where Ziggler and Bryan will wind up, along with Dean Ambrose and Wade Barrett. Will the team of Cesaro and Kidd once again fight the Usos at WrestleMania or will they defend their titles against someone else? The WWE has a few weeks to get the audience's attention and more importantly, tempt them to grab their credit cards and sign up for the WWE Network. These next few Monday Night Raws before WrestleMania are the most important episodes of the year. The success of WrestleMania 31 depends on them delivering and getting their fans hyped for the biggest show of the year. Did this episode of Raw succeed in doing any of that? Let’s see.

10 The Future is Here

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9 Time Heals All

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8 Climbing the Ladder to Relevancy

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7 Dysfunction in the Ranks

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6 Things are Heating Up

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5 Here We Go Again

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4 Axelmania Runs Wild on the Cenation

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3 Sting vs Triple H is Going to be Good

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2 They Are Finally Giving Them a Chance

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1 The Table is Set and it Looks Delicious

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Tonight's Raw accomplished a lot. It set the table for a WrestleMania that many feel like has no chance of being entertaining. WWE has actually been able to make John Cena seem like an underdog, while also making Rusev an even more hateable character. The WWE was also able to sell Lesnar versus Roman Reigns, mostly because of the terrific promo skills of Paul Heyman. The WWE was even able to utilize Jon Stewart much better than most of the celebrities they have brought into Raw. In a shocking development, the WWE may actually be well on their way to building a new star in Seth Rollins. That is a bold statement, because the WWE has struggled to build stars in talents the WWE Universe connected with and you can take Cesaro as an example. Roman Reigns also had a strong showing on Monday Night Raw. The road to WrestleMania is off to a solid start and isn't nearly as bumpy as many thought it would be, myself included.

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