After seemingly trying to goad Triple H into a physical confrontation on SmackDown 1000 last year, Batista provoked The Game once more this past Monday night by crashing Ric Flair’s 70th birthday, attacking “The Nature Boy” in his locker room and dragging Flair – Triple H’s mentor – out into the arena hallway.
The Cerebral Assassin rushed backstage to confront The Animal, but Batista had already left the scene. The Game isn’t known for letting transgressions slide, so how will he deal with the actions of his former friend on Raw?
What is the status of the Raw Women’s Championship?
In addition to addressing the horrific actions of Batista, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have another situation escalating in the Raw Women’s division. After Becky Lynch was arrested for violating her suspension this past Monday night, Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey urged Stephanie to allow The Man to challenge for the title at WrestleMania. The Chief Brand Officer then reiterated that Lynch would not be competing at The Show of Shows, and that The Baddest Woman on the Planet would defend her title against SmackDown LIVE’s Charlotte Flair as scheduled.
Given the McMahon family’s refusal to budge on the Lynch situation, Rousey laid the title down in front of Stephanie and left it there, leaving many to wonder if The Rowdy One would carry the championship to WrestleMania at all.
Is a Shield reunion on the horizon?
After revealing to the WWE Universe that his leukemia is in remission, Roman Reigns joined Seth Rollins in helping Dean Ambrose repel a 4-on-1 beatdown at the hands of Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, Elias and Baron Corbin. The act of salvation confused The Lunatic Fringe just as much as it did the WWE Universe given Ambrose’s betrayal of The Shield last October – the same night The Big Dog disclosed that his leukemia had returned.
Were Reigns and Rollins hinting that they’re ready to forgive Ambrose, or were The Hounds of Justice simply living up to their name given the unfair circumstances?
Intercontinental and Extraordinary
After Lio Rush inadvertently challenged Finn Balor to an Intercontinental Championship Match and lost this past Monday night, Bobby Lashley was furious with his hype man for getting the title opportunity that he was supposed to arrange for “The All Mighty One”. The Man of the Hour affirmed to Lashley that he could still be trusted. Will Rush get Lashley another opportunity, or will another Superstar step to the Intercontinental Irishman?