We've seen a lot of weird things happen over the past few years at the RAW after WrestleMania. Monday night, something happened that we've never really seen before: What happened at WrestleMania didn't matter.
It's here, wrestling fans -- the greatest weekend of the year. WrestleMania 32 is coming to us from Arlington, Texas this year, and in a state where everything is bigger, WrestleMania is bigger than ever.
The go-home show for the Rumble featured the usual shenanigans. Of course there were multiple brawls between people who were trying to show they could throw each other over the ropes. We had interactions between the McMahons and the person they're building the Rumble around, Roman Reigns.
Looking back to last year's WrestleMania, all the wrestlers who held a title coming out of the event (Cena, Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, Tyson Kidd, Cesaro, and Nikki Bella) are on the shelf with various injuries, and all may end up missing WrestleMania 32.
WWE is in an interesting position with Lesnar and Undertaker. They've built Lesnar up as an unstoppable force, one of the most dominant superstars in the history of wrestling. Not only that, the last time he faced Undertaker, he beat him in a lopsided affair, and made it so we didn't see Undertaker in any form until the next year's WrestleMania. Yet, they have to find a way to make Undertaker a threat to Lesnar.
We've developed a familiar rhythm with the Undertaker. For the most part, for the past four years, he's showed up at Wrestlemania, disappeared, and then came back to set up the next year's Wrestlemania. At Battleground, that all changed.
At Wrestlemania, WWE seemed determined to elevate the mid-card titles from the purgatory they were in. Monday was the pinnacle of that experiment, as the US title was defended in the main event in a 30-minute Match of the Year candidate. John Cena once again defended against Cesaro. Interestingly, Kevin Owens came out first, enraged after his loss of the NXT title to Finn Balor over the weekend. Once Cesaro came out, though, Owens yielded his shot to him, backing away.