It will be the final New York City area appearance before WrestleMania XX, and if the one announced match is a sign of things to come, is in for a treat that will leave it itching for the big event in March. By virtue of defeating Mark Henry in a No. 1 Contender’s Match on RAW last week, Rob Van Dam will face Randy Orton for the Intercontinental Championship, a rematch against the very man who beat him for the Championship at Armageddon. RVD will have revenge on his mind, but Orton has been nearly unstoppable for some time now. Will history be made on RAW? Tune in to find out!
Also, last week, RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff found his way out of a night dealing with the law of Sheriff Stone Cold Steve Austin when he handed the reigns as RAW GM to Theodore Long – thanks to the promise owed to Long after Survivor Series. Bischoff took the night off, but it is clear that he will eventually have to run RAW as GM with the new Sheriff in town. Since Austin’s return RAW has been pure chaos, leaving many people to wonder if this is what the Board of Directors had in mind when they re-instated Stone Cold.
RAW Superstars Kane and Booker T also began the road to Royal Rumble last week by throwing their hats into the ring for the Royal Rumble. Both declared that the path to victory and a shot at the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania may be through each other, but also said that nothing is going to stop either of them from gaining a Rumble victory. Will any other RAW Superstars enter the Rumble? Only one way to find out … watch RAW at 9/8 CT on Spike TV!