After a successful weekend of wrestling that featured an absolutely insane WarGames match at WWE TakeOver: WarGames, followed by a perplexing-but-entertaining Survivor Series, rumors are swirling that WWE has something huge planned for WWE Raw tonight in Houston. Whatever WWE has planned will have to be truly jaw-dropping to outshine Triple H smashing into the video screen Sunday night, but we won’t fault them for trying.
Before we jump into some of the more speculative rumors, WWE announced on Twitter Monday afternoon that Samoa Joe will be facing Finn Balor tonight on Raw. Balor played a huge role in getting Samoa Joe eliminated from the Raw team at Survivor Series, so while this announcement isn’t terribly surprising, it’s certainly something to look forward to.
Alright, now that we’ve got the official WWE announcements out of the way, anything from this point on can be considered possible spoilers, so proceed with caution. Again, this is a spoiler warning. Spoilers ahead. Spoilers.
According to PWInsider, former WWE Diva’s Champion Paige is in Houston for Raw tonight, and could make her return to the ring after more than a year away from WWE. Over the course of the last year-plus, Paige violated the WWE Wellness Policy twice, and after serving her suspensions, underwent serious neck surgery. She has been spotted at the WWE Performance Center rehabbing for the last several months.
It’s important to note that Paige was also rumored to return last week on Raw, so, this could be another false report. Regardless of if Paige returns tonight, tomorrow night on SmackDown, or somewhere else entirely, it does appear as though her WWE return is just a matter of time.
In addition to a potential Paige return, PWInsider is also reporting that a bunch of SmackDown superstars are backstage for Raw tonight, and there is speculation that another Superstar Shake-Up is coming. We don’t know which SmackDown superstars are at Raw, but SmackDown also airs live from the Toyota Center in Houston Tuesday night, and that could be why some SmackDown superstars are backstage.
WWE has made a conscious effort to make episodes of Raw and SmackDown after major shows like Survivor Series, or Summer Slam, or the Royal Rumble special in a way that rivals the Raw after WrestleMania, so you can make a pretty safe bet that something is going down tonight.