8 Takeaways From WWE RAW (12/18)

This week’s episode of RAW aired live from Providence, Rhode Island. The build to the Royal Rumble has officially begun as it is WWE’s next PPV on January 28th, 2018.

Here are 8 takeaways from this week’s episode of RAW:

8The Universal Championship Match For Royal Rumble Is Set

RAW GM Kurt Angle kicked off this week’s episode of RAW. Angle announced that Universal Champion Brock Lesnar is here tonight. Angle added that he will determine who Brock Lesnar’s Royal Rumble opponent will be. Braun Strowman’s music hit and he marched towards the ring.

Strowman claimed that he earned the opportunity to face Lesnar because he was the only man left standing in his match against Kane last week on RAW. Kane’s music then hit and Kane came down to the ring with a microphone. Kane stated that he has caused more destruction in WWE over the past 20 years and that he was not going to let anyone step over him. Kane brought up Brock Lesnar’s victory over The Undertaker and said that Lesnar has not defeated him. Kane said that he will get his title shot at Royal Rumble unless Braun Strowman is man enough to stop him.

Paul Heyman joined the party and came down to the entrance ramp. Heyman introduced Lesnar and Brock circled the ring before entering with the Universal Championship. Lesnar raised the title and stared at Kane and Braun Strowman. Kurt Angle quickly announced that Brock Lesnar will defend his Universal Championship against both Kane and Braun Strowman in a Triple Threat match.

Angle then left the ring and Strowman charged at Lesnar. Brock was ready and launched Strowman out of the ring. Brock Lesnar then hit Kane with an F5 and exited the ring. Braun Strowman was already back up and stared at Lesnar as he made his way up the entrance ramp. Kane sat up in the middle of the ring and quickly got up and stared at Lesnar as the segment ended.

Is this the best WWE can do for the Universal Championship match at Royal Rumble? It just doesn’t make sense to me that Kane is in this match. I haven’t found the feud between Kane and Strowman all that compelling and don’t have much interest in it continuing all the way up until the Royal Rumble on January 28th.