Asuka vs Ripley, Fiend vs Orton: Four WrestleMania Matches Confirmed on WWE Raw

Published 03/23/2021, 7:30 AM EDT


WrestleMania is less than three weeks away, and WWE confirmed a bunch of matches on Raw. They even announced which matches will take place on which night, as WrestleMania 37 is a two-night event. From a debutante getting an immediate title shot, to the world’s most popular musician facing one of WWE’s veteran talents, here are the four WrestleMania matches confirmed on Raw.

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Rhea Ripley debuts, challenges Asuka for WrestleMania

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Former NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley made her main roster debut on Raw. She came out to confront the Raw Women’s Champion Asuka and challenge her to title match at WrestleMania. ‘The Empress of Tomorrow’ showed no fear of the ‘Nightmare’ and accepted her challenge.

Ripley‘s challenge comes out of the most inconvenient situation, as Charlotte Flair tested positive for COVID-19. Hence, Ripley receives the shot Charlotte warranted. Her debut was a shot in the arm for the women’s division, and with her talents, she will surely be a tremendous hit. Ripley vs Asuka will take place on Night 2.

Bad Bunny accepts the Miz’s WrestleMania challenge

Last week, The Miz took his rivalry with Bad Bunny to the next level by slamming him in the back with a guitar. He escaped the ring before Damian Priest could grab him, but he wasn’t lucky this week. However, Bad Bunny will get his shot by making his WWE debut at WrestleMania.

Miz laid out the challenge for Bad Bunny and then defeated Jeff Hardy in a singles match. After the match, the Puerto Rican rapper smashed Miz in the back with a guitar and accepted his challenge for Tampa Bay. The Miz vs Bad Bunny will take place on Night 2.

Shane to face ‘stupid’ Strowman

After weeks of playing cat and mouse, Shane McMahon finally agreed to face Braun Strowman in a singles match. Shane backed out of their Fastlane match after ‘injuring’ his knee during training. Instead of him, Elias and Jaxon Ryker fell victim to the ‘Monster Among Men’s rage.

On Raw, Shane, accompanied by Elias and Jaxon Ryker put on a concert dedicated to humiliating Strowman. The Monster had enough and came out to demolish the heels. He ended up destroying Elias in a singles match. After the match, Shane hit Braun with a crutch, which didn’t affect the monster at all.

McMahon fled the scene immediately, revealing that his leg was absolutely fine. Braun asked him if he was man enough to face him one-on-one at WrestleMania, which McMahon accepted.

The Fiend and Randy Orton to meet at WrestleMania

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The last segment on Raw saw Randy Orton try to eliminate the Fiend from WWE completely. He brought with him a gas can to set the Fiend on fire once again, but he turned the tables on Randy. ‘The Viper’ dropped the Fiend with an RKO, but his nemesis Alexa Bliss got in his face.

The Fiend arose almost immediately after eating an RKO and applied the Mandible Claw to Orton. He then dropped him with Sister Abigail and pointed to the WrestleMania sign with Bliss, making the WrestleMania match official.

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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