WWE News WWE News: Raw TV preview - final WM28 hype, Smackdown taping, Rock-Cena TV special, Hunter-HBK confrontation, Miz statement, advertised bonus match
Mar 26, 2012 - 9:30:47 AM
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WWE Raw TV preview 3/26
-- After a full house show schedule over the weekend, both Raw and Smackdown crews travel to Atlanta for the final Raw TV before WrestleMania 28 Monday night.
The Raw taping from the host city of WM27 will include matches taped for Friday's Smackdown episode and the NXT and Superstars online shows since no Smackdown TV taping is scheduled this week. The Raw taping has been moved up to 7:15 p.m. EST (usual start time is 8:15 EST) to fit in the additional tapings before Raw goes live at 9:00 p.m.
-- The live Raw episode on USA Network will be preceded by the first airing of the "Rock-Cena - Once In A Lifetime" documentary at 8:00 p.m. EST before Raw.
-- As for the actual Raw episode, the big stars are advertised except for The Undertaker. Cena and Rock are scheduled for a final confrontation, Triple H and Shawn Michaels are advertised for a discussion about Michaels's special referee role in the Taker-Hunter Mania match, and Chris Jericho and C.M. Punk will continue building to their WWE Title match.
-- The only match left to fill out before WrestleMania is the 12-man tag match between Team Johnny and Team Teddy. Each team has one slot remaining. The Miz, who is riding a 20-match TV/PPV losing streak, noted on Twitter over the weekend that he will be "making a statement" on Raw to once again campaign for a spot on Team Johnny.
-- Smackdown stars scheduled to appear include World Hvt. champion Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Randy Orton, Big Show, IC champion Cody Rhodes, Mark Henry, and Christian. Brodus Clay is also advertised.
-- The advertised bonus match for the live crowd in Atlanta is John Cena & C.M. Punk vs. Chris Jericho & Kane.
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