The road to WrestleMania begins.
WWE announced that 2023 men's Royal Rumble winner Cody Rhodes will open Monday's episode of WWE Raw. Rhodes will face the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion at WrestleMania 39. The title is currently held by Roman Reigns.
It was also announced that Rhea Ripley, who won the women's Royal Rumble, will make her WrestleMania decision. She can choose to challenge the Raw Women's Champion Bianca Belair or the SmackDown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 39.
Finally, Byron Saxton announced that the United States Championship, currently held by Austin Theory, will be defended inside the Elimination Chamber at WWE Elimination Chamber. Two qualifying bout will take place on the January 30 episode of WWE Raw. One qualifying bout will see Seth Rollins against Chad Gable while the other bout will pit Johnny Gargano against Baron Corbin.
BREAKING NEWS: @ByronSaxton just announced HUGE plans for tonight’s #WWERaw including @CodyRhodes kicking off the show!— WWE (@WWE) January 30, 2023
The Road to #WrestleMania has begun! pic.twitter.com/UigrFWvtF4
Here is the current lineup for WWE Raw:
WWE Raw (1/30)
- Cody Rhodes to open the show
- Rhea Ripley to announce who she will face at WWE WrestleMania
- Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: Seth Rollins vs. Chad Gable
- Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: Baron Corbin vs. Johnny Gargano
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