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3/17 WWE Raw Pre-Show: Live coverage of the live WWE Network broadcast

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Mar 17, 2014 - 06:24 PM

By Jason Powell

The following is our live coverage of the WWE Raw pre-show that is being broadcast on the WWE Network. Refresh the page for the latest updates if you are reading this prior to Raw.

Josh Mathews introduced the pre-show panel that featured The Miz, Jason Albert (a/k/a Tensai), and Alex Riley. Yes, Miz and Riley reunited at last. Riley hyped that we're 20 days away from WrestleMania. They hyped John Cena's response to The Wyatt Family for Raw. Plus, Triple H responds to Occupy Raw and Daniel Bryan. A video recapped the Occupy Raw segment...

The panel spoke about Daniel Bryan and whether Hunter was really protecting him. Riley thought he was, but Miz took the other side of the argument...

Footage aired from the WWE Superstars match that features Natalya defeating Alicia Fox... Jerry Lawler interviewed Natalya on the stand next to the stage. He congratulated her on the win and the debut of Total Divas. Natalya spoke about Total Divas and said redemption is sweet. She said Summer Rae thinks she can slap her, but she doesn't know what a slap is...

Powell's POV: I know the slap is in the preview, but I don't recall a slap in the actual premiere episode from last night. By the way, Will Pruett's "Dot Net Diva on Total Divas" returns tomorrow! It's an emotional moment for us all, right up there with the Miz and A-Ry reunion.

The panel spoke about Randy Orton and Batista... A commercial aired for WWE Rewind... A video recapped the John Cena, Hulk Hogan, and Wyatt Family segment from last week's Raw...

The panel spoke about the Cena vs. Bray Wyatt program. Alberto said Cena may have bitten off more than he can chew. Miz took the pro-Cena side of the argument because he's been in the ring with Cena at WrestleMania. Riley said he was on the outside watching that match. Funny. He also took the pro-Cena side...

Powell's POV: If nothing else, it's comical to watch the scripted WWE do their take on the supposedly unscripted ESPN panels. "You take this side of the argument, and I'll take the opposing view and it will make for great TV!"

A recap of Hulk Hogan announcing the Andre the Giant Battle Royal for WrestleMania 30...

A pre-taped Byron Saxton interview with Brad Maddox was shown. Maddox was talking about the battle royal when Damien Sandow entered the picture. He said the way he handled the Occupy Raw segment was wrong. However, he'd like to be entered into the battle royal so he can prove himself to The Authority. Maddox told him he's in, but there's one more thing he needs to learn that he would tell him later...

Powell's POV: I'm very high on Sandow, but the way he's been pushed combined with the awkward way that Maddox is positioned did not leave me looking forward to the segment they were teasing for Raw. It looks like Sandow is going to be eating crap from The Authority, which will likely turn him babyface. One sign of this is that he is speaking normal rather than acting like your intellectual savior.

The panel spoke about the Damien Sandow situation and the battle royal... Mathews hyped The Uso Brothers vs. The Real Americans in a non-title match... Footage aired from Smackdown of the latest Real Americans drama...

Backstage, Renee Young tried to interview Jack Swagger, who said he didn't know where Cesaro and Zeb Colter were located. Cesaro and Zeb showed up. Cesaro was upset because Swagger told him the interview was supposed to be conducted at a different location. Zeb tried to get them on the same page. It didn't really work... A commercial aired for WWE Countdown...

Riley said the one week free trial for WWE Network ends Saturday at midnight... The broadcast team entered for Raw as the panel delivered more Raw hype to close the show...

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