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'WWE Monday Night Raw' preview: The Randy Orton era begins

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"WWE Monday Night Raw" will start a new era for the WWE, as the WWE and world titles were unified into one main title as Randy Orton beat John Cena at the "TLC" pay-per-view last night. According to on Dec. 16, the WWE will start the new Randy Orton era tonight and it won't take long to see what direction he takes the company.

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For the first time since Chris Jericho united the WWE and world title a decade ago, there is one major champion in the WWE and that is Randy Orton. At the WWE "TLC" pay-per-view, Orton handcuffed John Cena to the ring ropes and scaled the ladder to retrieve the two titles, unifying them into one.

After the match, Mr. McMahon, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon all came out to congratulate him and tonight it will be interesting to see how things start to play out as the "Road to Wrestlemania" season starts.

With the two world titles unified into one, the Intercontinental title becomes the second most important championship in the WWE and right now Big E Langston is the champion. Triple H has promised that this title will become more prestigious, like it used to be, a stepping stone to the world title. Will fans start to see that change tonight?

Also, last night saw two handicap matches that should begin to change things as well. The Shield lost to CM Punk when Roman Reigns accidentally speared Dean Ambrose. Will Ambrose take out the loss on Reigns, starting the big man's face turn? Furthermore, will Punk use this big win to push his way back into the world title scene?

In the second match, Daniel Bryan lost to The Wyatt Family. It is clear that Bray Wyatt is not finished with Bryan yet, and tonight will continue the feud between the two sides.

"WWE Monday Night Raw" airs at 8 p.m. EST on USA.


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