WWE has an all new Monday Night Raw tonight from the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh PA.
This is the first episode of Raw since the Draft, and the fallout from WWE Battleground 2016 will be felt!
WWE.com: The WWE Brand Extension Draft has come and gone, and the landscape of Monday Night Raw has experienced a seismic shift. As WWE’s New Era begins in earnest for the longest running weekly episodic show in history, what will Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and General Manager Mick Foley do now that the WWE Championship is on SmackDown Live?
The rosters have been split, and only half (or so) of the wrestlers will appear on Raw tonight and moving forward.
Besides having no World Title, Raw has three other titles – US, Tag Team and Womans. Will they stay on Raw as well?
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns were both defeated by Dean Ambrose in the last week, and so they are left without true claims to the WWE Title. All signs are pointing to a new title to be created for Raw, maybe this will begin on Raw tonight!
In particular, Roman Reigns has been pinned clean by Seth Rollins (at Money in the Bank) and Dean Ambrose (last night at Battleground 2016) which is about the sum total of his jobs up to this point in his career. Could this be a signal that WWE is finally looking to do a big turn? This could be a huge story coming out of Raw.
There will be at least 1, if not several major NXT main roster debuts on Raw. Finn Balor was a first round draft pick, and will make his Monday Night Raw debut live tonight. Who will he first feud with? And will be somehow be assoicated with the Club now that they are separated from AJ Styles. The first day in Finn Balor’s true WWE journey begins tonight on Raw.
In addition, Nia Jax will make her main roster debut in the woman’s division. As Summerslam appears to be a singles match between Charlotte and Sasha Banks for the title, Nia Jax will be in a secondary storyline as a heel, likely to be set up as a challenger for Sasha down the line. Much like Finn, this is Day 1 of Nia’s main roster career.
Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens had the match of the night at Battleground, an epic one on one encounter than ended with Sami pinning Kevin clean. This should signal the end of their feud, despite staying on the same brand. What’s next for both – either another rematch at Summerslam or onto new feuds – will be introduced tonight on Raw.
The New Day lost to the Wyatts, and are a permanent part of Raw as WWE Tag Team Champions. Only Braun Strowman from the Wyatts remains on Raw, so he will either need to pick a new partner or the New Day will be moving onto a new feud. What’s next for the longest reigning WWE Tag Team champions will unfold on Raw.
All this plus Stephanie McMahon, Mick Foley, the exclusive home of Cruiserweights and much more!
Here is the WWE.com Quick Hits Preview
Beat blue With the ball now in Raw’s court, what will Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and General Manager Mick Foley do for their first show of the New Era
The NXT factor. The WWE Draft saw the much-anticipated summons of Finn Bálor from WWE NXT, as well as the unexpected selection of Nia Jax, the powerhouse of the Women’s division.
TKO. If WWE Battleground was, indeed, the last time Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens will ever fight each other, then Owens has to be feeling pretty rotten right about now.
Hounds without a bone. There’s no chance these two are done with each other, so the only question is where “The Man” and “The Guy” will take their rivalry next
The next WWE PPV is Summerslam 2016, live August 21, 2016 from the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Thusfar only one match is set for the event.
Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton
The Viper clashes with The Beast at SummerSlam on Aug. 21
Randy Orton takes on Brock Lesnar at The Biggest Event of the Summer on Aug. 21 at 7 ET/4 PT, live on WWE Network.
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