WWE Raw Preview (19/08/19): AJ Styles-Braun Strowman, King Of The Ring Tournament
After the monumental 32nd anniversary of Summerslam, WWE Raw will move forward to the next PPV event in line, Clash of Champions. The buildup for the upcoming show will begin from tonight onwards as we expect several championship matches to get official. Seth Rollins should receive the next challenger for the Universal title that in turn will set the main event of the pay-per-view. Becky Lynch is also set to begin the next feud against the returning Sasha Banks after what went down on last week.
But the headliner of tonight’s episode of WWE Raw will be a United States Championship match. The champion will be colliding against the Monster among Men for his first title defense after Summerslam. Plus, King of the Ring tournament kicks off from tonight onwards. Two solid matches will take place to take the tourney under process. Also, the 24/7 Championship picture will move forward as the show emanates from the XCEL Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The main event match of WWE Raw is official for this week as AJ Styles issued a challenge to the returning Braun Strowman. The US Champion was in action against Seth Rollins with the Club trying to help him. With the number-games by his side, AJ started a beatdown until the Monster arrived. This angle confirmed the matchup for tonight as announced by WWE.com,
“As AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson pummeled Universal Champion Seth Rollins during Raw’s Champion vs. Champion main event, Braun Strowman joined frequent O.C. foe Ricochet in helping The Beastslayer even the odds, sending a powerful message to The Phenomenal One and his cruel cohorts. In a WWE.com interview following the physical altercation with The Monster Among Men, Styles challenged Strowman to a match next week, where the United States Title will be on the line. Strowman accepted the challenge via Twitter.”
— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) August 13, 2019
Meanwhile, the backstage news is that Braun Strowman is the next challenger for the Universal Championship. He is likely to compete against Seth Rollins over the title in the main event of Clash of Champions. It will be interesting to see how WWE twists this angle and inserts Strowman into the title feud. Plus, the question is whether they will keep the monster as a babyface or convert him into a heel for this storyline.
Ever since Sasha Banks returned to the scene on WWE Raw, she has been taking the internet by storm. The heel turn of the Legit Boss of WWE is likely to change the complexion of the entire women’s division, so to speak. This will keep her straight into the title picture, as per the recent updates. After the beatdown Becky Lynch received from her, it is a sure-shot thing she is coming for a redemption. This will automatically announce her next title defense at Clash of Champions.
King of the Ring tournament kicks off tonight featuring superstars from both red and blue brand. Tonight, four superstars from WWE Raw will compete in two separate matches to begin the tourney. Samoa Joe will square off against Cesaro in a first-time matchup that could steal the show. Plus, the high-flyer Cedric Alexander takes on against Sami Zayn in another fresh contest for KOTR. We predict Joe and Cedric will be the winners in their respective matches to advance to the next round.
Drake Maverick is on a mission to get back the WWE 24/7 Championship for the past couple of weeks. He chased down the current champion, Elias by all means possible to get the title back. He should be on a run even on tonight’s WWE Raw that should present us with numerous hilarious moments and provide non-stop entertainment.
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