Approaching to Extreme Rules PPV event, WWE Raw will present a loaded episode, this week with the headliner being a title match. Bobby Lashley will defend the WWE Title against Randy Orton in a singles contest. The US title will also be on the line when Damian Priest throws an Open Challenge to the roster. Rhea Ripley will face a women’s tag team champion while Charlotte Flair will also be in action on the show set from the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
WWE Champion Bobby Lashley will defend against one-half of WWE RAW Tag Team Champions, Randy Orton, tonight. As announced by WWE, last week, RAW was supposed to feature Orton and Riddle defending their tag titles against Lashley and MVP while Orton vs. Lashley for the WWE Title was also announced for the Extreme Rules pay-per-view on September 26.
But then a commercial aired during the bygone episode of SmackDown where Orton vs. Lashley was advertised for WWE RAW. Then WWE has officially announced the WWE Title match on the official website as well as on social media profiles. The match has since been removed from the Extreme Rules card while the PPV graphic remains the same around this match.
WWE issued the following storyline explanation for preponing this mega encounter,
“They don’t want to wait for WWE Extreme Rules. Bobby Lashley will defend his WWE Championship against Randy Orton this Monday on Raw! Raw Tag Team Champion Orton will look to add another title to his collection as he tries to capture his 15th World Championship, while The All-Mighty is out for some serious payback after falling victim to an RKO two weeks in a row. Who will emerge as WWE Champion? Find out on Raw, live this Monday at 8/7 C on USA Network!”
It’s very much possible that Orton vs. Lashley will go down on Raw while WWE will schedule the rematch between the two with an added stipulation at Extreme Rules.
Another title defense has been announced for WWE RAW as United States Champion Damian Priest will host an Open Challenge. This will happen before he defends against Sheamus at Extreme Rules on September 26. Last week, Sheamus earned a clean pinfall victory over Drew McIntyre to become the new number-one contender for the mid-card title.
WWE Raw Preview (13/09/21): Rhea Ripley vs. Natalya
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Natalya vs. Rhea Ripley has also been confirmed for tonight in a singles contest. Last week, the champions, Natalya and Tamina Snuka returned to action against the team of Ripley and Nikki ASH in a non-title match. The newly formed team on Raw picked up the win to become the new number-one contenders for the tag team titles.
WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair will also be in action against Shayna Baszler in a singles contest. Last week, Flair retained her title against Baszler’s tag team partner Nia Jax after Baszler provided Jax with a shocking distraction. This seemingly has set up a future feud between Jax and Baszler while Flair is set to put her title on the line at Extreme Rules against Alexa Bliss.
A huge tag team action will go down on WWE Raw when The New Day – Kofi Kingston and Xavier Wood team up with Mansoor and Mustafa Ali against the team of AJ Styles, Omos, T-BAR, and MACE. All these four teams were involved in a tag team turmoil matchup to earn an opportunity to the tag team titles. Lashley and MVP won that bout to get a shot at the titles.