Since last week’s Monday Night Raw main event between WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns was interrupted by both Seth Rollins and WWE United States Champion Rusev, Raw General Manager Mick Foley has booked Rollins vs. Rusev for this week’s Raw. But with less than a week until WWE Clash of Champions, will Kevin Owens make his presence felt? And it seems unlikely that Roman Reigns will keep a safe distance after being put in the Accolade by the U.S. champ last week.
Additionally, the Cruiserweight Division will be introduced to Monday Night Raw. With T.J. Perkins being crowned the WWE Cruiserweight Champion after defeating Gran Metalik in the tournament finals, will he be booked in a match for Clash of Champions after being introduced to the WWE Universe in Memphis?
In other Monday Night Raw championship news, The New Day continue their historic reign as the WWE Tag Team Champions. Monday will be their 392nd day as champs, a tag title reign matched in length in WWE’s history only by Demolition, who held the WWF World Tag Team Championship for 478 days in 1988 and 1989. Will it be Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson who end the championship streak of Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, and Big E?
Below is a deeper look at WWE’s official Monday Night Raw preview for September 19. Each week, the WWE Universe is provided borderline spoilers in regard to the assumed events that will take place on WWE’s flagship program, which airs live on the USA Network.
WWE Monday Night Raw Preview
The Raw go-home show for WWE Clash of Champions airs live from the FedExForum in Memphis. As reported by PW Torch, WWE SmackDown Live came extremely close to beating WWE Monday Night Raw in the TV ratings last week, something that hasn’t happened since SmackDown hosted the WWE Draft. On September 19, Monday Night Raw looks to extend their ratings war winning streak to nine weeks, with SmackDown really beginning to give them a fight.
Seth Rollins must battle Rusev on Raw!
This match will obviously have implications for the Raw brand’s first exclusive PPV since the WWE Draft and brand extension earlier this summer. Kevin Owens is arguably the most entertaining WWE Superstar when it comes to guest commentary spots, so it seems likely the WWE Universe will hear from the Universal Champion during this match-up. Meanwhile, every title from the Raw brand must be defended at Clash of Champions, and no one has been announced as Rusev’s opponent. Look for the next round of Rusev vs. Roman Reigns to be announced on WWE Raw this week.
The Cruiserweights arrive on Raw
It has been confirmed that at least seven participants from the inaugural WWE Cruiserweight Classic Tournament will join Monday Night Raw‘s new Cruiserweight Division. The WWE Universe learned on Wednesday night that the winner of the tournament would be named the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion. In what many considered an upset, T.J. Perkins won the tournament and the strap. He will be joined on Raw by Brian Kendrick, Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander, Lince Dorado, Gran Metalik, and Noam Dar.
Cesaro looks to even up the Best of Seven Series in Match No. 6
After finding himself down 3-0 and the internet ripe with rumors about The Swiss Superman leaving WWE, Cesaro won the next two matches in his series against Sheamus. With match No. 6 set for this week’s Monday Night Raw, it seems likely that Cesaro will get one more win, with the series finale being booked for Clash of Champions on Sunday.
Are the walls closing in on Charlotte?
The drama surrounding Charlotte and the WWE Women’s Championship gets more intense each week on Raw. Last week, as Bayley and Sasha Banks both made good cases for deserving the next shot at the current champ, they were thrown into a Triple Threat Match with Dana Brooke — who had just slapped Charlotte across the face — to determine the champ’s opponent for Clash. While Dana was seen apologizing to Charlotte shortly after the match, there’s no question that Charlotte is a potential target for every female on the red brand.
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Where To Watch
WWE Clash of Champions will air on Sunday, September 25, on the WWE Network. The program will begin at 8/7c. The Clash of Champions Kick-Off Show will air at 7/6c.
WWE Monday Night Raw airs live on the USA Network at 8/7c, with the Raw Pre-Show airing on the WWE Network at 7:30/6:30c. Replays of WWE RAW aren’t made available on the WWE Network until several weeks after the original air date. However, a 90-minute version of Monday Night Raw is available to stream on-demand the following day with a Hulu Plus subscription.
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