‘WWE Monday Night Raw’ Preview: Charlotte Flair And The New Day Defend Their Titles

With no appearances scheduled for Brock Lesnar or Goldberg on this week’s Monday Night Raw, the focus will be shifted to two big title matches as the red brand begins their build towards WWE Roadblock: End of the Line in December. Charlotte Flair defends the Raw Women’s Championship in her hometown against Sasha Banks, while The New Days puts their historic Tag Team Championship title reign on the line for the second week in a row. With Seth Rollins apparently on a collision course with Chris Jericho, it seems entirely plausible that his former stablemate from The Shield, Roman Reigns, will be challenging Kevin Owens for the WWE Universal Championship at their next PPV.

WWE Monday Night Raw Preview

Before the final WWE PPV of the year, Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Xavier Woods will defend the Raw Tag Team Championship against Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. The former members of The Bullet Club have challenged The New Day for the titles in the past, including a big match at WWE SummerSlam that involved a run-in from Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart. The New Day will tie Demolition’s record of 478 days on December 12, Monday, assuming they retain their titles against Anderson and Gallows on Raw.

Jon Stewart confronts Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows at SummerSlam 2016 [Image by WWE]

Since the WWE Divas Championship was re-branded as the WWE Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 32 — and subsequently renamed the Raw Women’s Championship after the brand extension — it has changed hands four times between Charlotte and Sasha. Continuing her own streak of PPV wins, Charlotte Flair has been unstoppable on Sunday nights. But in July and October of this year, Sasha Banks faced Ric Flair’s daughter one-on-one for the title on Monday Night Raw and left with the gold. Can the adage “third time’s a charm” apply to Sasha if she already succeeded the first two times?

According to WWE’s official Monday Night Raw preview, Seth Rollins could be taking issue with either WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens or his best friend Chris Jericho. Strangely enough, WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns isn’t mentioned at all. It’s a story line that now involves two current champions, a pair of best friends in Jeri-KO, as well as former tag champs and former brothers in The Shield, Reigns, and Rollins. How will things develop as WWE Roadblock 2016 approaches?


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Predicted WWE Roadblock 2016 Card

  • Kevin Owens (c) vs. Roman Reigns — WWE Universal Championship Match
  • Charlotte (c) vs. TBA — Raw Women’s Championship Match
  • The New Day (c) vs. TBA — Raw Tag Team Championship Match
  • The Brian Kendrick (c) vs. TBA — WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match
  • Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho

WWE Roadblock 2016 will be the next PPV featuring stars from Monday Night Raw. Very little information about Roadblock: End of the Line has been confirmed, although a tweet from the arena hosting the event is promoting Kevin Owens vs. Roman Reigns as the main event. The listing at their website clearly states “Card subject to change,” however. WWE Roadblock will air live on December 18, Sunday, from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As more information is confirmed, it will be updated at WWE’s official Roadblock preview page.

Where To Watch WWE Raw

WWE Roadblock: End of the Line will air live on the WWE Network on December 18, Sunday, at 8/7c. The Roadblock Kickoff Show will begin at 7/6c.

Episodes of WWE Monday Night Raw air 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 subscription.

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