WWE News: Championship Changes Hands On ‘Raw’ Ahead Of ‘SummerSlam 2017’ PPV

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Aug. 14 2017, Updated 6:49 p.m. ET

On Monday’s episode of WWE Raw, one of the championships changed hands just six days ahead of the upcoming SummerSlam 2017 pay-per-view. In a big match on the latest installment of the WWE program, Akira Tozawa took on Neville with the championship on the line. In surprising fashion, the “power of Akawa” was able to capture the WWE Cruiserweight Championship for the first time in his career. That produced the fifth champion to win this title belt since its introduction. It also brought an end to the longest reign so far by anyone from the 205 Live division of Cruiserweights so far.

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According to ProWrestling.net‘s Jason Powell, Monday’s show was held at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The first match of the night featured “The Boss” Sasha Banks defeating Nia Jax to become the new No. 1 contender for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship. That means Sasha will go on to SummerSlam to face Alexa Bliss for the title taking the injured Bayley’s place. In the second match of the night, Akira Tozawa challenged Neville for the WWE Cruiserweight title. The two were scheduled to compete at SummerSlam this coming Sunday with the title on the line but had an 11-minute bout on Raw ahead of their matchup this weekend.

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