Source: Vince McMahon reportedly made changes to WWE Raw in response to losing to AEW Dynamite in the ratingsAs it was noted on Friday, WWE has pulled the planned tag team title bout that was set for Raw and they have replaced it with a WWE Championship match.
Originally, it was supposed to be Bobby Lashley and MVP getting a Raw Tag Team Title shot against Randy Orton and Matt Riddle (RKBro). Lashley and MVP earned the right to challenge for the titles after winning the Tag Team Turmoil match last week at the end of the show.
The WWE Championship match was originally scheduled for Extreme Rules but it is now advertised for Raw. It’s worth noting that the match is still listed internally for Extreme Rules so they may give the fans a screwjob finish on Monday to lead into the pay-per-view.
During Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that the change to Raw was made because WWE is reacting to the strong AEW Dynamite rating from this past Wednesday. While Raw still beat Raw in total viewership, Dynamite beat Raw to win the key 18-49 demo. The key demo is what is most important to advertisers.
Meltzer said, “They moved the pay-per-view match to Raw. Originally they were going to do the tag team title match. The whole show last week was built to set up this tag team title match on this week’s Raw and then they pulled the match because they lost in the ratings and they’re putting Randy Orton and Bobby Lashley, the pay-per-view main event on TV tomorrow night. Yea, that’s among the responses [to AEW]. I’m not surprised.”
AEW has been a roll in the last several weeks after the signings of CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Ruby Soho, and Adam Cole and there was a lot of buzz coming out of the All Out pay-per-view.
This past Wednesday’s Dynamite included appearances from all of the recent signings and there was a face-to-face confrontation between Danielson and Omega that will presumably lead to a singles match between them later this year or in early 2022.
AEW has several big matches lined up for future episodes of Dynamite and future pay-per-view events. There are several big dream matches possible for Cole and Danielson and it seems like they are building towards Punk vs. Powerhouse Hobbs. Another match they are building to is Ruby Soho challenging Dr. Britt, Baker, DMD for the AEW Women’s World Championship, and Thunder Rosa vs. Baker is scheduled for early 2022.
For this coming Wednesday on Dynamite, AEW has announced Adam Cole vs. Frankie Kazarian, Jade Cargill vs. Leyla Hirsch, and Shawn Spears (w/ Tully Blanchard) vs. Darby Allin (w/Sting). The following week in New York City, AEW will present Dynamite: Grand Slam with three matches announced so far. Cody Rhodes will return to face Malakai Black, MJF will face Brian Pillman Jr. and the team of Jon Moxley and Eddie Kingston will face Minoru Suzuki and Lance Archer.
For AEW, there is also talk of more ex-WWE names joining the company.
On Raw this Monday, Lashley will defend his title against Randy Orton, United States Champion Damian Priest has issued an open challenge, WWE Raw Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair will face Shayna Baszler, Women’s Tag Team Champion Natalya will face Rhea Ripley and The New Day will team with Mansoor and Mustafa Ali against AJ Styles, Omos, T-Bar, and Mace.
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