WWE Monday Night Raw comes to us live tonight from the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa – the home state of Seth Rollins. There has not been much of a historical legacy left in this building, the last time WWE came to town was on December 23, 2019, when “Santa Claus” had a run as 24/7 Champion. The main event of that edition of Raw saw Rey Mysterio defeat Rollins via DQ to retain the United States Championship. This week’s WWE Raw features a contract signing and much more.
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We Need To Sign A Contract For This 2 on 1 Handicap Match
By virtue of MVP’s tainted but still secured win over Bobby Lashley last week, Omos could pick the stipulation for his fourth match with Lashley, scheduled for Hell In A Cell. As such, he selected a Handicap Match, inserting Lashley’s former manager and now his own, MVP, as a tag team partner. Lashley will have to go at it alone for the Premium Live Event in Chicago.
Tonight on Monday Night Raw, WWE has selected ‘contract signing’ as the designated trope vehicle to make the two parties interact en route to the event. As the website asks, will sparks fly? Literally, we hope not. Figuratively? We have to assume it won’t be peaceful negotiations during this contract signing on WWE Raw.
It’s a Championship Contender’s Match
As the branding suggests, we have a non-title match scheduled for the show, as the newly minted Unified WWE Tag Team Championship team of Jimmy & Jey Uso look to do their cousin Roman Reigns proud. The Usos go head to head against Riddle and his new partner, the also slighted by The Bloodline, Shinsuke Nakamura.
The challenge was made on SmackDown and given the quick turnaround for this non-title-sorry, ‘Championship Contender’s’ affair, we have to imagine that somehow, this ‘Rock N Bro Connection’ will secure a tag team title match. After all, an entire episode of SmackDown was dedicated to set it up, not to mention Riddle being placed as a potential future opponent for the Unified Universal WWE Champion, Roman Reigns.
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The One We Were Supposed To Get
It’s the kind of match that makes you ask “then what was the point?” as Asuka challenges Bianca Belair one on one on Raw, prior to the two alongside Becky Lynch clashing at Hell In A Cell in a 3-way match for the Raw Women’s Championship.
This was, as of 2 weeks ago, supposed to be the title match at the event. This was after the situation with Naomi & Sasha Banks forced WWE to change plans. But last week, Lynch pinned Asuka. As such, she was added to the affair. This brings the question of “what was the point of that one-on-one match then?” in regards to the Asuka vs Lynch match from the May 16th edition of the show. We realize WWE was somewhat backed into a corner, but it comes off as quite the reach around here. Nonetheless, we might just get a solid match here.
Countdown To Cody, Part 3
Hell In A Cell is still two weeks away. While the event’s main event is clearly the Hell In A Cell match between Cody Rhodes and Seth (I’m not doing the middle name thing) Rollins, we still need to fill in those two weeks. Rhodes has been pushed hard. Maybe a bit too hard, as Raw’s top star. This has been cemented by his appointed ‘Countdown To Cody’ clock, to signal when he will appear; the second-year straight of WWE using this tactic to combat the NBA Playoffs.
This week, Rhodes will “respond” to Rollins’ latest attack. Last week saw Rollins attack and try to injure the Grandson Of A Plumber’s knee.
WWE.com asks what does Cody Rhodes have to say to Rollins? We would imagine it would be “not so kind words.”
All that and more tonight on WWE Monday Night Raw on the USA Network.
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