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WWE Raw preview, June 19, 2017: Roman Reigns to kick off Raw with SummerSlam announcement
Roman Reigns doesn’t do anything small — he’s The Big Dog, after all — and this Monday night on Raw, he’ll reveal what he has planned for SummerSlam. Who will the former WWE Champion battle at The Biggest Party of the Summer?
Roman Reigns to make SummerSlam announcement Monday night
The Big Dog has some big plans for The Biggest Party of the Summer.
Live on Raw next Monday night, Roman Reigns will make an announcement concerning his involvement in this year’s SummerSlam, which will emanate from Brooklyn, N.Y.’s Barclays Center on Sunday, Aug. 20.
Although Reigns was unsuccessful in earning the right to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at the WWE Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view — that honor went to Samoa Joe at WWE Extreme Rules — The Big Dog remains focused on ruling over and defending his “yard” on Team Red. On Twitter, Reigns warned that “not everyone is going to like” what he has to say.
No matter what it entails, Reigns’ proclamation will surely change the landscape of WWE’s annual summer spectacular.
Don’t miss Reigns’ SummerSlam announcement Monday night on Raw, live at 8/7 C on USA Network.
Does Samoa Joe have Brock Lesnar’s number?
When a Superstar intentionally provokes Brock Lesnar, it typically doesn’t work out too well for them. However, Samoa Joe showed zero fear in the face of the reigning, defending Universal Champion last Monday night, when he started a brawl with The Beast Incarnate that required virtually the entire locker room to restore the peace — or at least to pry the behemoths apart.
Joe put a punctuation mark on the brutality with a swift superkick that momentarily staggered The Anomaly and, later in the night, he fearlessly affirmed that he will put Lesnar “to sleep” on Sunday, July 9, at the WWE Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view. Will his prediction ring true?
Can Bayley get back into the Raw Women’s Title picture?
In a sit-down interview with Corey Graves this past Monday night, former Raw Women’s Champion Bayley opened up about her defeat to current titleholder Alexa Bliss in a Kendo Stick on a Pole Match at WWE Extreme Rules, saying, “I’m not here to put bruises on people’s backs or to send people to the hospital. I’m here to put smiles on people’s faces.” It remains to be seen whether that mindset — to be the best, her way — will help her overcome the increasingly aggressive competitors in the Raw Women’s division, including Alexa, Nia Jax, the returning Emma and even Bayley’s longtime friend, Sasha Banks. Can The Huggable One walk into next year’s WrestleMania with the Raw Women’s Title around her waist, as she did at this year’s Show of Shows?
What’s next for the Raw Tag Team division?
This past Monday night, the anticipated 2-out-of-3 Falls Raw Tag Team Championship Match between The Hardy Boyz and Cesaro & Sheamus ended in a double count-out, making the match a draw and leading to a title retention for the defending brawlers.
Matt commented on the questionable victory for The Celtic Warrior and The Swiss Cyborg later that night, calling their self-applied moniker of “The Bar” ironic given the circumstances.
And yet, having lost their rematch, The Hardy Boyz will need to earn their next opportunity at Team Red’s tandem titles. How will The Hardys earn an opportunity for retribution against Cesaro & Sheamus? Their new quest begins on Raw.
Can “The Man” stand up to a “god”?
Last week, when Seth Rollins confronted Bray Wyatt and called him a coward, The Eater of Worlds gave The Kingslayer a taste of his power, vanishing from the ring and telling Rollins from the TitanTron, “You may have found the will to slay a king, but a god lives forever.”
Will Rollins soon regret gaining the attention of one of the eeriest Superstars in WWE history? In fact, might he regret it as soon as this Monday night on Raw, live at 8/7 C on USA Network?