Tonight’s episode of WWE Monday Night RAW comes to us LIVE from the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
We are less than a week away from the biggest Pay-Per-View of the summer, WWE’s SummerSlam. Tonight’s RAW is the go-home episode leading into Sunday’s huge SummerSlam PPV event. Brock Lesnar and the WWE Universal Championship will be in Pittsburgh tonight for RAW, what will happen between him and Seth Rollins? Will we find out who was responsible for the “forklift incident” involving Roman Reigns? What about the RAW Women’s Title, will the new RAW Tag Champs still have the belts Sunday going into SummerSlam? What about the 24/7 Title?
Here is what you can expect to see on tonight’s episode of RAW from Pittsburgh as highlighted by the following focal points featured by WWE.com.
WWE Raw preview, Aug. 5, 2019: The Beast rules the red brand on the final Raw before SummerSlam
The reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar will be at WWE Monday Night Raw. Will Seth Rollins? If so, how will The Architect counter the already-infamous beating he suffered at the hands of The Beast last week?
How injured is Seth Rollins heading into his SummerSlam battle with Brock Lesnar?
As Seth Rollins squared off against Dolph Ziggler this past Monday night on Raw, Universal Champion Brock Lesnar made a surprise appearance on the red brand, unleashing on The Architect with a savage succession of F-5s, even going so far as to assault Rollins as he was being loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher.
Rollins underwent a series of evaluations at a local medical facility but refused to disclose any details regarding his medical condition to WWE Digital. As such, and given Rollins’ silence since that night, it remains to be seen what kind of damage The Beast Incarnate doled out to his SummerSlam challenger.
Lesnar will be in the house for the final Raw before SummerSlam. Will The Kingslayer also make an appearance?
Was someone responsible for the Roman Reigns forklift incident?
In the closing moments of Tuesday night’s SmackDown LIVE, improperly secured lighting equipment nearly crushed Roman Reigns, and although an investigation determined that the near-catastrophe was caused by forklift driver error, speculation abounds that someone was specifically targeting The Big Dog.
If that’s the case, who could have been responsible? Might it have been Samoa Joe, who brawled with Reigns on Raw when their “Samoan Summit” to squash their beef ended before it started? What about Drew McIntyre, whose personal issues with Reigns are far from over after a series of brutal encounters? Could “The Best in the World” Shane McMahon have had a hand in orchestrating a deliberate plot to put Reigns on the shelf … or worse? Or was this simply an accident caused by human error on the part of the forklift operator, whose identity has not been revealed?
Will Becky Lynch and Natalya’s rivalry continue to escalate?
After Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch interrupted Natalya’s pre-Raw training session with Fit Finlay to lock her SummerSlam challenger in the Dis-arm-her, The Queen of Harts retaliated later in the night by trapping The Man in her own signature submission hold, the Sharpshooter.
After the attack, Natalya pondered whether she should make their Raw Women’s Title bout at The Biggest Event of the Summer a Submission Match but withheld an official challenge because she doubted Lynch would be bold enough to accept it.
What will be the next chapter in the red-hot rivalry between Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and Canada’s Favorite Daughter, Natalya?
Will The O.C. keep their celebration going into SummerSlam?
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson snared the Raw Tag Team Titles this past Monday night by winning a Triple Threat Match. Pair that with the United States Title around AJ Styles’ waist, and The O.C. is dripping with championship gold (and champagne) heading into SummerSlam.
But with Ricochet preparing to reclaim Styles’ title at SummerSlam, and with an entire division in pursuit of Gallows & Anderson’s new prizes, can The O.C. maintain their momentum heading into The Biggest Event of the Summer?
What’s next for WWE’s first pregnant champion?
By “defeating” her husband and capturing the 24/7 Title, Maria Kanellis became WWE’s first-ever pregnant champion, and despite Drake Maverick’s social media bravado, no Superstar has dared to challenge her for her newly won prize. Will Maria remain our 24/7 Champion until her second child is born?
Don’t miss the final Raw before SummerSlam, live at 8/7 C on USA Network.
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