21 July 2020 02:33
With Extreme Rules in the books, it's time to begin the build to SummerSlam. As we begin our journey down that road to SummerSlam, WWE Raw has a huge unsanctioned match set for Monday night between two legends. After Randy Orton sidelined Edge in their "Greatest Wrestling Match Ever" at the Backlash pay-per-view, he punted Christian the following night in an unsanctioned match. Orton's return to the "Legend Killer" persona drew the ire of The Big Show. After weeks of teasing a potential confrontation, Orton used the threat of punting R-Truth to finally draw Big Show to the ring.
Orton then laid out the next part of his master plan--an unsanctioned match with Big Show on Raw this week. Will Big Show be able to slow Orton's roll in arguably the best stretch of his WWE career? What role will Ric Flair play? It's a huge match for WWE's flagship television program, and one that will serve to position exactly where Orton sits as SummerSlam approaches. Below is a complete preview of tonight's episode of WWE Raw. CBS Sports will be with you the entire way on Monday providing updates and highlights below in the live application as soon as the show begins at 8 p.m. ET.
"Last Man Standing, Greatest Wrestling Match Ever, Unsanctioned Match... you all know what's in store for Big Show. See it tonight. #WWERaw," Orton wrote. Stay tuned for live RAW coverage at 8pm ET. Below is the updated line-up, along with Orton's tweet: * Bayley vs. Kairi Sane * Aleister Black vs. Seth Rollins * Randy Orton vs. Big Show in an Unsanctioned Match * The WWE Universe will hear from Christian * Extreme Rules fallout Mustafa Ali is currently at today's WWE RAW TV tapings at the Performance Center in Orlando, according to PWInsider. The news was first reported by Ringside News. There's no word yet on if Ali will be in action tonight, but it's possible as WWE reportedly has a roster change planned for him. Ali is still listed as a SmackDown Superstar but it was reported in June that WWE had quietly moved him to the RAW roster internally, and that when he did return to TV it would be for the red brand. Ali has not wrestled a SmackDown TV match since the December 13 episode, which saw he and Shorty G lose to The Revival. He worked several dark matches in January and February, picking up six wins over Drew Gulak, Curtis Axel and current WWE United States Champion Apollo Crews. Ali was rumored to be the mystery man revealed behind the "SmackDown Hacker" storyline earlier this summer, but it looks like WWE may have dropped that program. Stay tuned for updates on Ali's WWE status.