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WWE RAW 7/18/16 Preview: GM’s Revealed, Ambrose Defends Against Rollins

RAW July 18, 2016

Tonight, WWE presents Monday Night RAW from the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, RI. It’s the final night before the WWE Draft and both Commissioners Stephanie McMahon and Shane McMahon will kick off RAW by announcing their General Managers for RAW and Smackdown respectively.

Also tonight, WWE Champion Dean Ambrose puts the championship on the line against Seth Rollins less than a week before their Triple Threat WWE Championship showdown Sunday at Battleground.

RAW airs tonight at 7pm CT on USA Network. Below is the full preview of tonight’s show, courtesy of WWE.com:

Will a new WWE Champion be crowned on Raw?

Following an extremely intense encounter last Monday on Raw, WWE Champion Dean Ambrose showed himself to be a true fighting champion by offering to defend his title against Seth Rollins at any point. The Architect chose tonight’s Raw as the time and place to challenge for WWE’s most coveted prize, presenting some very interesting scenarios.

With their WWE Battleground Triple Threat Match for the WWE Championship – including their fellow former Shield member Roman Reigns—just days away, could Rollins walk into the highly anticipated pay-per-view as the new champion? Will these former allies-turned-bitter enemies tear each other to pieces before they even get to wage war Sunday, July 24, at WWE Battleground? Plus, with the WWE Brand Extension Draft going down for theTuesday night premiere of SmackDown Live, will this potentially be one of the final showdowns between these heated rivals?

Expect Ambrose and Rollins to stop at nothing in order to walk away with the WWE Championship tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network.

Who will be the new GM of Raw and SmackDown Live?

Last week on Raw, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon named Shane McMahon as the new Commissioner of SmackDown Live and Stephanie McMahon the new Commissioner of Raw. Furthermore, he ordered them both to hire new General Managers in charge of day-to-day business for their respective shows. As first revealed on Twitter, tonight’s Raw will kick off by revealing the identity of both those GMs, on the eve of the WWE Draft which will take place during the explosive premiere of SmackDown Live Tuesday night at 8/7 C on USA Network.

But who will it be? Could the new GMs be past General Managers, such as Vickie Guerrero (Excuse Me!), John Laurinaitis (People Power!), Teddy Long (Holla Holla!) or Booker T (Can you dig it … Sucker!)? Could they be current WWE Superstars? What about alumni? WWE Hall of Famers? Certainly, there are a slew of past and present competitors capable of capturing the respect of both the locker room and the WWE Universe while helping to bring their brand to a new level of prominence.

Who will help Sasha Banks against Charlotte & Dana Brooke at WWE Battleground?

After a brutal post-match assault on Sasha Banks on SmackDown, WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte informed her adversary that she and Dana Brooke signed a contract to take on The Boss and a partner of her choosing at WWE Battleground.

That last part may be harder than it seems. Despite the fact The Boss is such an intense competitor (for perhaps because of it), she doesn’t have a lot of allies. Can she secure a partner, or will she be forced to face the titleholder and her powerful protégé all by lonesome?

Wyatts to New Day: Come out, come out wherever you are

Last week, Raw stood witness to one of the strangest brawls ever when WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day journeyed into the Wyatt Family Compound to go head-on with Bray Wyatt and his followers. However, when The New Face of Fear revealed an entire horde of sheep-masked Family members, Kofi Kingston, Big E & Xavier Woods were forced to retreat.

So, what now? Has the horrific outing destroyed the trio’s Power of Positivity heading into the final Raw before they face the First Family of Fear at WWE Battleground? Or has it strengthened their resolve? Plus, with Tuesday’s WWE Draft threatening to fracture both groups when SmackDown Live premieres this Tuesday, is the most unpredictable element of their current situation yet to reveal itself?

Will The Bulgarian Brute crush a Broski?

Last Thursday on SmackDown, United States Champion Rusev lost to Dolph Ziggler, with an assist from his No. 1 contender at WWE Battleground, Zack Ryder. Afterward, the titleholder threw an absolute tantrum, completely dismantling the announce table. Is Ryder destined to suffer a fate not unlike those poor, helpless monitors on the final Raw before his United States Title opportunity? Considering the Bulgarian Brute’s track record when he’s angry, perhaps Long Island Iced Z should take tonight off.

Don’t miss the final episode of Raw before the landscape of WWE changes forever, tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network.

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About Gary Smith (995 Articles)
I'm Gary Smith, aka "PatriotPaine." I'm the Editor-in-Chief of VortexEffect.net. I'm usually posting news and reviews, and doing all the back end stuff as well. I like to play games, watch movies, wrestling, and college football (Roll Tide Roll).

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