With the success of AEW's Fyter Fest and NXT's Great American Bash, continuing next week with AEW's Fight for the Fallen, WWE is going all-in on the special episode thing. This Monday's upcoming episode of WWE Raw is being billed as "The Night of Grudge Matches," with a commercial saying so running repeatedly during WWE SmackDown on Friday.
Here's the grudge matches in question. First, and most importantly, Sasha Banks and Bayley will defend their WWE Women's Tag Team Championships against The Kabuki Warriors. Here's WWE's blurb about the match.
Last Monday, Raw Women's Champion Asuka defeated SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley in an epic Champion vs. Champion Match. Now, she'll try and make it two in a row over Bayley Dos Straps, as The Empress of Tomorrow & Kairi Sane challenge Sasha Banks & Bayley for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship.
Can The Kabuki Warriors dethrone the champions and start their second stint with the titles, or will The Boss and Bayley continue to reign supreme?
That match could main event a PPV. It should main event a PPV. Maybe every PPV. But that's not all that's happening on Monday. It looks like R-Truth's interaction with Randy Orton on the last episode of Raw will pay off in a match. Poor Truth. Here's how WWE lays it out.
Last week, 24/7 Champion R-Truth crossed paths with Randy Orton and Ric Flair while trying to evade Akira Tozawa and his ninjas. While The Viper misdirected Tozawa, keeping them off R-Truth's tail, he will likely not be as kind when they clash this Monday on Raw.
Can Truth overcome WWE's Apex Predator, or will Orton continue along his path of destruction?
And as Seth Rollins gets ready for his "Eye for an Eye" Match against Rey Mysterio at Extreme Rules, he'll have to go through even Owens on Monday's go-home show. Here's how WWE describes it.
Raw will play host to a WrestleMania rematch when Kevin Owens goes one-on-one with Seth Rollins. At The Show of Shows, KO emerged victorious over The Monday Night Messiah after leaping off the WrestleMania sign and crashing through Rollins on the commentary table.
Now, Owens has sided with Rey Mysterio against The Monday Night Messiah. Just days before he faces Mysterio in a gruesome Eye for an Eye Match, will Rollins be able to focus on KO, or will Owens soften up The Monday Night Messiah for Mysterio? Find out this Monday!
Finally, The Viking Raiders will get their hands on Andrade and Angel Garza without The Big Show and Randy Orton around. Here's WWE's description.
Erik & Ivar will be out for payback this Monday on Raw when they take on Andrade & Angel Garza in an Elimination Tag Team Match.
Zelina Vega's charges have taken the red brand's tag team division by storm in recent weeks, ambushing Raw Tag Team Champions The Street Profits and defeating The Viking Raiders. But despite their successes, Andrade & Garza have had a great deal of trouble staying on the same page. Can they get it together, or will Erik & Ivar get their raid back on track? Find out during a Night of Grudge Matches on Raw, this Monday at 8/7 C on USA Network!