Multiple Last Minute Changes Were Made To Last Night’s Episode Of Raw

The lineup for the September 18 episode of Monday Night Raw experienced some last-minute alterations. This week’s Raw was broadcast from the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, and according to PWInsider, the original plan included Becky Lynch vs. Tegan Nox for the NXT Women’s Championship on the main show, while Natalya vs. Xia Li was slated for Main Event. However, unforeseen developments on Monday led to a change in plans, resulting in Tegan Nox facing Xia Li on Main Event. Meanwhile, Natalya unexpectedly challenged Becky Lynch for the NXT Women’s Title during a promo in which she referred to the champion as a hypocritical ginger witch. Ultimately, Lynch successfully defended her title.

Furthermore, the order of matches on Raw underwent a shift. Originally, Ricochet vs. Shinsuke Nakamura was supposed to follow the opening bout between Cody Rhodes and Dominik Mysterio. However, a decision was made to move the Ricochet vs. Nakamura match later in the show to enhance the star power in subsequent segments, particularly due to Seth Rollins’ involvement. The World Heavyweight Champion continued his ongoing feud with Nakamura, attempting to assault him before the match with Ricochet. The match concluded with a disqualification win for Nakamura, after which Rollins once again tried to attack the former IWGP Intercontinental Champion. However, Nakamura evaded the attack and executed a back-drop on Rollins onto a chair before driving his spine into the announce table.

Late changes to WWE Raw had become less frequent during the summer, but the return of Vince McMahon to his WWE creative duties has brought back last-minute adjustments. Last week, McMahon and Triple H made several late changes to Raw, with reports indicating that these changes were intended to improve the overall show.

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