Multiple Changes Made To WWE Raw
Changes are back to WWE Raw
The late changes to Monday Night Raw continued for the September 18 episode.
Raw aired from the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah this week and PWInsider reported that Becky Lynch vs. Tegan Nox for the NXT Women's Championship was scheduled for the main show, while Natalya vs. Xia Li was booked for Main Event. However, those matches didn't take place as changes on Monday led to Tegan Nox vs. Xia Li on Main Event. Natalya, meanwhile, ended up challenging Becky Lynch for the NXT Women's Title on Raw following a promo in which Natalya called the champion a hypocritical ginger witch. Lynch ultimately retained her title.
Raw's match order also underwent a change. Ricochet vs. Shinsuke Nakamura was originally slated to follow the opening contest of Cody Rhodes vs. Dominik Mysterio. The decision was made to move the match to later in the show to provide more star power to later segments since Seth Rollins was involved. The World Heavyweight Champion continued his programme with Nakamura as he tried to attack Shinsuke before the match with Ricochet. After the match ended in a DQ win for Nakamura, Rollins again tried to attack the former IWGP Intercontinental Champion but Nakamura avoided the offence and first back-dropped Rollins onto a chair before he drove his spine into the announce table.
Late changes to WWE Raw had become less common in the summer but Vince McMahon has since resumed his WWE creative duties and last-minute changes have returned with him. Several late changes were made to Raw by McMahon and Triple H last week, although the changes were said to be for the better.
Triple H is officially the head of creative following WWE's merger with UFC but Vince McMahon finds himself at the top as he holds the final say and the power to change any of Triple H's plans.