United States champion Samoa Joe was intended to appear on Raw last week, crossing over from SmackDown as part of the Shake-Up. This was to be the corresponding move to Intercontinental champion Finn Balor moving from Raw to SmackDown. However, Joe was absent from last Monday's Raw telecast, due to being sick with the flu.
At the opening on tonight's Raw telecast in Des Moines, IA, Joe was announced part of a triple match for the evening's card, taking on AJ Styles and Rey Mysterio. This made his jump to Raw a rather understated and quiet one, at least at first.
Minutes later, Joe appeared before the live crowd, interrupting a talking segment between Rollins and Triple H, marking his official return to the show.
The winner of the aforementioned triple threat will face the winner of another triple threat between Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, and The Miz, with that winner challenging for Seth Rollins' Universal title at Money in the Bank on May 19 in Hartford.