Here’s How AEW Forced WWE to Make Changes to Raw

Published 09/13/2021, 1:48 PM EDT


WWE Raw will do anything to be on top. How does one depict that? The company moved Randy Orton vs Bobby Lashley from a PPV to a weekly show to win the ratings race.

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It so happened that AEW Dynamite defeated WWE Raw in the 19-49 demo last week. As a result, WWE moved the Orton vs Lashley match from Extreme Rules to WWE Raw: September 13th, 2021.

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The match at Extreme Rules was supposed to be between Rk-Bro and Lashley & MVP for the Raw Tag Team titles and the WWE Championship. However, it’ll be a singles match between The Viper and The Almighty for the WWE Championship on WWE Raw.

Now, the singles match is still listed. Hence, the match on Raw could end with a twist that might make the Extreme Rules match a possibility as well. Nevertheless, Orton and Lashley will face each other at Extreme Rules as well in the tag team match.

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However, the company has denied any link between AEW Dynamite’s ratings and the change in plans for the Red Brand. According to the company, the changes are because of internal plans. And, has nothing to do with anything outside the company.

Randy Orton made Bobby Lashley agree to a WWE Championship match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Titles

A tag team match between a couple of teams was supposed to decide who would be the number one contender for the Raw tag team titles. Bobby Lashley and MVP wanted to take part in the same, but Randy Orton wasn’t having it. The only way Orton agreed to it was when Lashley put the WWE Championship on the line.

Now, both Lashley and Orton stand the chance to be double champions.

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If Orton wins on Raw and retains the title at Extreme Rules, he’ll be the WWE Champion and Raw tag team champion as well.

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On the other hand, if Lashley retains the title on Raw and wins at Extreme Rules, he becomes the double champion.

Since both of them are capable Superstars, it’s only a matter of time before the WWE Universe either gets a double champion or two separate champions.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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