Live from the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, WWE Raw is set to deliver another thrilling episode on September 18, 2023, as the build towards Fastlane intensifies. With the landscape of WWE constantly evolving, here’s what fans can expect tonight.
Nia Jax: Love Her or Hate Her, She’s Back in Business
Last week’s Raw saw the jaw-dropping return of Nia Jax, and she wasted no time making an impact. Not only did she cost Raquel Rodriguez her match against Women’s World Champion Rhea Ripley, but she also delivered a powerful Bonzai Drop to Ripley herself. This shocking turn of events suggests that Jax is primed for a championship feud with Ripley.
Nia Jax has always been a polarizing figure in the wrestling world, with her physicality often sparking debates. While some attribute injuries to her, others acknowledge the inherent risks in wrestling. Regardless of personal opinions, WWE’s decision to thrust her into the title scene with Ripley is apparent. With WrestleMania season on the horizon, WWE may be reserving a Ripley vs. Becky Lynch showdown, and Jax’s size advantage over Ripley could make her a compelling challenger.
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As Nia returns, she’s likely to cut a promo explaining her motives and future plans. However, Raquel Rodriguez may not be willing to step aside quietly, setting the stage for a potential clash between these two formidable contenders.
The Rest of the Title Scene: Rollins vs. Nakamura, GUNTHER’s Predicament, and Women’s Tag Team Drama
World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins is relentless in his pursuit of a title fight against Shinsuke Nakamura, who has been testing Seth’s patience. Nakamura faces Ricochet tonight, and Rollins might have plans to interfere.
Intercontinental Champion GUNTHER faces turmoil within Imperium as Giovanni Vinci’s failures mount. Chad Gable and Tommaso Ciampa are gunning for the title, adding more complexity to the situation.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Chelsea Green and Piper Niven face an uncertain future as Shayna Baszler and Zoey Stark form a new formidable tag team. Shayna’s swift victory over Chelsea last week hints at potential singles encounters.
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WWE Tag Team Champions Damian Priest and Finn Balor haven’t granted Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens a rematch. Will Zayn and Owens be present tonight to secure a title opportunity at Fastlane?