WWE Raw Preview (9/7) – What’s Randy Orton Planning?

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WWE Raw Preview (9/7) - What's Randy Orton Planning?

We’re in for another interesting episode since as of this writing the WWE hasn’t publicly released a WWE Raw card yet. So, we’re going to take our bets guess (speculate) on what’s going to happen.

We’ve seen a resurgence of some favorites the last couple of weeks, and we expect that to continue tonight.

Mickie James vs. Natalya

Since James returned, she’s been at odds with Natalya and Lana, who very closely resemble the Golden Role Models with Natalya as the Bayley of the duo.

After defeating Lana last week, we think it’s likely James will face Natalya this week and add a win to her return campaign.

It’s likely James is being pushed to challenge Asuka for the Raw Woman’s Championship, possibly at Clash of Champions, so it makes sense.

Plus, it’s how the WWE usually books their talent.

Murphy will try to prove himself

After being banished from ringside last week, we think Murphy will do everything he can to prove himself to Seth Rollins.

To that end, we expect him to attack Rey or Dominik Mysterio to keep that feud alive.

To this end, we think Rollins will be uber-critical of Murphy throughout, and it’ll make Murphy try even harder.

There is the possibility that Murphy will turn on Rollins, but we doubt that’ll happen for a couple of weeks yet if he does.

Ricochet, Apollo Crews, and Cedric Alexander will call out the Hurt Business

In what could be a first, we could see our trio of heroes become the aggressors after last week’s attack on Alexander and the following shellacking at the hands of the Hurt Business at Raw Underground.

It feels right that they’d issue the challenge on Raw Underground as that’s where they were beaten, but it’d be smarter if they’d do so and challenge MVP, Shelton Benjamin, and Bobby Lashley in the ring.

This could be the first step in Alexander and Ricochet growing in the eyes of Vince McMahon and the fans.

Being proactive will only take them so far and they need to get a couple wins in a row to continue making this feud interesting.

Peyton Royce vs. Billie Kay

Another grudge match will be between the former Iiconic teammates following last week’s actions.

Not only did they lose to The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan), but Royce then sacrificed her best friend on Raw Underground.

This storyline makes sense since everything points to Peyton Royce getting a singles’ push as it’ll create more distance between the two and continue building their feud.

In this case, we think Royce will win to give her an initial boost.

The Riott Squad – Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax feud

This was a rumored potential match for Clash of Champions, and we expect them to officially take the first step toward that tonight.

While it feels too early to set the match, that’s a definite possibility.

We can expect the Riott Squad to face another team, probably from NXT, to help build them up with some words exchanged backstage that’ll lead to singles matches between the two teams in the next couple of weeks.

Randy Orton slithers around

There’s no doubt that Randy Orton will be slithering around the arena on tonight’s WWE Raw.

We can expect him to tout his win last week to face Drew McIntyre at Clash of Champions, and this will bring Keith Lee and probably Seth Rollins out to challenge him.

Rollins especially will be sore after last week, and we could see him lash out at Keith Lee for getting in his way, but his real animosity will be toward Orton.

This has the potential to be an interesting dynamic, especially with Aleister Black being in Orton’s camp.

We could see several variables of a confrontation, but a scrum or brawl feels more fitting given the hard feelings that’ll still be in the air.

Who knows, we may even get a Rollins-Lee team up or feud in the coming weeks.

What do you think will happen tonight? Let us know in the comments below.

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