The build to the WWE Championship match at SummerSlam may begin on Monday’s episode of Raw.
WWE announced tonight that Randy Orton will kick off Monday’s Raw by “announcing his next target.” Orton defeated Big Show in an unsanctioned match in the main event of Raw this past Monday.
Dave Meltzer has reported that Drew McIntyre defending his WWE Championship against Orton is scheduled for SummerSlam. The pay-per-view is taking place on Sunday, August 23.
In a rematch from Extreme Rules, McIntyre is defending the WWE title against Dolph Ziggler on Monday’s Raw. McIntyre will pick the stipulation for the match this time.
WWE has also announced that Ricochet & Cedric Alexander, The Viking Raiders, and Andrade & Angel Garza will face off in a number one contender’s triple threat tag match on Monday’s Raw. The winning team will challenge The Street Profits for the Raw Tag Team titles at SummerSlam.
The Street Profits defeated Andrade & Garza in a non-title match on Raw this week. Later in the episode, Andrade & Garza attacked Big Show during his unsanctioned match against Orton. The Viking Raiders then came out to make the save and brawled with Andrade & Garza.
Ricochet & Alexander teamed with the returning Mustafa Ali to defeat MVP, Bobby Lashley & Shelton Benjamin in a six-man tag match on this week’s Raw.
Also set for Monday’s Raw is Asuka vs. Sasha Banks for the Raw Women’s Championship. The title can change hands via pinfall, submission, countout, disqualification, or if anyone interferes.