It has been reported that a huge change to the card for Monday’s edition of Raw was made with AEW in mind.
On the upcoming episode, Bobby Lashley will defend the WWE Championship against Randy Orton. This match had previously been announced for Extreme Rules on September 26.
It has also been announced that, ahead of his pay-per-view match with Sheamus, Priest will defend the US Title in an open challenge.
As per Dave Meltzer on the latest edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, the card change was a reaction to the impressive AEW Dynamite rating. The September 8 show beat the previous episode of Raw in the key 18-49 demographic.
Detailing the changes, Meltzer stated:
“They moved the pay-per-view match to Raw. Originally they were going to do the tag team title match. The whole show last week was built to set up this tag team title match on this week’s Raw and then they pulled the match because they lost in the ratings and they’re putting Randy Orton and Bobby Lashley, the pay-per-view main event on TV tomorrow night. Yea, that’s among the responses (to AEW). I’m not surprised.”
Transcription via WrestlingNews.co.