WWE Made Several Changes To This Week's Raw

Backstage update on WWE's alterations to this week's episode of Raw.

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WWE made at least a couple of minor changes to what was originally planned for this week's episode of Raw, which took place in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Per Fightful Select, The Judgment Day's Finn Balor and Damian Priest vs. AJ Styles and Rey Mysterio was at one point discussed as a potential Raw main event. WWE ended up doing the opposite. Instead of closing the night, the match ended up being the first on the card, following the in-ring Judgment Day promo that had opened things up.

Styles took the pinfall following a Coup de Grace from Balor. Dominik Mysterio was involved in the finish, distracting his father, Rey, so that Rhea Ripley could spring into action, neutralising the lucha legend. This prompted a post-pin fallout between AJ and Rey before Judgment Day beat Styles down.


Beyond this, WWE also planned on having Asuka, Bianca Belair, and Alexa Bliss accompany Candice LeRae to the ring for her match with Dakota Kai.

This would have served LeRae's character well, given that interferences from Bayley and IYO SKY on Kai's behalf cost the recent returnee the bout.

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