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WWE Raw: 5 Burning questions before this week's episode (July 8, 2019)

Double duty for the Big Dog!
Double duty for the Big Dog!
Kebin Edwin Antony

This week's episode of Monday Night Raw will emanate from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Following the explosive start to the Paul Heyman era last week, WWE will look to replicate the same in the upcoming episodes as well.

With their next PPV Extreme Rules set to take place this Sunday, WWE will look to make the go-home show more fascinating than last week. We will get previews of two matches from the PPV as Seth Rollins & Becky Lynch will team up to take on Andrade & Zelina Vega. Roman Reigns, on the other hand, will team up with a mystery partner of Shane McMahon's choosing to take on the latter & Drew McIntyre.

Rey Mysterio is also set to make his return from injury on this week's show, and the state of the 24/7 Championship is up in the air with R-Truth on the hunt to regain the title from Drake Maverick. WWE has lots of things to address, and here are the five burning questions before this week's episode of Raw.

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#5 Will WWE continue with more non-pg segments?

An explosive start indeed!
An explosive start indeed!

It looked like the new Executive Director of Raw had his inputs on everything that transpired on last week's show. Paul Heyman announced his arrival in style with an explosive start involving Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley last week.

Corey Graves' commentary and the Maria Kanellis segment proved that WWE is desperate to improve their product to a potential ratings war with AEW in the future. With WWE giving a bit of hope to the hardcore pro-wrestling fans, the expectations for this week's episode is sky high by default.

These are good times for pro-wrestling fans with AEW & WWE engaging in a battle with the former looking to gain some viewers and the latter looking to retain their viewers. The fans are reaping the benefit out of this as we are witnessing the return of old-school pro-wrestling once again. Let's hope WWE keep things up and continues their good job from last week on the upcoming episodes.

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#4 What will Rey Mysterio have to say?

The master of the 619 is back!
The master of the 619 is back!

Rey Mysterio will make his return to WWE after taking some time off due to a shoulder injury he sustained during a match with Samoa Joe. Mysterio relinquished the United States Championship on the June 3rd episode of Raw and went on a hiatus to heal his injuries.

It will be interesting to see how WWE uses Rey Mysterio now that Samoa Joe has lost the United States title to Ricochet and moved on to a WWE title feud with Kofi Kingston. Mysterio will not enter the US title picture as Ricochet had started a potential rivalry with AJ Styles.

The tag team division is already full, and WWE will have to find some way to use Mysterio on television. Let's hope he doesn't become a part of the mob that chases the 24/7 Champion. We'll get our answers when Mysterio returns on this week's episode of Raw.

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#3 How will R-Truth ruin Drake Maverick's honeymoon?

Maverick couldn't make the choice between his wife & the 24/7 title.
Maverick couldn't make the choice between his wife & the 24/7 title.

We all know R-Truth will do it, but how he's going to do it is the big question among the WWE Universe. R-Truth lost the 24/7 Championship to Drake Maverick after the latter blindsided him to steal the title on last week's Raw.

Maverick is now on honeymoon with his new wife, Renee Michelle. The champ has been posting his hilarious honeymoon videos with his wife on his Twitter account, and R-Truth hasn't made his presence felt yet, but we can be sure he'll be lurking in the corners when Maverick appears on Raw.

R-Truth is already an eight-time 24/7 Champion within just two months of Mick Foley introducing the title. He will be looking to become a nine-time champion this Monday if he can somehow outsmart Drake Maverick. If things continue to go this way on the upcoming episodes, we can see R-Truth tie Ric Flair & John Cena's 16 title reigns in no-time.

#2 Will the Club get a Raw Tag Team title shot?

Will the Club get a title shot on Raw?
Will the Club get a title shot on Raw?

We saw the reunion of the Club last week after AJ Styles turned heel after losing his United States title match against Ricochet. WWE has been teasing the Styles' heel turn for the past few weeks, and it materialized on the main event of last week's episode of Raw.

While Styles will start a feud with Ricochet over the United States title, Gallows & Anderson could find themselves in the Raw Tag Team title picture. It became more evident after AJ Styles responded to the following tweet from Scott Dawson.

Dawson tweeted that he and his partner Dash Wilder are better than the other tag teams like the Young Bucks, the New Day, Undisputed Era and the Good Brothers. Styles responded to the tweet saying "Sounds like u need to be slapped....by me. Then by the good brothers".

It looks like WWE is going ahead with a big push for the Club as a heel faction on Raw. The tweet can be a hint that the Club could receive a Raw Tag Team title possibly at Extreme Rules.

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#1 Who will Shane McMahon choose as Roman Reigns' mystery partner?

The deadman cannot interfere in this match.
The deadman cannot interfere in this match.

Roman Reigns will take on his Extreme Rules opponents Shane McMahon & Drew McIntyre in a tag team match on this week's Raw just six days before he teams up with the Undertaker at the PPV. Shane McMahon will pick Roman Reigns' mystery partner which spells doom for the Big Dog.

WWE has also added another stipulation that if the Undertaker interferes during the match, he is out of the Extreme Rules matchup. Shane McMahon will look to get the upper hand before their No Holds Barred tag team match by weakening the Big Dog before Extreme Rules.

It will be a three on one situation for Reigns on this week’s Raw with the Undertaker not allowed to interfere during the match. The Big Dog has been in this position before, and we have to wait to find out if Reigns could overcome Shane O’Mac’s ploy to weaken him up before this Sunday.

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Edited by Umid Kumar Dey

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