During this week’s episode of WWE SmackDown, it was announced that Bobby Lashley vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship will be taking place on next week’s episode of RAW. As you’d expect, this match is taking place much earlier than expected and likely has a lot to do with the recent AEW ratings and the return of Monday Night Football.
The WWE Championship match was originally set to take place at Extreme Rules and they could still do that with a false finish on RAW and then having a rematch between the two men take place at Extreme Rules. The original plan for RAW was to have Riddle and Orton defend their Tag Team Championships against Lashley and MVP but obviously plans changed as they often do in WWE.
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