The go-home edition of WWE Raw aired live tonight from Memphis, Tennessee. This was the final episode before Clash of Champions, the first RAW-exclusive pay-per-view of the new era.
The action was intense and breath-taking as the competitors pulled out all the stops to build momentum before the big event. Here are the five things you need to know heading into Clash of Champions.
Roman Reigns is not leaving the main event anytime soon
Roman Reigns got his rematch against Kevin Owens from last week. But this time, the contest took place inside a steel cage. With the title not on the line, Reigns was fighting for retribution and to beat the champion fair and square.
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That is exactly what happened as Roman Reigns' feet touched the floor before Owens could exit the cage, handing him the victory. But that was not the end as Reigns' opponent at Clash of Champions made a statement by locking him in the Accolade. With the United States title up for grabs, Reigns has to refocus on the task at hand.
Tension between Seth Rollins and Stephanie McMahon escalating
Seth Rollins is not buying into Stephanie's claims that she had no part in Triple H's actions when he screwed him out of the WWE Universal title.
Raw's number one draft pick brought that up again and Stephanie retalitated by saying that now she wished she had something to do with it.
Raw's commissioner was irate at Rollins' continous accusations and the bond between the two is weaker than ever. This will be an interesting aspect of the WWE Universal championship match between Rollins and Owens on Sunday.
Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn gaining traction
Kevin Owens' best friend Chris Jericho made a list of his grievances against Raw General Manager Mick Foley and read it out on his talk show 'The Highlight Reel'.
He was interrupted by a slew of tag teams; but Y2J got the last laugh by including all of them in the list. However, Sami Zayn made an appearance and took the fight to Jericho to shut him up for good. The match promises to be a show-stealer.
Cruiserweight Division impressive from the outset
Four new members of the RAW roster – The Brian Kendrick, Rich Swann, Gran Metalik and Cedric Alexander – competed in a Fatal Four Way for the right to be the number one contender for TJ Perkins' Cruiserweight title.
The match was fast-paced and all participants brought their contrasting styles to the fore. The action was smooth and made a great first impression. Eventually, it was the veteran Brian Kendrick who came away with the win.
Charlotte grasping at straws to hold on to top spot
WWE Women's champion Charlotte teamed up with Dana Brooke against Bayley and Charlotte's opponent for Sunday – Sasha Banks. In what was a back-and-forth match, it was the champion's in-ring awareness that proved to be the difference. Charlotte was struggling after getting hit with Bayley's suplex finisher.
But she made the most of the chaos outside the ring and pinned Bayley to pick up the win. Sasha Banks, who was attacking Dana Brooke on the outside, inadvertantly cost her team the match. But the match between Charlotte and Banks at Clash of Champions promises to be a barn-burner.