WWE Raw preview and predictions for the main segments airing August 17th.
WWE Raw Preview & Predictions
When: 8:00 PM ET, Monday, August 17, 2020
Where: WWE Performance Center, Orlando, FL
TV: USA Network
WWE Raw 8/17 Show Preview
It’s the final Raw before the biggest show of the summer, Summerslam! This week’s show is all about the final build for the big event. WWE Hall of Famer and legend, Shawn Michaels, will be appearing on show, perhaps to address Randy Orton’s heinous actions from last week. It is also believed Rey Mysterio will be making his return as well after Seth Rollins’ brutally beat Mysterio’s son, Dominik, last week.
Raw Underground will be back this week as fans still try to figure out what the goal is for the new feature on Raw. Also, after winning the Women’s Battle Royal on Smackdown, Asuka will now face Raw Women’s Champion, Sasha Banks, AND Smackdown Women’s Champion, Bayley, for their respective titles at Summerslam in individual matches. I’m sure Banks and Bayley will have something to say about that on Raw. Lastly, will the new faction, Retribution, strike again? There’s plenty to look forward to on this edition of Raw!
Shawn Michaels Returns to Raw!
Shawn Michaels is arguably the greatest wrestler of all time and he will be appearing on Raw this week. The other wrestler people refer to as the greatest of all time, Ric Flair, was punted in the head by Randy Orton last week as Raw went off the air and I’m sure Michaels is showing up on this show to address that. Michaels and Orton have plenty of history together as the two had a pretty intense feud in 2007 over the WWE Heavyweight Championship.
This all seems like it is leading to Orton adding Michaels to his list of legends he’s taken out. Orton has been the biggest MALE star in WWE this year and taking out “HBK” before Summerslam would raise his stock even higher, if that is even possible. I could be wrong but this all just makes too much sense. There is a very small chance Michaels will appear on Raw to hype NXT Takeover XXX but I doubt it.
What is the Status of Dominik?
Dominik, the son of Rey Mysterio, will face Seth Rollins in a Street Fight at Summerslam Sunday. And last week, Dominik was on the other end of one of the most brutal beatings in the history of Monday Night Raw. He was struck OVER 30 times with kendo sticks by Rollins and his disciple, Murphy. While it was very uncomfortable to watch, that attack has made this feud must see. Dominik is impressing everyone with how fast he is picking everything up and now fans want to see him kick Rollins’ ass at Summerslam.
Mysterio is rumored to appeared on Raw this week in the final build for this very personal feud. Rollins has made Mysterio’s life miserable these last couple of months so Rey and Dominik are ready to return the favor at some point between now and the end of the Summerslam. I’m curious if Dominik will appear on Raw this week. I could see WWE keeping him off television to sell the attack and leaving Mysterio vulnerable to another attack by Rollins. Regardless, fans are very interested in what WWE does next with this storyline.
WWE Raw 8/17 Predictions
10 PT Pick = Show Will End With A PROMO
9 PT Pick = Randy Orton UNDER 2.5 Appearances
8 PT Pick = Dominik UNDER 1.5 Appearances