-- WWE announced three more matches for tonight's Raw. Already announced was Natalya vs. Lacey Evans in a Last Woman Standing match as well as an open mic for Tyson Fury to address his confrontation with Braun Strowman last week on Smackdown. Newly announced matches are: Rusev vs. Randy Orton, new Women's Tag Team champions the Kabuki Warriors taking on Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch in a "Champions Showcase" as well as Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode taking on The Viking Raiders.
Rusev vs. Randy Orton
The battle lines have already been drawn for WWE Crown Jewel’s blockbuster 10-Man Tag Team Match between Team Hogan and Team Flair, and tonight’s Raw will see the two sides square off in their first skirmish. Team Flair captain Randy Orton will take on Team Hogan’s heavy hitter, Rusev, in a match that will open the show. On paper, Rusev has the clear power advantage over The Apex Predator, but considering that both Superstars are coming off remarkably different weeks — Orton defeated Ali at WWE Hell in a Cell, and Rusev’s wife Lana has seemingly found new comfort in the arms of Bobby Lashley — the time seems ripe for an unexpected conclusion.
Kabuki Warriors vs. Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch
The Kabuki Warriors are WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, but these probably aren’t The Kabuki Warriors you’ve come to know and love. After Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross all but questioned their abilities, Asuka & Kairi Sane tapped into the Japanese greats of the past, winning the bout thanks to a spray of green mist from The Empress of Tomorrow that helped put Cross down for three.
Mist or not, Asuka & Sane have taken possession of the gold. And, with it, have been given a chance to show their mettle off right out of the gate. Tonight, they will go head-to-head with Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and new SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair in a Champions Showcase.
Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler vs. Viking Raiders
After enlisting the assistance of Braun Strowman against The O.C. at Hell in a Cell last night, The Viking Raiders will now step up to the face a new challenger when they go head-to-head against Raw Tag Team Champions Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match.