Tonight’s Raw show, which was scheduled to start taping at 1 p.m. Eastern at the Performance Center, has been delayed.
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PWInsider first reported the delay in tapings. We were told by multiple sources last night that the planned show was being torn up last night and rewritten due to changes in plans. Some of that is likely related to the last minute change in the finish of the Asuka vs. Sasha Banks match and regarding Asuka’s match at SummerSlam where they had an original plan that is out, a secondary plan that wasn’t certain and a third plan, and a decision has to be made on what direction they are going based on who is available. Today we were told that it was a completely different show than scripted, caused by both direction changes and talent not available.
The only thing announced for tonight’s episode was a Randy Orton vs. Big Show unsanctioned match. The big item on tonight’s show was originally to be an angle involving Orton and Drew McIntyre to set up their planned WWE Championship match as the main event for SummerSlam. As of this morning, that was still on the show. but numerous other items have been changed.
Another item scheduled for the original episode was the one talked about two weeks ago in the Observer regarding Kairi Sane leaving. There was a plan in place for tonight’s show where Sane would be written out via injury which would lead to a new feud for Asuka. It is not confirmed whether that is still on the show, but at the time tonight was Sane’s last night with the company as she will be returning to Japan after recently getting married. She may continue to be with the company while living in Japan but will not be a regular active roster performer.