WWE has loaded up the card for tonight’s episode of Raw and originally, the company had planned a special appearance for it.
Fightful Select reports that an original Raw script called for Samoa Joe to appear on the show. On Sunday, Joe announced that he was relinquishing the WWE NXT Championship due to an injury as he’s not cleared by WWE medical.
The report didn’t state what Joe was exactly supposed to do on Raw. As it stands right now, it’s unclear whether he will appear on the show due to his NXT status. It was said that the appearance was in relation to promoting the relaunch of NXT on Tuesday night.
It was added that some NXT talent had been made aware of the rumors that Joe was going to appear.
Some of the matches announced for Raw include WWE Champion Bobby Lashley defending against Randy Orton, Natalya vs. Rhea Ripley, Charlotte Flair vs. Shayna Baszler, and Damian Priest issuing an open challenge for his United States Title.