7/18 WWE Raw Pre-Show notes: Live coverage of the WWE Network broadcast

imgres-1By Jason Powell

The following is live notes of the WWE Raw pre-show that is being broadcast on the WWE Network. Refresh the page for the latest updates. If you are reading this on the Prowrestling.net app, our mobile website will refresh more frequently than the latest updates than the app will. CLICK HERE to see the very latest updates to this article throughout the show.

-Scott Stanford, Booker T, and Corey Graves hosted the show from WWE Headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut. They hyped Smackdown Live and the WWE Draft, then quickly moved into hyping the Raw main event of Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Title.

-In a shocking twist, Graves predicted Rollins will win the match, and Booker predicted Ambrose will retain.

-A 12-man tag match was announced for Raw: John Cena, New Day, Enzo, and Big Cass vs. The Wyatt Family, AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows.

-Stanford hyped that Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon will open Raw, and he hyped they will be announcing their general managers.

-Booker predicted Eric Bischoff will be the GM of Raw, and Paul Heyman will be the GM of Smackdown.

-The hosts read through the rules of the draft and focussed on the fact that six NXT acts will be drafted. They spotlighted Shinsuke Nakamura and Stanford questioned whether WWE is ready for the King of Strong Style. They also noted a Kevin Owens tweet in which he said he was aware of the NXT talent being eligible because 90 percent of the NXT roster tweeted about it all at once.

-It was mock draft time. Graves played Stephanie, Booker played Shane. Graves drafted Rollins first. Booker took Randy Orton and Charlotte. They switched to tag teams. Graves took Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Booker took the Usos. Apparently, no one wants the tag champs on their brand. They picked wild cards (in or out of WWE). Graves picked Nakamura and said he could headline WrestleMania. Booker picked Undertaker.

-John Cena’s hosting role on The ESPY Awards was spotlighted.

-The hosts spoke about New Day walking into a trap when they went to the Wyatt Family compound.

-The hosts hyped the IC Title match for WWE Battleground, then hyped Young vs. Alberto Del Rio for Raw. Booker T brought up CM Punk’s fight against Mickey Gall while talking about Ryder.

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