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Drew McIntyre appearance to kick off WWE Raw


An appearance by WWE Champion Drew McIntyre will kick off the first Raw of the ThunderDome era.

WWE has announced that McIntyre will open tonight's post-SummerSlam episode of Raw:

One night after vanquishing The Legend Killer at SummerSlam, Drew McIntyre will open Raw tonight.

The WWE Champion called the victory over Randy Orton the most satisfying moment of his career. After The Apex Predator left numerous icons in his wake, McIntyre came into the WWE ThunderDome determined to halt his path of destruction. McIntyre’s pride in his accomplishment was evident in his eyes as he hoisted the title, but the fighting champion still refused to look away from The Viper.

What will be McIntyre’s next move on the red brand, and will he have a message for the battered Orton?

Find out as Monday Night Raw gets underway tonight at 8/7 C on the USA Network.

McIntyre retained the WWE title against Orton at SummerSlam by turning an RKO attempt into a backslide. Leading to the finish, Orton teased going for an RKO but went for a punt instead. McIntyre caught Orton with a powerbomb and then went for the Claymore. Orton moved out of the way and went for an RKO, and McIntyre countered into the backslide to get the pin.

WWE's next PPV is less than a week away. Payback will take place this coming Sunday (August 30).

Tonight's Raw will also feature Keith Lee's official show debut, Aleister Black appearing on the KO Show, an arm wrestling competition between Apollo Crews and Bobby Lashley, and Ivar vs. Dolph Ziggler in Raw Underground. Mark Henry will officiate the arm wrestling competition.