Usually with WWE, during the build-up to a big pay-per-view event, the episodes of Raw leading up to it are full of huge announcements and exciting matches.
So far for this year's Night of Champions pay-per-view event however, this does not seem to be the case.
With Night of Champions being just as it says in its title; a night where the WWE titles are put on the line in several memorable matches, the company seems lost with how to book its programs ahead of the event.
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During this week's episode of Monday Night Raw, current WWE World Heavyweight Champion and US Title holder Seth Rollins was involved in two matches.
As Rollins is currently booked to defend his WWE World Heavyweight Title and US Title against Sting and John Cena respectively, having him in two matches during this episode of Raw was in some ways a good rehearsal.
This was until, Rollins lost not only his match to the Intercontinental Champion Ryback during Raw this week but was also on the losing side in a six-man tag match in the main event.
If anything, having Rollins lose not once but twice made predicting the results of his bouts at Night of Champions in nine days time more confusing than exciting.
In addition, having the main event of Monday Night Raw be a six-man tag team match between Seth Rollins and The New Day against John Cena and The Prime Time Players was not the most innovative idea.
Although the match had an air of Night of Champions about it with the WWE Tag team Champions and Rollins taking on the number one contenders for the titles, Cena and the Prime Time Players picked up a comfortable and hardly memorable win.
With Rollins clearly being the star of the show, the inclusion of three appearances by Sting who was in possession of the previous Shield member's statue, just made this episode somewhat laughable.
Aside from this, the Divas match was a meaningless match-up between Paige and Sasha Banks and Nikki Bella had a brief segment boasting about her WWE Divas Title record.
Although this segment could well have been brushed aside it actually went down extremely well. This was because Nikki was soon interrupted by Team PCB who came out with news that The Authority had brought Charlotte's match with Nikki forward.
This now means Nikki's record is in danger as it will be during the Night of Champions go-home edition of Raw next week that she will look to defend her title and break AJ Lee's record of being WWE Divas Champion for the longest time.
A loss to Charlotte however which should certainly not be ruled out, will mean the Bella twin will fall agonisingly short of the record, which would put a whole new twist on the Divas Division.
Overall this week's episode of Monday Night Raw had potential but seemed to fail miserably in what it could have and should have been.
With just one more episode of the show to go before the Night of Champions pay-per-view event, WWE will certainly need to bring their ratings back up by providing legitimate story lines to set-up the title matches.
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