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WWE Raw preview (June 14, 2021): It’s up to Eva Marie to save women’s wrestling

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Raw airs tonight (June 14) live from the ThunderDome in the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida. This is the go-home episode for the Hell in a Cell event coming up next Sunday night (June 20).

It’s up to Eva Marie to save women’s wrestling on Raw

Eva Marie makes her long-awaited return to Raw tonight. The Eva-lution is arriving just in time, because the Raw women’s division is a mess.

Charlotte Flair and Rhea Ripley are busy losing multiple matches on their way to a Raw women’s championship match at Hell in a Cell. Both wrestlers come across as very unlikable on television each week.

Natalya and Tamina have almost nobody around to challenge them for the Women’s tag team titles after the latest round of WWE roster cuts left the tag division in shambles.

Alexa Bliss spends her time on a playground torturing Shayna Baszler with an evil doll named Lilly.

Yeah, women’s wrestling on Raw is in a bad place right now. So the foundation is set for Eva Marie to reinvigorate the division and help turn things around. Is there potential for Eva’s return to blow up in WWE’s face? Of course! But after spending the last few weeks being subjected to voodoo magic and everything else listed above, I’m willing to give Eva’s return a chance.

The title scene

Drew McIntyre will wrestle tonight against AJ Styles in what WWE’s web site says is a “tune-up” for Drew’s upcoming fight inside Hell in a Cell against WWE champion Bobby Lashley. Styles is one of the greatest wrestlers ever, so it could be seen as a huge insult to describe him as merely a tune-up opponent. But keep in mind that AJ recently did the job for Jaxson Ryker in a two minute match, so it might just be a fitting description.

Styles and Omos are still the Raw tag team champions, and they have to defend their titles against the Viking Raiders at a later date. As for tonight’s episode of Raw, R-K-Bro will battle it out with New Day in a tag team match. Last week was the first misstep for the team of Matt Riddle and Randy Orton, so we’ll see if they can make some adjustments for tonight’s match.

Sheamus is dealing with a broken nose, but he refuses to vacate the United States championship. I can’t blame him, considering that the top two men vying for the gold thus far, Ricochet and Humberto Carrillo, both failed last week in a singles match to determine the Celtic Warrior’s next opponent. Maybe this is the week where both of those jabronis are cast aside and WWE remembers that Damian Priest is still on the roster.

Other stuff to keep an eye on

- Shayna Baszler was scared by a stupid little doll to close out last week’s Raw. We should find out tonight how that has affected her psyche, and what Alexa Bliss and Lilly are planning to do to her next.

- Mustafa Ali is trying to be something of a mentor to newcomer Mansoor, advising him about how terrible everyone is in the locker room. It resulted in a win for Mansoor last week against Drew Gulak, so maybe he’ll continue to keep his ears open for more words of wisdom from Ali.

- After winning two out of three matches against Shelton Benjamin, Cedric Alexander lost against another 40+ year old guy on the roster, Jeff Hardy. Prime Alexander just can’t get away from these old guys. Nothing is announced yet tonight for these men, but a rematch seems likely.

- Last week’s match between Elias and Jaxson Ryker ended with a countout after Elias ran away. That’s too bad, because it means a rematch will be on the menu some time soon.

What will you be looking for on Raw tonight?