The WWE Raw roster has two new additions.
It was announced tonight that Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode are both now members of the Raw roster. WWE said that Ziggler and Roode were the wrestlers Raw got in return for AJ Styles being traded to SmackDown last month.
WWE announced on May 22 that Styles had been traded to SmackDown for “future considerations.”
WWE Champion Drew McIntyre opened tonight’s Raw before being interrupted by Ziggler. After informing McIntyre that he and Roode were now on Raw, Ziggler said that McIntyre owes him one. Ziggler mentioned his history teaming with McIntyre and took credit for bringing McIntyre back to WWE and the success he’s had since then.
Ziggler said he knows McIntyre needs a challenger for Extreme Rules — and all he’s asking for from McIntyre is a WWE Championship match.
McIntyre called Ziggler’s version of events revisionist history and said Ziggler has been losing a lot without McIntyre watching his back. McIntyre said Ziggler is extremely talented, but he’s become an entitled jackass.
McIntyre brought up that Ziggler gave him the nickname the Scottish Psychopath. He then asked if Ziggler can imagine what he’ll do and how far he’ll go to remain champion. McIntyre wanted to know if Ziggler still wanted this match. When Ziggler said yes, McIntyre announced that he’ll defend the WWE title against Ziggler at Extreme Rules.
Extreme Rules is taking place on Sunday, July 19. This is the first match confirmed for the pay-per-view.