Seth Rollins vs. Kevin Owens: Latest Rumors and Preview for WWE Raw May 14

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterMay 14, 2018

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Seth Rollins' Intercontinental Championship world tour will roll on in London on Monday's WWE Raw.

The Kingslayer has defended his crown in Canada, Spain, Ireland and Saudi Arabia. This time, he's headed to the United Kingdom, where the merciless Kevin Owens will await him.

Recent history says that Rollins and Owens will tear down the house in the O2 Arena.

Much of the rest of Raw will be dedicated to constructing the Money in the Bank card. Several spots remain in the June 17 pay-per-view's two ladder matches. 

The following is a look at Raw in London. News updates, the Raw preview on WWE.com and storyline projections help get us set. The taped show will air in the U.S. at 8 p.m. ET on USA Network. 

       

News, Rumors

There's no need to worry about Raw women's champion Nia Jax.

The fact that she didn't appear at some recent events led to some speculation that she was hurt. However, Dave Meltzer noted on Figure Four Online: "Jax is off the Raw tour because she's doing appearances this week for the company in New York, so her missing shows isn't injury related."

Nia Jax.
Nia Jax.Credit: WWE.com

Alexa Bliss is fine, as well. 

WWE.com reported after Backlash that Bliss suffered a shoulder injury. Bliss, though, has been working the European tour, wrestling for five straight nights, as seen on CageMatch.net. There's no reason to believe she won't be ready to mix it up in London.

Those hoping for a Neville return in his home country shouldn't hold their breaths, though. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Randall Ortman of Cageside Seats), Neville's WWE contract remains frozen, and he and WWE are not close to working things out.

        

Raw Streaks

Braun Strowman knocked off Kevin Owens last Monday to push his latest win streak to eight matches, per CageMatch.net.

Not surprisingly, his win-loss record has been a display of his dominance. The Monster Among Men boasts a .810 winning percentage for the year. That includes a victory in the Greatest Royal Rumble last month. The next step is for Strowman to rip the Universal Championship from someone's hands.

Heath Slater is experiencing a different path.

He's not entering Curt Hawkins territory just yet, but Slater is in quite the slump. Last week, he and Rhyno fell to Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, the brand's newest duo. That marked Slater's seventh consecutive loss, per CageMatch.net. He hasn't won a match on Raw since Halloween 2017.

Slater and Rhyno don't appear to be moving from their bottom-feeding position anytime soon.

      

Preview

The Money in the Bank ladder match field is far from set. Strowman and Finn Balor both earned spots in the men's bout with wins last week. Two more Superstars from Raw will eventually join them.

There's a good chance Monday's Raw features at least one Money in the Bank qualifier. Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal and perhaps a returning Jason Jordan are likely to be in the mix.

On the women's side, Ember Moon is the only Raw Superstar to qualify for the big ladder match so far. 

Opportunity awaits much of the rest of the women's division. The fact that Sasha Banks missed out on her chance ups the possibility that jealousy and frustration drive her to prevent Bayley from making it to Money in the Bank, as well.

Monday's Raw also promises to spotlight what looks to be a Mahal vs. Roman Reigns feud in the works. 

Last Monday, Mahal cost Reigns the win in a Triple Threat qualifier for the Money in the Bank ladder match. One can count on The Big Dog striking back the next time he and Mahal cross paths. Whether it will be a brief rivalry to set up something else or a more developed story is unclear, but Reigns vs. Mahal is surely happening in some form.

Raw will also again lean on its IC title scene.

Rollins issued an open challenge last week, a call Mojo Rawley answered. After dispatching of Rawley, Rollins welcomed another test.

Owens answered early, setting up a meeting of familiar foes in London:

The Intercontinental Championship has become Raw's de facto top title. Rollins has been on a white-hot tear. That's set to all add up to another excellent showcase in the ring.

A focus on Money in the Bank and an always rowdy London crowd should make Monday's Raw a quality one. 

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