WWE RAW episode of October 16, 2023, will be the 1586 episode in the series and the 2023-24 season premiere. It will continue the build-up towards Crown Jewel 2023 event, featuring two title matches.
Bronson Reed challenges WWE Intercontinental Championship Gunther. Judgment Day challenges Cody and Jey for tag team titles. Rhea Ripley vs Shayna Baszler and Ricochet vs Shinsuke Nakamura are the other two matches. Check below for the detailed preview and match card for WWE RAW October 16, 2023.
Tag Team Title Rematch
Cody Rhodes and Jey Uso are trying to prove themselves to be the fighting champions as they have defended Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship twice. They were successful in retaining the title against former champions Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens on RAW. Then on SmackDown, they defended the titles against a new team of Austin Theory and Grayson Waller. Finn Balor went to last week to arrange a rematch for him and Damian Priest. Will they be able to get the titles back from this new pair?
Intercontinental Title Match
Bronson Reed became the new #1 contender for WWE Intercontinental Championship last week by winning a triple threat match also involving Ricochet and Chad Gable. He will be next in line to attempt to dethrone Gunther as the longest Intercontinental title. Will he be successful though?
Rhea Ripley vs Shayna Baszler
Rhea Ripley returned to RAW two weeks back and found a tug of war ongoing in the women’s locker room. She has now decided to get the division in order and will take on Shayna Baszler first. Will she start her journey to establish herself as the leader of the division?
Ricochet vs Shinsuke Nakamura
Ricochet has somehow embroiled himself into Seth Rollins vs Shinsuke Nakamura rivalry. While that rivalry is over now, Ricochet continues to be a thorn in Nakamura’s eyes. Nakamura then attacked Ricochet once again last week before #1 contender match for the Intercontinental Championship. After failing to win that match, Ricochet asked WWE to book him against Nakamura next. Will he be able to hurt Nakamura?
What Else to Expect?
Adam Pearce was promoted as the general manager of WWE RAW last week. This will be his first RAW episode as the manager. What kind of changes will he make on the brand?
Seth Rollins and Drew McIntyre agreed to clash over World Heavyweight Championship at Crown Jewel, and to safeguard his title shot, McIntyre stopped Damian Priest from cashing in MITB briefcase. While he made an enemy in Judgment Day with this act, Seth Rollins was also not happy with his selfish behavior. How will things turn out to be between them?