WWE Raw notes: Sonya Deville challenging Bianca Belair, Ciampa, Rhea Ripley update

Sonya Deville to challenge for Raw Women's Title, Tommaso Ciampa joins Raw roster, Rhea Ripley in 'protocols', two weddings on 4/18, Jah-C

The next challenger to Bianca Belair’s Raw Women’s Championship is Sonya Deville. After Belair’s win over Queen Zelina on the 4/11 Raw, Deville told Belair that she would be revealing her next challenger once Belair signed an ‘open contract’. Deville ambushed her from behind after Belair signed.

Tommaso Ciampa is back on Raw and during his backstage segment, it was confirmed that he is officially a member of the Raw roster. He was interrupted by Ezekiel (Elias), which led to Kevin Owens coming into frame. Ezekiel denied that he is ‘Elias’ so next week, Owens is going to conduct a lie detector test. Ciampa wrestled prior to Raw going live on USA Network. He defeated T-BAR.

On this week’s show, Sasha Banks and Naomi were supposed to defend their Women’s Tag Team Titles against the duo of Rhea Ripley and Liv Morgan. Raw commentator Jimmy Smith stated that Rhea is in ‘protocols’ so that tag match is taking place on 4/18. Naomi defeated Liv in singles competition on tonight’s show.

Bobby Lashley took over MVP’s ‘VIP Longue’ segment and when MVP arrived with Omos, he explained why he turned his back on Lashley. MVP said he made Lashley ‘The Almighty’ and brought up that Lashley did not want to share his WrestleMania spotlight. Lashley came to the ring solo for his WrestleMania bout against Omos.

There are going to be two weddings on 4/18. R-Truth is going to marry Dana Brooke and Reggie in addition to Tamina and Akira Tozawa. Independent talents ‘Frontman’ Jah-C and Leila Grey appeared during the set-up segment.

Dominik Mysterio was stretchered off after being attacked by Veer Mahaan. Veer defeated Dominik in their match and kept Dominik in a submission after the bell. WWE producer Petey Williams made an appearance during this exchange.

In the main event, The Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins) lost to SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso). Those two teams then brawled with Raw Tag Team Champions RK-Bro (Randy Orton & Riddle) which concluded with The Usos holding up both sets of tag titles.

Damian Priest and AJ Styles went one-on-one and during the match, Priest dropped to one knee, the lights went dark and then a purple spotlight was put on him.

Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler filled in for Corey Graves on commentary while Graves is on his honeymoon. Lawler dropped a line about Graves sacrificing his future happiness so he could return to commentary.

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