Going Over Raw: Results & Analysis (21/08/18)

August 21, 2018

 

WWE Raw Results

 

Roman Reigns kicked off the show with the WWE Universal Championship belt. Reigns said he’d defend the title against Finn Bálor on Raw. After Bálor greeted Reigns, Constable Corbin interrupted the showdown and said he wanted a rematch with Bálor. Kurt Angle hit the stage and announced Reigns-Bálor for the Universal title and Corbin versus Bobby Lashley. It’ll be interesting to see how they play the Reigns thing going forward, the crowd isn’t magically behind him just because he beat Lesnar, and they still have a lot of work to do. I do love Balor finally getting his shot. Corbin can fuck off, I find him almost completely useless. This was a solid open to the show.

 

Bobby Lashley defeated Constable Corbin. Lashley pinned Corbin after hitting the dominator. The match was ok, but boring and terribly paced. Also, having Lashley (who previously beat Reigns and then took him to the limit) go 50/50 with Constable Fucking Corbin, who is essentially a joke character, and lost in like 90-seconds last night, is ridiculous. Guys that are higher on the totem pole sometimes just need to be dominating forces, especially a guy like Lashley.

 

Backstage Paul Heyman said Brock Lesnar wanted his rematch at Hell in a Cell. Angle said he won’t get his match.

 

Riott Squad defeated Bayley, Sasha Banks and Ember Moon. Ruby Riott landed the Riott Kick for the pinfall on Banks. With Ruby back in the mix, The Riott Squad is on a roll and picking up wins. This was a solid tag match that did a nice job of keeping the action moving.

 

Triple H hit the ring to promote WWE Super Show Down against The Undertaker. This was a good promo from Triple H to sell and set up the match.

 

Dean Ambrose defeated Dolph Ziggler. Ambrose reversed Ziggler’s floating DDT into Dirty Deeds for the pinfall. This was good, and played into the angle with all four. It was nice to see Ambrose change up his game in his return match; it felt fresh. It was fun overall.

 

Backstage, Braun Strowman wished Finn Balor good luck in his title match and promised a cash in.

 

Elias defeated Curt Hawkins. Elias played on his new guitar when Hawkins interrupted him and challenged him to a match. Elias hit the Drift Away for the pinfall.

 

Authors of Pain defeated Titus Worldwide. The Authors of Pain pinned Apollo Crews after connecting on the Last Chapter. A nothing of a match in a feud that will not end; nobody cared. Can’t wait for the Titus vs. Apollo feud.

 

Ronda Rousey celebrated her title win in the ring with Stephanie McMahon. Rousey put McMahon in an arm bar, then celebrated the title win with the women’s roster. This… I guess the best way to describe it is that it felt forced. From the forced unity and way they want Ronda to be the happy go luck face of the division (don’t get me wrong, I have no issue with presenting her as the face of the division, but this isn’t the way to do it), none of it felt genuine in anyway. I love seeing Steph get some comeuppance again, but that was about it. It feels as if the company has no idea how to organically build up and present a star anymore.

 

Scott Dawson defeated Bo Dallas. Dawson hit a pickup DDT for the pinfall. That was a match that happened, at least the right man won, although nobody cared as the wave showed us.

 

Dash Wilder defeated Curtis Axel. Wilder pinned Axel after hitting a Gory Special release, slamming Axel’s face off the mat. After the match Dallas yelled into the mic that the B Team is still Raw Tag Team Champions. This should set up a tag title match following the Revival going 2-0 here.

 

Stephanie McMahon sent Kurt Angle on vacation, making Constable Corbin Raw’s acting general manager.

 

WWE Universal Championship match: Roman Reigns (c) defeated Finn Bálor. Reigns connected on the spear for the pinfall victory.

 

Braun Strowman cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase to challenge for the WWE Universal Championship, but the Shield reunited. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins hit the ring before the bell could ring. The Shield attacked Strowman and put him through the announcers table. The Shield posed as the show went off the air. This was a great main event, Balor & Reigns work really well together, and play off of their size and stylistic differences very well. Plus they had a hot crowd that was really digging it and buying into what they were selling.

 

End of show.

 

 

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