Going Over Raw: Results & Analysis (04/09/18)

September 4, 2018


WWE Raw Results:


The show opened with Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler insulting The Shield. The Shield showed up, and both teams had a pull-apart brawl. Baron Corbin had The Shield arrested and taken away to a “local precinct,” where they quickly saw a judge, then posted bail. At 10PM on a holiday Monday! This was a good opening segment and brawl to play off of last week’s angle.


The Bella Twins defeated The Riott Squad. The Bellas won their first match on Raw in three years with a Rack Attack 2.0 on Liv Morgan. Later, the Bellas offered fashion and other advice to Ronda Rousey. Well that was not good at all, actually it was bad. The Bellas didn’t look good at all and Brie almost died on that horrible looking suicide dive.


Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defeated The Ascension. They are a tag team now. This was ok overall, Roode & Gable may be a fun oddball tag team. It was almost scary how much better Gable looked in there than everyone else, everyone in there simply existed as Gable worked for 4 men. He’s so good and so underutilized.


Alexa Bliss defeated Natalya by submission with an arm bar. This started as an Elias segment. After the match, Ronda Rousey attacked the heels, got chop-blocked, then made the save for herself. It wasn’t a good match, but did a solid job of building to Rousey vs. Bliss II.


Raw Tag Team Championship Match: Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre defeated The B-Team (c). This was supposed to be a title shot for The Revival, but they were attacked and replaced by Ziggler and McIntyre. They won the match and the tag titles with a Zig Zag/Claymore combination. While I hate that the Revival have been derailed again, I do like the tile change as the B Team needed to drop them and it plays into angle with Dolph, Drew, & Bran looking to take over the show. The match was longer and way more competitive than it needed to be, but the change is good.


The Authors of Pain defeated Local Talent. The Authors are now managed by Drake Maverick. I loved this, a great little squash and AOP needed a mouthpiece. Plus, Maverick is awesome, and being so small, makes AOP look even bigger.


Shawn Michaels said he thinks Triple H will defeat The Undertaker at Super Show-Down. Undertaker showed up, claiming Michaels had made it personal. Michaels said he stayed retired out of respect for the Undertaker, but Undertaker said he did it because he’s afraid. Triple H and Mick Foley are on next week’s show. I really liked that, I thought the delivery was very good and loved how they played off of their past. I just hope that this doesn’t lead to Michaels coming back for a match against Taker. But maybe that Saudi money is too good to turn down.


Sasha Banks and Bayley defeated Dana Brooke and Ember Moon.Banks won with a roll-up after Brooke was distracted by Titus Worldwide. After the match, Brooke quit the group. It was shot, there wasn’t much to it, and what was there wasn’t very good at all. Worst of all, Banks, Bayley, & Moon were a backdrop for a Titus Worldwide breakup.


Bobby Lashley condescendingly attempted to meditate with Jinder Mahal, until Kevin Owens ran in and powerbombed Lashley onto the ring apron. So you’re telling me that Owens didn’t really quit last week? I for one am shocked that they put absolutely no effort into the angle and has him return the next week. Well I guess that’s a new feud.


Lita vs. Mickie James is happening at Evolution.


Braun Strowman defeated Finn Bálor. Strowman won with a powerslam. After the match, Strowman, McIntyre and Ziggler beat up Bálor until The Shield returned in a police van. The locker room emptied out and everybody attacked The Shield for some reason. This was a solid main event, with the goal of making Strowman look like beast and Balor being tortured by Corbin. The closing segment was good stuff as the heels united and stood tall over the fallen Shield.


End of show.




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