Hot off the heels of the WWE Super Show-Down in Melbourne, Australia. The October 8th, 2018 edition of WWE RAW took place at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL
The show opened with Triple H and Shawn Michaels challenging The Undertaker and Kane to a tag team match at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia, and reforming D-Generation X. Triple H says they don’t give respect easily. Like when you sent your whole career fighting the world together, that’s respect. Respect is sticking to your word when others tell you not to. HBK says you used to respect people for what they used to respect, and then you realize it’s not two way street. He spent the flight home thinking about the last 8.5 years, honoring his word out of a respect that never existed. Triple H asked him, “Are you ready?” He knows HBK is ready, but are Taker and Kane ready? At WWE Crown Jewel, are you ready, because DX is ready. If you’re not down with that, two words.
While I have no desire to see the tag match after what I saw at WWE Super Show-Down, I won’t lie, this was a really good promo.
John Cena qualified for the WWE World Cup tournament in Saudi Arabia by being John Cena.
Bobby Lashley defeated Kevin Owens. Lio Rush talked on the microphone through the entire match, hyping up Lashley and turning him into a heel. Owens had huge support, but lost to a Yokosuka Cutter. Later, Lashley and Rush insulted Finn Balor and Bayley backstage. I guess that this was WWE’s attempt at a double turn. The Rush stuff here was horrible, but if the heel turn is the plan, I suppose he was appropriately annoying, but for me it wasn’t heel heat, it was change the channel heat for me. This did nothing for me at all, and the wrestling wasn’t even good although an Owens babyface run intrigues me, plus if we get give no fucks Lashley, that’s good as well.
Bayley & Balor are interviewed; they will rematch with Mahal & Fox tonight. Lashley & Rush arrive and Lashley says he put on an ass whipping and they should be talking about him.
Elias is here. Elias says he’s a legend, and that John Cena knows this to be true. Losing in Australia wasn’t his fault and he has a new song about it, mocking Cena’s hair, the Cubs, & Australian accents. Rousey interrupts.
Ronda Rousey and the Bella Twins defeated The Riott Squad. Rousey tapped out Ruby Riott with an armbar. After the match, the Bella Twins turned on Rousey and beat her down to set up Nikki Bella vs. Rousey for the Raw Women’s Championship at Evolution. Well, as a match, it was really no good; sloppy, disjointed, slow, and had absolutely nothing resembling a smooth flow. The post match was well done, even if it came a few days later than most anticipated. I appreciate the setup, but Nikki vs. Rousey really holds no interest for me, but the company sees them as the most popular women they have via their social media metrics, so I understand it. Also, poor Riott Squad.
Finn Bálor and Bayley defeated Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal. Bálor pinned Mahal after a Coup de Grace. This was a perfectly ok match with all four working well enough together.
Drew McIntyre, Dolph Ziggler and Braun Strowman talk, Dolph gives a big pep talk and Drew tells him to shut the fuck up since he lost on Saturday and adds that he needs to pull his own weight. Braun then tells them both to shut the fuck up and know their roles.
Kurt Angle won a Battle Royal to enter the WWE World Cup Tournament. This was originally set up by Baron Corbin as a joke to get himself into the tournament, with all of the competitors being jobbers dressed up in wacky costumes. The “Conquistador” fired up and hit Kurt Angle’s signature moves on Corbin, eliminated him to win the match, then unmasked as Angle. Not much of a match, but a fun angle to bring Kurt back with and giving him some revenge on Corbin.
Ember Moon defeated Nia Jax by count-out. They hugged after the match. At least Ember won, I guess.
Alexa Bliss and Mickie James tried to bully Trish Stratus, but Trish challenged them to a tag team match right here, right now. Stratus brought out Lita as her partner, and the heels fled. It’ll now be James and Bliss vs. Stratus and Lita at Evolution instead of two singles matches. It appears that they have changed plans from the two singles matches to a tag match, which may be for the best. This was fine.
Chad Gable and Bobby Roode defeated The Ascension. Again! Gable won the match with a German suplex. After the match, the AOP showed up and beat up both teams. Roode didn’t look happy again with Gable tagging himself in, again teasing issues between them. Please let this feud die now.
Paul Heyman cut a promo about Brock Lesnar winning at Crown Jewel. He does his usual shtick, and says that he’s here to see a fight. He’s here to see violence as the Shield faces the Dogs of War once again. He finds it ironic that Braun and Roman beat the hell out of each other, and will do it all over again here tonight. Meanwhile, Lesnar is at home, sleeping and not watching the show, and is in a training camp for his title match at WWE Sweet Saudi Money II. He mocks Roman for being part of a team, while Lesnar is all about himself. He gives us a spoiler, noting that Lesnar will win the title back. The Shield arrives for our main event.
Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre defeated The Shield.McIntyre pinned Ambrose after a Claymore. After the match, Ambrose walked out on his brothers. This was another very good six man match between the two teams, on the level of the Super Show-Down match, but instead of teasing the Ambrose turn during the match, they did it afterwards as a cliffhanger.
End of show.