10th Jul2018

WWE Raw – July 9th 2018: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s review of Monday Night RAW, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I say we get this show on the road with another episode of Monday Night Nitro… damn it. I’d erase that but my computer didn’t come with a delete button. …too expensive. Anyway, let’s get ready for Whose Line Is It Anyway.

Match #1: Nia Jax & Natalya beat Raw Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss & Mickie James – Women’s tag Team Match

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Alexa Bliss may have taken another L on Raw as her Raw Women’s Title defense approaches, but give her credit for knowing that, 1) the real fight comes during Sunday’s Extreme Rules Match, and 2) her best chance of beating or even weakening Nia Jax in that match is to use the full scope of that lawless stipulation. If tonight was any indication, however, it might not be enough.

Bliss’ docket for Raw had been a tag team match pitting her and Mickie James against Jax & Natalya, which The Irresistible Force won after hitting Mickie with a devastating leg drop. The champion took advantage of Nia’s preoccupation to strike with a Kendo stick — her weapon of choice at last year’s Extreme Rules — and use it to blistering effect until the exact second Jax decided she’d had enough. The Irresistible Force snatched the stick out of Bliss’ hands after absorbing a few strikes and snapped it clean in two, sending Bliss scurrying back up the ramp.

So, to recap for Sunday: Angry challenger, nervous champion, anything goes. And, of course, Ronda Rousey will be there to watch.

My Take: This was a decent match. There wasn’t any-thing I would consider to be note-worthy here, other than that there was a million commercials in this match.

Match #2: Mojo Rawley beat No Way Jose

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First and foremost, credit where credit is due to No Way Jose. His weeks of trying and failing to secure a rematch with Mojo Rawley awakened his aggressive streak when the match finally occurred. The Dominican Dancing Machine dismissed his conga line and came out swinging against his rival in a flurry, seemingly looking to prove he wasn’t all fun and games as Rawley had previously suggested.

But it wasn’t enough, as Rawley powered out of a stifling front facelock from No Way Jose to unleash a steadily escalating barrage of full-body tackles. Jose, again to his credit, continuously kicked out of Mojo’s pinfall attempts and even mounted a late-game rally, but Rawley finally put him down with an Alabama Slam off the turnbuckle. It was an effort that certainly proved Jose can hang tough in WWE, though it’s safe to say Mojo proved his own point as well: At least for now, he’s simply above Jose’s level.

My Take: This was a simple match that didn’t feature any-thing memorable, but was solid and did its job. Mojo has come quite a way from where he was two years and is in a similar boat as Monty Brown once was, where he has talent but you’re not sure how consistent it will be. Jose is fine, but he has some distance to travel before his matches could be considered interesting.

Match #3: Bo Dallas (w/Curtis Axel) beat Matt Hardy (w/Bray Wyatt)

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It’s been a rough few weeks for “Woken” Matt Hardy, who has now lost three consecutive matches to each member of The B-Team, though that isn’t to say that Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas’ Cinderella run to a Raw Tag Team Title Match is a closed book just yet.

Dallas (dressed initially in full Bray Wyatt costume) defeated Hardy with a hanging rolling cutter off the rope, a win that’s remarkable in and of itself, but might also carry implications down the line considering The Revival — who have been resurgent of late and might be looking to get in the title hunt — were watching backstage. But The B-Team quickly learned there’s a difference between dress-up and the genuine article after the champions seemingly appeared out of thin air to start the match and seemed to rally instantly at the conclusion of it — twin displays that left the challengers completely overwhelmed both psychologically and physically.

The B-Team’s wins over Hardy are impressive, but it carries the downside that The Deleters of Worlds may well know everything that’s in store for them on Sunday. Judging by their reaction to the champions’ tricks, Dallas & Axel can’t say the same.

My Take: Matt Hardy looked excellent here, so much so that I feel bad he is stuck in this kind of tag team work at this point in this career. I hope this feud leads to a good tag match for Sunday, but you just never know.

Match #4: Ember Moon beat Liv Morgan w/ Sarah Logan – Women’s Match

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Turns out, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan don’t just riot(t), they adapt. That said, they’re still working out the kinks on navigating the Team Red waters without Ruby Riott, as Ember Moon earned her second straight victory over Liv Morgan following a defeat of The Riott Squad’s self-dubbed “firecracker” last week, despite the fact that Sarah Logan attempted to get involved this time around.

Moon had just rallied from an effective onslaught by Morgan to perhaps tee up the Eclipse when Logan made her move, climbing up on the apron to distract The Shenom. Moon decked Logan off the apron, and Liv sprang with a rollup, but Ember reversed the maneuver to get the 1-2-3 for herself.

My Take: This was a solid match that gave Liv Morgan a chance to show her skills. Ember Moon continues to be one of the best women’s wrestlers around and is right behind the very best.

Match #5: Baron Corbin & Elias def. Finn Bálor & Bobby Roode – Tag Team Match

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Conspicuous by his absence for the last two weeks, Elias resurfaced on Raw in advance of a tag team match to claim he had been recording his debut album while he was away. One wonders if the record will boast a similar contribution from “Constable” Baron Corbin as the match did: The Lone Wolf scored the ultimate pinfall in the contest, giving “The Living Truth” a happy homecoming to Team Red by proxy.

It took some time for the fateful turn of events that carried Elias & Corbin to victory against Finn Bálor & Bobby Roode, as the bout was something of a war of attrition. It seemed the match was headed for a breakdown when The Extraordinary Man brawled with The Constable (his WWE Extreme Rules opponent) even though Roode was the legal man. That Corbin got the better of the Irishman in the scuffle decided the match, as The Glorious One had no backup when Elias struck from behind to tee Roode up for Corbin’s match-deciding End of Days.

My Take: This was a good match that didn’t really do any-one any favors, but did feature two talented wrestlers in Bálor and Roode who deserve so much better than being in practically random tag matches.

Match #6: Main Event – Drew McIntyre (w/Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler) beat Seth Rollins

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Drew McIntyre was so instrumental in Seth Rollins’ Intercontinental Title loss to Dolph Ziggler that The Kingslayer labeled him a “problem,” but it’s one he’ll have to deal with on Sunday after losing to the former NXT Champion in a bout that had major implications for Rollins’ 30-Minute WWE Iron Man title challenge against Ziggler at this Sunday’s pay-per-view.

McIntyre, goaded into the bout by Rollins’ mockery earlier in the show, was forced to accept the proviso that he’d be banned from ringside at WWE Extreme Rules if The Kingslayer defeated him. As such, both Superstars fought with extra urgency, though McIntyre’s pure power forced Rollins to mount a mostly defensive effort against “The Scottish Terminator.”

Rollins finally found some success after he turned to his speed, and McIntyre answered once more with his strength, tossing Rollins around in an extraordinary display of power. Yet The Kingslayer rallied down the stretch, and Ziggler was forced to run interference as he began to reach fever pitch. Rollins’ detour to emphatically stomp The Showoff left him vulnerable, however, and McIntyre capitalized with a Claymore to the face to win the match. Now, McIntyre remains a wild card, and it’s not hard to expect he’ll look to repay Ziggler’s favor on Sunday. The problem remains unsolved.

My Take: This was the best match of the night, without question. This is McIntyre’s best match since he has re-joined the main roster. Rollins looked great here and is having the best year of his WWE career. This might be the best WWE match of the week, barring any-thing better comes along.

News of the Night:

  1. A really good Bobby Lashley/Roman Reigns brawl started the card off. The WWE really worked hard to make this match feel important. Lashley and Reigns is not for the number one contendership to the Universal Title, by the way/
  2. Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens will wrestle at Extreme Rules in a Steel Cage Match.

Final Verdict: This was a decent card with a great main event. It amazes me how the biggest wrestling company in the world has such difficulties booking good matches on a consistent basis, especially given the great roster they have.
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Thanks for reading and I’ll see you tomorrow for the Smackdown Live review, right here on Nerdly.

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