04th Sep2018

WWE Raw – Sept 3rd 2018: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have an interesting night to get to, so let’s do so.

Match #1: The Bella Twins def. The Riott Squad

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Only one night into The Bella Twins’ comeback run, and it’s already time for a Bellabration. Nikki & Brie knocked off The Riott Squad in the twins’ first match on Raw in almost three years, and the two former Divas Champions were in rare form from the second the bell rang. With Nikki leading a coordinated attack on Sarah Logan’s shoulders and Brie raining “Yes!” kicks on her sternum, it took a ringside interference from Ruby Riott to give the Squad its first leg up of the match. Brie found herself isolated by Morgan & Logan, but a last-second tag brought a red-hot Nikki back into the fray. Ruby attempted to interfere again, but Brie took her and Logan out with a suicide dive, and Nikki sealed the deal with a Rack Attack 2.0 to Liv Morgan. Welcome back, ladies.

My Take: This wasn’t much of a match, but it was nice to see The Bellas back in action.

Match #2: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable def. The Ascension

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In their first stint as a tag team, Bobby Roode & Chad Gable didn’t just defeat an established tandem in The Ascension; the match served as a coming-out party of sorts for Gable, an under-the-radar Superstar who made his mark in the most emphatic fashion possible. Good thing, too. Given that the world-traveled Roode, as a former United States and NXT Champion, was ostensibly the mentor of the newly-formed team (Gable even made it a point to tell Charly Caruso he sought out The Glorious One as a partner), Konnor & Viktor focused the entirety of their game plan on him, mercilessly subjecting him to a two-on-one mugging. Every time Gable was in the ring, on the other hand, it seemed like someone was getting suplexed, so The Ascension fully committed themselves to a game of keep away and isolated The Glorious One.

They were so focused, in fact, that Viktor missed Gable tagging in at the moment of truth, and they paid dearly for that oversight. The former SmackDown Tag Team Champion bounced across the ring at top speed, taking Konnor out at ringside with a cannonball off the apron before planting Viktor with a rolling German suplex that lit Roode’s eyes up like Christmas morning. This team may have started due to some hero worship from Gable. But now, it would appear, the admiration is mutual.

My Take: Who did Roode piss off to be stuck in a random tag team with Chad Gable? It’s a shame that Roode is doing this instead of fighting for the Universal Title, but at least he’s on TV.

Match #3: Alexa Bliss def. Natalya

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Anything Ronda Rousey can do, Alexa Bliss can do better? That might be a bridge too far, at least for the moment, but Little Miss Bliss has clearly been studying some tape as she prepares for her Raw Women’s Title rematch against The Baddest Woman on the Planet: Facing Natalya, the five-time Women’s Champion didn’t just earn a win with Rousey watching, she earned a win with Rousey’s own signature maneuver. Clearly it was a night of disrespect for Alexa, who joined in with Elias on some Buckeye-bashing (in her hometown, natch) before the match began, but there’s something to be said for backing up the trash-talk: With the help of a cheap shot from Mickie James and Alicia Fox, Bliss finished off The Queen of Harts by locking in an armbar that she refused to release until Rousey stormed the ring. Alexa even briefly got the better of Ronda in the ensuing scrap, chop-blocking the Raw Women’s Champion while Rousey busied herself with Alicia Fox and throwing her around like a rag doll. Rousey rallied with some haymakers to the ribs to send Alexa running, but there was no denying some damage had been done. And for Alexa Bliss, that’s a start.

My Take: This was a decent match that gave Bliss a little more credibility after wrestling a devout technician in Natalya.

Match #4: Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre def. The B-Team to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions

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Ever since the Superstar Shake-up, it’s seemed like Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre’s ascent to the top of the Tag Team division was only a matter of time. That time has come, as, after helping get The Shield arrested (thus taking a potential Seth Rollins-Ziggler Intercontinental Title rematch off the table), The Showoff and the Scotsman strong-armed their way into a Raw Tag Team Title bout with The B-Team by taking out previously-announced contenders The Revival. Despite a strong effort from the champions, Ziggler & McIntyre ultimately made good on the ill-gotten opportunity, walking out of Ohio as Raw Tag Team Champions. That victory ends a remarkable Cinderella story for Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel, but The B-Team didn’t shy away from the challenge despite a total lack of preparation for their opponents, even taking down McIntyre to open Ziggler up to isolation. Axel found himself stranded, however, after The Scottish Psychopath stormed the ring and took Dallas out by fastballing him into the turnbuckle. A superkick cleaned Axel’s clock, and the Claymore-Zig Zag twofer shut the lights. New champs. Cue the bagpipes.

My Take: This was a good match that gave Ziggler and McIntyre the big tag team title win that makes their tandem legitimate. The new champions were presented properly and should do well in their new role.

Match #5: AOP def. Keith Thompson & Jimmy James

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Now this is unexpected: Drake Maverick, having won raves from the WWE Universe over the last six months as the General Manager of 205 Live, has apparently decided to expand his portfolio by taking on managerial duties for AOP on Raw with the express goal of making them Raw Tag Team Champions. They’re off to a good start. Akam & Rezar feasted on a pair of doomed locals in all of 30 seconds, finishing them off with the Super Collider before posing in the ring with Maverick, signaling a return to basics and the beginning of a surprising new chapter.

My Take: This was a quick squash match that featured the new manager for the AOP, Drake Maverick.

Match #6: Sasha Banks & Bayley def. Ember Moon & Dana Brooke

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Titus Worldwide is still trying to get Dana Brooke some momentum, but after an attempt at mid-match coaching that did more harm than good, it looks like the statistician has deduced she’s better off on her own. Teaming with Ember Moon against Sasha Banks & Bayley, Dana did a nice job building off her strides from last week and following up on Ember’s impressive groundwork. But Titus O’Neil & Apollo Crews’ conflicting coaching distracted Dana down the stretch, allowing Sasha Banks to roll her up for the pin. When Titus and Apollo’s bickering continued after the match, Dana threw up her hands, declared she’d had it with both Superstars and walked off alone.

My Take: This was a decent match that had a few nice moves and some signs of progress for Dana Brooke.

Match #7: Main Event – Braun Strowman def. Finn Bálor

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Coming into Raw, it seemed possible that Braun Strowman could only be slowed down, not stopped. Coming out of it, it’s looking more and more like a certainty. Not only did The Monster Among Men hold off an all-world effort from Finn Bálor, he and his “pack” made short work of The Shield after they posted bail and were released from police custody on their own recognizance — with a little help from some friends. Bálor had been slotted into the match with Strowman after Acting General Manager Baron Corbin backed out of Finn’s challenge (he cited his GM duties), but the former Universal Champion seized the main-event spotlight all the same, wearing down The Monster Among Men with submissions. Strowman rallied to defeat Finn with a Running Powerslam.

My Take: This was a good main event. Strowman moved well and Balor came across like a star.

News Of The Night:

  1. Dana Brooke left Titus Worldwide.
  2. Drake Maverick, general manager of 205 Live, has become the manager of the Authors of Pain.
  3. Kevin Owens returned to attack Bobby Lashley.
  4. The Shield was arrested for starting a riot.
  5. The Shield was released and was destroyed by Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and numerous heels from Raw.
  6. Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker teased another match with a subtle promo that finally explained why Michaels won’t come out of retirement. It’s possible these two guys could be working another Wrestlemania if the seeds planted for that match are allowed to grow.

Final Verdict: 2 out of 5 – This card didn’t have many good matches, but it did excite people for the future with its vignettes and promos.

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