19th Oct2022

‘WWE Raw’ Review (Oct 17th 2022)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of this past Monday’s episode of WWE Raw, right here on Nerdly. Let’s see what went down this week!

Match #1: The O.C. def. Alpha Academy

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After their triumphant return last week, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson had their first match back in WWE, facing off against The Alpha Academy. The biggest members of each team in Luke Gallows and Otis collided in the ring, registering high numbers on the Richter scale. Otis continued to play spoiler, stopping The O.C. from hitting the Magic Killer, which lead to a brilliant back-and-forth between Chad Gable and Anderson. Anderson got the upper hand in the exchange, enabling he and Gallows to hit the Magic Killer to seal the win.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #2: IYO SKY & Dakota Kai def. Bianca Belair & Candice LeRae

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Bianca Belair teamed up with Raw newcomer Candice LeRae in an effort to quell the rise of Damage CTRL. LeRae was looking for her second win in a row after defeating Bayley last week. Belair and LeRae paired well, as Belair used LeRae as a helicopter with Lerae’s feet knocking down Dakota Kai and IYO SKY. Belair and LeRae at times could not outsmart Kai and SKY, with Kai using Belair’s braids to stop her from tagging in LeRae.As Belair and LeRae were gaining momentum, Bayley brandished a Kendo stick from under the ring but was intercepted by Belair. This distraction was enough to leave LeRae stranded in the ring, leading to Damage CTRL garnering the win.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #3: Baron Corbin def. Dolph Ziggler

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The newest member of the Raw roster Baron Corbin took on a man he knows very well in Dolph Ziggler. The WWE Universe in Oklahoma City did not appreciate Corbin’s arrival, chanting “Bum-A** Corbin” at him multiple times. Corbin repeatedly took a page out of JBL’s book, hitting a picture-perfect Fallaway Slam onto Ziggler. Ziggler kept up a good fight, kicking out of the Deep Six and even nailing a Zig Zag, but The Showoff could not withstand the fight, succumbing to the End of Days.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #4: Dominik Mysterio def. AJ Styles

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Earlier in the evening, AJ Styles goaded Dominik Mysterio into facing him one-on-one. Styles had the upper hand in the early going, clearly out-matching Dominik due to his experience. Styles, however, had a lapse of judgment, so to speak, as he confronted Rhea Ripley, who attempted to goad him into hitting her at ringside. Styles refused but Dominik had enough time to ambush The Phenomenal One. Much like in previous weeks, Ripley was the X-factor, holding Styles’ foot which gave the younger Mysterio the chance to roll up the former WWE Champion to earn the biggest win of his career.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #5: United States Championship Match – Seth “Freakin” Rollins def. Matt Riddle

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One week after dethroning Bobby Lashley as the United States Champion, Seth “Freakin” Rollins took on the man he lost to at WWE Extreme Rules: Matt Riddle. Riddle locked on the Triangle Hold early, the same move he used to defeat Rollins Inside the Fight Pit at WWE Extreme Rules. Elias, who was still ringside, got involved when Rollins jabbed his jaw, leading to a vicious knee strike from the musical Superstar. Rollins hit a sensational top-rope reverse suplex into a regular reverse suplex that left everyone breathless. Once again, Riddle locked in the Triangle Hold, but The Visionary hit a Buckle Bomb and a sit-out powerbomb to try to escape the hold. The Original Bro held firm, but Rollins desperately reached his foot to the rope to save his championship. At ringside, Rollins tried to get Elias to hit him to secure a disqualification win, but Elias refused and earned a superkick for his troubles. Elias attempted to strike back, but his attempt backfired and allowed Rollins to hit the Stomp for the win. After the match, Rollins tried to Stomp Riddle into the U.S. Title, but Mustafa Ali saved the day, chasing away the champion and repeatedly saying that he is Rollins’ problem now.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

When, outside of the main event, your best match features Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin… well, you’ve got a problem!


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