30th Oct2018

WWE Raw – Oct 29th 2018: Results & Review

by Phil Wheat

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Welcome to this week’s review of WWE Raw… The go-home show for the controversial Crown Jewel pay per view which takes place this Friday.

Match #1: Finn Bálor def. Bobby Lashley via Disqualification

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Last week, Finn Bálor embarrassed Bobby Lashley with a flash pin that came so out of nowhere it bordered on an upset. Clearly, The Rocky Mountain-Made Machine was not going to let that happen again. Lashley wasn’t out for victory in their rematch so much as vindication, even shrugging off a disqualification loss — Lio Rush knocked Finn off the top rope while he was setting up the Coup de Grâce — to ensnare the Irishman in a full nelson while Rush talked trash and slapped Bálor repeatedly across the face.

My Take: If the WWE are looking to make Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush two of the most hated men in the company they’re going about it in the right way. A shockingly disrepectful display from the duo, even by heel standards. And they got rewarded for it! Though you have to respect Lashley for working whilst injured… Though whether that decision will come back to haunt him later remains to be seen.

Match #2: Sasha Banks, Bayley, Natalya, Trish Stratus & Lita def. The Riott Squad, Mickie James & Alicia Fox

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WWE Evolution has come and gone, but the showcase continues for the Women’s division: Raw featured an exhibition that joined Superstars from the past and present and combined Evolution’s two tag-team contests into a 10-Woman clash. The results remained the same as last night, as the side composed of Evolution’s victors took the W on Raw as well. That said, Ruby Riott made life very, very difficult for her team’s opponents, especially Sasha Banks, and it looked for a moment like retribution was going to be the order of the day. The chaotic bout came down to miscommunication on one side and coordination on the other. The Boss’ lengthy stint in hostile territory ended when Ruby accidentally collided with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan on the apron, allowing Natalya and Alicia Fox to tag in and chaos to unfold. The Queen of Harts’ team quickly found their groove in the mayhem, however: Lita and Bayley administered stereo Twists of Fate to Ruby and Liv, and Natalya linked up with Lita to drop Fox with a Hart Attack. Alicia had enough left to kick out of that maneuver, but the Sharpshooter that followed was too much for her to withstand. Victory is theirs.

My Take: After seeing the two tag matches on the Evolution PPV you’d be right tin thinking that a 10-women tag featuring all the tag team participants from said pay per view would make for exciting viewing. It wasn’t. In fact it was something of a comedown from Evolution, feeling very much like a by-the-numbers, only here casue we have to be match. A few botched spots didn’t help proceedings either. But then I guess as a female wrestler its hard to give your all when the company you work for screw up publicising the PPV you were on and are more interested in plugging the next event on the roster. And no, before you say it, a series of crowd-pleasing “spots” does not a match make.

Match #3: Elias def. Jinder Mahal

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Elias embraced the shared destiny of any outlaw balladeer worth his salt last week and took it to the Man, smashing a guitar over Baron Corbin’s back after The Lone Wolf stole his spotlight. And, this week, when Elias’ quest to serenade Corbin outside his locker room ran him afoul of Jinder Mahal, The Living Truth showed that a little attitude change went a long way. Despite being hampered by The Modern Day Maharaja’s sneak attack — and despite the incessant cheap shots from Sunil and Samir Singh at ringside — Elias fought from underneath to slowly chip away at the former WWE Champion. When a miscalculation from Mahal resulted in The Maharaja inadvertently colliding knee-first with the turnbuckle, The Living Truth seized his moment and pounced with Drift Away. Can we get an amen?

My Take: Hey, at least Elias actually had a wrestling match tonight… right?

Match #4: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable def. AOP and The Ascension (Triple Threat Match)

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What’s more glorious than the thread count on Bobby Roode’s robe? We can start with another victory for him and Chad Gable. This time it was in in a Triple Threat Match that carried them past The Ascension and AOP, though Akam & Rezar did not take the loss particularly well. Nor should they. AOP weren’t out-powered by any stretch of the imagination, but they were out-schemed. Roode, Gable & The Ascension jumped AOP at the bell to keep them behind the eight-ball, and after Gable dropkicked Konnor into Akam, he and Roode sealed the match with a combination of Gable’s rolling German suplex and a neckbreaker from The Glorious One. AOP struck immediately after the bell, annihilating both teams with reckless abandon before standing tall to end the night.

My Take: OK, so the WWE bury Bobby Roode in a terrible tag team partnership with Chad Gable instead of placing him in the main event scene; and now they’re burying the entire tag team division by having the strongest tag team (and the already something of a joke The Ascension) buried by Roode and Gable. No wonder they say Vince/WWE hates tag teams!

Match #5: Nia Jax def. Ember Moon

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Ronda Rousey will have to contend with Becky Lynch in a Champion vs. Champion Match at Survivor Series, but waiting in the wings is Nia Jax, who threw Ember Moon aside — literally — to win Evolution’s Battle Royal and earn a future Raw Women’s Title opportunity. That said, one victory doesn’t mean The Irresistible Force will waltz untouched to a showdown with The Baddest Woman on the Planet. In the middle of a friendly against Ember Moon, who caught lightning in a bottle and nearly defeated Jax in that Battle Royal, Tamina appeared to distract both Superstars. The Irresistible Force put the match away with a legdrop, but quickly found herself face-to-face with the intruding Superstar. Given that Nia and Tamina had shared a faceoff that stopped time at Evolution, it appeared Jax would have to finish what she started moments after competing. But Tamina had no interest in further physicality at this time, choosing to back out of the ring after sizing up her opponent and concluding, apparently, that the opportune moment had not yet arrived.

My Take: At last a decent match! Nia Jax and Ember Moon had a pretty good clash at the end of the Womens Battle Royal and they repeat that here, with Moon looking strong against the powerhouse that is Nia Jax. The interuption from Tamina was a good way to get her back into the womens main event scene too – after all, who wouldn’t want to see the two Samoan queens go at it in the ring? She’d also be a great match for Ember Moon as well… Could be some great underdog storytelling in a feud between those two.

Match #6: The Lucha House Party def. The Revival

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If you haven’t been watching 205 Live — 205 Live is great, by the way; you should watch — allow us to introduce you to The Lucha House Party, the high-flying trio of Kalisto, Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado that just made the literal and figurative leap to Raw and got off to a fantastic start at the expense of The Revival. Initially flummoxed by the House Party, who sent Kalisto & Lince Dorado into action, Dash & Dawson eventually seized control down the stretch. But for all their old-school mat acumen, the two-time NXT Tag Team Champions couldn’t resist mean-mugging with Gran Metalik at ringside, and that gave the House Party an opening: When Scott Dawson took his eye off the ball, Kalisto pounced with a Salida del Sol, and Lince Dorado swooped down on an interfering Dash Wilder with a crossbody, giving his partner ample time to make the three-count and seal the win.

My Take: A quick match but, shock horror, another good match. The Revival took the pin but both teams came out of this match looking good. A MUCH better tag team match than the triple threat earlier. It’s almost as if the Lucha House Party and The Revival are actually good wrestlers and are been booked as such… That’s not like the WWE!

Match #7: Dolph Ziggler def. Apollo Crews

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For Dolph Ziggler, the WWE World Cup isn’t just an excuse to lace ‘em up for a dream match, where he’s drawn Kurt Angle — a mentor, an icon and a forbearer for collegiate wrestlers like Ziggler who made the leap — in the first round of the bracket. It’s an opportunity for the former World Heavyweight Champion to prove what he’s been saying for years and years and years: that he isn’t just among the best in the world, but that he is the singular best. (Drew McIntyre, meanwhile, said he would be keeping a very close eye on Friday’s Universal Title Match). He certainly proved he can back up his boasts against Apollo Crews, one of the hungriest and most talented Superstars on the roster. Even though Ziggler, who literally throws himself into his offensive maneuvers, found himself inadvertently landing in Crews’ clutches, he seized the win with a combination of timing and veteran savvy, blocking a Frog Splash with his knees and following up with a pinpoint superkick for three.

My Take: Crews got in some decent offence but he was essentially here to make Ziggler look good going into Crown Jewel. It didn’t. Instead it made me feel sorry for Crews, whose done nothing but job to most of the roster since coming to Raw… Sorry Uhaa Nation.

News of the Night:

  1. Bobby Lashley officially replaces John Cena at Crown Jewel.
  2. It’s Ronda Rousey against Becky Lynch in a Champion vs. Champion Match at Survivor Series.
  3. Nia Jax / Tamina feud teased following events at Evolution.
  4. The Lucha House Party debuted on Raw.
  5. Dolph Ziggler to take on Kurt Angle at Crown Jewel.

Final Verdict: 2/5

An incredibly dull episode of Raw this week – I wouldn’t even say it suffered because they’re holding everything back for Crown Jewel, it suffered because it seemed like the writers have run out of ideas. Though it’s more likely they’re still scrambling post-Roman Reigns to put new storylines and new feuds together. Still made for a terrible 3 hours of TV though. And yet again the old-timers close the show in a promo rather than an actual main event match… Thank god Crown Jewel takes place this Friday, I can’t take much more posturing from a bunch of over the hill, should be, and stay, retired wrestlers. But hey, that’s the power of money right?!

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