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Published On: Mon, Aug 13th, 2018

Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams: WWE RAW Results and Review August 13 2018

Tonight’s Monday Night RAW comes from the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina and is the last RAW before SummerSlam. Renee Young will be at the commentary table for the entire show. We will also see The B Team defend the RAW Tag Team Championships against The Deleters of Worlds and The Revival.

 

Show Opener with Ronda Rousey In Ring

BodyslamRonda Rousey started with a touching tribute to fathers and heart felt support for Natalya in the wake of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart’s passing earlier today. She then called her shot for SummerSlam against Alexa Bliss and announced Ember Moon would be taking Natalya’s place in the match against Bliss tonight. It was a lot to put on Ronda’s shoulders for her first opening segment on RAW, but I think she did great. Alexa Bliss then came out and delivered one of the best promos I’ve ever seen. It was like a face-melting guitar solo. Bliss dropped a promo that was better than what 98% of the men on both the WWE and NXT rosters are even capable of.

 

Alexa Bliss vs. Ember Moon

Ember Moon wins by Disqualification when Alicia Fox interferes to save Alexa Bliss from defeat. Ronda Rousey fights of Fox and controls the ring.

BodyslamThese two put on a better match than the crowd reaction would indicate. It may have been the quick shift in tone from the eulogy for The Anvil into the angle for the Raw Women’s Championship. But the crowd was popping before it was over and the ladies had put on a great match. Rousey is poised to take her first title at her first SummerSlam. This is the match I am most looking forward to on the card because of that prospect. Will she get the title this early, in her fourth match?

 

Kurt Angle Backstage

BodyslamKurt has completely lost control of his show once again. Corbin is going over his head to get matches and Seth Rollins hasn’t shown up yet. This has to come to a head at some point.

 

Constable Baron Corbin vs. Tyler Breeze

Constable Baron Corbin defeats Tyler Breeze by Pinfall after the Deep Six.

BodyslamBreeze gets thrown around by big guys well. That worked to Corbin’s advantage, and made this match hard hitting and fun to watch.

 

Finn Balor and Braun Strowman vs. Kevin Owens and Jinder Mahal with Sunil Singh

Braun Strowman pins Jinder Mahal after a Powerslam. After the match Braun Strowman chased Kevin Owens backstage, allowing Constable Baron Corbin to attack Finn Balor from behind in the ring.

BodyslamAny match where Braun Strowman gets to use Finn Balor as a weapon is a winner to me. Two hard hitting and entertaining matches in a row, and progression of two storylines in one match here. These are the sleeper matches for SummerSlam that may steal the show, but will have highlight moments no matter what.

 

Kurt Angle Backstage with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre

BodyslamSeth Rollins still hasn’t arrived. Dolph wants to see the contract for his match with Seth Rollins at SummerSlam since he was on time tonight, and he left with the contract before it has been signed.

 

Ricky Roberts In Ring

BodyslamThe lead into this made it seem like it was a match, but it wasn’t. It was a chance for Elias to promote himself and slam the local crowd, as well as for us to see Bobby Lashley get hit with a guitar. One giant Spinebuster later, it was all over. I’m giving this a positive only for the highlights, because they were worth sitting through the rest.

 

The B Team In Locker Room

BodyslamThe B Team’s dumb funny hasn’t worn off yet. I’m still laughing and entertained.

 

Triple Threat RAW Tag Team Championship Match
The B Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) (c) vs. The Deleters of Worlds (Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)

Curtis Axel pins Bray Wyatt after The Revival hit Wyatt with The Shatter Machine but Axel threw Dawson out of the ring and stole the pinfall victory.

BodyslamGreat spots in this match, but Matt Hardy may have taken a couple years off of his career with that Superplex to the floor. The B Team keeps the titles, which exemplifies the state of the RAW Tag Team Division.

 

Roman Reigns In Ring

BodyslamRoman was delivering a passable promo, too bad he has to resort to profanity to get attention like it is the Attitude Era. Paul Heyman was gold on the mic, as per usual, but his attack on Roman was so heavy-handed. The intentional diversion from the upcoming turn at SummerSlam where Heyman helps Roman win the title. But maybe they won’t do that. This has all just been so blunt and predictable thus far, it’s difficult to make this interesting. A Paul Heyman betrayal is the only thing that is going to make the ending matter no matter who wins.

 

Titus O’neal, Apollo Crews, and Bobby Roode vs. Akam, Rezar, and Mojo Rawley

Bobby Roode hits the Glorious DDT on Mojo Rawley and secures the Pinfall victory.

BodyslamA decent six man tag match, with Roode getting the win over Rawley, giving them more energy behind their feud. Titus Worldwide and the Authors of Pain may get stuck in a rut soon. They’re performing well, but there needs to be something to make their story matter or one team should move on. RAW needs AoP higher in the tag team ranks.

 

Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart Remembered

Sasha Banks with Bayley vs. Ruby Riott with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan

Ruby Riott rolls up Sasha Banks for a Pinfall victory after interference from Liv Morgan.

BodyslamThe ladies once again deliver great wrestling in the de facto main event. Ruby Riott has been out with an injury briefly, but she didn’t miss a step in her return match. This feud with Sasha and Bayley as a defined team is just getting started. This may be the unofficial first feud of the Women’s Tag Team Division.

 

Kurt Angle Backstage

BodyslamBaron Corbin chides Kurt Angle for failing to have this match signed and sends him down to the ring for the contract signing. Why hasn’t Angle quit this job yet?

 

Contract Signing for the Intercontinental Championship Match at SummerSlam with RAW General Manager Kurt Angle

BodyslamSeth Rollins summed up the first half of this well. Sadly, we had to sit through a boring promo from Ziggler, but we got the return of Dean Ambrose at the end. With an already stacked card, Dean’s return may be the best announcement so far. Considering Seth and Dean were in a feud with the RAW Tag Team Champions when Dean got hurt, this could elevate the division if they remain a team. But these are all singles superstars in their own right, so only Vince can say where this goes from here. I’m just excited to watch. Also, Renee Young did a fantastic job on commentary. She deserves a chance to sit at the Raw or Smackdown table full time.

About the Author

- Greg Bowen is a writer, musician, DJ, political activist, and wrestling mark who still has Macho Madness to this day.

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