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Published On: Tue, Jul 24th, 2018

Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams: WWE RAW Results and Review July 23 2018

WWE Monday Night RAW comes from the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio and features Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley to determine who will face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at SummerSlam. WWE has also been promoting a historic announcement for tonight from Stephanie McMahon.

 

Show Opener with the Historic Announcement

Announcement of Evolution on October 28th, the first ever all women’s Pay-Per-View event.

BodyslamThe announcement of the first ever all women’s ppv event is fantastic. As I tweeted at the time, the women also deserve tag team titles, and I’m hoping we’ll see them introduced at the Evolution ppv and eluded to beforehand.

 

The B Team in Locker Room

BodyslamThe B Team are real bros, and they’re so unfamiliar with this level of success they almost forgot to bring their belts with them. Somehow this is still entertaining.

RAW Tag Team Championship Match
The B Team (c) (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) vs. The Deleters of Worlds (Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt)

Curtis Axel pins Matt Hardy to retain the championships. Hardy and Wyatt attack Dallas and Axel after the match.

 

 

BodyslamThe B Team retains in another surprising victory out of nowhere. These four are actually putting on some quality matches here, and it wouldn’t be surprising if this feud continues. Elias was cut off for the entrance of the competitors.

Finn Balor and Constable Corbin Backstage

Bodyslam It was nice to see Chad Gable back on television at the beginning of this. Finn Balor has too good of a sense of humor to be shaken by Corbin’s attempts to demean him. If Balor is not going to get his Universal Championship back, putting him up against the heel authority is probably the best way to keep him at the top.

Bayley and Sasha Banks interview with Charly Caruso

BodyslamSasha and Bayley being put back together in a happy relationship can mean only one thing. They will be the first Women’s Tag Team Champions.

Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Unnamed Team

Sasha Banks wins by Submission with the Bank Statement

BodyslamSasha and Bayley were put up against local talent to perform as a tag team and start their run toward the as yet unannounced Women’s Tag Team Championships. They actually did really well performing as a tag team in this squash match.

Braun Strowman In Ring

BodyslamElias got interrupted again. Braun Strowman was more man and less monster on the mic, but it was exactly the right tone for this. I still don’t get the sudden change to the guru character of Jinder Mahal, but it was fitting here. Kevin Owens now has a personal vendetta against Braun Strowman, and has the support of Constable Corbin. I don’t know if that’s a healthy decision for Kevin in the long run, but maybe he likes hospitals.

Natalya vs. Mickie James with Alexa Bliss

Mickie James pins Natalya after a Superkick.

BodyslamBoth women were at their best, and this match was more than I expected it to be. The women are definitely putting on inspired performances tonight.

Roman Reigns Backstage Interview with Charly Caruso

BotchWhen you mention what the critics say, no one believes you don’t care. Their words are eating away at your mind Roman. This direction with Roman still is not working, and he needs better scripts to work with.

Authors of Pain In Ring

BodyslamTitus Worldwide finally got to look good in the ring, which has not happened for quite some time. Even though it wasn’t a real match, they had the opportunity to remind the audience why they still have employment here. They’re still going to be a stepping stone for AoP.

Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon Backstage

BodyslamKurt Angle has lost control of the show once again, and Stephanie McMahon undermining him through Corbin makes makes him look foolish. I wonder if there is a plan for this story, or if Angle is just going to be made to seem like an ineffectual GM until WWE has another person in mind for the job.

Tyler Breeze vs. Mojo Rawley

Mojo Rawley pins Tyler Breeze after a Sit Out Alabama Slam

Bodyslam Rawley tossing Breeze around like a toy not only seizes your attention, it makes you wonder about Tyler’s safety. Rawley looks like he could plow through just about anyone on the roster right now.

Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre Backstage

BodyslamThis may have been the best promo from these two in weeks.

Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre with Dolph Ziggler

Finn Balor wins by Disqualification when Dolph Ziggler interferes just as Balor was preparing to deliver the Coup De Grace on McIntyre. Ziggler and McIntyre attack Balor, and Seth Rollins comes out to help Balor. Ziggler and McIntyre try to escape and Kurt Angle comes out to order this match to restart as a tag team match right now.

BodyslamBalor and McIntyre were working toward an incredible match. McIntyre continues to be impressive in the ring and Balor remains the most exciting superstar on RAW. Even though it was short, this was the best match of the night. Getting it extended as a tag team match and adding Rollins isn’t disappointing. Elias was interrupted again for Balor’s entrance.

Seth Rollins and Finn Balor vs. Dolph Ziggler and Drew Mcintyre

Seth Rollins pins Dolph Ziggler after a Curbstomp.

BodyslamSeth Rollins and Finn Balor delivered another performance that defines modern wrestling. Balor and Rollins could end up as two of the best professional wrestlers of all time, and these consistent performances are why. Drew McIntyre is perched to establish his legacy as well. These are the men who will carry the company into the next generation.

Bobby Lashley Backstage Interview with Charly Caruso

BodyslamLashley’s promos are getting better every week. It seems he is settling in to portraying who he is and his place in the WWE.

Ember Moon vs. Liv Morgan with Sarah Logan

Ember Moon pins Liv Morgan after the Eclipse.

BodyslamLiv Morgan may be getting better every week, but Ember Moon is orders of magnitude more impressive than any of the other women coming up to the main roster over the last year. Moon demands the attention of the crowd with her performance, and she will eventually rest atop the Women’s Division.

Seth Rollins Backstage

BodyslamSeth is always so natural on the mic, and he obviously happy to be getting another match with Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship.

Elias Performance (finally)

BodyslamElias actually released an album, and we may never get to hear him perform an entire song live. If he doesn’t get interrupted, he stops of his own accord to insult the crowd. This is the greatest guitar wielding heel gimmick of all time, and WWE is pulling out all the stops for Elias. He seems to have the shoulders to carry this.

Bobby Lashley vs. Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns pins Bobby Lashley after a Spear.

BotchIt was an exciting match, but it had some moves that seemed botched and some obvious cooperation. When Roman sat Bobby down over the ropes after commentary had built up the last time this happened, it was a deflating moment. At Extreme Rules, Roman threw Bobby over the ropes and down to the floor. This time he placed Bobby safely on his feet. It could have gone unnoticed if commentary hadn’t ensured everyone was watching closely. The finish was lackluster, and Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam makes me hope there are more matches in store that can make me look forward tot he event.

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

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