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Published On: Mon, Jun 11th, 2018

Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams: WWE RAW Results and Review June 11 2018

Tonight’s Monday Night RAW comes from the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Arkansas and is the last RAW before the Money In The Bank Pay Per View. The card features a match between Roman Reigns and Jinder Mahal, as well as a face off between RAW Women’s Champion Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey.

 

Show Opener with Money In The Bank Match Superstars In Ring

The competitors in the men’s (Braun Strowman, Bobby Roode, Finn Balor, and Kevin Owens) and women’s (Ember Moon, Alexa Bliss, Sasha Banks, and Natalya) Money In The Bank matches are in the ring on top of ladders. Kurt Angle comes out to hype the Money In The Bank Pay Per View on WWE Network. The COnstable of Monday Night RAW Baron Corbin comes out with a freshly shaved head and dressed like he’s part of the office, and makes it clear he is there to make sure the RAW competitors make Stephanie McMahon proud. The ladies begin bickering, and Natalya makes sure to name-drop her friend Ronda Rousey. Kevin Owens interjects and brings it around to the men bickering. Alexa Bliss says they sound like the Real Housewives of WWE, and says her Mixed Match Challenge partner Braun Strowman will win. Sasha Banks says her Mixed Match Challenge partner Finn Balor will win, and Balor picks Sasha to win. The bickering comes around again and Braun Strowman silences them all and says this Sunday someone is going to get these hands.

BodyslamThis is all about promoting the Money In The Bank Pay Per View and does a fine job of getting all of the competitors out there. Baron Corbin’s new look is sharp. Alexa Bliss and Kevin Owens were great, but everyone did fine.

 

Fatal Four Way Match – Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks vs. Ember Moon vs. Natalya

Natalya forces Alexa Bliss to tap out to the Sharpshooter

BodyslamA few awkward moments, but well done overall. Some great storytelling in the ring and they all had big moments that popped the crowd. The ending was chaotic and really well done.

 

Kevin Owens and Finn Balor Backstage

Kevin Owens is lobbying to have himself, Finn Balor, and Bobby Roode take out Braun Strowman tonight so he doesn’t make it to Money In The Bank.

BodyslamKevin was convincing and Finn seems to be considering his points. Good segment, makes sense, smoothly delivered.

 

Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre

Dolph Ziggler pins Tyler Breeze after a Claymore and Zig Zag combination.

BotchDrew McIntyre looked impressive as always. The match was decent, but was another squash match for Ziggler and McIntyre that puts them spinning their wheels at this point. The post-match promo was definitely botched. Dolph didn’t deliver it well, and it wasn’t all that well scripted. Drew may be better off turning on Dolph sooner rather than later.

 

Roman Reigns Backstage Interview

photo/ DoD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro

Roman Reigns calls Jinder an idiot and blames Jinder for keeping him from the Money In The Bank match and he’s going to give Jinder his receipt.

BodyslamRoman is getting better on the mic. Still room to improve, but at least he is delivering lines that make sense and coming across well.

 

 

 

Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal, becomes Roman Reigns vs. Sunil Singh

Roman Reigns lands the Spear and pin on Sunil Singh. Jinder Mahal hits a Khalas on Roman Reigns after the match.

Bodyslam – Pulling out Jinder Mahal and swapping in Sunil Singh last minute drew great heat on Jinder, and Roman looked as good as he could squashing Singh. The post-match attack gives Mahal the edge going into the PPV. It looks like WWE is doing everything they can to get Roman in the ring with someone the crowd will never cheer for so the cheers will go to Roman. We’ll see if it works at the PPV. 

 

The B Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) vs. Heath Slater and Rhyno

Curtis Axel pins Heath Slater after a double team Backdrop Neckbreaker. Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt appear after the match and cut a wonderful promo on The B Team.

BodyslamA good match for what it is, but this was all about setting up the Tag Team Championship match at Money In The Bank. Matt and Bray get rock the mic and The B Team gets to over celebrate. We all win.

Elias In Ring

Elias performs an instant classic taking shots at Seth Rollins and Little Rock. He ultimately brings out a guitar he says was given to him by John Mayer, and says this Sunday he will have this shoulder around his neck and the Intercontinental Championship around his waist. Seth Rollins runs out to the ring and is ambushed by Elias upon entry. Rollins evicts Elias from the ring then cuts a solid promo and gets the crowd fired up. Rollins ultimately smashes Elias’ new guitar.

 

BodyslamElias worked his magic and had the crowd dying for Rollins, creating a thunderous pop when Rollins finally came out. This feud has had some of the lightest buildup but will probably be one of the best matches of the PPV.

 

Bobby Roode Backstage

Bobby Roode is getting ready for the upcoming match when Kevin Owens comes in to talk Roode into his plan for everyone to work together against Braun Strowman. Roode seems to be thinking about it.

BodyslamAll Kevin Owens making his case. He has pitched both men and they seem to at least be giving it consideration.

 

Bayley vs. Ruby Riott

Ruby Riott lands the Riott Kick and scores a pinfall victory over Bayley. The Riott Squad hold Bayley and Ruby Riott marks her up and writes “R” on her abdomen.

 

BodyslamThis was the best match of the night thus far, with a great pace, great story, and solid ending. The Riott Squad are still the dominating heel stable running roughshod over the RAW Women’s Division. 

 

Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey Face-Off

Johnathan Coachman is in the ring to host. They’re all three sitting in rolling chairs in the ring, and Coach has Nia Jax start. Jax pushes Rousey’s buttons and tells her she’s not ready. Ronda gets upset and rolls through all of her accomplishments when people told her she wasn’t ready. The two get physical and Ronda gets a hold of Nia’s arm. She fights for control and finally locks in an armbar to force Nia Jax to tap. Rousey leaves to a cheering crowd.

BodyslamMost of the time these segments don’t work out. This one wasn’t that great, and Ronda started out with her short answers lacking in charisma. But after she got fired up it started working, and the physical confrontation played out really well. That was worth the forced interview segment.

 

Curt Hawkins vs. No Way Jose

No Way Jose hits his Pop-Up Punch finisher and pins Curt Hawkins

BotchCurt Hawkins’ losing streak is getting press and No Way Jose’s finisher doesn’t have a name yet. At least not as far as commentary has said. This was a throwaway match with two characters that have been getting buried lately. I guess it was fun if you like either of these guys. I liked No Way Jose in NXT and when he debuted on the main roster, but the way he has been used thus far doesn’t make me want to get emotionally invested in him.

 

Finn Balor and Bobby Roode Backstage

Balor and Roode are talking over Kevin’s plan. They decide to go with Kevin but keep an eye on him. Finn tells Bobby he’ll keep one eye on Kevin and one eye on him.

BodyslamThis storyline is playing out perfectly. It’s certainly keeping me excited for the main event.

 

Sami Zayn’s Obstacle Course

Botch This feud has been a chore to get through. WWE may just be testing the loyalty of its fans. This segment wasn’t much easier to watch than any of the previous ones. Sami had trouble delivering the script early on, and I can’t necessarily hold that against him. I’m so glad this will be over after Sunday.

 

Finn Balor, Bobby Roode, and Kevin Owens Backstage

Kevin Owens has both men together and is trying to quaterback his plan. Balor and Roode are resisting because they haven’t agreed to anything yet. Braun Strowman walks up and offers an idea; that they all three team up against him tonight. He roars and walks off, leaving the three men stunned.

Bodyslam Excellent payoff to a really well done storyline.

 

Fatal Four Way Match – Finn Balor vs. Bobby Roode vs. Kevin Owens vs. Braun Strowman

Braun Strowman pins Kevin Owens after a Running Powerslam on a ladder.

BodyslamAn absolutely fantastic match, an equally fantastic finish. Strowman being hit with all three men’s finishers before finishing off Kevin Owens played well. Kevin Owens’ Frogsplash from the ladder on Strowman through the commentary table early in the match was just amazing. Balor and Roode getting to have time in a one-on-one allowed them to shine, and now I can’t wait for a feud between them. This is the best Fatal Four Way Match on RAW in a long 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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