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Published On: Tue, May 15th, 2018

Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams: WWE RAW Results and Review May 14 2018

Tonight’s WWE RAW is live from The O2 Arena in London, England. Tonight features Money in the Bank Qualifying Matches with Bobby Lashley vs. Elias vs. Jinder Mahal as well as Alexa Bliss vs. Mickey James vs. Bayley.

Roman Reigns in the ring

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

Roman makes himself out as a victim of management oppression and then calls out Jinder Mahal for his interference last week. Kurt Angle’s music hits instead and he says Jinder isn’t coming out but is getting a qualifying match tonight for the MitB ladder match, and Roman doesn’t get any more chances. Roman understands Kurt is just doing as he’s told to keep his job. Roman then walks backstage and hunts Jinder Mahal down. The ensuing fight rages back out to the stage area and eventually Angle and others stop Roman and Jinder escapes.

 

BotchThis segment was another one showing how deaf WWE is when it comes to the crowd reactions to Roman Reigns. You can’t blame Roman, he’s doing what he’s supposed to do. Much like Roman realized about Kurt in this segment. But how is anyone supposed to believe the “victim of management oppression” angle when people feel like he’s being forced on them by Vince McMahon? The people aren’t relating to him that way, and it feels so forced to have him opening and closing the show, but we’re supposed to believe he’s a victim. More than anything I feel bad for Roman that he repeatedly has to come out and say things that the crowd is consistently contradicting.

Seth Rollins Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge vs. Kevin Owens

Seth Rollins Curmbstomps his way to the pinfall victory over Kevin Owens

BodyslamAnother show with Seth Rollins in the first match, this time with Kevin Owens. These two prove why that’s a great decision. The crowd was fired up and both men were performing at the top of their game. A lot of great moments in this match, with Rollins ultimately retaining his title.

Upfront awards segment with Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax

Nia Jax challenges Ronda Rousey to face her at Money in the Bank for the Raw Women’s Championship

BodyslamWith Nia Jax issuing the challenge it allows Ronda Rousey to appear as though she’s not getting preferential treatment. Doing it on the red carpet gave it a different feel. Hearing Charlotte tell her to “do it” in the background was great. This worked better than I expected it would when it was announced earlier today.

Kurt Angle Backstage

Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel ask Kurt angle for a tag team championship match. They’ve decided on The B Team as their new tag team name. Although they have never won a match as The Miztourage, The B Team is undefeated.

BodyslamDallas and Axel seem ready to break out.  It’s kind of goofy, but just enough.  It worked.  I laughed and look forward to more.

Triple Threat Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
No Way Jose vs. Bobby Roode vs. Baron Corbin

Bobby Roode hits Glorious DDT and pin on No Way Jose for the win.

BodyslamNo Way Jose got the most time in-ring on tv since he came to the main roster. Roode looked Glorious. Corbin was good. Roode going to the MitB match is good. The match came off well. Roode and Corbin have got to spend a good amount of time in the ring together, and their chemistry is improving with each match.

Kurt Angle and Kevin Owens backstage

Owens wants a rematch for the IC title or he’s going to call Stephanie McMahon. Kurt is sick and tired of being threatened. Kevin says it’s going to be a reality and walks off with his phone ready to make the call.

BodyslamKurt is a busy man tonight, and so is Kevin. The pressure on Kurt is rising.

Breezango vs. The B Team

Bo Dallas pins Fandango to keep The B Team undefeated

BodyslamThe genuine excitement from Dallas and Axel after the match was probably the best part. The match was good, but the post match piece was better. The fans seem ready to get behind Dallas and Axel after their split from The Miz.

Sasha Banks, Natalya, and Ember Moon vs. The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan)

Natalya makes Liv Morgan tap out with the Sharpshooter

Bodyslam The women put on another great match. The Riott Squad are doing great tag team work. Natalya seemed to be going too fast for herself when she first got in the ring, but it all came together and she still looked good. The Women’s Division is really in need of tag team titles to give the ladies a chance to do more consistent tag team matches.

Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre backstage

BodyslamGreat promo from McIntyre. He is more intense than he has ever been.

RAW Tag Team Champions The Deleter of Worlds (Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder)

Hardy and Wyatt deliver The Kiss of Deletion and the pin

BodyslamThe Revival got to show off a little bit of what they do that is so impressive. But the iron is still so hot for Hardy and his “Woken” brainchild. Wyatt and Hardy are looking better as a tag team, and hopefully a great rivalry is soon to come.

Sami Zayn in-ring promo

Sami Zayn lets everyone know how he feels about Bobby Lashley making his return to RAW on the same night, and using Zayn as a stepping stone. CLearly Lashley is stealing Zayn’s thunder, and even his style. Zayn reveals that he contacted Lashley’s sisters, and Lashley isn’t who he presents himself to be, and you can hear it from his sisters yourself next week.

Bodyslam Zayn came off as kooky, but the hat part was actually funny. Zayn getting into it with Lashley could be very entertaining.

Triple Threat Money in the Bank Qualifying Match
Bayley vs. Alexa Bliss vs. Mickey James

Alexa Bliss scores the pin on Bayley off the DDT

BodyslamAnother great match from the ladies. The tension between Bliss and James worked. Bayley having to fight against them both alone worked. And the right woman won.

Jinder Mahal in the locker room

Jinder gets cleared to compete tonight and he leaves to show everyone why he is the Modern Day Maharaja. But as he walks through the hall he is speared through a wall by Roman Reigns.

BotchThat wall. It ruined it. It looked like they just finished putting it up seconds before. The wires hanging down made it worse, not better.

Braun Strowman and Finn Balor vs. Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre

Dolph Ziggler pins Finn Balor after clipping him off the top rope

BodyslamBraun Strowman versus Drew McIntyre. Yes please. This was as good of a match as it could be with what they were doing. It was hard hitting and exciting, while giving just a tease of Strowman vs. McIntyre, which could be an epic feud if everything comes together well.

Kurt Angle backstage on the phone with Stephanie McMahon

Kurt says he sent Roman away and has found a replacement for Jinder Mahal. But Stephanie seems to have other ideas. The implication is that Stephanie talked to Kevin Owens, and that is who she wants in the match.

BodyslamKurt is losing control of the show from every direction. His authority is being undermined from above and below. Kurt Angle’s position as General Manager could be in jeopardy sooner than later.

Bobby Lashley vs. Elias vs. Kevin Owens

Kevin Owens wins with the Frogsplash and pin on Elias

BodyslamKevin Owens delivered a second solid performance for the night and goes on to the MitB match. Sami Zayn’s interference continues the setup for his feud with Lashley. Elias continues to be one of the most impressive performers in the WWE. The match had a great flow to it. This was definitely a better main event than what was promoted.

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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