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Published On: Mon, Dec 3rd, 2018

WWE RAW Results and Review December 3 2018 : Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams

WWE Monday Night RAW is from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey and Natalya will face Nia Jax and Tamina. We are coming off of one of the most critically panned episodes of RAW in the show’s history and the fans have been very vocal on social media regarding the quality of the show. It should be interesting to see what WWE does to right the ship this week.

 

Ronda Rousey and Natalya vs. Nia Jax and Tamina

This match never officially started. Before the bell rang Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan of the Riott Squad came out with a table. Nia Jax and Tamina attacked Ronda Rousey while the Riott Squad attacked Natalya, eventually putting her through the table at ringside from the apron with a Superkickick/Double Powerbomb triple team.

 

Ronda Rousey and Natalya Backstage

 

Alexa Bliss In Ring for Open Forum with Sasha Banks and Bayley

 

Shasha Banks and Bayley vs. Mickie James and Alicia Fox with Dana Brooke

Bayley lands the Bayley-to-Belly Suplex on Mickie James and scores the Pinfall victory.

 

Alexa Bliss and Ronda Rousey Backstage

 

Acting General Manager Baron Corbin Backstage with Bobby Roode and Chad Gable

 

Lucha House Rules 3 on 1 Match
Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik, Lince Dorado) vs. Scott Dawson with Dash Wilder

Gran Metalik scores the Pinfall victory after a Springboard Senton on Scott Dawson.

 

General Manager Elect Baron Corbin In Ring for Drew McIntyre Appreciation Day

 

Dolph Ziggler vs. Drew McIntyre

Dolph Ziggler scores the Pinfall victory after a Superkick on Drew McIntyre, with the help of a a sneak attack from Finn Balor while the referee was distracted.

 

Drew McIntyre Backstage

 

Elias In Ring

 

General Manager Elect Baron Corbin Backstage

 

Bobby Roode vs. Drake Maverick – Akam, Rezar, and Chad Gable are Barred from Ringside
If Roode wins he and Chad Gable get a RAW Tag Team Title Match

After the match starts Akam and Rezar are seen attacking Gable Backstage. Baron Corbin appears and says this is now a Handicap Match. Drake Maverick pins Bobby Roode after Akam and Rezar hits the Supercollider on Gable and Roode.

 

Dean Ambrose In Ring

 

Nia Jax and Tamina Backstage

 

Heath Slater vs. Rhyno
Loser is Fired from RAW

Heath Slater wins by Pinfall after the Neckbreaker.

 

General Manager Elect Baron Corbin and Heath Slater Backstage

 

Finn Balor vs. Jinder Mahal with Samir and Sunil Singh

Finn Balor wins by Pinfall after the Coup de Grace after Apollo Crews came out to attack the Singh Brothers and prevent their further interference.

 

Finn Balor Backstage

 

RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey and Ember Moon vs. Nia Jax and Tamina

Ronda Rousey forces Tamina to tap out to an Armbar for the Submission victory.

 

Botches

  • One of the worst segments from last week was the Open Forum with Sasha Banks and Bayley. I think it was brought back this week out of spite for the fan’s reaction.
  • Drew McIntyre Appreciation Day was boring and started with a longer than necessary promo from both Corbin and McIntyre.
  • Dean Ambrose’s promo was also far too long. All of these segments bored my ten year old son out of the room, and WWE is his favorite thing on television.

 

Bodyslams

  • Sasha Banks and Bayley making mention of the Women’s Tag Team Championships. It’s finally happening. Not tonight, but if they’re talking about them on the air, they are coming.
  • We finally got Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler as these two have broken apart. This goes a long way to freshening up a stale position for both men.
  • Finn Balor being the thorn in the side of all of the heels, including the Acting General Manager, is a much better place for him than being squashed week after week, and it gives the fans something to cheer for. Apollo Crews coming out to fill that role during Balor’s match

After last week there was nowhere to go but up for RAW. This was by no means a perfect episode, but this was a marked improvement. The performers are still fantastic, and all of the in ring work was well done. This episode had exciting matches, big spots, and good stories. The Riott Squad put Natalya through a table. Elias blasted Lio Rush with a guitar. Finn Balor got to do extraordinary things. The women’s division shined once again. There was nothing silly or ridiculous. But the show was not without its negatives either. It is not normal for my son to leave the room while WWE is on television, but the promos were too long and boring even for him. The Open Forum was just unnecessary, Drew McIntyre Appreciation Day was more than necessary to get to where it was going, and Dean Ambrose could have done more with less. If the writers shaved a few minutes off of the promos and added them to the matches, this show would have been much better. But nothing was left unsaid. This is the biggest problem I see with RAW right now, and the fastest route to a fix is simple. Less talking, more action.

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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