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Published On: Mon, Jan 28th, 2019

WWE RAW Results and Review January 28 2018 : Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams

WWE Monday Night RAW is from the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona tonight. Seth Rollins won the Royal Rumble and will make his decision between facing Universal Champion Brock Lesnar or WWE Champion Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania. Also, Kurt Angle will face Baron Corbin and Braun Strowman will face Drew McIntyre.

 

Show Opener with Seth Rollins In Ring

 

Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

Seth Rollins wins by Pinfall after The Stomp.

 

Women’s Tag Team Championship Qualifying Match
Nia Jax and Tamina vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie James

Nia Jax scores the Pinfall victory over Mickie James after a Samoan drop on James and Bliss at the same time.

 

Baron Corbin vs. Kurt Angle

Baron Corbin wins by Pinfall after the Deep Six. Corbin hit Angle with the End of Days after the match.

 

Finn Balor In Ring

 

The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) vs. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder

Dash Wilder scores the Pinfall victory over Curt Hawkins after the Shatter Machine.

 

Elias In Ring

 

Women’s Tag Team Championship Qualifying Match
Natalya and Dana Brooke vs. The Riott Squad (Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan with Ruby Riott)

Liv Morgan scores the Pinfall victory over Natalya with a Roll Up.

 

Ronda Rousey In Ring

 

RAW Women’s Championship Match
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Bayley

Ronda Rousey wins by Submission with the Armbar.

 

Braun Strowman vs. Drew McIntyre

Braun Strowman wins by Disqualification when Baron Corbin interferes attacking Strowman from behind. All Stroman fights off both men but ultimately falls to the numbers advantage after the match.

 

Seth Rollins’ Decision for Wrestlemania Match

 

Botches

  • We were in the middle of a month of Bobby Lashley beating up Finn Balor when RAW hit its all time ratings low. Going back to a storyline that was going nowhere to bury the fan favorite seems like a bad idea.
  • Ronda Rousey’s promo was again weak, and the crowd did not respond well for her. With the fans already siding with Becky Lynch, Rousey is quickly losing fan support.
  • The complete absence of all NXT callups was disappointing.

Bodyslams

  • Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose was a better match than when they faced off at TLC with less time.
  • Becky Lynch is still at the peak of her game and resting atop the industry.

 

This felt too much like a normal episode of RAW for the show following the Royal Rumble. With a new crop of NXT stars promoted recently, their absence was noticable and disappointing. EC3 has yet to have a match on the main roster, and this seemed like the perfect time. The NXT standout Aleister Black also would have been nice to see. Instead were were given a show going through the motions of explaining the results of the Royal Rumble and bringing back old matchups. The night had its highlights, and Becky Lynch was fantastic as always. But for the most part this felt like three hours of missed opportunity.

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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