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Published On: Tue, Jan 8th, 2019

WWE RAW Results and Review January 7 2018 : Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams

WWE Monday Night RAW is live from the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida this week. The WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and his challenger as the Royal Rumble, Braun Strowman, are both going to appear tonight. Alexa Bliss will host the first episode of her new show “A Moment of Bliss” with her guest the RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey. And the RAW Tag Team Championships will be defended in a Lumberjack Match.

 

Bobby Lashley Attacking Seth Rollins Backstage

 

John Cena In Ring

 

Six Man Tag Team Match
John Cena, Seth Rollins, and Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre, Dean Ambrose, and Bobby Lashley with Lio Rush

Seth Rollins defeats Dean Ambrose by Pinfall after The Stomp.

 

Seth Rollins Backstage

 

Tribute to Mean Gene Okerlund with Hulk Hogan

 

Lumberjack Match for the RAW Tag Team Championships
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable (c) vs. The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)

Chad Gable wins by Pinfall with a Roll-Up with the help of Bobby Roode to reverse a Roll-Up from Scott Dawson.

 

Elias In Ring

 

Elias vs. Baron Corbin

Baron Corbin wins by Pinfall after the End of Days.

 

Braun Strowman In Ring

 

Mixed Tag Team Match
Apollo Crews and Ember Moon vs. Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox with The Singh Brothers

Ember Moon wins by Pinfall over Alicia Fox after the Eclipse.

 

A Moment of Bliss

Winner Faces Ronda Rousey at Royal Rumble for RAW Women’s Championship
Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax with Tamina

Sasha Banks wins by Submission with the Bank Statement.

 

Falls Count Anywhere Intercontinental Championship Match
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Seth Rollins

Dean Ambrose win by Pinfall after Bobby Lashley interfered and attacked Seth Rollins. After the match Bobby Lashley puts Seth Rollins through a table in the middle of the ring.

 

Botches

  • John Cena is doing the exact same schtick he did last year leading into Wrestlemania.
  • Brock Lesnar not wrestling is still not interesting or entertaining. He’s barely entertaining when he is wrestling.
  • Ronda Rousey is and Nia Jax are both clumsy on the microphone, and still WWE insists on putting them on the microphone every week.

Bodyslams

  • The tribute to Mean Gene Okerlund made Hulk Hogan and everyone in my household cry. He truly was the best there ever was or will be in that role.

This was the first live RAW of 2019, and the commentary team made it clear that this was the first RAW of 2019. That tells me they don’t think the pre-recorded episode from last week counts either. The product has not made much of an improvement since the McMahon family acknowledged the fans’ disappointment. None of the matches on this episode were bad, but none of them stood out as great either. The Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax match was probably the worst match on the card, because one minute Jax is throwing Banks around like a rag doll, and suddenly Banks pulls out the win. Jax has such a size advantage on Banks that it just isn’t believable to see Banks get mauled the entire match and then get the victory. The Falls Count Anywhere Match was okay, but did not live up to how good it should have been when looking at it all on paper. Overall this show was disappointing. Although, the tribute to Mean Gene Okerlund was great and well deserved by a legend of the industry.

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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