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Published On: Tue, Nov 13th, 2018

WWE RAW Results and Review November 12 2018 : Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams

WWE Monday Night RAW is live from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missourithis week. On this final RAW before Survivor Series, we will find out who is going to fill out the Men’s, Women’s, and Tag Team Division matches against Smackdown’s teams. WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar has been slated to appear as well as he will be facing WWE Champion AJ Styles this Sunday.

 

Battle Royal to Determine Survivor Series Team Match Captain

Braun Strowman In Ring

 

Ember Moon vs Tamina with Nia Jax

Tamina wins by Pinfall after the Snuka Splash, with the help of a distraction from Nia Jax. Jax and Tamina continued to assault Moon after the match.

 

Seth Rollins In Ring Interview with Corey Graves

 

Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre In Ring

 

Finn Balor vs Dolph Ziggler with Drew McIntyre

Finn Balor wins by Pinfall reversing Ziggler’s pin attempt into his own, despite Drew McIntyre’s interference

 

Stephanie McMahon and Baron Corbin Backstage

 

The Riott Squad In Ring

 

Tag Team Battle Royal to to Determine Captains of RAW Survivor Series Tag Team Match

Bobby Roode and Chad Gable Win.

 

WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman In Ring

 

Match to Determine Final Member of Raw Men’s Survivor Series Team
Elias vs. Bobby Lashley with Lio Rush

Bobby Lashley wins by Countout when Lio Rush hold Elias from under the ring, preventing Elias from re-entering the unbeknownst to the referee. Elias got his hands on Rush and tossed him from the ring onto Lashley near the barricade in the end.

 

Alexa Bliss In Ring

 

Match to Determine Final Member of Raw Women’s Survivor Series Team
Sasha Banks vs. Bayley

The match ends in a No Contest when both Sasha and Bayley were attacked by Nia Jax and Tamina. Alexa Bliss then names Ruby Riott the fifth member of Team RAW.

 

Becky Lynch Assaults Ronda Rousey Backstage, Beginning a Smackdown Invasion of RAW

 

Botches

  • This was a night of verbal missteps from everyone. There was nothing too egregious, but it seemed like evberyone from those on a mic in ring to the commentary desk were having difficulty with their lines. Elias and Drew McIntyre stood out for their objectively outstanding performances that would have been highlights even when everyone else was fire.

 

Bodyslams

  • Drew McIntyre was has an impressive presence in the ring, and had the opportunity to show off his mic skills tonight. McIntyre is starting to take over as the top man of the team with Ziggler, and this is likely to cause damaging friction between them sooner rather than later.
  • Elias delivered the performance of the night both on the mic and in the ring. He also cemented the idea that he can be the babyface with a guitar wielding gimmick, which is historically difficult.
  • Becky Lynch and the Smackdown invasion was fantastic. It looked to me like Dana Brooke was the one who broke Lynch’s nose, but regardless of who it was, Becky looked scary as she plowed through the RAW Women’s Division covered in ther own blood. Becky Lynch is quickly turning into a modern era version of Stone Cold Steve Austin. Someone who is supposed to be a heel getting booed, but comes across as way too cool for anyone to want to do that.

 

Not a bad episode of RAW, on their first episode with a hard stop at 11:00 pm since the Monday Night Wars. The Survivor Series PPV this Sunday isn’t an awe inspiring card, but the match between Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey has grown big enough to demand interest. Authors of Pain vs. The Bar may be the most interesting match behind that, and AoP didn’t even get any television time this week. The show was heavy on video segments of flashbacks and promos for Sunday and in ring promos, but the matches were strong performances and the stories that are being told are better than what RAW has been doing for most of the year. Sasha Banks and Bayley were the Main Event, and they delivered. The Women’s Division is still the best thing going for WWE.

 

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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