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Published On: Tue, Nov 20th, 2018

WWE RAW Results and Review November 19 2018 : Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams

WWE Monday Night RAW is Live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. This episode follows the Survivor Series event last night where RAW dominated Smackdown, winning all of the matches on the main show.  Braun Strowman was promised both a Universal Championship match with Brock Lesnar and an opportunity to let Baron Corbin get these hands. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose will face off at TLC for the Intercontinental Championship, and Rollins is still looking for Ambrose to get some answers before then.

 

Show Opener with Acting General Manager Baron Corbin In Ring

6 Man Elimination Tag Team Match

Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, and Elias vs. Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, and Bobby Lashley with Lio Rush

Finn Balor is eliminated by Drew McIntyre by Pinfall, Elias is eliminated by Countout, Drew McIntyre is eliminated by Disqualification, at this point the match degrades to a beating ending with Lashley tying Strowman’s hand with a belt and holding his arm down on the steel steps base while Corbin crushes Strowman’s arm with the other half of the steps.

 

Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins In Ring

 

 

Women’s Division Tag Team Match
Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Tamina and Nia Jax with Alexa Bliss on commentary

Nia Jax wins by Pinfall against Bayley after the Samoan Drop.

 

Seth Rollins Backstage Hunting Dean Ambrose

 

Drake Maverick Backstage In Catering

 

Men’s Division Tag Team Match Under Lucha House Rules

Lucha House Party (Kalisto, Gran Metalik, and Lince Dorado) vs. The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson)

Lince Dorado wins by Pinfall against Dash Wilder after a Shooting Star Press.

 

Ronda Rousey In Ring

 

RAW Women’s Championship Match

Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Mickie James

Ronda Rousey wins by Submission with an Armbar. Nia Jax and Tamina met Rousey at the top of the ramp and Jax held up the fist that broke Becky Lynch’s face before walking away.

 

Non-Title Match with RAW Tag Team Champions
Authors of Pain (c) (Akam and Rezar) with Drake Maverick vs. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable

Chad Gable wins by Pinfall with a Sunset Flip off the Top Rope on Akam.

 

Dean Ambrose Backstage

 

Seth Rollins Backstage Leaving the Arena

 

Natalya vs. Ruby Riott with Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan

Natalya Rolls Up Ruby Riott to win by Pinfall.

 

Dean Ambrose In Ring

 

Botches

  • The toilet humor surrounding Drake Maverick. The nature of professional wrestling is that sometimes you have to sit through some really juvenile segments. Apparently we were due.
  • Ronda Rousey’s promos are getting worse. This seems partially due to the script and partially due to her lack of emotional range. She has three faces. Big Smile, Confused, and Angry. They can only carry her so far, and the shorter her script, the better. Tonight’s was too long.
  • Gable’s hands slipped from Akam on the Sunset Flip from the Top Rope, and Akam had to fall into it. It’s not an easy move to pull off, and it looks extraordinarily bad when it doesn’t work, like it did tonight.

 

Bodyslams

  • Sasha Banks and Bayley had excellent tag team work. Their team chemistry is as solid as any tag team on the roster. As the Women’s Division’s teams get better, the cries for a proper Women’s Tag Team Division with titles will get louder and more justified.

 

This episode of RAW failed to capture the fire of their victory at Survivor Series. For RAW to be portrayed as a clearly superior brand to Smackdown, the opportunity to prove it on their own stage fell short. The opening match was thrown together and never afforded an opportunity to let the performers be at their best. McIntyre and Strowman were the clear focus, and Balor and Elias’ participation shows that WWE knows they belong with the top guys, but they have no idea what to do with them. The Women’s Division shined once again, putting on the best performances of the night. The Women’s Tag Team Titles need to be introduced sooner rather than later, and the women should probably have their own weekly show outside of Raw and Smackdown.

 

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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