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Published On: Mon, Oct 22nd, 2018

WWE RAW Results and Review October 22 2018 : Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams

WWE Monday Night RAW is Live from Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. Finn Balor will face Bobby Lashley, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre will defend the RAW Tag Team Championships against Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, and Nikki Bella and RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey will sign the contract for their match at Evolution.

 

Roman Reigns In Ring

Reigns relinquishes the Universal Championship, announcing his fight with Leukemia.

 

Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley

Finn Balor wins by Pinfall with a Roll Up reversing the Dominator.

 

Sasha Banks with Bayley and Natalya vs. Ruby Riott with Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan

Ruby Riott wins by Pinfall after the Riott Kick.

 

Degeneration X In Ring

 

Paul Heyman In Ring

 

Elias vs. Apollo Crews

Elias wins by Pinfall after hitting the Drift Away

 

Elias On Stage

 

RAW Women’s Championship Match Contract Signing

 

Fatal Four Way Match
Nia Jax vs. Tamina vs. Ember Moon vs. Dana Brooke

Ember Moon hits Tamina with the Eclipse and scores the Pinfall victory.

 

Trish Stratus and Lita Backstage Interview

 

RAW Tag Team Championship Match
Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins hits the Stomp on Dolph Ziggler and scores the Pinfall victory for NEW champions. After the match Dean Ambrose turns on Seth Rollins and hits him with Dirty Deeds. Ambrose continues to attack Rollins, finally pulling up the padding at ringside and landing Dirty Deeds again on the exposed concrete.

 

Botches

  • Sasha Banks vs. Ruby Riott was basically the same match they did just before Sasha Banks disappeared from television.
  • Women’s Fatal Four Way seemed like a missed opportunity to really set fire to a feud between Nia Jax and Tamina.

 

Bodyslams

  • Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley was one of the best matches Lashley has had since he returned.
  • Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler was another barnburner.

 

This episode was tough to enjoy after the somber news at the beginning. Regardless of your thoughts on the Roman Reigns character, your heart has to go out to him and his family for what they are going through right now. Leukemia is a brutal form of cancer, and I wish him the best. I’m sure he can beat this again. The matches on the show were good, but the close was hard. I didn’t think they would have the teased turn from Dean Ambrose after this news, but in hindsight it makes perfect sense. It was just hard to watch. The SHIELD was completely destroyed in one night. Maybe this will light a fire under the RAW writing team and we can get some compelling storytelling.

 

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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