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Published On: Mon, Oct 8th, 2018

WWE RAW Results and Review October 8 2018 : Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams

WWE Monday Night RAW is live from Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Triple H and Shawn Michaels have announced they will address the attack from The Undertaker and Kane at Super Show-Down. The SHIELD will face Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre in a six man tag team match.

 

Kevin Owens vs. Bobby Lashley with Lio Rush

Bobby Lashley wins by Pinfall after the Dominator. Lashley attacked Owens after the match, focusing on damaging his knee.

 

Ronda Rousey and The Bella Twins (Nikkie and Brie) vs. The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, and Liv Morgan)

Ronda Rousey defeats Ruby Riott by Submission with and Armbar. Nikki and Brie Bella turned on Rousey and attacked her after the match.

 

Bayley and Finn Balor vs. Alicia Fox and Jinder Mahal with Sunil Singh

Finn Balor defeats Jinder Mahal by Pinfall after the Coup De Grace

 

Acting General Manager Baron Corbin’s Global Battle Royal

The Conquistador Wins. After the match the Conquistador reveals himself to be Kurt Angle.

 

Ember Moon vs. Nia Jax

Ember Moon wins by Countout.

 

Bobby Roode and Chad Gable vs. The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor)

Chad Gable scores the Pinfall victory ofer Viktor. The Authors of Pain with Drake Maverick come out after the match and demolish both tag teams.

 

The SHIELD (Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose) vs. Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre

Drew McIntyre scores the Pinfall victory on Dean Ambrose after the Claymore. Dean Ambrose returns backstage alone, leaving Reigns and Rollins confused in the ring.

 

 

Botches

  • RAW started with Triple H and Shawn Michaels doing a twelve minute promo. How many times has that been the start of RAW over the last twenty five years? Maybe this is the last time, but I doubt it.
  • Bobby Lashley’s turn was telegraphed by putting the microphone in Lio Rush’s hands. The crowd was bound to boo him by the middle of the match, so Lashley needs to make that turn as well. It may be a better place for Lashley to be, but it was foreshadowed with a heavy hand.
  • Nia Jax and Ember Moon facing off makes no sense, and the ending was ridiculous.
  • All of the RAW titles are tied up in two six person tag matches and none are being defended again.

 

Bodyslams

  • Ronda Rousey taking her first real beatdown in WWE. It has to happen eventually, and it was executed well.

 

This episode of RAW was mostly the storyline progression that should have taken place at Super Show-Down. The six man and six woman tag matches from the glorified Live Event were repeated on this episode and had the big endings people expect from a pay per view and did not get on Super Show-Down. The Bella twins turned on Ronda Rousey to progress toward Nikki’s match for the championship at Evolution. Dean Ambrose left Rollins and Reigns behind in the ring after losing. These were the big payoffs to stories people buy the PPVs for in the first place. Halfheartedly using big Live Events overseas in place of PPVs isn’t making the television show better, just making their product repetitive. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable together together still doesn’t make sense, nor does Nia Jax against Ember Moon. The SHIELD, Braun Strowman, and Ronda Rousey are the only people who seem to matter to the writing crew.

 

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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