Published On: Tue, Dec 18th, 2018

WWE RAW Results and Review December 17 2018 : Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams

WWE RAW is from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. Last night at the TLC Pay Per View Ronda Rousey successfully defended her RAW Women’s Championship against Nia Jax and also got involved in the ending of the Smackdown Women’s Championship Match. Dean Ambrose defeated Seth Rollins to become the new Intercontinental Champion, and we will hear from both champions tonight. Vince McMahon is also going to be on the show, promising to shake things up.


Show Opener with Vince McMahon, Stephanie McMahon, Shane McMahon, and Triple H In Ring


If Baron Corbin Wins He is Permanent General Manager of RAW
Baron Corbin vs. Kurt Angle with Heath Slater as referee

Triple H comes out and says he forgot to add that this was a Handicap Match, adding Bobby Roode, Chad Gable, and Apollo Crews. Shane McMahon then comes out and says this is a No Disqualification Match, at which point all the men grab chairs to assault Baron Corbin. After all of them hit their finishers, Kurt Angle wins by Pinfall after the Angle Slam.


Finn Balor vs. Dolph Ziggler

Finn Balor wins by Disqualification when Drew McIntyre attacks him.


Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Tyler Breeze

Dean Ambrose wins via Pinfall after the Dirty Deeds. Seth Rollins attacked Ambrose after the match disguised as one of Ambrose’s bodyguards.


Shane McMahon Backstage


The Almighty Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush In Ring


Fatal Four Way Tag Team Match for RAW Tag Team Championship Match
The B Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder) vs. Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) vs. Lucha House Party (Kalisto and Lince Dorado with Gran Metalik)

Dash Wilder scores the Pinfall victory over Bo Dallas after The Revival deliver the Shatter Machine.


Seth Rollins Backstage Interview


Ronda Rousey In Ring


8 Woman Gauntlet Match for RAW Women’s Championship Match
Alicia Fox, Bayley, Dana Brooke, Mickie James, Ember Moon, Natalya, Ruby Riott, and Sasha Banks

Bayley eliminates Alicia Fox by Pinfall with a Roll Up pin reversal, Bayley eliminates Dana Brooke by Pinfall after the Bayley-to-Belly Suplex, Mickie James eliminates Bayley by Pinfall after a DDT, Ember Moon eliminates Mickie James by Pinfall after the Eclipse, Natalya eliminates Ember Moon by Pinfall with an O’Connor Roll, Natalya eliminates Ruby Riott by Pinfall with a Roll Up, Natalya eliminates Sasha Banks by Submission with the Sharpshooter.



  • The opening segment was an example of what is wrong with the show, so it was a little strange to have such a long and boring opener to the show. Taking up almost a half hour to tell us you know the show is bad and are going to fix it is just perpetuating what has made the show so bad.
  • Ronda Rousey gave us another boring lecture on what it means to be a champion. Another highlight of the real problem with RAW. Rousey has been great in the ring, but her mic skills are not the best. She should be utilized in a manner consistent with her skills. Rousey is exciting to watch in action, but boring on the microphone. Managing your talent to showcase their strengths and hide their weaknesses should be obvious.



  • Tyler Breeze vs. Dean Ambrose was better than Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose the night before.
  • The Revival finally get a legitimate chance at the Tag Team Championships.
  • The Women’s Gauntlet Match was well done and gave all of the women involved an opportunity to shine.

The changes to RAW will be coming slowly it seems, although some of the talent on the roster that has been lost lately did get screen time. The new faces moving up from NXT will help as well. But the real test is how they are used. The WWE roster is already stacked with talent, so bringing in new faces to be poorly used won’t help anything. They need compelling stories that make sense. They need to have motivations that are explained and understood, and consistent to how people really behave. If there is going to be a change from a heel authority, that will be a step in the right direction. The heel authority story worked with Vince vs. Stone Cold, but the office needs to be fair and typically falling on the side of the babyfaces for this to work. For the last few months the nagging question in the face of Baron Corbin’s abuse of power is “Why would anyone work here?” Why wouldn’t Finn Balor defect to Smackdown or just quit and go work for Ring of Honor with all he has been put through? Vince vs. Stone Cold was lightning in a bottle, and isn’t a dynamic that will work in perpetuity. The company has to be a face. Otherwise none of this makes sense. It becomes the Who’s Line Is It Anyway? of professional wrestling, where it is obvious to everyone the rules are made up and the results don’t matter. None of that is Baron Corbin’s fault, but they’ll let him have the heat. RAW is a long way from being a better show, but tonight’s episode was a clear acknowledgement of the fans’ current disdain for the product. Only time will tell if anything will actually change for the better, or if the names will change but the story will remain the same.

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