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Published On: Tue, Jan 15th, 2019

WWE RAW Results and Review January 14 2018 : Bowen’s Botches and Bodyslams

WWE Monday Night RAW is from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. WWE Has announced a Triple Threat Match for the Intercontinental Championship with Dean Ambrose defending against Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley. Alexa Bliss is also hosting Paul Heyman, the advocate for the WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, on A Moment of Bliss.

 

Show Opener with Vince McMahon Arriving In Limo

 

Braun Strowman In Ring

 

Braun Strowman and Vince McMahon Backstage

 

Braun Strowman Being Escorted From the Building by Security

 

Women’s Tag Team Match
Ronda Rousey and Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax and Tamina

Sasha Banks defeats Tamina by Submission with the Bank Statement.

 

Backstage at Mr. McMahon’s Office

 

Ronda Rousey, Natalya, Sasha Banks, and Bayley Backstage

 

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

Scott Dawson wins by Pinfall over Gran Metalik with an assist from Dash Wilder who took Metalik’s foot off the rope that would have stopped the pin.

 

Vince McMahon Backstage

 

Vince McMahon In Ring

 

Vince McMahon Backstage

 

Six Woman Tag Team Match
The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, and Liv Morgan) vs. Bayley, Natalya, and Nikki Cross

Bayley scores the Pinfall victory over Liv Morgan after the Flying Elbow.

 

Dean Ambrose Backstage

 

Finn Balor vs. Jinder Mahal with Samir Singh

Finn Balor wins by Pinfall after the Coup De Grace.

 

Triple Threat Match for the Intercontinental Championship
Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley with Lio Rush

Lashley wins by Pinfall over Dean Ambrose after a Spear to become the New Intercontinental Champion.

 

A Moment of Bliss with Paul Heyman

 

Fatal Four Way for WWE Universal Championship Opportunity
Finn Balor vs. Baron Corbin vs. Drew McIntyre vs. John Cena

Finn Balor wins by Pinfall against John Cena after the Coup De Grace to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble.

 

Botches

  • The tag team match that opened the show started as an illogical matchup and was not very exciting. The payoff at the end was good, but getting there was a slog.
  • Lucha House Party and The Revival put on a good match, but this feud needs to progress one way or another.

 

Bodyslams

  • Nikki Cross was absolutely on fire when she appeared. She is the more exciting prospect of the women coming up from NXT, and will bring a new dynamic to the main roster.
  • The Women’s Tag Team Championships look great, and their official announcement is great to finally see.
  • Finn Balor looked great in two matches, and looks to be getting the push many fans are waiting for.

 

This was the best episode of Monday Night RAW in a long time. The pacing reminded me of the Attitude Era, and the segments out of the ring did well to enhance the show rather than take away from it. Braun Strowman added to his property damage bill and had to pay out of his own pocket for once. It seems he is being put into a similar position as Stone Cold, with an adversarial relationship developing between him and Mr. McMahon. This may be an attempt to find the spark that is going push him over as the face of the company. Finn Balor is definitely getting his push, and received a vigorous rub from John Cena. With Balor now the challenger for the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble, it will be interesting to see where things go from here. Balor is without a doubt the most popular man on the RAW roster, and most of the fans have been waiting a long time to see him with a title around his waist. I know that I’d rather see it on him than Brock Lesnar.

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