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Monday Night Raw has already set the course for WWE TLC 2018. The top games are confirmed with Seth Rollins against Dean Ambrose, Braun Strowman against Baron Corbin and Ronda Rousey against Nia Jax. This means that Raw has plenty of time to prepare for the games.
This week's focus was clearly on Rollins, who promised an open challenge defending the WWE Intercontinental Championship against anyone. Another title match was planned this week with The Authors of Pain, who competed against Bobby Roode and Chad Gable.
After Strowman was staved off with an injury, Raw's men's division turned to two more major games. Corbin fought one of his biggest rivals in Finn Balor, while Elias got another shot to defeat Bobby Lashley and close Lio Rush.
The women's department's focus was less certain, though Jax was likely to gain further momentum and possibly try to intimidate Rousey. However, the most terrible woman on the planet is not one that is easy to scare.
This week's Raw had serious potential with so many big matches being promised. TLC is still a few weeks away, so there was no reason that this show had to topple anything. She focused on telling great stories and delivering high-quality matches.
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The Revival called on the Lucha House Parties for their cheap rule changes before calling for a rematch. Despite the disappointment of Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder, the game was again ruled by the rules of the Lucha House Party, with Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Grand Metalik dominating. Dorado hit a shooting star press to give the luchadors another win.
Lucha House Party def. Revival by Pinfall
Lucha's house party will always be fun, but the artificial attempt will make you to emphasize, was a bad step the first time. It feels like the faces are apparently cheating at a time for no apparent reason when the heel GM obviously does not support them.
This feud still has potential, but it does not go on until the odds are right. Otherwise, it's just a glorified handicap squash.
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Jax bragged about putting Becky Lynch on the shelf with a concussion. She then took the honor to begin The Baddest Woman on the planet, which was shown by Charlotte Flair's brutal attack on the Survivor Series.
After The Face Breaker claimed to be the women's division, Rousey finally made a promise out of The Irresistible Force.
When Tamina Jax wanted to help with the champion's double team, Natalya ran to the rescue just to be defeated by Riott Squad. Rousey jumped into battle and sent Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan up the ramp.
Jax was never an excellent microphone worker, but this felt even worse than usual , The former women's champion tried to sell her head as a heel, and it came out completely thought-out. Rousey looked like an experienced veteran on the microphone.
WWE is taking the right steps to make the most of this situation. Jax vs. Rousey leans against the unfortunate injury and has more warmth. Lynch vs. Jax will be a big angle for WWE. After this point, however, The Face Breaker should drop down the ladder for a while to punish the reckless shot.
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Drake Maverick promised that Bobby Roode and Chad Gable would understand the fear he felt at Survivor's series until the end of this title match against The Authors of Pain. Gable and Roode sounded focused in their interview before heading off to the competition.
Maverick played puzzle games by stealing Roodes Robe and going backstage. In retaliation for The Glorious One's comments, the manager peed backstage on the robe shown on the Titantron. The distraction allowed Akam and Rezar to hit an increased power bomb on Roode to win.
Authors of Pain def. Roode and Gable of pinfall
If it was possible to observe the action in the matter There was enough for a decent title defense. However, this was far from a trick to continue a frustrating angle that keeps Maverick down.
The Raw Tag Team division earns so much more than this, especially AOP. 5 of 9
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With new partner Curt Hawkins in her corner, Ember Moon did not need long to clear away Alicia Fox. She joined The Eclipse for three. After that, Hawkins celebrated as if he had won his first victory in years.
Moon def. Fox by pinfall
This was a complete squash that seemed as if it had not used at all. This should help sell Mixed Match Challenge, but the match never proved a true sell. At least the goddess of war won a victory.
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No Way Jose interrupted Moon and Hawkins' celebration of the Conga line. The modern day Maharaja quickly made the party animal, but Jose refused to stay down. Finally, Mahal set him down with an emphatic khallas.
Mahal def. Jose by pinfall
Jose was not on television for a reason. He is at best seen as an enhancer, so there was no reason why he got so much offense as he had against Mahal. Somehow this was much longer than Moon vs.. Fox, but offered even less.
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Rollins told the fans that he wanted to refocus after Ambrose's thinking, so he wanted to defend his championship in open challenges. Dolph Ziggler used this chance to get another title shot against The Architect, sure he had Rollin's number.
The showoff showed early that he could undoubtedly challenge the WWE intercontinental champion, but that was not enough. Even after connecting to a Zig-Zag, Rollins stayed in it before hitting a Superplex in a Falcon dart to win.
Rollins def. Ziggler von pinfall
The point of the open challenge format is that new competitors may consist of , This would have been a cool way to keep Apollo Crews building goodwill with their fans. An NXT call or a return from someone like Bray Wyatt would have been an exciting move.
Instead it was just another Rollins Vs. Ziggler match. To be honest, this was by far the best match of the night, a great TV fight. It was obvious that both were in every moment, and their chemistry is obvious. With so many new options, this was simply completely unnecessary.
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Corbin's newly appointed leader of women's Alexa Bliss held an open forum in which fans questioned Sasha Banks and Bayley. However, the goddess took over quickly and tried to convince the best friends to turn each other on.
After too much insult to Bliss from The Boss and Hug Connection, Mickie James, Fox and Dana Brooke jumped to their faces, only to run away from Banks and Bayley, who stood tall.
The insults of elementary school and the totally inconsistent storytelling made this a useless segment. It's good that Banks and Bayley do something on Raw again, but their rivalry with Bliss has to change dramatically so they do not feel completely dull.
The only thing that came out was that Brooke helped his heels, but she was quickly eliminated, even though she had beaten three to two.
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Corbin made it alone to start getting Balor involved in this game early. The Irishman, however, refused to be slowed down and became faster and more aggressive with each passing minute. After the GM Chosen had dodged the Coup De Grace, he announced that the match was now a handicap match with McIntyre.
It took less than a minute for the Scottish psychopath to assert himself in this way with a claymore kick against a distracted balor. Afterwards, Lashley joined the battle with the three plantings of The Extraordinary Man and ended up with another Claymore kick.
Corbin and McIntyre def. Balor by pinfall
This did not differ from the opening segment, which had a little more to it , As a major event, it was unremarkable. Corbin and Balor have always been a good opponent, but certainly not a couple worthy of completing Rav.
The purpose of Raw was to sell Corbin as a menacing, unstoppable force, but it made all night just lethargic and predictable. Balor Vs. McIntyre is the only good thing that will eventually come of it.