Facing a third and long showdown with the national championship playoff football championship, WWE opted Monday for the least resistance. With an episode weighing on the power of the stars but lacking opportunities for redemption, Raw presented three hours of reservation largely through formulas that served as antithesis to the promises of the "new era" made by the management on the screen in recent weeks.
Apart from a brief (and exceptional) segment involving Triple H, the rest of the McMahon family was untraceable. And from a brawl in the opening segment that evolved into a predictable six-team match, into a main event that seemed to match the bill as the kind of mandatory rematch that Triple H had previously declared on the title was exceeded , this episode looked a lot like a mail-in job.
Seth Rollins prevented from retaking the title of world champion
The show started with Rollins striker Bobby Lashley behind the scenes in response to the motivational speech delivered by Triple H last week. The two fought on the stage before agents and talented players could break them. After John Cena entered the ring to participate in the Royal Rumble match, Drew McIntyre was ready to give him a promo. Before the two quarreled, Lashley and Lio Rush announced that they would call a lawyer if nothing was done to stop Rollins. An attack from behind by Rollins led to a full brawl that included Cena, McIntyre and the arrival of Dean Ambrose and Finn Balor.
Seth Rollins, John Cena and Finn Balor def. Dean Ambrose (via pinfall), Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley: Taking most of the first hour of play, the match ended with a shortcut to Rollins and a possible Stomp on Ambrose for the pin. When Triple H was screened at the winners 'celebration, an angry Rollins stormed the backstage to knock down the cup of coffee from Triple H. Rollins' hands boldly demanded a rematch for the Intercontinental title tonight. "You want Ambrose?" "You got it tonight." The falls are counted anywhere. "Welcome," said Triple H before kissing Ambrose.
Intercontinental Championship – Dean Ambrose (c) def. Seth Rollins falling in the falls count the number of matches: Rollins attacked on the ramp even before the start of the match. After a fight behind the scenes, Rollins sent Ambrose to the announcements table during a commercial break. Finally, Rollins seemed to have won the match after successively hitting a superplex, a loop bomb, a superkick and a Stomp, but Lashley ran to thwart the finish. He threw Rollins twice in the barricade outside the ring before hitting his final shot and a spear inside. Ambrose crawled to pin Rollins on his stomach as Lashley bent to their side. Lashley then pushed Rollins across a table to close the broadcast.
Consider the passion that arose from the behind-the-scenes interaction between Rollins and Triple H as the highlight of the series in general, and an intriguing hint as to the direction of this story. Things have slowly deteriorated from there. Although the main match was both physical and entertaining, the copy-and-paste method used to end the match with Lashley's obvious retribution was able to produce the apathetic response received from the crowd. Talk about letting the air out of the balloon. If spoiling what might have been Rollins' huge pop regaining his title was not enough, he was sure his quarrel with Lashley was not over. Quality: C
Sasha Banks gets shot at Ronda Rousey
Rousey took her place on the stage as the first guest on the inaugural Moment of Bliss segment of Alexa Bliss and then introduced Banks to Raw's "unsung hero." Nia Jax came to accuse Rousey of having a "love at first sight" for Banks before launching a challenge to Rousey. Banks said she was honored before revealing certain trends by saying that she would teach Rousey "how to lose with dignity and class." Banks then countered Jax's comment about queuing, shouting, "What a line, slut?" She then challenged Jax for an immediate match with the winner taking the title for the title against Rousey at the Royal Rumble.
Sasha Banks def. Nia Jax via submission: The match had a lot of time and space, with a handful of falls nearby. Small banks sold for the majority and took a rigid military press on a road deal. Bayley and Tamina Snuka have largely canceled by repeatedly fighting on the ground to support their friends. Banks forced Jax to make his way through Banks Statement to qualify for the Royal Rumble later this month.
Do you want good news or bad news first? Let's start with the good. Rousey faces Banks in a lapping title game, which may well end up stealing the show at the Royal Rumble. But the bad? The conversation segment that built this revelation involving Rousey and Jax was up to criticism. Not only has Rousey regressed both in terms of rendering and the quality of the dialogue in which she has spoken, Jax is looking for new ways to produce the "X-Pac heat" that leaves fans who want to leave for good. Jax's misguided "crush" on his unfortunate return "I'm the bitch, I'm not a bitch", it was enough to spoil everything for almost everything that followed. Grade: C-
What happened to Raw?
- Hulk Hogan pays tribute to "Mean" Gene Okerlund: In his first appearance on Raw in nearly four years, and for the first time in the WWE since Saudi Arabia, he received a mixed and somewhat muted reaction from the crowd. He then threw out a well-constructed video package honoring the late WWE Hall of Fame announcer. Hogan finished by delivering a "good, let me tell you something," Mean "Gene," before making a promo about what Okerlund might do in paradise. While the tribute was touching, Hogan's return – for reasons unrelated to Okerlund – was finally revealed with little consequence.
- Raw Tag Team Championship – Bobby Roode and Chad Gable (c) def. The awakening by falling into a lumberjack match to keep the titles: The theme around the Revival heel not being the subject of a tremor just continued. An inner cradle of Scott Dawson on Gable was reversed when Roode helped them return them from outside the ring. Gable then scored a goal despite the referee's failure to see Dawson's leg on the ropes.
- Baron Corbin def. Elias via the fallen: Corbin interrupted Elias' pre-match song and joined him by adding his name to the Royal Rumble match. The arrival happened when Corbin threw Elias in the direction of the referee. Elias went away to avoid it, and the distraction put up Corbin 's right hand and end of days for the pin.
- Brock Lesnar refuses to confuse Braun Strowman: What was presented as a face-to-face confrontation between the two giants before their match for the universal title at the Royal Rumble is revealed to be a new appearance lost in Lesnar's part-time contract. Strowman challenged Lesnar to come out, and Paul Heyman refused in a behind-the-scenes response on the big screen. Strowman finally managed to attract Lesnar by insults. However, after laughing around the ring, Lesnar climbed the ramp and avoided confrontation. What a waste of time.
- Ember Moon & Apollo Crews def. Alicia Fox (via pinfall) and Jinder Mahal: Mahal's pre-fight shtick saw him take on a darker tone than his recent quiet manners, while he was heckling a handful of supporters by the ring in a disrespectful manner. This virtual squash match is over with Moon hitting an Eclipse for the flag.