The Wrestling Observer is reporting:
I’m pretty sure the announcement tonight will be Shane vs. Owens and Zayn in some way. I believe we will see Shane and Ziggler team and take on Owens and Zayn. This allows Ziggler a big WrestleMania match, which he may have asked for in his new deal. Also as a caveat, I’m also predicting Daniel Bryan to be the special guest referee. This could allow Bryan to make his first physical moment at WrestleMania, making Smackdown two nights later must watch.
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The Good, Bad, and Ugly: WWE Raw (11/26/18)
What did Bobby Fernandes think of WWE Monday Night Raw? Find our in this edition of The Good, Bad, and Ugly!
Coming off of one of the worst events I have seen in recent time, here we are on Monday Night Raw. The roster is riddled with injuries but carries on as always. Last week, dare I say, we had ourselves a Good Show overall. Can Raw continue to stay on our Good Side this week?
“The General Manager Elect” Baron Corbin getting booed is a great way to start. We have Corbin, Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Lashley’s Manager, Lio Rush. Baron Corbin is significantly overrated if WWE thinks this is Good. However he is really hated and has a ton of heat with the Raw crowd at all times. Drew McIntyre on the other hand is getting better by the second. We have some recapping of Braun Strowman’s injury which no doubt was just to get the crowd upset and get a reaction. It worked, we have a loud audience for the show. Braun Strowman may not be the most popular backstage, but he is unquestionably a Big Fan Favorite! Whenever he returns it will be magic. Lashley is a fantastic heel, but for the love of God, keep him off of the microphone! Then, Boom! Elias saves the day! I really like Elias an an Anti-Heel. He is a great instigator, and doing it to the heels makes it so much better. The very best part is Elias himself really hasn’t changed. He is a bit like Stone Cold Steve Austin, in that sense. The writers and the crowd flipped him to his new role naturally, he himself hasn’t changed. This actually was a Good concise opening.
Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush (Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin) vs. Elias
Bobby Lashley’s aggressive, unstoppable gimmick is great for him. Just looking at him, he is a super athlete. Completely impressive unless on the mic, which is why they hooked him with Lio Rush. Lio Rush drives me insane, but is talented both in the ring and on the mic. Elias really put Lashley over early on. Elias has a Wild West style, high intensity move set. It’s unique and fun. Lashley was on the offensive most of the fight. But after a picture perfect elbow drop off the top, Elias had the pin, until Lio Rush interfered and got Lashley DQ’d. The match was then made into a No DQ by Corbin. We got a little ridiculous at this point, as Elias predictably got jumped. Drew McIntyre and Lashley devastated him. Bobby Lashley Wins! This was a Good match, nothing special but I enjoyed it. The crowd was into it, and the story was projected well. Good Start but who wants to Walk with Elias?
Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
I am a fan of the new attitude of Dean Ambrose. He wears it well. I am also a big fan of open challenges. It is a long and Good tradition. I’m always excited to see if we will be surprised. The crowd gave it up for the Architect for “Monday Night Rollins”. A great welcome for the Intercontinental Champion. I was a little disappointed that Dolph Ziggler was the guy. I like him but I just appreciate a more random choice for an open challenge. Having said that, we have two of the best out here about to throw down for the IC Strap. I liked their pace, and saw some Good technical wrestling. They kept me interested and definitely were entertaining overall. Ziggler controlled the match for the most part, wearing down the Champion. They did an excellent job telling a story tonight. Ziggler wearing Rollins down.
Even with the constant commercial interruptions during Raw, the momentum was not broken. Rollins follows with a high energy rally. After a missed frog splash by Rollins and a Famouser by Ziggler, and a few close calls we almost had a new Champion multiple times. Rollins then misses the Stomp twice and Ziggler hit a Zig-Zag for a two count. Ziggler tuning up the band, decided to taunt Rollins and nearly gets pinned, following up with a DDT. Ziggler goes to the top rope, Rollins runs up and hits a Superplex into a Falcon Arrow for the Victory and Retains his title in the match of the night!
Lucha House Party vs. The Revival (Lucha House Rules 3 on 2 Handicap Match)
In the ring The Revival is fantastic. Old school, tough, and entertaining. On the mic, not so much, then again there are much worse. They fall a little flat. This was a quick contest. The Revival looked sharp showcasing some great moves. Then in the blink of an eye LHP brought down the house, with their highflying showcase for the pin and victory. To be honest, they didn’t do anything wrong here on the surface. I just think it’s Bad to bury The Revival. They have a ton of potential and this isn’t the way to enhance them. Although, it could be worse. We could not see them at all.
Ember Moon w/ Curt Hawkins vs. Alicia Fox w/ Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers
Ember Moon is a great talent. She is so unique and shines in the ring. Alicia Fox I’m not so keen on, but like most Superstars it matters who she is working. I came into this hoping we would see something Good. This is a preview to the Mixed Tag Team Match tourney tomorrow night. This was quick, Ember Moon came back from some limited offense by Fox and hit the Eclipse for the Win! We were then hit with the No Way Jose Conga line setting up the next match. This was a joke of a match really. It was so short, and almost pointless. Not Ugly at all, but Bad enough for Raw.
No Way Jose vs. Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers
I like the booking of this match. It was a bit random, and surprising to me. This match was nowhere near perfect. I did like certain aspects, but there were a lot of miscues and a few awkward moments. It just really wasn’t Good. Jinder Mahal wins clean!
Nia Jax w/ Tamina Snuka Segment
Nia Jax is so hated right now. She is probably getting death threats at this point. Everyone loves Becky Lynch. Nia Jax really tried here, but she is horrible on the mic. She really cheese balled the hell out of her segment. Of course Ronda Rousey had enough and interrupted. The fans were more than pleased. Looks like Rousey is back in the fans good graces especially against Nia Jax. Even with Rousey involved and the fans into it. After a challenge was dropped by Rousey, Nia Jax declined which made no sense at all. Natalya runs down to back up her friend only to be beaten out of nowhere by the Riott Squad. Rousey for the save on Natalya. This Promo was a bit too Ugly for me. Although bravo for having Tamina do absolutely nothing.
Raw Tag Team Championships: AOP w/ Drake Maverick (c) vs. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable
I have been pretty hard on AOP and Drake Maverick. I just don’t think they are good, let alone the right call for the Raw belts. I don’t see what the great minds at WWE see at all with these two. There are better, bigger and more physical. They are not special, but what do I know. Bobby Roode on the other hand, is an incredibly wasted talent. He should be doing Championship title runs and being in the major segments. It is bonkers that he is doing what he is doing right now. I mean no disrespect to Gable, but Roode belongs somewhere higher. The action was okay. Guess what, AOP does power moves sloppily. It was really stupid heat with the Bobby Roode robe crap, during a Tag Title Match. This match besides Bobby Roode was a real “pisser”. AOP retains.
Alexa Bliss’ Open Forum w/ Bayley and Sasha Banks
I love the Goddess, she is always a plus. However, this is a totally stupid segment. I don’t understand at all. I would much rather have had a tag match with Bayley and The Boss than this. I guess I don’t appreciate waste. This was just awful. Then for no reason at all, except to be as bad as possible, Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke and Mickie James came out and jumped them only to be beat down by Sasha and Bayley. This was an absurd waste of time.
Baron Corbin vs. Finn Balor
Baron Corbin is such a waste of time. Again, I don’t see the point. Finn Balor is incredible and can work with anyone. Why Corbin? This was a horrible Main Event. Corbin’s gear or lack of it is horrendous, and getting all of the offense he had is crazy. After the longest waste of time ever, Balor finally fought back. As usual he looked sharp in the ring. However this was short lived due to a Deep Six and a near fall. Balor then came back again. Only to have Baron Corbin make it a Handicap Match out of nowhere with Drew McIntyre. Balor went ballistic fighting momentarily until McIntyre got the upper hand. McIntyre gets the Win after nearly kicking Finn’s head off with a Claymore Kick. Bobby Lashley then came down to clean up, adding more damage to Finn Balor. This was just the cherry on top of waste, which capped off the night accordingly.
- Good – 3
- Bad – 3
- Ugly – 4
This wasn’t Raw’s best. We had a few bright spots, Rollins and Ziggler killed it out there, but overall this was a pretty bad show. I really hate when talent is wasted, and this show had a ton of waste. I really hope they can pull the nose up and get back on track. I believe SmackDown can and will do a lot better, and hope to have a Good report for you.