Sasha Banks returns, the Dogs of War implode,
and a SmackDown star defects to Raw! I’ll let you know who it is now so you’re not
disappointed by the building excitement. It’s Tamina. Tamina’s on Raw now.
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Cor, AVRAWGE, Poor and Bore – as I review the 15th October, 2018 edition of Monday Night
Raw …in about 4 minutes. Raw opened on the Dogs of War, and Michael
Cole promoting Braun Strowman’s match against Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns at Crown Jewel
in three weeks’ time. So it’s still on despite the controversy surrounding Saudi
Arabi- Don’t pay attention to the Saudi Arabia stuff. Because here’s a video package.
The Shield then came out with noticeably fewer Dean Ambroses, and we got the first World
Cup To Determine the Best in the World qualifier right n- STOP SAYING THE FULL SLOGAN, MICHAEL
COLE, WE KNOW HOW IT WORK- Seth beat Drew in a fun match with a decent
finish – Ambrose showing up in the last minute to take out an interfering Dolph, and Rollins
hitting a Curbstomp on McIntyre outside for the countout win.
But as the Shield celebrated backstage, joking about Ambrose always showing up late for stuff,
rather than how Roman could’ve just stayed out there in Seth’s corner instead, Dean
went all Joe Pesci from Goodfellas – asking if he’s funny to them, and storms off. The Brothers of Destruction got a goofily
edited boiler room promo calling out DX next, which, as silly as it was, was Ken Loach degrees
of gritty realism compared to Allie’s journey into Su Yung’s undead realm at Bound for
Glory the night before. Since coming into effect in July 2016, the
WWE brand split has been mostly strictly adhered to – the only stars big enough to transcend
it being John Cena and Brie Bella. And now we can add another megastar to that list.
Tamina, back from injury, and her five year quest to find an alternative fuel source for
planet Earth… to get quickly beaten in a tag match with Dana Brooke against Nia Jax
and Ember Moon. This was all to build the freshly announced
Battle Royal at Evolution – aka, we ran out of ideas how to get all the women on the card.
What a waste of Nia Jax, Carmella, Naomi, Asuk -oh, Torrie Wilson’s in it. Then it’s
ok in my book. Tell me your secret for eternal youth! Ronda Rousey started off rather lamely in
her ‘Why, Bellas, why?’ in-ring promo, playing the wounded friend and saying these
actual lines: “You leeched off the names of your men. You plagiarize and dilute their
movesets. You’re not pioneers, you’re relics of the past waiting to be eviscerated
like smallpox”. Guys, Ronda picked up Kane’s script by mistake.
But thanks to a very good heel promo from Nikki, Rousey managed to fire back, convincingly
speaking about how she knocked down doors in judo, StrikeForce and the UFC, while the
only door Nikki’s ever knocked down is the one to John Cena’s bedroom, and then he
threw her back out of it. FATALITY! That’s almost as effective as the Point! The Bellas then ran off while Ronda beat up
some security. Dolph and Dean’s match played off on Seth
vs Drew and Ambrose’s frustration from earlier, having Rollins stopping Drew interfering,
but in so doing, getting shoved down by Dean in anger. The miscommunication caused Ambrose
to lose, and Dean and Seth continued to argue after the match. In his vast expanse of ideas,
Baron Corbin then booked the same main event it feels like we’ve had every week since
Hell in a Cell – The Dogs of War vs The Shield. Samir Singh is back from injury! I’ve missed
that guy. I haven’t missed this match, though, because we’ve also had some variation of
this every week since Hell in a Cell. Which Balor has won every time. Like he did here
in less than a minute with a Coup De Grace. This was more to possibly set up a feud with
Bobby Lashley, who interrupted Balor’s celebration with MUSCLES! Which he beat Tyler Breeze with next. Lio
Rush is very good at being an annoying hype man at ringside. We then got a woeful segment between Besties
Best for Business Trish Stratus and Lita – seriously, is that name a rib-
and Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. In a handicap match booked by Corbin earlier
in the night, Kurt Angle had to face both members of AOP as El Conquistador because
he didn’t bring his gear. What kind of wrestler are you, Kurt? A very good one, actually.
AOP squashed the quite obviously not Kurt Angle in his gold condom suit, for the real
Kurt to appear FROM OUTTA GORILLA POSITION to hit Corbin with an Olympic Slam. This is
much more fun than Raw GM Kurt. Natalya came out for her match against Ruby
Riott with Bayley and a returning from hiatus Sasha Banks! Sarah Logan caused the DQ and
the babyfaces cleared house to hardly any reaction from the crowd. Elias’ weekly gig segment was interrupted
by a Titus Worldwide-less Apollo Crews next, to seemingly enter a feud with the Drifter.
Finally, Apollo’s getting his long-awaited push… which will be dropped in three weeks’
time because Vince gets bored of it. The neverending trading of wins and losses
in six man tags between the Shield and Dogs of War appears to actually have been ended.
Despite teasing more Ambrose and Seth dissension, with Dean even setting up Rollins for the
Dirty Deeds at one point, it was the Dogs of War that imploded – with McIntyre accidentally
Claymoring Strowman over the top rope and Dolph taking the losing pin.
In a neat telling of Babyface Brotherhood being stronger than Villains Having A Common
Cause, The Shield embraced in victory, suggesting Dean is ok… for now… while Braun powerslammed
Dolph in frustration, for McIntyre to hit another Claymore on Strowman and stand tall
– which with Drew not qualifying for the World Cup, might set up a very tasty McIntyre vs
Braun feud soon. This was a fine episode after two very good
weeks, with the Dogs of War vs Shield storyline hopefully now over. But because the show dragged
in parts, this week’s Raw is only AvRAWge. Who are the 10 best SmackDown wrestlers of
all time? Find out by clicking the WrestleTalk.com link onscreen now! And catch up with our Bound
for Glory review from yesterday by clicking the video in the top left. I’ve been Oli
Davis, and that was wrestling.