SmackDown Star DEFECTS To Raw! | WWE Raw, Oct. 15, 2018 Review

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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.
I’m Oli Davis, give us a subscribe, press the thumbs up button, let me know what you
thought of Raw in the comments below because I’ll be replying FROM OUTTA NOWHERE and
click the ‘i’ above my head to give your rating – where you can choose from In Awe,
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.

 

100 Responses

  1. Victim of Circumstance

    October 17, 2018 12:22 am

    Haven't watched Impact in ages. Are they giving all the women knockoff Rosemary gimmicks now?

    Reply
  2. Adrián Camacho

    October 17, 2018 12:25 am

    You have to admit that it's not a world cup if all the participants are USA wrestlers to be a world cup they have to be from different countries

    Reply
  3. Kobe James

    October 17, 2018 12:40 am

    I Loved Raw Ronda Getting better at Promos She destroyed the Bellas Who Were an on going problem of pretty faces that cant wrestle and the real reason the women evolution was started. Plus The Sheild -Dogs of war beef had an exciting end

    Reply
  4. bobby boucher

    October 17, 2018 12:54 am

    dont watch saudi 🙂 im not 😀 or stream it , but dont spend to see this crap 😀 money is more importent then life for wwe hahaha what a joke

    Reply
  5. Yvette Rios

    October 17, 2018 12:56 am

    First off the creative need to write better storylines in order to make the story stronger so the fans will get over or be a good heel that's strong. The RAW WAS average I agree with you.

    Reply
  6. josh patterson

    October 17, 2018 12:58 am

    After the triple threat for the universal title at Crown Jewl, who do you think will face Roman next?

    Reply
  7. blacktytrix

    October 17, 2018 1:00 am

    Honestly drew and Dean should have advanced bc it could convey how Dean doesn't need them but they need him instead of him coming back with them,teasing him leaving, him walking away and then coming back, only to walk away again. It's making Dean look kind of dumb.

    Reply
  8. j bb

    October 17, 2018 1:03 am

    raw is on autopilot since 1 or 2 years always the same match ..same guy or girl push to the top ..deepest roster ever …bit its use like shit by their booker and vince is still in 80s with those evil foreigner gimmick

    Reply
  9. Darryl Tibbs

    October 17, 2018 1:05 am

    Great so we can add thief as a label to Ronda's accomplishments these days. She's a regular Roman reigns with tits.

    Reply
  10. NarrAdvocate

    October 17, 2018 1:07 am

    Dogs of War/Shield fued over? We all know this is dragging on into at least the rumble. WWE won't be able to let this go.

    Reply
  11. vodgrye

    October 17, 2018 1:13 am

    ah. so wwe has got the fan base saying mediocre is good so their crap episodes are not bad just ok? no. wwe is ass now and just getting worse

    Reply
  12. Viva La Vivas

    October 17, 2018 1:44 am

    I don’t watch Raw or Smackdown I only watch the Pay Per Views and Wrestletalk gives me the scoop, so thank you for that.

    Reply
  13. Dwayne Cooley

    October 17, 2018 1:54 am

    I was at RAW last night and man did it start to drag. I was slightly upset we got a repeat main event and the fact that the 3 previous shows were much better. 😤😤

    Reply
  14. Jay Nadiah

    October 17, 2018 1:55 am

    i was honestly absolutely gobsmacked by the bellas and rousey promo… it was fucking awesome… bellas on the mic and in ring are usually absolute bottom of the barrel… rousey in ring awesome… on the mic…. bottom of the barrel….. but ALL OF THEM CUTTTING GREAT PROMOS… WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK LOL!!!!

    Reply
  15. Jolly Yellow

    October 17, 2018 1:56 am

    Wait. Tamina just appears from nowhere? No dramatic entrance? No sudden attack on Nia Jax to kick off a new fued?

    Reply
  16. Svresh

    October 17, 2018 2:13 am

    – Balor, Mahal, Fox and Bayley in some sort of match combination
    – Riott squad in some bollocks nobody cares about unless Brie fucks something up
    – Some Alexa Bliss promo segment
    – Dean is moody
    – Shield vs Dogs of War

    That should summarise next week too

    Reply
  17. FlyBoyEnterprises

    October 17, 2018 2:16 am

    Defect? More like her Smackdown contract expired or she got traded of which explains Big Show on Smackdown….

    Reply
  18. CPA

    October 17, 2018 2:25 am

    Drew is the future of WWE. It's nice to see Apollo doing something good for a change. I am abso-fucking-lutely loving heel Bobby. With THAT being said, FUCK tRAWsh

    Reply
  19. Rams_Lakers_4Life

    October 17, 2018 2:36 am

    It’s obvious Tamina is only still employed because of her father Jimmy Snuka. She’s been buried over and over. It’s sad because I think she could be great if they spent more time pushing her instead of Natalya

    Reply
  20. LyoNull

    October 17, 2018 2:39 am

    Apparently having repeated segments over the course of a month deserves to get an Averawge in Ollie's book. To me this show was Average at best. The show lately has been a snooze fest, coming from the person who literally fell asleep 2 weeks in a row watching the show.

    Reply
  21. Grugsy

    October 17, 2018 3:08 am

    please stop blowing smoke Oli, Raw was terrible. much like the last month of the same bad writing. (because half the show is just last weeks, but with a twist, again)

    Reply
  22. Mike WELSH DRAGON Bush

    October 17, 2018 3:29 am

    Tamina on RAW. FANTASTIC now we can play guess how long it will take for her to get (SIGH) injured again. Im going with 2 months and then back on the shelf 😉

    Reply
  23. John Michael Bagsain

    October 17, 2018 3:30 am

    It would be so cool if John Cena wins the World Cup and he is “the best in the world” then cm punk returns

    Reply
  24. Bryan Hathaway

    October 17, 2018 3:56 am

    I would like to point out that we haven't seen Tamina since before since mania so she could have been sent to raw in the shake up.

    Reply
  25. David Hardy

    October 17, 2018 3:59 am

    Funny the Bellas said they were not going us an explanation for their heel turn but we got one anyway. I Know the good Raws shows would not last I give it low average 🙄

    Reply
  26. SHWIZORP THE GREAT

    October 17, 2018 3:59 am

    If the World Cup determines the best in the world then what’s the point of the world championships

    Reply
  27. Metalhead Wrestling

    October 17, 2018 4:03 am

    People in this comment section are fucking idiots. This show was trash. Same old boring matches that don't mean a damn thing. Nobody feels important, except McIntyre who's just going to get fed to Boreman.

    Reply
  28. MrMisterPS Jackie

    October 17, 2018 4:06 am

    It's not a defection if she hasn't been there since January. It's pretty common sense that she happened to be drafted to Raw during the Shake Up.

    Stop click baiting.

    Reply
  29. Dukes07

    October 17, 2018 4:15 am

    I'm so tired of the same people coming out to start the show. Holy shit, like can we get anyone else to start the show other than Braun, Drew, Ziggler or the Shield? It gets so damn boring and I'm getting to the point where I've lost interest.

    Reply
  30. chris ramsay

    October 17, 2018 4:31 am

    Got to love how the wuman can beat the guys up now, but its not politically correct for the guys to pound on the wuman anymere

    Reply
  31. Luis Santana Jr

    October 17, 2018 8:26 am

    Tamina still wrestles?…when? She moved from smackdown to raw n i dont see her compete not even on main event smh

    Reply
  32. Colton Wasinger

    October 17, 2018 9:29 am

    SmackDown Star DEFECTS To Raw! Nah let's try Smackdown roster member, she's the exact opposite of a star.

    Reply
  33. Shiner Drinker

    October 17, 2018 12:45 pm

    Now I know you are out of it, almost as effective as the point?!? The point destroys all even Crom sitting atop his mountain cannot stop The Point!

    Reply
  34. DMG dubP

    October 17, 2018 8:13 pm

    I swear I watched all of Raw, but could not figure out who came from Smackdown before watching the video lol.

    Reply
  35. DefiantBoris

    October 17, 2018 8:18 pm

    Wait, why would they cancel the show based on the Saudi Arabia stuff?

    They mention how they're starting a NXT UK brand when theres constant terror attacks there with people being arrested for carrying potato peelers and jailed for making tweets that don't support the police state that is Sadiq Khan's London.

    Reply
  36. Rob G

    October 17, 2018 10:47 pm

    Tamina is only there just to be fed to Rousey, none of the girls have a purpose other than to make Rousey look good until she gets to The Golden One Charlotte Flair. I wonder who gets the Evolution Main Event, Charlotte and Becky Lynch obviously deserve it, since their story is the hottest thing in all of WWE, but AJ.Styles hasnt Main evented a co brand PPV, and Vince treats Smackdown like some step child.

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  37. joseph peacock

    October 18, 2018 9:45 am

    I thought the smackdown defected star was Mr bootyworths cause I'm pretty sure he was El conquestador

    Reply

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