Another week, another Raw review. Without wasting any time, let’s head straight into the review. We are Wrestling Hub and this is the Raw review.
Raw Review & Recap
Raw opened up with a recap of Rusev being cuckolded by his wife Lana and Bobby Lashley last week. Cutting to what’s happening in the Ring, King Corbin and Randy Orton are attacking Rusev when Lashley appears on the titantron wearing Rusev’s bathrobe. He’s in Rusev’s bed with Lana, where Lana informs Rusev that everything he owns is now in her name and they no longer have joint accounts. She then undressed while Lashley switched the lights out. Rusev would then go on to destroy Orton and Corbin in the ringside area and yelled ‘Are you laughing at me?’
Natalya vs. Lacey Evans
We have to last woman standing match next featuring Lacey Evans and Natalya. This rivalry is bizarre and has been 50-50 for way too long. The direction is unclear and it won’t get any more investment from us. Natalya won after a power bomb off the stage. It was a fun match, but has no storyline or emotional investment.
The Viking Raiders vs. Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode
After a slew of backstage segments featuring Aleister Black and a draft board by The Street Profits, we have The Viking Raiders take on the Raw Tag Champs, Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. The Raiders essentially destroyed the champs for the majority of the match. Despite a mini comeback by the champs, they lost pretty handily to the Raiders. Obvious number one contenders after that strong performance.
Singh Brothers vs. Aleister Black
After Black had asked for a challenge in a titantron promo before, The Singh Brothers obliges the Dutchman. There isn’t much to talk about, as Black rolled over Samir and Sunil and notched a win before the upcoming draft. He debuted a new submission finisher in this match which he used to get the W.
Lucha House Party vs. The OC
Rey Mysterio cut a nice promo backstage where he hyped Velasquez vs. Lesnar up and gave an update on Dominik’s health. This would then cut to a 6 Man Tag with The OC taking on Lucha House Party. Before the match was underway, AOP had a pre-taped promo in suits on the titantron where they said they will eat our food?
Lucha House Party vs The OC was booked to give The OC a win as a Tag Team again. They defeated the Lucha House Party with relative ease. No Styles vs. Alexander anymore, thankfully.
Champion vs. Champion
We have Miz TV next which will feature the women’s champions from both brands, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair. The Miz managed to stir some tension between the pair before The Kabuki Warriors came out for their scheduled ‘Champions Showcase’ tag match against the champs. The match was a back and forth affair, which was won by the Kabuki Warriors after Asuka sprayed Lynch with green mist allowing Kairi Sane to roll her up. A post match attack ensued which saw Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross save Charlotte from a 2 on 1 beatdown.
Apollo Crews vs. Ricochet
We are treated to a babyface Clash in Apollo Crews and Ricochet. This match was being billed as either man’s final match on Raw. Ricochet won this match.
There was a recap of Hell in a Cell’s disastrous main event. WWE have an excellent editing team, but no matter how you edit the match, nothing can take away from the catastrophe that was the result. This would end up being the only time that WWE spoke about this match in the three hours of Raw. Just because everyone hates the decision, doesn’t mean that you don’t acknowledge it at all. Weak move by WWE.
Raw Main Event
What followed was our main event of the evening. Boxing legend and current lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was supposed to have an interaction with Braun Strowman after two butted heads on SmackDown. Fury came out first and demanded an apology from the Monster Among Men. Strowman came out and the two started scuffling after a shove. What followed felt like a year of these two being separated and attacking each other. Strowman, at a point, went backstage, cut a promo and then came back out to attack Tyson Fury. The security, officials and multiple mid card wrestlers like Cesaro tried to separate the two. The show ended while the two were still scuffling in the ring.
The show was serviceable. The Kabuki Warriors looked good and Asuka is embracing the heel nature of her character really well. Kairi’s character work is lacking, but will definitely get better. Bliss and Cross got pretty good babyface pops when they made the save. Apollo Crews is done and probably is never going to be anything more than what he is. Still have big hopes for Ricochet though.
Rusev’s direction is weird and I have no clue where this story is heading. At least they let him brutalize two main events in Corbin and Orton, so we may see an unhinged and violent Rusev for a bit, which is never a bad thing.
Is the Lacey Evans and Natalya rivalry over? Because it really should be. It has been a pretty out of left field rivalry all along and suddenly this warranted a match as brutal as a last woman standing match? All props to them for putting up a good match, but it’s time WWE give both Evans and Natalya something better to do.
Another Bad Episode of Raw? (Raw Review)
This show was not a complete catastrophe, but definitely didn’t give the fans what they tuned in for. Everyone wanted to get an update on the Fiend and Rollins, and there was not a single mention of them until the third hour. Even then, it was just a video package recapping their match.
Ahead of the draft on SmackDown this Friday, we have no clue about how WWE are going to deal with this rivalry now. If the two are split up in the draft and WWE hope that they can reset The Fiend, it would be a big mistake. Let The Fiend get his redemption or let Rollins prevail. While one is more preferable than the other, both are more preferable than just leaving the feud with that much without an explanation as to why a referee called a damn no contest in a Hell in a Cell match without any indication.
What Happened After Raw?
After Raw was over, Tyson Fury knocked out Cesaro, which you can see in the video below.
That wasn’t the only punishment Cesaro took after Raw, because The Fiend made a surprising appearance where he attacked the Swiss Cyborg.