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The John Report: The WWE Raw Deal 01/07/19 Review

The John Report: The WWE Raw Deal 01/07/19 Review

It’s the primary Raw of 2019 and the primary time it has been stay in three weeks after taped exhibits for Christmas Eve and New Yr’s Eve. There are a number of issues marketed for the present: John Cena is there, Brock Lesnar is there with Braun Strowman to hype up their Royal Rumble match, there’s a “Mean” Gene Okerlund tribute led by Hulk Hogan, the Raw Tag Staff Titles are on the road and Alexa Bliss is having a chat present with Ronda Rousey because the visitor. I wrote a tribute article for Imply Gene at The Comeback which you could take a look at right here. Let’s get to Raw.

Stay Orlando, Florida, that is the Raw Deal for episode #1336 of Monday Night time Raw. Comply with me on Twitter @johnreport. If you wish to help us at TJRWrestling, right here’s a Donate Hyperlink for our Paypal to contribute ultimately to assist us develop the location.

Raw started with a graphic saying this present is in reminiscence of “Mean” Gene Okerlund 1942-2019. He died final Wednesday, January 2nd.

There was a shot of the backstage space the place Bobby Lashley was proven attacking Seth Rollins. There have been different wrestlers (hey Zack Ryder), producers, referees and safety there to attempt to break it up. They fought all the best way as much as the gorilla place space and spilled out into the world. Rollins despatched Lashley to the world beside the stage after which Rollins jumped onto Lashley. After a couple of minutes, Rollins and Lashley have been separated.

Evaluation: That was a special type of means begin Raw with a brawl within the backstage space that spilled out to the world. Rollins and Lashley had points final week with Rollins utilizing a metal chair towards Lashley, so it carried over to this week. It’s a cool solution to begin as a result of it’s totally different from the norm and exhibits that perhaps Raw could be unpredictable occasionally.

Let’s Hear from John Cena

John Cena’s music hit to start out the present. Cena was rocking some inexperienced apparel as he ran right down to the ring and slid into the ring. Huge ovation for Cena. The announcers plugged the occasions nonetheless to return on the present.

Cena welcomed us to Orlando, to Monday Night time Raw and the street to WrestleMania. Cena stated that’s why Seth Rollins is preventing for his life as a result of everyone is aware of it. Cena stated that at WrestleMania, you both step up or get overlooked. He stated he is aware of how that feels, so he’ll be damned if he will get neglected this yr. Cena stated that on the street to WrestleMania, there’s one match the place any celebrity can seize that golden ticket to a essential occasion championship match at WrestleMania and that’s the Royal Rumble. Cena stated that nothing is given away in life, nothing is handed to you, you’re employed exhausting and also you earn each inch. Cena stated that he’s going to earn his golden ticket. Cena stated that he’s formally getting into himself on this yr’s Royal Rumble match.

Evaluation: Cena might be one of many favorites to win the Rumble match. Cena might win and face Daniel Bryan for the WWE Title to go for report World Title reign #17, in order that’s one thing to consider. I don’t need Cena to win (I would like it to be Rollins), however it’s a risk.

Drew McIntyre’s music hit because the interruption. You knew an interruption was coming, however we didn’t know who it will be. I’m cool it with being McIntyre.

McIntyre stated that he has waited for this second for years. He stated that in contrast to anyone else, he doesn’t care who John shares his mattress with or who he doesn’t. He doesn’t care about John’s silly haircut. Cena took off his hair to point out his hair. Drew stated what he cares about are Cena’s 16 World Championships and that Cena has most important evented a number of WrestleManias. Drew stated he cares that Vince McMahon referred to as Cena the best of all time. Drew agrees with Vince as a result of he stated Cena is the best of all time. Cena requested what his level is. McIntyre stated that he has a status for taking out the best like The Defend, Dolph Ziggler or perhaps he ought to telephone his pal Kurt Angle as a result of he humiliated him. McIntyre bragged about making Angle faucet out to his personal ankle lock. McIntyre referred to as himself probably the most harmful man in WWE and he informed Cena he’s come for him now.

Cena stated he was feeling good, began the present with a brawl, superb noise and now he’s unhappy. Cena informed McIntyre that he’s heard the identical factor each week for years, a lot in order that John needed to depart, so they might consider a special promo. Cena requested what makes Drew any totally different from anyone else because the followers chanted “Cena” for him.

McIntyre stated that the others have been all speak whereas McIntyre goes to point out Cena what he’s all about. McIntyre was in his ring gear as he almost entered the ring, however he was nonetheless on the ground.

Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush confirmed up on the stage with Rush complaining about Seth Rollins. Rush stated if one thing isn’t accomplished about Rollins, they’re going to get a lawyer. Rollins confirmed up from behind Lashley they usually brawled on the ramp. The digital camera was shaking quite a bit, which was annoying. Dean Ambrose ran as much as assault, so John Cena tried to save lots of Rollins. The three heels dominated Rollins and Cena. Finn Balor’s music hit as he ran out to the ring for the save wit ha Slingblade to McIntyre and a clothesline out of the ring. Balor hit a somersault dive excessive to take out the 5 guys on the ground. They went to a business break shortly.

Evaluation: That was an entertaining opening phase. McIntyre did a great job together with his promo. They transitioned to the apparent six-man tag staff match easily.


The predictable six-man tag group match was made in the course of the break. They might have saved it for later, however the crowd is hotter within the first hour. The announcers are Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Younger as regular.

Finn Balor, John Cena and Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre, Dean Ambrose and Bobby Lashley (w/Lio Rush)

All six of those guys are within the Royal Rumble, which Cole talked about firstly of the match.

Cena and Lashley have been within the ring at first till they tagged out. Balor labored over Ambrose with a basement dropkick for a two rely. McIntyre hit a delayed suplex on Balor. Lashley tagged in, he seemed for a slam, Balor with a forearm to the face and Balor fought out of the nook punches, however Lashley stored Lashley remoted by sending him into the turnbuckle. Ambrose despatched Balor into the turnbuckle adopted by a forearm. Balor hit an overhead kick to Ambrose’s head. Cena acquired the tag with two shoulder tackles on Ambrose, a spinning slam and the 5 Knuckle Shuffle fist drop. Cena hit the AA on Ambrose, however McIntyre made the tag because the authorized man, he hit Cena with a Glasgow Kiss headbutt and McIntyre coated for 2. They went to interrupt there about 5 minutes into the match.


The match returned with Cena making an attempt to struggle out of the heel nook as he hit a dropkick on Ambrose. McIntyre tagged in to stop a tag. McIntyre hit a spinebuster for 2. Lashley tagged in with a neckbreaker for a two rely. Lashley took a break to do some flexing, in order that drew boos. Lashley punched Rollins off the apron. Cena hit the Angle Adjustment on Lashley, however Cena was too beat as much as go for the duvet. Ambrose tagged in with a sleeper maintain and took Cena right down to the mat. When Cena received again up, Ambrose hit a knee to the ribs to knock Cena out of the ring. Ambrose whipped Cena shoulder first into the metal steps.

Evaluation: They’re actually constructing as much as that Rollins scorching tag since they went 13 minutes with Rollins not within the match in any respect.


The third phase of the match noticed Ambrose grounding Cena with a chinlock. Cena broke charge by slamming Ambrose to the mat. Ambrose knocked Rollins off the apron earlier than that. Balor received the recent tag with an elbow smash to Ambrose’s chest and a double foot stomp to the chest. Balor with a operating dropkick to ship Ambrose into the nook. Balor up prime and he hit the Coup de Grace on Ambrose. McIntyre received into the ring with a Claymore Kick to stop Balor from making a canopy. That was timed properly. Rollins lastly received the recent tag (after almost 20 minutes), and he was despatched to the apron the place he hit a moonsault onto Ambrose and Lashley on the ground. Rollins again within the ring with a Falcon Arrow on McIntyre for 2. Rollins with a kick to the intestine, McIntyre tried a slam on Rollins, however Cena went again in with an Angle Adjustment on McIntyre (three AA’s for Cena on this match) and Lashley again in with a Spear on Cena. Rollins took out Lashley. Rollins with a superkick on McIntyre. Rollins up prime and he went for a Frog Splash, however McIntyre rolled out of the best way. Ambrose tagged again in going for Soiled Deeds, Rollins slipped out with a rollup and Rollins hit The Stomp on Ambrose for the pinfall win after 22 minutes.

Winners by pinfall: Finn Balor, John Cena and Seth Rollins

Evaluation: ***half That was a terrific tag workforce match that received lots of time, constructed as much as Rollins in crucial spot getting the recent tag and Rollins completed off his rival Ambrose for the victory. Going into the match, I figured it will be a win for the faces with Rollins going over, however I didn’t assume McIntyre would take the pin. Ambrose getting beat is ok as a champion. I feel Balor vs. Ambrose can be an excellent feud to do publish Royal Rumble, which might result in a WrestleMania match and Balor getting the title there. That’s for down the street, although. I loved this match. It was enjoyable.

Seth Rollins marched up the ramp the place he noticed Triple H on the large display speaking to Sasha Banks and Bayley. Rollins went as much as Hunter, slapped him within the face and stated he needed to face Ambrose for the IC Title tonight. Triple H stated he’s obtained it and it’s Falls Rely Anyplace. Triple H smiled, stated “welcome back,” slapped him within the chest as if to say, “good job” and left.

Evaluation: The welcome again was in reference to Hunter wanting the previous Rollins to return again, so he likes that Rollins is displaying that depth once more. Contemplating the Rollins/Lashley phase to start out the present, Falls Rely Anyplace makes it appear probably that interference is coming throughout that IC Title match.

Hulk Hogan was proven strolling backstage. He was sporting a shirt that stated “Mean Gene-o-Mania” on it. Good contact. That phase is up subsequent.

A business aired for Complete Bellas. It appears as dangerous as ever. Poor Daniel Bryan


There have been photographs and tweets proven from a few of the largest names in wrestling speaking concerning the late, nice “Mean” Gene Okerlund.

There was a ten-bell salute in honor of Imply Gene whereas the cameras discovered some “Mean Gene” indicators within the crowd.

Celebrating the Lifetime of “Mean” Gene Okerlund

Hulk Hogan made his entrance with the gang giving him an enormous pop. As I stated, he was sporting the “Mean Gene-o-Mania” shirt in honor of his pal. That is Hogan’s first time on Raw in over three years. The followers chanted “Hogan” earlier than he stated a phrase.

Hogan began together with his “well, let me tell you something, brother” line. Hogan took off his sun shades saying that he got here on the market in character as a result of that’s how Imply Gene would have needed it. Hogan stated that Imply Gene liked entertaining everyone within the WWE Universe. Hogan cued up a video of a few of Gene’s biggest moments.

A tribute video aired about Imply Gene displaying video and pictures of Gene interacting with the most important names in wrestling historical past. They included the “put that cigarette out” line in there. Basic. There have been clips of Gene coaching with Hogan from an angle within the 1980s. They confirmed some comedy clips that includes Okerlund as nicely together with his buddy Bobby Heenan. It additionally included the SummerSlam 1989 clip the place he swore when a bit of the set fell down. Basic. A variety of the clips have been enjoyable. There was a clip of Gene saying that wrestling was all the things to him and he had a great life. They performed the well-known clip from his Corridor of Fame speech saying that once they bury him, do it face down so his critics can kiss his ass. That drew a whole lot of cheers to finish the video on a cheerful observe.

Evaluation: The video was a pleasant tribute to Okerlund, who was one of the crucial well-liked guys within the historical past of wrestling. When he died, there wasn’t a nasty factor stated about him. He put a smile on our faces and he was very entertaining.

Hogan stated that Gene was one among a sort. Hogan stated that he can converse for all the WWE superstars and everyone that has ever watched WWE, they liked him. Hogan stated that being on the market within the ring with out Imply Gene, he’s not there, however he’s in his coronary heart. Hogan stated he beloved Imply Gene and he misses him. The followers chanted “Thank You Mean Gene” as Hogan took a second making an attempt to carry again tears.

Hogan did his promo routine saying “well let me tell you something Mean Gene” and talked about how Gene was placing collectively a tag staff match up there with Randy Savage and Final Warrior vs. Roddy Piper and Mr. Good. He additionally is aware of that Andre the Big is the particular referee. Hogan stated he is aware of Gene can also be breaking apart a struggle between Gorilla Monsoon and Bobby Heenan. Hogan talked about Gene has a selection between Moolah and Mae Younger. Hogan requested a remaining query: “What are you gonna do when Mean Gene-o-Mania runs wild on you, brother?” Hogan dropped the microphone and went into his posing routine as his music performed to finish it.

Evaluation: Hogan did a superb job with the promo speaking about how a lot Imply Gene liked wrestling. Even these of us that didn’t know Imply Gene might inform how a lot the enterprise meant to him. Hogan was one among his closest pals, so I used to be okay with Hogan being on the market. I do know that because of Hogan’s racist feedback that got here out 4 years in the past that some individuals are by no means going to forgive the man. I’ve by no means been an enormous Hogan fan, however I respect his place within the wrestling enterprise as arguably the most important identify ever. It was good of WWE to provide Gene that tribute.


A graphic aired displaying us pictures of the ladies which are within the ladies’s Royal Rumble match on January 27.

The Raw Tag Workforce division was surrounding the ring for the title match that was set to happen. There have been solely 4 groups on the market with no signal of AOP.

The championship staff of Gable and Roode made their entrance. A clip aired from two weeks earlier when Gable pinned Dawson, who was not the authorized man.

Lumberjack Match for the Raw Tag Group Championships: Bobby Roode and Chad Gable vs. The Revival (Scott Dawson and Sprint Wilder)

Dawson labored over Gable with a again elbow and Gable got here again with a pin try. Gable took down each Revival guys with headscissors takedowns. Double group again physique drop by the champs to the Revival. When The Revival have been despatched out of the ring, they have been despatched again in by Lucha Home Social gathering. When Gable/Wilder have been despatched out of the ring once more, Roode despatched Gable excessive to the ground to take out the heels. Again within the ring, Dawson made a blind tagged and suplexed Gable onto the highest rope. Rhyno rolled Gable again into the ring resulting in Dawson getting a two rely because the present went to interrupt.


The match returned with Wilder stopping Gable from a tag, however then Roode tagged. Roode hit suplexes on each Revival guys. Roode with a operating forearm on Wilder and a clothesline despatched Dawson excessive to the ground. Again within the ring, Roode with a spinebuster on Dawson for 2. Gable tagged in, he jumped off the highest and Roode hit a neckbreaker right into a German Suplex for 2 as Dawson kicked out as a result of Wilder was too sluggish to interrupt it up. I feel Wilder missed that. The match continued with Gable hitting a cross physique block off the highest with Dawson rolling over for a two rely. Wilder with a blind tag, Gable with a German Suplex and Wilder again in with a splash off the ropes for a two rely. Dawson again in with a sundown flip for 2. The crowd was lifeless quiet for many of this match. Gable and Dawson battled over a backslide. Roode knocked Wilder off the apron. Dawson coated Gable, then Roode put Gable on prime and Dawson’s foot was clearly on the underside rope, however the referee by no means noticed it despite the fact that all of us did. Gable received the win after ten minutes.

Winners by pinfall: Bobby Roode and Chad Gable

Evaluation: **half It was a strong tag workforce match with a lifeless crowd that didn’t care about a lot of the match. That’s one thing WWE ought to be involved about as a result of we’re imagined to be extra excited a few title match. They went for the controversial end route once more, which is extra of a factor to do for a face group quite than heels like The Revival. It ought to result in a title change, nevertheless it is perhaps a couple of weeks till that occurs. It’s a nasty signal that the gang was so lifeless for this title match.

After the match was over, Graves complained concerning the ref lacking the foot on the rope and referred to as it a joke. Dawson and Wilder complained about what occurred to the opposite groups that have been at ringside.

Elias vs. Baron Corbin is up subsequent.


PLUG TIME: I wrote a assessment of the primary main present of the yr and it was not WWE. It was New Japan’s Wrestle Kingdom 13 from this previous Friday. I assumed it was an unimaginable present with a five-star fundamental occasion between Tanahashi and Omega whereas Chris Jericho proved he’s nonetheless obtained it at 48 years previous in a terrific match with Naito. I used to be very impressed by it. I additionally appreciated the opening match of Ospreay vs. Ibushi quite a bit. I’m hoping to write down extra about New Japan this yr.

The announcers have been proven on digital camera welcoming us to the primary Raw of 2019. The similar video aired about NXT stars coming to the primary roster that has been airing for about 4 weeks now. The wrestlers are Lars Sullivan, Lacey Evans, tag group Heavy Equipment, Nikki Cross and EC3. I’m getting uninterested in this video.

Evaluation: Lacey Evans had a match with Natalya previous to Raw and EC3 confronted Curt Hawkins. These matches may air on Principal Occasion this week. That present just isn’t watched by many individuals. I don’t watch it.

Elias was within the ring for a pre-match music together with his guitar doing his WWE stands for “Walk With Elias” bit with the gang chanting alongside proper on cue. He stated 2018 was nothing of what he has in retailer for 2019. He stated that on January 27 on the Royal Rumble, he’ll enter and win the Rumble. Elias stated that he has not forgotten all of the occasions that Corbin has wronged him. Baron Corbin interrupted him.

Evaluation: I don’t anticipate Elias to win the Royal Rumble, however I can see him being a man that lasts a very long time to attempt to put him over a bit.

Corbin continues to be sporting the identical vest and gown shirt although he’s solely a wrestler now as an alternative of being a entrance workplace job like appearing GM of Raw. Corbin stated he ought to have our respect and admiration, however we don’t perceive, so we disrespect him. Corbin stated we might all like him to vanish and go away (the gang cheered), however that’s not going to occur. Corbin stated he’ll enter the Royal Rumble and win it. Elias informed him to close his mouth, which led to the beginning of the match.

Evaluation: They need to have had Elias make enjoyable of Corbin’s gear as a result of it’s foolish that he nonetheless clothes like that for matches. Anyone in WWE should hate Corbin’s tattoos and needs them coated up or one thing. That’s only a guess on my half.

Elias vs. Baron Corbin

Elias hit a mule kick adopted by a clothesline that despatched Corbin excessive to the ground. Sliding dropkick by Elias despatched Corbin into the turnbuckle. Elias up prime with a cross physique block onto Corbin on the ground resulting in a break.


Again from break, Corbin was in management as he hit a forearm to the top of Elias whereas he was on the apron, so Elias was despatched into the barricade. Again within the ring, Elias was in management briefly till Corbin did his slide out of the ring and return in with a clothesline. The followers chanted “you got fired” at Corbin. Corbin went to the center ropes, he jumped off and Elias hit him with a knee to the face. They tried some spot that appeared to be a mistake the place Corbin was going to hit a transfer, then he slipped, then they adopted that up with a neckbreaker from Elias. Corbin got here again with a punch to the face. Corbin whipped Elias into the ring publish and Corbin hit the Finish of Days slam for the pinfall win after 9 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Baron Corbin

Evaluation: *1/2 It was a under common match that was boring as a result of their types don’t mesh properly in any respect. The win was comparatively clear for the heel Corbin, who managed a lot of the match. Elias by no means actually received going and the gang was barely into the match. There’ll in all probability be a rematch subsequent week with Elias getting the win as a result of they love 50/50 reserving on Raw.

Dean Ambrose did a promo backstage about his IC Title match towards Seth Rollins. Ambrose claimed he misplaced the whole lot to deliver stability again to WWE. Ambrose stated he’s going to finish this factor with Rollins tonight and he’s going to burn Seth Rollins down.

There was a shot of Brock Lesnar’s locker room, Paul Heyman opened the door to say it’s time and they’re up subsequent.


Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar Face to Face

Braun Strowman made his entrance to a superb ovation from the gang. Strowman didn’t have an elbow pad or something on his surgically repaired proper elbow. Strowman needed a microphone, however then he put it down as a result of he needed a battle.

Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman appeared on the video display (Titantron if you wish to name it that). Heyman did a promo saying that if Lesnar went right down to the ring now he wouldn’t have an opponent on the Royal Rumble as a result of Braun can be simply one other sufferer. Heyman stated there’s no cause to thank Lesnar and stated: “you’re welcome.” Lesnar smiled into the digital camera.

Strowman spoke as much as “Beasty Boy” telling him that he’s standing within the ring ready for him. Strowman stood there as followers chanted “Get These Hands” and he informed Lesnar to get in his face like Heyman informed everyone that he’s going to do. Heyman stated no and questioned if that was one of the best he’s received. Strowman seemed like he was considering of what to say, so perhaps he forgot his strains. Strowman questioned if Heyman’s ass will get jealous out of all of the stuff that comes out Heyman’s mouth. Strowman continued saying that Lesnar doesn’t need to be nose to nose with him whereas Lesnar is hiding on the display like a coward. Strowman stated that if Lesnar got here on the market proper now he isn’t making it to the Royal Rumble as a result of everyone is aware of what occurs once you “get these hands” and the followers chanted it proper on cue.

Lesnar put the title on Heyman’s shoulder they usually walked in the direction of the ring. Lesnar’s music hit as he entered the world on his personal with out Heyman.

Lesnar slowly walked down the ramp to the ringside space. Lesnar walked across the ring whereas Strowman simply stood within the ring doing nothing. After Lesnar accomplished a lap across the ring, he walked up the ramp once more. Strowman advised him to show round. Heyman was again on the ramp with the title. Strowman stated that on the Royal Rumble, they’ll crown him Common Champion. Strowman’s music hit to finish it.

Evaluation: That was boring and uneventful. If Strowman needed Lesnar to struggle, why not depart the ring to attempt to go after him? My guess is WWE didn’t need Strowman to danger additional damage to his elbow, in order that they opted to do a phase with none bodily contact. I listened to a report from Dave Meltzer noting that Strowman wasn’t cleared for bodily contact but. It felt like an entire waste of time.


There was a graphic displaying the lads which have declared they’re within the Royal Rumble match.

Jinder Mahal, Alicia Fox and the Singh Brothers have been within the ring doing their meditating gimmick. Fox did the “Shanti” factor, the gang booed and Mahal ripped on the gang for not paying consideration. Ember Moon and Apollo Crews entered for this combined tag workforce match.

Apollo Crews and Ember Moon vs. Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox (w/Samir and Sunil Singh)

Crews hit a dropkick early on Mahal adopted by a flying elbow. Fox tagged herself in, so Crews hit a slingshot dive excessive to the ground to take out the blokes. Moon hit cross physique block off the center ropes. Moon with a clothesline towards the turnbuckle. Moon up prime and she or he hit the Eclipse for the pinfall win after about two minutes. Good promote job by Fox.

Winners by pinfall: Apollo Crews and Ember Moon

Evaluation: three/four* A fast match to provide Moon and Crews some constructive momentum like they’ve had for a number of weeks now. It was nice as a fast match as a result of in the event that they went longer it might have been boring as a result of the heels don’t get a lot of a response.

Alexa Bliss was proven getting her make-up finished as a result of her speak present is up subsequent.


A Second of Bliss hosted by Alexa Bliss with Ronda Rousey

There have been two chairs arrange on the stage as Alexa Bliss made her entrance wanting nice. She stated she is aware of they don’t have a lot going for them as a metropolis (I feel she lives there, for what it’s value), nevertheless it’s okay as a result of tonight they are going to be recognized for the history-making, premiere episode of a A Second of Bliss. She yelled about espresso, so a man introduced out a cup of espresso for her and she or he informed him to go away.

A video package deal aired concerning the yr that Ronda Rousey has had displaying her debut on the Royal Rumble, profitable the Raw Ladies’s Title (from Bliss at SummerSlam) and extra. They confirmed clips of her showing on speak exhibits as a result of WWE loves the media consideration.

Evaluation: That is only a reminder that WWE cares so much about media consideration since they confirmed extra of that than Ronda’s matches in that video package deal.

Ronda Rousey, the Raw Ladies’s Champion, made her entrance to a loud ovation from the gang. Rousey refused a Bliss handshake and Rousey sat on the chair as an alternative.

Bliss requested Rousey to inform us about her distinctive yr and what’s subsequent for her. Rousey stated it’s been an incredible yr, however she needs to look ahead and never again. Rousey talked about eager to be a champion we will all be pleased with and as a way to do this she must chase after her limits with a vengeance. Rousey spoke about any person within the locker room with extra athleticism in her little finger than Charlotte Aptitude has in her entire physique, a lady with a extra heroine story than Becky Lynch and places Ronda’s love for the enterprise to disgrace as a result of she is that this enterprise. Ronda stated she was speaking concerning the unsung hero of Monday Night time Raw, Sasha Banks. Bliss stated she thought she was speaking about her.

Evaluation: This “talk show” had one query earlier than an interruption. Simply saying.

Nia Jax confirmed up for the interruption with the followers booing her. Jax stated that Rousey had a woman crush on Banks. Jax famous that at TLC she wasn’t at her greatest, however that was method again in 2018 and now it’s a brand new yr, new me. Jax questioned when she would get her rematch.

Sasha Banks’ music hit with Banks displaying up in her ring gear. Banks stated she is extraordinarily honored for these sorts from Rousey and she or he stated she would like to face Rousey for the Raw Ladies’s Championship. Banks stated she want to train Rousey the best way to lose with dignity and sophistication. Jax stated that there’s a “300.5 ounce Samoan” standing in entrance of her. Jax stated she will rip Banks’ face off or she will break her face. Jax advised her to get to the again of the road. Banks referred to as her a bitch and requested what line? Banks stated she’ll face her proper now with the winner dealing with Rousey. Jax sat down on the chair saying “I am the bitch, but I am not a bitch” and Banks was able to go as they went to interrupt.

Evaluation: Jax didn’t say she was 300 kilos within the promo. She stated ounce, in order that was bizarre. Rousey mentioning Banks was a primary for her as a result of they haven’t interacted a lot since Rousey has been in WWE. Banks doesn’t have a lot momentum as a singles wrestler, however she has sufficient credibility as a former champion that she will definitely be constructed up once more as a worthy challenger.


The match was made official in the course of the break. Surprising, proper? The winner will get to face Ronda Rousey for the Raw Ladies’s Title on the Royal Rumble.

Sasha Banks (w/Bayley) vs. Nia Jax (w/Tamina)

Banks with a slap to the face, she left the ring, they went to the ground and Banks hit a kick to the face. Banks with a baseball slide dropkick adopted by a dropkick to convey Jax into the ring. Banks slapped on a guillotine headlock submission with Jax getting out of that with a slam. Jax with a operating splash towards Banks. Jax hit Banks with a knee that despatched Banks out of the ring. Tamina tried to go after Banks, so Bayley went after Tamina and Tamina tossed Bayley into the barricade. Banks went after Tamina, Jax picked up Banks and tossed her onto an gear case that was at ringside. Again within the ring, Jax hit a sitout Powerbomb for a two rely because the present went to interrupt.


Again from break, Banks received again into it with the double knee assault. Banks with a shining wizard knee to the face for 2. Banks up prime and she or he jumped off with the Meteora double knee assault right into a pinfall for a two rely. Banks tried the Financial institution Assertion, however Jax obtained out of it simply. Jax went for a punch to the face, Banks prevented that and Jax got here again with a Samoan Drop for a two rely with Banks getting her foot on the underside rope. Jax hit a operating splash towards the turnbuckle. Jax put Banks on her shoulders and dropped her throat first on the highest rope. That was a cool spot. Jax missed a leg drop as a result of Banks moved. Jax charged, Banks moved and Jax went shoulder first into the turnbuckle. Tamina tried to assault, so Bayley kicked her and threw her into the barricade. Banks and Jax went to the apron, Banks prevented a cost, Jax hit the ring publish and Banks hit a headscissors onto Jax on the apron. I don’t know what they have been going for, however Banks appears like she took a worse bump by hitting the ground. They went again into the ring with Banks slapping on the Financial institution Assertion submission and Jax tapped out to offer Banks the win after 14 minutes.

Winner by pinfall: Sasha Banks

Evaluation: *three/four It was a under common match that went too lengthy. I like longer matches when they’re good, however this might have been higher if it went about seven minutes. A few of Nia’s promoting was poor, which harm the match. That’s one more reason to not ebook her in longer matches. Banks is sweet at promoting and making the large comeback, so a minimum of the end was good.

Banks celebrated the win together with her buddy Bayley. The win by Banks means she is going to problem Ronda Rousey for the Raw Ladies’s Title on the Royal Rumble on January 27.

Evaluation: That’s one other win for Rousey. It must be a great match designed to offer Rousey a aggressive match towards a brand new opponent.

Dean Ambrose was proven backstage preparing as a result of his IC Title protection is up subsequent. Seth Rollins was proven taping up for the match.


This Saturday on WWE Community, it’s NXT Takeover UK. I don’t know if I’m going to evaluate it.

Dean Ambrose made his entrance with the Intercontinental Title with Seth Rollins displaying as much as assault him within the aisle. Rollins threw him into the ring, the bell rang and the match started.

Intercontinental Championship Falls Rely Anyplace Match: Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins

Rollins was aggressive with a clothesline that despatched Ambrose out of the ring, suicide dive and a rollup on the ground acquired a two rely. They went brawling into the gang by the gear space and Ambrose ran backstage with Rollins in pursuit. Rollins whipped Ambrose right into a ladder. Rollins tried utilizing a shovel, however Ambrose moved out of the best way. Rollins whipped Ambrose into some metal construction. They went on prime of some gear instances and Ambrose whipped Rollins down by the again of the top onto the containers. Ambrose threw a ladder at Rollins for a two rely on the ground.


The match continued with Ambrose in management as they battled on the steps within the crowd. There was a replay from in the course of the break when Rollins gave Ambrose a physique slam by way of the announce desk. Rollins jumped off a barricade from the 100 degree of the gang to the ground and he hit a cross physique block for a two rely. They went again to the ringside space with Rollins in management. Rollins whipped Ambrose into the barricade at ringside. Ambrose received again into with a metal chair to the ribs and a chair shot to the again for a two rely on the ground. Ambrose pulled off the mat at ringside and needed a Soiled Deeds on the ground, however Rollins countered with a again physique drop onto Ambrose on the ground. Again within the ring, Ambrose with the dreaded fingers to the attention. Ambrose up prime, Rollins met him there with a superplex right into a Buckle Bomb into the turnbuckle. Rollins with a superkick. Rollins arrange for The Stomp and Rollins related with The Stomp, however right here comes Bobby Lashley for the interruption. Lashley pulled Rollins out of the ring. Lio Rush was there too. Lashley despatched Rollins into the barricade adopted by a stomach to stomach suplex by Lashley on Rollins on the ground. Again within the ring, Lashley put Rollins on his shoulders and slammed him down. Lashley arrange within the nook and hit a Spear on Rollins to take him out. The followers have been booing with a few of them chanting “Lashley Sucks” nevertheless it was not a loud chant in any respect. Ambrose crawled his approach over to Rollins, put his arm on prime and Ambrose retained the Intercontinental Title after about 15 minutes of motion.

Winner by pinfall: Dean Ambrose

Evaluation: **three/four It was a great match with a predictable end based mostly on the stipulation they used. The present began with Rollins/Lashley brawling, so it was becoming that Lashley was the one which screwed Rollins out of the win. Rollins had the win after hitting The Stomp and Lashley value him the title, so it furthers that feud. I don’t assume any Rollins fan must be upset that Rollins did not win again the title as a result of Rollins is hopefully going after the Common Title at WrestleMania.

After the match was over, Ambrose left. Rush grabbed a desk from beneath the ring and gave it to Lashley within the ring. They set the desk up within the ring. Lashley picked up Rollins and gave him a Spinebuster via the desk. Lashley and Rush posed over a fallen Rollins. That was the top of Raw this week.

Evaluation: It was a robust displaying from Lashley. The problem with that’s Lashley misplaced simply to guys like Elias in current weeks, in order that didn’t make him look robust in any respect. At the very least this will get Lashley again into a great spot once more as a prime heel.


Three Stars of the Present

1. Seth Rollins – Nice efficiency all night time. Greatest performer on this present by far.

2. Dean Ambrose

three. (tie) John Cena

three. (tie) Bobby Lashley


The Scoreboard

5.5 out of 10

Final week: 6.5

Final 5 Weeks: 6.5, 5.5, 5.5, 5, four.5


Remaining Ideas

I give it a 5.5 out of 10.

It was a mean Raw to start out the yr. The first hour was good with the opening promo and the six man tag group match that acquired loads of time, however then they only misplaced steam from there. John Cena confirmed good power to open the present and his announcement about being within the Royal Rumble provides to the star energy of that match.

That Lesnar/Strowman phase was so lame. It was as in the event that they considered it one minute earlier than it occurred as an alternative of getting every week to organize. Perhaps Strowman couldn’t bump due to the elbow, however they might have achieved one thing extra fascinating. Did they actually assume that was an efficient approach of constructing as much as a match? It was boring.

I’m proud of Sasha Banks being pushed to a title match despite the fact that it’s apparent she’ll lose on the Royal Rumble. A minimum of they’re doing one thing together with her. It might have been good in the event that they constructed as much as it over the previous few weeks as an alternative of getting Rousey randomly mentioning her.

The major occasion was nice whereas doubtless placing an finish to Rollins going after the IC Title once more. Ambrose can transfer on to feuding with anyone else (like I discussed earlier, Finn Balor can be a sensible choice) and Rollins should cope with Lashley on the street to the Royal Rumble.

Right here’s the lineup for the Royal Rumble on January 27 from Chase Subject in Phoenix.

30 Man Royal Rumble Match

30 Lady Royal Rumble Match

WWE Common Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun Strowman

WWE Championship: Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Types

Raw Ladies’s Championship: Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks

Smackdown Ladies’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs. Carmella, Charlotte Aptitude or Becky Lynch

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Kalisto vs. fourth competitor TBA

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John Canton

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