WWE Monday Night RAW Results & Review: August 20, 2018

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Rousey beats up Stephanie McMahon

This was one of the most pleasant segments of the night. It looked like yet another segment where the women’s division was going to play second fiddle to Stephanie as she asserted her authority. Thankfully, Rousey came out and put her in place. We just really hope that WWE does not kill Rousey’s momentum by having her feud with Nikki Bella as that is the worst direction WWE can take from here.

Rating: Thumbs Up

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The B-team gets beaten individually

This was one of those segments where you have no idea whether to be invested in or to ignore it. The story so far is that the B-Team are the luckiest tag team ever and have won the tag title and defended it multiple times courtesy of lady luck.

Today they took on Dash wilder and Scott Dawson individually and lost. The whole ‘victory by fluke’ thing is getting a bit old and WWE needs to figure something out to keep the B-Team relevant. Tonight was a step in the right direction though.

Rating: Thumbs Up


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Stephanie McMahon ruins RAW yet again

We wish Stephanie McMahon would get allergic to the camera or something as her appearance on RAW had been capped off perfectly. Instead, she had to do a backstage segment where she sent Angle on a vacation and made Corbin the acting General Manager.

This will lead to some shenanigans next week but Corbin isn’t that great a heel to execute this well and it is best not to have high expectations for whatever this is leading to.

Rating: Thumbs Down


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The Shied reunites and Reigns retains his championship

This segment gave us the most mixed emotions of the night. On one hand, you could not help but feel sorry for Finn Balor as what could have been a great storytelling opportunity was flushed down the toilet.

The match and what happened afterwards though were simply awesome. Say what you want about Reigns but he has become a great in-ring performer and Finn Balor is just exquisite. The two put on a great show with plenty of near falls. Braun Strowman being added to the mix built up the same sort of tension and palpitation as last night which was awesome. The ending was, however, totally unexpected.

Braun Strowman came out in what looked like a sure cash in attempt but the Shield reunited to one of the most thunderous ovations. The triple powerbomb was just exhilarating to watch. This nicely sets up a heel turn for Ambrose as a part of a reunited Shield.

Rating: Thumbs Up

 


Overall Review: The show was a night of ups and downs. The first two hours seemed like a big let-down with the Boss and Hug connection, Corbin-Elias segment and the tag division as a whole but WWE somewhat redeemed itself in the last act. It was a mixed bag tonight and had its moments but there is still plenty to fix on RAW.

Overall Rating: Thumbs Up


 

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