The go home show before any PPV is meant to be explosive and this week’s Raw seems to be no different. A lot of wonderful matches have been pencilled down for the RAW which are as follows.
Roman Reigns vs. Jinder Mahal
Will probably end in a DQ victory or some shenanigans with the referee resulting in a win for Jinder unless WWE flips its usual script.
Fatal 4-way match between Strowman, Roode, Balor and Owens
This could be one of the highlights of the night with a lot of back and forth action. Either Strowman will decimate everyone else or someone will get a fluke victory and then Strowman will decimate everyone anyway.
Fatal 4-way match between Natalya, Bliss, Sasha Banks and Ember Moon
This should be an interesting match and the most unpredictable on the card
Ronda Rousey vs. Nia Jax
This is a bonafide PPV match and hence will probably end early due to interference or some other reason setting up a mouth-watering match at MITB.
Other matches are yet to be confirmed but this should be one of the more fun RAWs involving a lot of action and mayhem involving ladders.
Date: June 11, 2018
Location: Verizon Arena, North Little Rock, AR
WWE Raw Results & Review
As the go home show, this week’s RAW was expected to be explosive and it delivered. Here is a closer look at each segment.
A fiery intro segment
This has probably never happened on RAW before where 8 of the top talents from both the men’s and women’s roster are present to hype up the Money In The Bank match this Sunday. Ember Moon, Kevin Owens, Natalya, Braun Strowman, Sasha Banks, Finn Bálor, Alexa Bliss, and Bobby Roode are all there before RAW GM Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring. A short rallying of the troops takes place and Kurt asks them to make sure that both the briefcases come to RAW. The superstars in the ring seem confident that they will be able to deliver before each superstar starts to stake their own claims. The men get some support from the women and there is a nice moment between Alexa Bliss and Strowman. They definitely do have chemistry. A nice way to hype up both the MITB matches.
Verdict: It was slightly different than what usually takes place at RAW. Nice to see the women get equal priority as the men.
The women’s fight for supremacy
(Alexa Bliss vs. Ember Moon vs. Sasha Banks vs. Natalya)
A nice fatal 4-way is the first match of the show. All 4 are proven competitors in the ring and it shows. They don’t need any teaming up shenanigans as is usual with such matches. Bliss is still wonderful in working heel tactics. Sasha Banks does appear a bit rusty and seemed to be carrying some injury. That, however, did not affect the pace of the match. A few near falls occur before Natalya is able to catch Bliss in a Sharpshooter before making her tap out for the victory.
Verdict: Ideal length match that gave each performer plenty of opportunities and built each one as a legitimate contender to grab the MITB contract.
Owens tries to charm Balor
A backstage segment shows Owens cozying up to Balor asking him to team up against Braun Strowman as Strowman as the Universal champion may never lose. He tries to argue his case by hilariously offering him olives as a personification of olive branches, a peace offering.
Verdict: Good segment. Builds up both competitors and adds a new dynamic to the match later.
Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre decimate Breezango
We come to the first low point of tonight’s show. Breezango gets squashed in minutes as a way of setting things right from last weeks’ RAW. While the logic behind this match is understandable there is just something missing here and this team of Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre is beginning to lose steam. They need to get involved in a decent feud ASAP.
Verdict: Did nothing for either team.
Another pointless and generic Roman Reigns segment
When will WWE learn? This tactic of having the odds stacked against Roman only for him to eventually prevail is just not working. He is terrible at being a traditional babyface. Turn him heel or give him sort of an edge like Stone Cold. The same old stuff continues with Roman just like countless other matches and segments of his. The fact that he is paired up with Jinder is only making this worse. Jinder comes across as totally phony and when you have two superstars who are genuinely hated universally and not for good reasons, the feud is always doomed. Jinder comes out for his match only to tell Reigns that it will be Sunil Singh he will be facing instead. He does try to play it as if it’s The Great Khali who will be in the match which even if it were true is not as exciting as WWE think it is. Reigns squashes Sunil Singh only to be beaten down by Jinder after the match. This whole segment was as generic as they come.
Verdict: This match encapsulated everything wrong with the WWE right now.
The pointlessness continues with The B-Team vs Rhyno and Heath Slater
How can a team be expected to be taken seriously when they are called the B-Team? Another segment that was there just to hype up “The B-Team”. After the match Woken Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt appear on the tron and tells them that the B-team will be eaten and deleted. Hopefully, this feud goes somewhere.
Verdict: While the after match segment has some potential, as a RAW segment it wasn’t great.
Rollins breaks Elias’s prized guitar
Rollins and Elias finally put up a decent segment on RAW. Elias comes out and does his usual singing routine. This time he belittles Rollins. Rollins comes running to the ring and Elias leaves a John Mayer custom-made guitar in the ring. Rollins stomps the life of the supposedly expensive guitar.
Verdict: While the premise of this segment was silly it was entertaining and that is what wrestling is all about.
Bayley fights for redemption against the Riott squad
A decent match between Bayley and Ruby Riott follows. It perfectly showcases the strengths of both superstars before Riott connects with a kick for the win. After the match, the Riott squad draw with a marker on Bayley.
Verdict: Decent match. It was what it was. No complaints.
The immovable object meets the unstoppable force:
(Ronda Rousey and Nia Jax segment)
This is finally a feud in the women’s division that fans can get on board with. It is fresh and something not seen in women’s wrestling for quite some time. Two legitimate badasses staked their claim as the top woman in the company. There was a bit of trash talking after which Rousey made Jax tap to the armbar. This is an exciting match and we hope it delivers on Sunday.
Verdict: While the quality of the match on Sunday is still uncertain, this segment was the perfect way to hype it up.
Filler segments and final hype for RAW’s main event:
A silly match between Curt Hawkins and No Way Jose takes place which Jose wins. It was funny and mildly entertaining so we will let it pass. Balor asks Roode’s opinion and later all three of Strowman’s opponents are discussing things together when Braun walks in and lets them know that he wants them to team up together against him.
In between Sami Zayn and Lashley take part in an obstacle course which ends prematurely when Lashley gets kicked by Zayn.
Verdict: Actually a nice way to fill the time before the main event which gets hyped up nicely. The Zayn-Lashley also gets a lot of momentum.
Braun rains destruction
You would think that Strowman’s domination would begin to wear thin by now but it is still very entertaining. He begins by tossing everyone outside like rag dolls. The remaining three then team up together against Braun more out of necessity than want. That doesn’t last long as the action spills outside the ring and Owens gets a nice beating at the hands of the monster among men.
The three team up together again to get the upper hand momentarily and send Strowman through the announce table. A nice back and forth takes place between Balor and Roode in the ring. Owens joins them before Braun again decimates them all. The highlight of the show comes up next as each of them hit their finishers on Braun and try to pin him before the pin is broken by the other two. Eventually Braun has had enough and puts Owens through a ladder for the win.
Verdict: One of the best RAW matches in recent memory. Sets up a mouth-watering matchup at MITB.
Overall Verdict: The perfect RAW to beautifully set-up all the matches for the Money in the Bank PPV. There were a few downs but mostly it was an enjoyable edition of RAW.