THE RAW RUNDOWN – 05.07.2018

By Travis Woolum, Contributing Writer


Stand Back, There’s a Hurricane coming through, to give you the Raw Rundown…

Main Event Results:
Zack Ryder returns to action def his former Tag Team partner: Curt Hawkins (will Curt ever catch a break & end his losing streak?) & CruiserWeight Champion: Cedric Alexander def Tony Nese in a Non Title Match

Now onto Raw!!

Opener: Raw Money In The Bank Qualifying match: Braun Strowman vs Kevin Owens: This match came about after both men interrupted Kurt Angle’s announcement, prompting our Raw GM to schedule this match. Good match here & I’m a sucker for Owens getting ran over like that, Strowman got a win to advance but you can bet on KO finding his way into the Ladder match, good start to get the crowd into the show. 2.5/5

2nd Match: Baron Corbin & The Revival vs No Way Jose & Titus Worldwide: Great to see Baron & The Revival back on the winning side as those guys have been booked very poorly in recent months. I like No Way Jose but he’s not hurt by eating his 1st pin on the main roster here as he’ll be great as the opening match act on the TV shows & House Shows for a few years to get the crowd pumped, but anything with Titus O’ Neil is just death so hopefully No Way Jose & Titus Worldwide is just a one time thing, decent time filler. 1.5/53rd Match: Raw Women’s Money In The Bank Qualifying Match: Ember Moon vs Ruby Riott vs Sasha Banks: Really good match & nice to not have a commercial break for once. Ember winning was smart, I said it’s anyone’s guess as to who the 8 participants will be, but for now Ember Moon was their best choice as she has the most momentum of these 3. Also nice to see angle advancement which we got with Sasha & Bayley while having a great match. The ending was really well done with the double eclipse to give Ember the victory. 3/54th Match: Jinder Mahal vs Chad Gable: Decent match to give Mahal his win back & restore some of his momentum, but I did not expect it to be so close to a squash. I figured they would’ve stretched it out like their 1st match, but this was a good match. Mahal may not be the best in the world, but he’s a lot better than given credit for as I’ve enjoyed both of his matches with Chad Gable. 2/5

3rd Match: Raw Women’s Money In The Bank Qualifying Match: Ember Moon vs Ruby Riott vs Sasha Banks: Really good match & nice to not have a commercial break for once. Ember winning was smart, I said it’s anyone’s guess as to who the 8 participants will be, but for now Ember Moon was their best choice as she has the most momentum of these 3. Also nice to see angle advancement which we got with Sasha & Bayley while having a great match. The ending was really well done with the double eclipse to give Ember the victory. 3/5

4th Match: Jinder Mahal vs Chad Gable: Decent match to give Mahal his win back & restore some of his momentum, but I did not expect it to be so close to a squash. I figured they would’ve stretched it out like their 1st match, but this was a good match. Mahal may not be the best in the world, but he’s a lot better than given credit for as I’ve enjoyed both of his matches with Chad Gable. 2/5

5th Match: Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre vs Heath Slater & Rhyno: Decent enough squash, just designed to get Ziggler & McIntyre some momentum with Slater & Rhyno being perfect choices for enhancement talent. Good, quick match & I’m excited to see where McIntyre & Ziggler go. 1/5

6th Match: Bobby Roode vs Elias: First off, why is this not a Money In The Bank Qualifying match? These are two of Raw’s Top 10 guys, I’d think and at least give these two an incentive to wrestle a third week in a row. Really good match, much better than their 2 previous dull encounters. Even though seeing Roode win is absolutely GLORIOUS, I do not care for the trading wins booking between the same two guys for weeks on end & Roode earlier talking about winning the Ladder match makes me wonder why this wasn’t a Money In The Bank Qualifying match to begin with. Anyways decent match. 2/5

7th Match: Seth Rollins vs Mojo Rawley for the Intercontinental title: I really enjoyed this match as their styles meshed much better than expected & we got a really good, hard hitting match. While there was no doubt that Rollins was winning, Mojo brought a good debut to Raw & good heat being that we’re in his former partner Zack Ryder’s hometown of Long Island. Really good match & I can invest in Seth Rollins rehashing the open challenge for the mid card title. Cena brought back credibility to the US title so Rollins can do the same for the Intercontinental title & this was a good match to start that out with. 2.5/5

8th Match: Raw Tag Team Champions: Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt vs Curtis Axel & Bo Dallas in a non title match: Just a squash to give the champions some momentum though fun to see Brother vs Brother with Wyatt & Dallas as Corey Graves said on commentary ”No brotherly love shown here”. 1/5

Main Event: Triple Threat Money In The Bank Qualifying Match, Finn Balor vs Roman Reigns vs Sami Zayn: AWESOME Triple Threat match here with a pleasant surprise. I’m a huge Balor fan as he’s one of the more consistent wrestlers on the entire roster & is just talented all around, glad to see him in the Ladder match. Also, nice to see WWE not go with the predictable Roman Reigns win as that’s what I had penciled in when Kurt Angle announced this match at the top of the show. The ending is also logical, Jinder Mahal was denied his chance that he felt he earned so why not take a chance away from the guy who’s gotten more than he deserves? Really smart booking & a great match. 3.5/5

Overall: FAR, FAR better show than last night’s shameful excuse of a PPV. Really solid build to start the road to Money In The Bank & it’ll be nice to not have another PPV for 6 weeks as we have time to build things properly which has been holding WWE back for too long. Really good show tonight with nothing but good matches & strong build. 7/10

 


 

 

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