The RAW Refresh: 10/1/18

Monday Night Raw came from the great city of Seattle this week, and it was a decent show. Some low points but some shining moments as well. This was the go home episode for the big Super Show Down event this coming Saturday. So I am going to try a bit of a different format for these show recaps as compared to our other reviews. Feel free to comment with any opinions below!

 

The Matches:

Braun Strowman defeated Dean Ambrose by DQ: This match came about after an opening promo segment by Ambrose, we’ll get to that later. Solid back and forth that saw the finish come when Strowman got the advantage and Roman Reigns got involved causing the disqualification.

Roman Reigns defeated Dolph Ziggler by Pin: This was a direct repercussion to Reigns getting involved int he previous matchup. Hell of a go by these two who have some great chemistry. The near falls were incredibly believable especially since it wasn’t a title match. Reigns got the win with a monster spear.

Ronda Rousey defeated Ruby Riott by Submission: This was another strong match. It says a lot that the company keeps putting Riott into these spots with the big names and she keeps killing it. Rousey once again looked strong and not only is her offense progressing but so is her selling. Riott used a nasty fishhook but that just infuriated the champ and pushed her to “hulk-up” and achieve an armbar win.

Konnor defeated Bobby Roode by Pin: Nothing really to talk about here folks. A match to progress a story that is barely getting tv time.

B-Team defeated The Revival by Pin: This was a sad match for me personally. As you all know I love old school wrestling and The Revival are my guys. They had a great match with the champs last week just to lose this week to a pair of goofs. Thankfully AOP came out after and killed the B-Team.

Drew McIntyre defeated Seth Rollins by Pin: The final matchup between the six men that’ll be facing one another on Saturday. Monday Night Rollins did as he does every week and Drew looked like a star. Ziggler made an appearance to distract Rollins and lead to a Claymore Kick from McIntyre for the win.

Kevin Owens defeated Bobby Lashley by Pin: The segment that led to the match will be what’s remembered. Nothing great, nothing awful. Lashley was in the driver’s seat until Elias got his hands on Lio Rush. With Lashley distracted, Owens was able to capitalize and get the win.

Bayley defeated Alicia Fox by Pin: This was used simply to set up the Mixed Match Challenge. Bayle and her partner Finn Balor will be facing Fox and her partner, Jinder Mahal. That’s really the story of the match. For the second week in a row, the Fox/Maghal tandem pick up the L.

 

The Stories:

Even though there were 8 matches on the show tonight, only half of them were truly used to advance any stories. Though the others were technically story based, they didn’t really do much in the way of progression. Two stories were the big focus of the night. The first being The SHIELD and more importantly, Dean Ambrose. The other was the final showdown of The Undertaker and Triple H.

 

Is the Lunatic on the Fringe of the SHIELD?

Ambrose kicked off RAW by storming to the ring and grabbing a microphone. He was joined in the ring by Charly Caruso but once Dean got started, she became an afterthought. He went right into the actions of last week with the Strowman gang trying to sway him away from the SHIELD. And to be fair, their arguments were steeped in some solid logic.

Ambrose kept harping on words mean nothing and actions are the true measure of a man. Yeah, he may have listened to what Ziggler and the boys were trying to spin but when it mattered, he stood with his brothers. I can easily see down the road Dean getting beyond frustrated with constantly having to help Roman and Seth and definitely them rubbing the gold in his face. Now it isn’t blatant but they are without a doubt not trying to hide that they’re champs.

Dean’s promo was the first bookend of this episode and his run in to try and save his brothers from another beatdown towards the end of the show was the other. Yeah, they didn’t close RAW but in the grand scheme of wrestlers that are here every week, this story is the priority. Only time will tell what Dean will do and how long the Lunatic Fringe can stay hinged.

 

The Legends Battle One Last Time

In the final opportunity prior to their match in Melbourne, Triple H and Taker laid down their hands. We already knew that Shawn Michaels would be ringside but in recent weeks he had made it clear he wasn’t afraid to get involved. This prompted The Undertaker’s younger brother, Kane, to get his hands dirty.

It has been heavily speculated that Michaels will fully come out of retirement and his first two matches will be a tag with Hunter against the Brothers of Destruction and a single against Taker. As a fan am not the most thrilled with this plan. I loved Michaels retirement and even though he’s popped up here and there, he’s stayed out of the actual ring. He hasn’t had a match, his retirement was one of the few if not only true wrestling retirement.

But the allure of the ring and let’s be honest, some major paydays, have brought the Heartbreak Kid back to us. RAW went off the air with the Brothers of Destruction standing tall having laid waste to DX. Will that be the same story on Saturday? Who knows, but these four definitely don’t feel like they’re going away anytime soon.

 

Overall Reaction:

I thought RAW was actually pretty good this week. Like I said earlier, some really good stuff and some things that will be forgotten. If I had to put a number on it I would give the episode a 6 out of 10. It did its job as a go home show to get me interested in the big event coming up. It also set up some big matches and added some fuel to a few slow burn stories for the future.

Thanks for taking the time to read the Raw Refresh. Please feel free to comment and leave your feedback!

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