Did Roman Reigns just turn heel with a badass
Shield reunion? Triple H returns to advertise a match two months away! And Kurt Angle is
kind of fired for a bit! I’m Oli Davis, give us a subscribe, press
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the 20th August, 2018 edition of Monday Night Raw …in about 4 minutes. The new Universal Champion Roman Reigns opened
the show with a huge smile – that’s Finn Balor’s gimmick – and the entire crowd booing
him and chanting ‘You Suck’. Which is more like i-
Hey, commentators, you’re in the wrong place?! It’s almost like it’s to set up a table
spot later in the show… We quickly found out why Balor was booked
so strongly at SummerSlam the night before. So he can lose to Roman! The Generous, Fighting
Champion Reigns called out Balor as his first title defence for the night’s main event.
Still feeling cheated from his SummerSlam loss, Baron Corbin demanded a rematch, though… But he lost to Bobby Lashley in boring 10
minute match instead, courtesy of Kurt Angle. And channeling his inner New Yorker, Kurt
then told Paul Heyman to ‘forget about’ Brock Lesnar getting his contractually obligated
rematch anytime soon. With SummerSlam finally over (it is over right?),
it’s time to start a new chapter in WWE. New feuds, new storylines, a few roster shake-ups
perhaps. Which began with Ember Moon, Sasha Banks and Bayley taking on… OH MY GOD IT’S
THE RIOTT SQUAD AGAIN. This was a good match, they always are. But
I’m tired of them and I want it to stop. Triple H came out in full babyface mode next,
saying that he’s not going to wrestle the Undertaker because it truly was an End of
an Era match at WrestleMania 28. Which is why… he will wrestle the Undertaker at Super
Show-Down. What? In the first genuinely good bit of Raw, we
got the in-ring return of the Lunatic Without A Fringe Dean Ambrose. Fascinatingly, he’s
really changed the way he wrestles, adopting a more physical style as opposed to his goofy
Ambrose character of before. And for someone who relied so much on promos and quips, much
of that difference is because Dean hasn’t uttered a word on or off mic since coming
back. The action eventually broke down outside with
Seth Rollins taking out Drew McIntyre, allowing Dean to hit Dirty Deeds for the win. Move aside, who threw the pie at Kevin Owens?
Solved you, who really is Byron Saxton. There’s a new WWE mystery in town: Who broke the neck
on Elias’ guitar? The chief suspect right now is Curt Hawkins,
who came out determined to end his 218 match losing streak. The crowd really got behind
him, but Elias won quickly. So this feud is still going on. After teasing
Apollo and Dana Brooke splitting from Titus O’Neil backstage, the Authors of Pain beat
Worldwide in a tag match. All the Raw women were standing round the
ring for the night’s weirdest and worst segment, which saw Stephanie McMahon heeling
it up again, pretending Ronda Rousey is her protegee and it’s really Stephanie to thank
for making Ronda successful. YOU CAN’T HAVE THIS AND DO THE EVOLUTION STUFF AT THE SAME
TIME! Also, the Bellas Twins still need a ride home
after SummerSlam. Ronda came out, cut an awkward promo about
Natalya being the cornerstone of the women’s division, yadda yadda yadda, and then put
Stephanie in an arm bar. The faces celebrated with Rousey while the heels helped McMahon.
WWE have done a great job with Ronda, but in so doing, have systematically dismantled
the entire Raw women’s division into a simplistic, outdated 80s wrestling cartoon. It’s quite
easily the worst part of every Mond- Oh no, wait, that’s the tag division.
Scott Dawson beat Bo Dallas, and then Dash Wilder beat Curtis Axel. If there was ever
a time to shake-up the Raw teams, it was tonight. Recovering from the arm bar backstage, Stephanie
then forced Kurt to go on vacation for a while, replacing him with Baron Corbin as GM. Which,
at this point, is a babyface move because Angle is terrible at his job. Despite Balor finally getting the rematch
for the Universal title he never lost, and Braun Strowman warning him he’ll cash-in
his briefcase on the winner, Finn didn’t come out as the Demon.
Hey, this match is important, but it’s not Baron Corbin at SummerSlam important.
What are the rules? What are the rules? Balor and Reigns put on a great main event,
though, with the crowd almost as into Finn as they were the fan distracting everyone
off camera. Good to his promise, Strowman’s music hit shortly before Reigns speared Finn
for the win, setting up the Braun cash-in. But Reigns had a plan of his own: Rollins
and Ambrose coming down in full Shield reunion cosplay. Where’s Kurt Angle?
The crowd were still very behind Braun, though, cheering Strowman as he fought off Reigns,
and chanting bulls-word when the Shield put him through the announcer’s desk. So that’s
what they were there for! The majority of this Raw sucked pretty hard,
but the Shield stuff was inspired. So, kind of like 2013 all over again.
But it is very exciting going forward. The Shield now have the Universal and Intercontinental
titles hostage. It changes the dynamic for other feuds on Raw. Think of all the six man
tag! They might not be full heels, but hopefully that new chapter of WWE is actually The Shield
dominating as badass tweeners. And just for that wild optimism, this week’s Raw is Poor. Chris Jericho nearly returned at SummerSlam
as New Japan IC Champion! Click the video onscreen now to find out more! And click the
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