WWE Monday Night Raw Hits and Misses w/ The Chairman 10.29.18
Usually I provide the hits and misses of Smackdown Live, however tonight I’m filling in for JCWonka so on this rare occasion you get my take on Monday Night Raw. With Evolution behind us and Crown Jewel approaching, here’s how things went down.
HIT: Rollins and Ambrose Will Become the Feud of Raw
After two hours, we finally got to see the segment we waited for. We finally we’re going to hear Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose on their fallout from last week. Rollins came out there and poured his heart out regarding the Roman Reigns situation and wanted answers on Ambrose’s attack last week. Ambrose’s music played and he was nowhere to be seen. Maybe Ambrose was going to no show? However he did emerge in the crowd. Ambrose had a microphone, but he didn’t say a single word. All this did was burn Rollins. Rollins demanded answers and told Ambrose to walk to the ring and give them to him. Ambrose played the silent type though making Rollins even more angry. Rollins threatened to go after Ambrose, but Ambrose just calmly walked away with Rollins calling Ambrose a lunatic. More than likely this feud will take center stage on Monday nights for the foreseeable future. More than likely Ambrose is going to cost Rollins the World Cup at Crown Jewel.
MISS: No Clarity on the Raw Tag Team Championship
As everyone knows, Rollins and Ambrose defeated Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler last week to win the Raw Tag Team Championship. Rollins didn’t bring the tag title with him to the ring tonight, just the Intercontinental Championship. So are Rollins and Ambrose still the champs or are they going to be vacated? Monday Night Raw has been held hostage for the past few months with the Universal, Intercontinental, and Raw Tag Team Championship all entangled in the Shield vs Dogs of War feud leaving nothing for the rest of the Raw roster and it’s three hour show. There needs to be a decision quickly regarding the Raw Tag Team Championship, not that Raw has a strong tag team division anyway. Also Rollins needs to defend the Intercontinental Championship. As much as I love Rollins, I feel it’d almost be better if he didn’t hold the title and someone like Finn Balor or Elias did.
HIT: Finisher Fury in the Women Tag Match
We got an encore of Trish Stratus and Lita tonight wrestling for the first time on Raw in years when they joined forces with Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Natalya to take on Mickie James, Alicia Fox, and the Riott Squad. The match got decent time and it was nice to see the hall of fame women compete again. Towards the end though is when things got fun. The women were using finishers all over the place. Bayley and Lita at one moment hit a Twist of Fate together which was a fun moment. I’m not sure how much longer Trish and Lita will be sticking around for, but it was a nice refreshing thing to see on Raw given how repetitive some of their women matches are. Especially when the champion isn’t the most active person on the roster, including tonight.
MISS: Lack of a Main Event
Raw was closed out sure enough by the Brothers of Destruction and Degeneration X before their battle at Crown Jewel. Over the course of the night there really wasn’t a match to hype up or get people invested. The last match of the night was technically Dolph Ziggler vs Apollo Crews. Most of the major Raw superstars didn’t even wrestle tonight and were used in segments. There is a serious problem right now on Monday Night Raw with how their booking their shows compared to Smackdown Live.
HIT: Elias as a Fan Favorite
It looks like Elias as a fan favorite is in full swing and it’s going well. I was nervous at first because I enjoyed him ripping on the towns he was performing in, but his feud with Baron Corbin is a great way to start him as a face. Throw in a victory over another superstar most don’t like in Jinder Mahal and Elias is going to skyrocket in popularity more than he already has.
MISS: Lucha House Party
It’s been a very long time since 205 Live has used superstars to wrestle on Raw, I don’t count the managing jobs of Lio Rush and Drake Maverick. Tonight the Lucha House Party randomly arrived and took down the Revival. The Raw roster is overwhelmed with superstars that can’t get on television and Smackdown Live is even tougher with their two hour window. Now the 205 superstars are seeping back onto Raw and for what? And why is it at the Revival’s expense?
Overall this Raw was definitely skippable. No matches stood out at all and the only thing you really needed to see was the Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose segment. Hopefully at Crown Jewel we see Braun Strowman win the Universal Championship and begin a feud with Drew McIntyre shortly after. With that, follow me on Twitter @ChairmanSV and thanks for reading.