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WWE Monday Night Raw July 30, 2018 Results and Review
The Roman Reigns show started with him cutting a promo then calling out Brock Lesnar, but out came Paul Heyman. The two went back and forth, and it was a move to try and get Lesnar booed, which kind of worked. The show then moved to Seth Rollins sitting in the back stage area, and we were 12 minutes into a professional wrestling show, without seeing any professional wrestling at all. I wonder when the wrestling would begin?
At about the 15 minute mark, we started to get our first match, and it featured Alex Wright 2.0. I spoke too soon, the wrestling didn't start. We got a backstage segment where we saw Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. Lesnar scared Heyman by throwing his phone and then sitting down to read a magazine. I can respect Lesnar, dude is an introvert, doesn't like people, and just wants to collect a paycheck. I like that. I'd do the same. Oh, the wrestling would begin around the 16 minute mark if you took out the commercials, so I cannot really say when the wrestling truly began, but I'm going to guess that it would've been the 20 minute or 30 minute mark if I was watching in real time instead of the day after.
Baron Corbin defeated Finn Balor
This was one hell of a match, and I really dug the whole thing. It was given a little time, and the two went back and forth. I loved Balor's strategy of keeping coming back, and his Shotgun Dropkick on the outside was incredible, and I loved that move. However, Corbin would get his win here, and well, that's what happens, now doesn't it? 50-50 booking strikes again. Corbin did a great job here, and Balor is fun to watch against a bigger opponent. Good stuff, but I'm assuming that this feud is far from over, considering Corbin won and then came back to the ring to do more damage to Balor.
Of course, we would get another mention about the Women's Revolution, and how Stephanie McMahon was a pioneer etc. Man, they keep pushing this. I'll buy it, why not?!
Alicia Fox defeated Natalya
Thanks to a distraction, Alicia Fox picked up a win, however, you're going to find that this was a clumsy match. The two didn't work that well together, and the story really seemed to point towards something a bit different. The match ended thanks to a distraction from Alicia Fox on Ronda Rousey. When that occurred, Natalya was hit with a stiff right hand from Alexa Bliss on the outside, and Fox pounced. After the match, Rond Rousey tried to even the score, but beleive it or not, Alicai Fox got the best of her! I kid you not. I'm not even sure how to really explain what went down, but it got Ronda mad, and we will most likely see a tag team match coming soon. But this match was clumsy at best.
Elias Did A Performance
Who wants to walk with Elias?! Me! Out came Bobby Lashley and the two exchanged a few words, and it seemed like things were going to go swell. However, you knew what was going to go down, and honestly, it was ok, Lashley got mad when Elias hit him, and then threw him down a few pegs, and that was that, or rather, Lashley threw him down in retaliation.
Jinder Mahal defeated Braun Strowman via Count Out
This was a slow match, until Kevin Owens showed up to try and steal the Money in the Bank briefcase. Strowman chased Owens, and then got counted out. Jinder Mahal wins! Wow, the dude gets a win over Strowman. A win is a win, right?
Apollo Crews defeated One of the AOP
A roll up victory for Crews. I couldn't stop looking at Dana Brooke though, I'm sorry, she's hot to me. I'd love to meet her. This match was short and not that good.
Seth Rollins vs Drew McIntyre Ended In A No Contest
This was a really good match, until Dolph Ziggler ran in to mess things up. That was stupid, and really just messed things up for me. I didn't like that, but hey what can you do? The match was back and forth, with some good moments, and some nice shots, but Ziggler caused the problem, and that was that.
Roman Reigns Was Thrown Out
That's it. Roman Reigns was thrown out of the building. Ok.
The B Team Promo
The B team got called into the ring, and they did some random promo things, it was ok at best. The Deleters of Worlds showed up, but after some back and forth, The Revival showed up and said they should get a title shot. So that prompted Teddy Long to show up and make it a straight up tag team match, you know!
The Revival defeated Matt Hardy and Bray Wyatt
Well, this was a throwaway match in a lot of ways. Tully and Arn, I mean The Revival were able to put some serious boots to the random tag team that is Awoken. I miss the revelry of Broken Matt Hardy, not this "woken" Hardy dude. Anyways, this match wasn't too long, and it was the Revival getting the upper hand and winning the match. It was thrown together, and it wasn't half bad to see the second coming of the Brain Busters.
Bayley and Sasha Banks defeated Liv Morgan and Sara Logan
Well, the Riott Squad is done. Bayley and Sasha are on the same page now, and the two put on a show of how good things can be. The showcase of the two are great, and if they are going to create a women's tag team championship, they should get it. The two are great together, and while the Riott Squad didn't go down without a fight, they still lost, and that was that. A good match, although very predictable at this point.
Backstage, the WWE teased Brock Lesnar firing Paul Heyman, as he grabbed him by the collar and basically said he didn't give a crap about the fans or WWE or anything. Then let Heyman go, and that was that. I'm so sick of Lesnar.
Paul Heyman Gives Up
Paul Heyman comes down to the ring and tells Kurt Angle that Brock Lesnar is not going to come down tonight. Heyman was just about fired, but Brock Lesnar then showed up, with only 4 minutes left in the show. Lesnar gave Angle an F5 then almost beat up Heyman and walked away. Meh.
This night of wrestling was boring to me, except there were a few moments that I didn't hate. The women got a little more time than normal, but the guys seemed to be thrown into throwaway segments and matches. I guess that's Raw, the B show if you ask me. I wouldn't say that I would've missed this show if I didn't see it, that's for sure.